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A little piece of Kiruna Just outside a mining town that is on the move, in the heart of a region full of traditions and rich culture, Camp Ripan is taking on the mission of providing authentic, ecofriendly nature and wilderness experiences with a modern camp feeling – all in the name of bringing Kiruna to you. By Linnea Dunne
“We know Kiruna, we know the history and we know all about the moving of the city. We want you to really feel that you’re in Kiruna,” says Frida Lind-Oja, owner and marketing director of Camp Ripan. The site just outside Kiruna was previously owned by the local municipality and quite undeveloped when, in 2002, the Lind family decided to invest and develop. Steeped in the rich cultures of the Sami, the Tornedalian Finns and of course the Swedish, introduced to the area with the navvies and much due to the local mine, 44 | Issue 95 | December 2016
the area has a great deal to explore – especially now that a greater part of Kiruna is being moved east due to ground deformations as a result of the mining work. “We decided to make the three cultures central to everything we do, from the food we serve to the way we decorate the cottages and the activities we offer,” Lind-Oja explains. “So the result was a hotel – but a very unusual hotel. Our hotel rooms are cottages – modern and fully equipped, but cottages nonetheless.
And the cottages are dotted out around the heart of the camp, which is the main building with the central fireplace where we all meet after a day out and talk about what we’ve done. Last year we had 65 different nationalities here, so it’s very much a gathering of different people, very much recreating that camp atmosphere.” She laughs. “We’ve got so much space up here in Kiruna, so we don’t have to build vertically – we can go wide and spread out.” Still, they are incredibly conscientious of the camp’s use of natural resources, and the main building with its state-ofthe-art spa and conference facilities was eco-certified by the Nordic Swan Ecolabel in 2015. The destination has also been awarded the Nature’s Best certification,