Why not enjoy the Jokkmokk Christmas Market, and take the opportunity to purchase some Sami handicrafts?

Scandinavian travel specialist, Simply Sweden is offering a festive experience with the highlight of its three night new escorted break to Jokkmokk Christmas Market in the pretty town of Jokkmokk. Like the world-renowned February Winter Market, this is a place where the Sami showcase their traditions and sell handicrafts.

For more than 400 years, Jokkmokk has been a meeting place for the indigenous people, and it’s where they still come together in winter to trade handmade crafts, clothing, food and jewellery. Launched last year, the Christmas Market is now an annual event which is aimed at helping the Sami preserve their endangered nomadic way of life.

A far cry from the usual festive market experience, the Jokkmokk Christmas gathering is a way to gain a deeper insight into this fascinating culture as well as a great opportunity to shop for some unusual and authentic gifts.

And in line with its sustainable tourism policy, Simply Sweden is offering a maximum of 16 places on the December trip, which is now available to book.

Other highlights of the break include the chance to have Sami guides explain the customs and lifestyle of this reindeer-herding people, and a ‘wilderness’ meal that takes guests on a culinary journey through a range of seasonal Lapland delicacies. Northern Lights excursions, snowmobiling and cross-country skiing are also on offer.

Cultural scene

It’s also possible to go snowmobiling and skiing

Guests will stay in cosy, traditional Hotel Akerlund, which received its first guests in 1928 and has been the hub of the Jokkmokk cultural scene ever since. The renowned local restaurant Viddernas Hus will be the venue for the wilderness meal, where reindeer, moose, mountain fish and capercaillie are on the menu.

There will be plenty of free time, too, and Jokkmokk’s location just inside the Arctic Circle makes it a great base for exploring the frozen lakes and snow-covered Taiga – the boreal forest – where thousands of reindeer roam free.

From £1,375pp, based on two sharing, including all flights, transfers, three nights half board at Hotel Akerlund and a full-day Sami cultural experience. Departs 7 December 2017.

For more information, visit: www.simplysweden.co.uk