My ‘room’ awaits and Lennart helps me with the bag. Around the tent there’s plenty of snow and in the background the trees in the forest are powdered with white. It feels unreal and completely natural at the same time. When I enter my ‘room’ any doubts about comfort disappear. Inside, there’s a fire going in the stove. It’s warm and cosy. Apart from two stoves to keep the tent warm, it’s dominated by a large bed. There’s a seating area and a small gas-powered combustion toilet. The light comes from the stove and kerosene lamps, when not provided by shooting stars and the northern lights outside, of course.
Sápmi Nature Camp really is in the middle of nature. Last time I stayed in a place that felt so wild and beautiful was on the African savannah. Nothing could be further away, and still it’s similar.
I very much like the idea Lennart has brought to life by building a ‘hotel’ without affecting the landscape. When the camp site closes he removes the Sámi tents and leaves no trace behind. This is sustainability in practice, according to many years of Sámi tradition. Apart from the six tents there is a timbered main building from 1910. After I’ve got myself settled, I walk over there. Calm descends over me.
In the candle glow and light from the fire crackling in the fireplace, we eat. The starter is marinated grouse; the main course is fish caught by Lennart’s brother in a mountain lake, then smoked by Lennart himself before dinner. We finish with a cloudberry tiramisu. The food is made from products that are produced locally, or by the Pittja family themselves.