Camp Ripan, Swedish Lapland
Camp Ripan is a wonderful family owned hotel near the town of Kiruna in Swedish Lapland. Built in 2002, the hotel is a year-round destination, showcasing the best food and activities of the season and the region. With its unique geographic location, the hotel designers have pulled on influences from Swedish, Sami and Torne Valley Finish cultures to influence the design and look of the hotel. The hotel is a perfect balance of modern and contemporary luxury, while still incorporating a strong sense of place the cuisine and décor. Camp Ripan has over 80 rooms in three buildings, some of which are more mini apartments than hotel rooms with mini-kitchens.
Camp Ripan places great pride in the culinary experiences incorporating traditional Swedish and Sami dishes, as well as, dishes inspired by the Northern Lights. All incorporate local produce and have a story to tell. Camp Ripan also boasts the lovely and renown Aurora Spa, where guests can retreat to after spending full days out exploring the surroundings. Like the culinary experiences, the spa also includes products based on ancient Sami and Finnish methodology and techniques. The spa boasts both indoor and outdoor pools, as well as, a spacious sauna experience.
The hotel also offers a number of unique excursions such as Moose Safaris, driving reindeer sleds and visits to local Sami camps. From musher schools to walking in the footsteps of the Sami, there are activities for guests of all ages. Camp Ripan also boasts a unique hands-on culinary adventure inspired either by the Sami or Northern Lights. The experience weaves together the tastes and colors of these two uniquely Lappish entities. The nearby town of Kiruna also offers a unique history, which can be explored on one of Camp Ripan’s city tours. Despite being just over 120 years old, the city was to be the “most modern city in the word.” Due to the expanding mining industry in the area, the city and more specifically it’s important historical buildings, are in the in the process of being moved to the base of the nearby Luossavaara mountain.
The hotel is perfectly positioned for northern lights viewing with safaris readily available. Like any destination in Arctic Europe, we recommend spending three to four nights at Camp Ripan to take advantage of the numerous activities available, as well as, have the best chance of seeing the northern lights.