If you want to head somewhere, you can relax and unwind whilst enjoying nature’s beauty and breathing super-fresh air away from the hustle and bustle; we know the ideal place. Thanks to Off the Map Travel, you can rediscover yourself in the stunning Swedish wilderness on a fully equipped floating lodge, which is only accessible by boat.
Set atop the stunning Lake Degerselet, just south of the Arctic Circle; the floating raft accommodation is perfect for those seeking luxury and adventure this season. Launched this week by adventure artists Off the Map Travel, the three-night Floating Safari Camp itinerary is an off-grid experience like no other and is the only accommodation of its kind in Sweden.
Guests can enjoy water sports, including canoeing and paddle-boarding, as well as try their hand at fishing. It’s also the perfect spot for some wild swimming. Off the Map Travel has included an exclusive BBQ via sunset on a secluded island as part of this trip. This is an experience for those looking to kick back, relax and switch off for a while.
Two safari-style tents sit atop the anchored floating raft, and there is a separate twin room, enabling up to six guests to stay at one time. All rooms are decorated in traditional Scandi style and have seating areas with incredible views across the water. There is also a wood-fired sauna on the raft alongside a toilet and shower facilities.
A tour guide will show all guests how to use the sports equipment that is ready at the raft upon arrival.
“Modern life can be stressful, and it’s hard to find time to completely switch off and unwind, especially in beautiful surroundings,” says Alex Minnis, COO of Off the Map Travel.
“But the floating lodge is the perfect place to be able to do that as it is secluded yet surrounded by incredible scenery that really will take your breath away.
“Sweden in the summertime has some of the most glorious natural landscapes in the world and, despite its Arctic location, lake temperatures at the lodge reach a balmy 18-25 degrees Celsius – perfect for enjoying water sports and an invigorating swim.”
The escape can be booked from June to September. Guests will be met by a private guide at Luleå Airport, who will accompany them on a boat transfer to the Floating Safari Camp itself.
Access the sauna before a 4-course dinner cooked by a private chef who is also on hand as a personal guide throughout each stay.
On day two, both breakfast and lunch will be provided by the personal chef, and then there are several activities to choose from.
Canoes, kayaks and paddle boards are all available for guests to use, alongside fishing equipment. Bask in the sun, immerse yourself in the sounds of nature and indulge in the peace and tranquillity of this stunning location.
That evening, enjoy a sunset boat trip to a private island for an exclusive BBQ dinner cooked again by a private chef.
To end the trip, guests will take a canoe transfer to the Aurora Safari Camp, where they will be welcomed with lunch and a glass of fizz.
There is a secluded forest sauna to relax in and woods to explore before a 4-course dinner and a night of star gazing on the Rane River.
The four-day, three-night Floating Safari Camp itinerary costs £2199 per person, on a full board basis, based on two people travelling, not including flights.
Travellers also have the option to go self-catered for a reduced fee, with plenty of local shops to stock up in before boarding the lodge, which has a full kitchen.
As with any itinerary from Off the Map Travel, each can be tailor-made to fit the wishes and requirements of the guest. This itinerary includes two nights in the floating safari camp and one night at the Aurora Safari Camp, private transfers, all activities and all meals.
Upon arrival at Luleå Airport, you will be greeted by your private guide, who will accompany you on a transfer to the Floating Safari Camp reception. From there, a boat transfer will take you to the captivating Floating Safari Camp itself.
Before dinner, guests can indulge in a rejuvenating sauna session, allowing them to unwind and relax.
As the day winds down, a sumptuous 4-course dinner awaits, prepared by a private chef who doubles as a knowledgeable host and guide, ensuring a personalised and memorable dining experience. The night is spent in the comfort of the Floating Safari Camp, where the tranquillity of the surrounding waters creates a soothing ambience for a restful overnight stay.
Your private guide will prepare both your breakfast and lunch, and then during the day, you have a number of fantastic options when it comes to activities which include; canoeing, kayaking, paddle boarding, swimming, and fishing, providing opportunities to immerse oneself in the stunning natural surroundings.
In the early evening, enjoy a sauna session before then being taken out on an evening boat trip for a BBQ dinner – an exclusive experience only possible to do with Off the Map Travel.
In the morning, your guide will prepare breakfast for you before then taking a canoe transfer from your Floating Safari Camp across to the Aurora Safari Camp. Here you will have lunch with a glass of bubbles before then taking the afternoon to relax.
Take advantage of a forest sauna session before then settling down for a 4-course dinner.
There are optional activities to add that aren’t included in the cost of this itinerary, such as guided canoeing, foraging and a forest cycle tour, which can be requested when booking via Off the Map Travel.
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport via a forest-guided tour – your trip doesn’t have to end here, though, as there are plenty of opportunities to extend your stay here or in another location; perhaps you want to head to Stockholm city for a couple of nights back in civilisation, or maybe you want to travel further into the forests of Swedish Lapland. Just speak to one of the company’s specialists, who can assist you in putting forward some suggestions and ideas.
Images by Fredrik Broman, Thomas Jonsson, Northern Soul Journey (lead image) courtesy of Off the Map Travel.
Read more travel news, guides and features here.