The Northern Seven Seasons Experience

To offer enriching and transforming experiences of the subarctic nature of Swedish Lapland, we have developed the Seven Season Concept, with activities that expresses the seasonal flavors of the subarctic nature, and its core characteristics of seven contrasts:

1) Contrast in light from the short dark winter days to the bright late winter and long summer days.

2) Contrast in colors from the green summer, the colorful "Ruska" fall, the greyish late fall to the bright snow-white winter.

3) Contrasts of the sea water where you in summer may swim in over +25 degrees C. in shallow waters, and in winter where you may walk, skate, ski or even drive your car on the frozen sea.

4) Contrast in climate temperatures from warm summer days with +30 degrees C. or more,   to the Arctic cold winter days with -40 degrees C. or lower.

5)  Contrasts in weather from the still and calm summer evenings to the roaring storms of the late fall and winter.

6) Contrasts in soundscapes from the quietness of the cold winter days or sunny and crisp autumn days, to the delightful spring birdsongs and the soft wildlife calls of the high summer.

7) Contrasts in the sky from the sparkling stars and northern lights in the winter to the colorful midnight sun in summer.

We welcome you to share the Seven Seasons experiences with us.

From late May to Midsummer the Bright spring arrives late in Swedish Lapland. The trees come into foliage within a few days, and spring flowers flourish while the last spots of snow melt away. The birds songscape is intense, having their high breeding season, and nature becomes a great nursery. We will guide you among the singing birds and flourishing spring flowers, and maybe bring you to the secret places of our delicate orchids the great yellow lady´s-slipper orchid (Cypripedium calceolus) or the delicate pink fairy slipper orchid (Calypso bulbosa), while enjoying the smell of the fresh spring forest fragrance.


Our experiences during Bright spring >>
 


The Bright summer lasts from Midsummer to mid-July. Here (at 65,20° N) only 130 km south from the Polar circle (66,33° N), at midnight the sun just shortly dips below the horizon. This practically gives us a midnight sun experience with daylight bright nights, resulting in a magic Arctic night experience. Now the summer is in its highest greening and young birds and animals explore their new life. We let you experience the bright nights and be spellbound by the northern silence of the high summer.


Our Experiences during Bright summer>>

From mid-July, the evenings get darker and from August we start to sense the approaching dark winter nights. In the Dusky Summer, nature has become silent except for the begging calls of the now grown up nestlings born earlier in the summer. The flower flourish and the first wild berries ripe. Our northern berries such as the yellow cloudberries and the by Carl von Linné loved arctic bramble (Rubus arcticus) give us a sensational taste of Swedish Lapland. The sea, lakes and rivers are now inviting for swimming while the first starts appear on the darkening night sky. We can now experience the interconnectedness with the more then human world and discover the restoring power of Friluftsliv.


Our experiences during Dusky summer>>

When the first leaves change color the air becomes crispy fresh, and the first migratory birds head south. Flowers transform into seeds and over-wintering plants accumulate nutrition for the winter. Mushrooms appear everywhere, and the green chlorophyll of the leaves are absorbed and give way for the underlying bright colors of the fall. It´is “Ruska” time, as they say in Finland. We invite you to snorkel with the sunbathing pikes, taste the berries and edible herbs, and absorb the colorfulness of the season. On the night sky, we cannot only enjoy bright stars and planets, and the moon reflecting in the sea, but also the first dancing norther lights (Aurora borealis) of the season. Hiking on the Solander trail or paddling in the sea in the dusky sunlight, or even in the darkness of the night, we take farewell of the summer.

Our experiences during Colorful fall>>

  When October marks the beginning of the Dark Fall, the leaves have fallen of the trees and the days have become shorter. This time of clear days and contrasting stormy days’ invite to unusual experiences until the first snow falls in late November or beginning December. Nature has become screaming silent, the visiting summer birds left for warmer areas, Insects have prepared themselves to survive the winter, and only winter-green plants remain us of the green summer. The storms of the fall have ripped of the last leaves from the trees, and the cold fresh air forecast the first snowfalls. Now is the time for forest hiking and discovering the exciting cryptogams, mosses and lichens that have been hidden by the higher plants of the summer, or frost paddling when the first rime covers the reed and water surface. In shallow bays pikes are absorbing the last sun rays and the whooper swans are gathering in big groups in the still open sea. The common merganser gathers into enormous armada´s of thousand birds fishing for the whitefish European cisco or Vendance (Coregonus albula). They compete with the last existing fishing boats, who harvest the red gold of the sea, the vendance roe, in the Swedish Bothnia Bay area a PDO certified delicacy branded as “Kalix löjrom” – a prime taste of Swedish Lapland. Dark fall is also a high season for the Northern light, that can be photographed mirroring in the calm water of the sea.  
Our experiences during
Dark fall>>

The Dark Fall is transforming into the Dark Winter as the snow starts to cover the landscape and the days become shorter, remaining us of our northern arctic latitude. From the beginning of December to the middle of February the few light hours in the middle of the day are, however, a sparkling colorful experience, with the dusky light exploding in pink, purple and red. When the sun after a short visit disappears below the horizon, other lightning takes over. Sparkling starlight free from urban light pollution, midday moonlight and the greenish light of the northern light – Aurora borealis – lighting up the snow-covered landscape and frozen sea. On Nordic cross-country skates, we explore the frozen sea in the dusky daylight and evening moonlight. At the afternoon dark night light, we take skis or snowshoes on a tour with headlamps through the winter forest. To sit around an open fire during a cold winter night, drinking coffee from the open fire and listening to the silent sounds of the artic night is an experience few people granted. 

Our experiences during
Dark winter>>

From the beginning of March, the light is returning and the days become longer and warmer, the Bright winter has arrived. The sunrays are warm, and snow melting begins at daytime, forming icicles and dripping from roofs. In the forest and on the sea, the snow is still deep and inviting for cross-country skiing and snow-shoe hiking. Later in April with warm days and cold night a hard snow crust form perfect conditions for skating on skis. The first migratory birds arrive and join the residential birds in the birdsong concert. We take you on ski or snowshoe tracking tours and explore the activities of the wildlife in the forests and on the sea ice, or paddle the first open waters between the ice floes.

Our experiences during Bright winter>>

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Our philosophy is that experiences are the way to understand and to learn about, from and trough nature.
By the Scandinavian way of "Friluftsliv", we return to nature to experience our true home and human nature - to be interconnected, to each other, to nature and to e than human world.
Our mission is learning and enriching interpretations of our cultural and natural heritage,  and we follow Carl von Linné´s device: "Omni mirari etiam tritisima"
Be mesmerized to everything in nature, even to the most ordinary.

More to do in Piteå

Destination Piteå has many activities to offer winter and summer, such as hiking on the Solander trail, boat tours to the archipelago, or chopping downtown. For more information see here >>

Where to stay in Piteå

There are seveleral hotells, Bed & Breakfast, Camp sites, Guest Houses and Cabins for great accomondation in Piteå, for more information see here >>, or you you can stay in our coastal cottages >>.

We are eco-tourism certified as "Natures-Best" and follow the path of ecological, social and economical sustainability.

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