Ice fishing was once called the “moronic sport” – but there’s nothing moronic about ice fishing! It’s one of our favourite things to do in the winter, and for the most part, it’s fundamentally meditative. Visit Sandsjögården for an ice fishing event together with your hosts, or Ammarnäs GuideCenter or Geunja Sami Ecolodge if you want to fish arctic char in the mountains.
The natural environment in the area around Sorsele is perfect for snowshoe hiking and skiing. And snowshoe hiking is, of course, perfect for anyone – walk on snow that is soft, fluffy and so deep it would be possible to sink down to the waist. Cross-country skiing was the old Sami way of transport, and we appreciate it to this day – it’s wonderful to do along frozen rivers. visitvindelalven.org
The area around Sorsele is said to be the most reindeer-dense area in Sweden, and here you can meet Sami artisans, guides and teachers. Geunja Sami Ecolodge is an extraordinary experience, with soft activities as well as taking part in the Sami lifestyle. With SápmiVisti you can meet and feed reindeer or have an eight-course meal of Sami food and storytelling.
The Vindelfjällen Nature Reserve is a place to spot animal tracks, wildlife and birds of winter like the ptarmigan or the Siberian jay. The animal tracking tour led by the guide Mikael Vinka takes place along a creek where animal takes refuge. samiecolodge.se
Many of the accommodations in and around Sorsele have taken the art of living and made it into theirs. Places perfect for couples looking for a romantic hideaway, families with children or travellers interested in soft adventures at the accommodation. Björk Experience offers the Holiday winter gem package in the picturesque village Ammarnäs, with different activities attached. bjorkexperience.com
Gargnäs is a village surrounded by water. Or ice, as it happens, during winter. It has a lot going for it as a small village, with charming places to meet up with locals and a hospitable environment. Wäckerlin’s Bed & Breakfast is a comfortable place with generous space – a place for active rest. Don’t miss out on Trollforsen’s pizza evenings, which are very popular amongst the locals.