Yoga and hiking retreat in Saltoluokta
Sign out and relax with a 4-day long mountain retreat
Welcome to a small and personal mountain retreat in the peaceful and pristine mountains of Laponia World Heritage site. Our mountain retreat starts and ends with one night at Saltoluokta Mountain lodge, located right by the foot of the mountains. We focus on morning and evening yoga in the cozy yoga room before we continue our hike across the mountains to Petsjaure Sami settlement.
Our idea is to leave all demands from our daily life and enjoy spectacular mountain views and recovering yoga in a calm and pristine area
During the hikes you can expect shorter yoga- and meditation classes sitting directly on the ground, maybe by the side of a mountain lake or on the top of a mountain. Our Yogaterapeut, Petra Kalla, beautifully adapts the yoga and meditation classes to wishes and needs in the group.
Join us and experience:
- To sign out and relax in a peaceful environment
- Yoga and meditation up in the mountains
- A mountain SPA in a wood heated sauna
- Staying in a Sami settlement
- Hiking in the midnight sun
About the yoga and the yoga therapist
This yoga retreat is led by Petra Kalla. Petra was born and raised in Gällivare but now lives in Järna south of Stockholm. Petra has practiced yoga for over 20 years. Today, she is an experienced certified Yoga Therapist and Physiotherapist with focus on mental health and pain.
Being in nature, and especially the mountains, always evokes a feeling of reverence and gratitude in me. An inner space opens up, where I meet the simplicity and stillness that characterize pure presence. / Petra Kalla
To give your mind a welcome break from your everyday life, our focus will be on both mental and physical recovery. Hiking in the magnificent nature is in itself restorative for both body and soul. The surrounding nature inspires and helps you find presence in the present and gain new perspectives on life. Through therapeutic Hatha yoga, qigong and meditations, you can invite your whole being to fully attend this nature experience.
Book your adventure online!
Booking our yoga and hiking retreat is easy. Start by filling out the booking form below and we’ll send you a payment link for a 20% deposit to secure your reservation. The remaining balance is cleared 30 days prior to arrival by a new payment link.
Requirement to join the group
We want you to:
- have the ability to hike 8 km along a trail in the mountain with a backpack of around 5-8 kg.
- be in relatively good shape and able to be out in nature full days.
We also recommend you to:
- like traveling in a group and be curious about yoga.
- like going on active vacations with authentic nature experiences.
- be 16 years old or older.
Please contact us if you have any questions regarding your physical ability or experience level.
Combine with Kungsleden and Sarek
Right before our Yoga and hiking retreat we lead a hike along Kungsleden with a day tour to Sarek National Park. If you would like a longer stay in the mountains you can combine this Yoga and hiking retreat with this hike. Book both and get 10% discount.
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Location: Saltoluokta mountain lodge
Length: 4 days
Date 2024: Jul 3-6
Price: SEK 12950/person
EARLY BIRD 10% discount until end of the year
Group size: Maximum 12 guests
The price includes:
- Experienced and local English speaking guide
- Yoga and meditation with a Certified Yoga therapist
- Accommodation 3 nights
- Full board with all meals
- All safety equipment
- Round trip from Gällivare
- Travel to and from Gällivare
- Travel insurance
- Beverage at restaurants
- Single room supplement first and last night: SEK 920/person
Included meals marked each day with B=breakfast, L=lunch and D=dinner
DAY 1 ARRIVAL GÄLLIVARE OCH SALTOLUOKTA (D)
We pick you up at Gällivare train station after lunch for a short intro to yoga and hiking before we continue in mini-vans to Kebnats. M/s Langas takes us across the river to Saltoluokta Mountain lodge located right by the foot of the mountain. You’ll get a chance to check in to your room before we gather in the yoga room for a first real yoga class to sign out from your daily life and calm down. We have dinner together and in the evening, those of you who’d like, are welcome to join a shorter evening hike. Hopefully in the light of the midnight sun.
Hiking distance: 2-5 km, elevation gain/loss: maximum +300/-300 m, estimated time hiking: ca 1-2h
DAY 2 PIETSAURE SAMEVISTE (B,L,D)
We start the day with an energizing yoga class before we have breakfast and move out from our rooms. A six kilometer long path leads us up the mountain side and over a pass before turning down towards Lake Pietsaure and the Sami settlement. In the afternoon we take some time to relax and enjoy the view. Maybe we enjoy a yoga class on the beach, just enjoy the silence or go for a refreshing swim in the lake? For those who would you’ve the chance to try smoked fish caught in the lake. If you prefer vegetarian or vegan food there will be alternatives.
For those who would like a more challenging hiking day, there is a possibility to go for a peak ascent along the way to Pietsaure. Or an optional evening tour to a waterfall a couple of kilometers from the Sami settlement.
