News & Opinion | December 11, 2017 9:00 am

Add These Traditional Nordic Lavuu Tents to Your Travel Bucket List

For unparalleled seclusion, Sápmi Nature Camp gets 4 stars

Glamping is a contemporary outdoor term you might have strong opinions about.

Whether the word elicits joy or dismay, there’s a glampground in Northern Sweden that demands your attention, and stat. 

Sápmi Nature Camp offers tepee-reminiscent tents called lavuu tents equipped with double beds, wood-burning stoves and a heaping dose of seclusion. Only 10 visitors can stay at one time across the whole property. 

Solitude and sustainability run the game at Sápmi. The camp sits on the border of the Laponia World Heritage Area, the world’s largest untouched nature reserve still populated by natives. Known as the Sami people, the region’s indigenous have herded reindeers across the dazzling, mountainous terrain for millennia.

A man named Lennart Pittja — who hails from the local Unna Tjerusj Sami community  is the brains behind the camp. While other glamping offerings might strip a sense of place and nature in favor of creature comforts, Pittja’s camp is decidedly authentic, offering ski tours and snowshoe adventures on the grazing grounds and meals made with local fare. 

If you’d like to book your escape (keep in the mind the area’s lack of light pollution makes the camp a perfect spot for enjoying aurora borealis), head on over to Sápmi Nature Camp for more details.