Glamping is gaining in popularity all around the world, and you can now stay in a richly-decorated Sami teepee on the Lofoten Islands in Norway. Set on the Norwegian archipelago on the Norwegian Sea above the Arctic Circle, the teepees, known as lavuu, contain beds with fine linens and Scandinavian decoration.
The campsite consists of six teepees accommodating two people each, a bathroom tepee and a dining tepee. The glamping stay includes a visit to a goat farm where local artisan foods are produced and served in a three-course dinner overlooking the archipelago. Other highlights include a wildlife cruise among the islands, a photo-worthy hike and a cultural walk including a museum visit with a focus on the history of the land.
The Lofoten Islands are a collection of landscapes marked by fjords, mountains and fishing villages, and are home to a wide variety of wildlife including white-tailed sea eagles, porpoises and whales. Those who like kayaking will enjoy the blue water where many sea birds make their home.
Guests can opt for a “Fish Your Dish” cooking experience, where they fish for their own dinner and learn foraging and wilderness techniques for its preparation, There is also the option of a give-back “Beach Clean Up” day with a naturalist, who explains the impact of plastic on the oceans. As an added bonus, during June and July, guests will enjoy 24 hours of uninterrupted sunlight, which is known as the famous “midnight sun.”
“Northern Norway isn’t your usual Arctic glamping site,” says Jonny Cooper, founder of Off the Map Travel and an Arctic travel expert. “The temperature is mild here during the summer and the water is warm. Plus having a backdrop of mountains and fjords creates a perfect setting for photography, conservation programs, and exploration by water and land.”