Hiking distance: 6 km + peak ascent/evening tour, elevation gain/loss: +400/-100 m, estimated time hiking: ca 3h
DAY 3 BACK TO SALTOLUOKTA (B,L,D)
If weather allows, we start the day with yoga on the beach before having breakfast together. We start our hike back to Saltoluokta mountain lodge passing a spectacular ravine created by rushing water thousands of years ago. At Saltoluokta we take time to unpack and enjoy a hot sauna before we enjoy dinner in the restaurant. We finish the day with yoga in the yoga room.
Hiking distance: 8 km, elevation gain/loss: +50/-350 m, estimated time hiking: ca 4h
DAY 4 DEPARTURE GÄLLIVARE (B,L)
We enjoy a last yoga class before we hike up the mountain with lunch in our backpacks one last time. We take our time to fill the lungs with fresh mountain air before it is time to round up and take the boat across the lake to Kebnats where the minibus is waiting. The journey continues back to Gällivare where we end the yoga and hiking in good time for you to board the evening train south.
Hiking distance: 2-5 km, elevation gain/loss: maximum +300/-300 m, estimated time hiking: ca 3h
Small groups and experienced guides
The team will be up to 12 guests with one guide and one Yoga Therapist. To be able to run the mountain retreat we’ll need a minimum of 5 guests in total. The guide has experience from leading several hikes around Saltoluokta and the Yoga Therapist has years of experiences from leading yoga retreats and classes. In the team there will also sometimes be a second guide or trainee.
Accommodation and comfort
Two nights at Saltoluokta mountain lodge. Cozy and rustic mountain lodge away from roads. Twin-bed rooms or single rooms for an extra fee. Shared bathroom located in the corridor. Sauna and showers in another building. Free wifi, limited cell-phone coverage.
One night in mountain cabins in Petsaure. Cozy, basic cabins with scenic surroundings. Maximum 4 persons in each room/cabin sleeping in bunk-beds. Mattresses, pillows and sleeping bags available, outhouses outside the cabins. No showers, running water, electricity, cell-phone coverage or wifi.
Let’s be honest! We like good food! Our menu during this Yoga and hiking retreat is based on vegan meals with additional local specialities. In the Sami settlement you get the chance to try locally caught and smoked fish and home-made Gáhkku.
In Saltoluokta we finish with a 2-course dinner in the evening and breakfast buffets the following morning.
Meeting point and how to get here
We will meet you at Gällivare travel center. If you choose to arrive one day earlier we recommend you to stay at Pensionat Augustin not far away from the train station. Pickup can also be organized from there.
Meeting time: At 12.30 on day 1
We’ll finish the tour around 17.00 day 4 at the travel center in Gällivare
Most of our guests travel on their own and some travel as couples, family or friends. Traveling solo is a great way to experience new areas and to find new outdoor friends.
What to bring
We bring cooking, eating and safety equipment for everyone. What you need to bring is your clothes and some small things.
We reserve the right to make changes
Nature is a dynamic place and we may need to adjust the route and the itinerary according to the current weather conditions. We are also in contact with representatives for the local reindeer herders’ communities and other local actors to collaborate in the best way possible.
Common asked questions and answers
How heavy will the backpack be? ?
As part of your hiking experience you’ll carry your own backpack with your private clothing and part of the common food and equipment. When we hike to Petsaure your backpack will weigh at the most 5-8kg, depending on how much you choose to bring. Luggage that you don’t need on the hike can be left at Saltoluokta. Remember to bring a backpack big enough to fit some common food and equipment.
Do I have to be very fit?
Our longest hiking day is 8 kilometers along a path. The path has some change in altitude, is a bit uneven and rocky, but overall relatively easy to hike. Please read through our requirements to join the group and don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.
How much yoga experience do I need?
You’ll need no earlier experience of yoga or meditation. All classes can be adapted to your level.
Will there be a lot of mosquitoes?
There will be mosquitoes. How much depends on the temperature and how much rain we get during the weeks before our yoga and hiking retreat. But also how windy it is during the week that we are out. We do our best to have breaks to rest or to do yoga or meditation where there is a light breeze that keeps most of the mosquitoes away. If you are sensitive to insects we recommend that you bring a mosquito hat and repellent. If you are allergic, please discuss with your doctor if you should bring some antihistamin.
I have high blood pressure; can I still go?
We don’t automatically say no just because you have a medical condition but it should not be a high risk factor for you or the group. We recommend that you talk to your doctor and make sure you have medication that you know works well for you. AND please let us know when filling out the application form and we can discuss this with you before we head out.
I am a lactose intolerant; can I join the group?
We are used to handling most food preferences and allergies, just let us know when filling out the application form. BUT with limited cooking space we can’t handle too advanced requests or guarantee that it will be totally free from gluten or lactose etc. If you have a severe allergy please contact us to discuss this with us.
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