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with the motivation that it takes on “the principles of ecotourism with respect and sincerity”. The Aurora Spa makes the most of nature’s gifts both inside and out, boasting panoramic windows to allow you to enjoy the serenity of the white, fluffy snow from the comfort of the pool inside, and a heated outdoor pool to get the blood circulation going with the contrasting temperatures. Stone, wood and water – representing the cool, the warmth and the essential – are the guiding principles of the spa, and lucky guests get to enjoy a colourful display of auroras across the sky outside while relaxing after a treatment. “The three cultures are found in everything at Camp Ripan, including at the spa,” says Lind-Oja. “The birch tree is central up here, for example, so we have

a birch leaf scrub as well as plenty of juniper and a face mask based on stimulating coffee grounds. It’s all close to nature and locally sourced but of course very much refined.” The same principle applies in the kitchen, where all recipes are inspired by old Sami and Tornedalian dishes and prepared using seasonal produce. From birch-smoked meat to plenty of wild berries alongside reindeer and char, you are guaranteed to leave the table feeling both satisfied and healthy.

proach to experiencing Kiruna is central to the concept at Camp Ripan. Visitors can join a Sami activity day, learning all about the culture, how to look after the reindeer and how to bake the Sami bread ‘gáhkku’. Others choose to go on a dog sledding trip or a snowmobile adventure, while the northern lights tours are extremely popular, especially combined with the opportunity to learn how to capture the dancing lights on camera in order to bring a memory – and evidence – back home.

“We try to incorporate stories as well – like the brooms, for example. Guests usually ask us why there are brooms outside the doors of each cottage. It’s because that way, you’ll know that no one’s in; we don’t lock our doors up here, so it’s a way to let people know not to bother to stop by,” Lind-Oja smiles. The authentic ap-

The family business is of Kiruna, in Kiruna, and very much all about Kiruna. When asked what guests tend to take away from a visit, the owner insists that it is exactly that simple. “We want them to feel at home, as part of our family,” she says. “And we hope that they take with them a little piece of Kiruna.”

Photo: Björn Wanhatalo

Camp Ripan is located just outside of the city of Kiruna. Get here by flight from Arlanda, which takes approximately one and a half hours, or by night train. The winter season lasts from the middle of November until the middle of April, but guests who want to experience the Swedish north during the summer will also have plenty to do, including enjoying the midnight sun.

For more information on accommodation, activities, spa packages and conferencing options, please visit: www.ripan.se

Photo: Björn Wanhatalo

Photo: Björn Tesch

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Scan Magazine, Issue 95, December 2016