Before departing Luleå, journey across the frozen Gulf of Bothnia and through the Luleå archipelago, where huge drifts of snow and sea ice stand more than ten metres tall. Jopikgården Hotel is located on the small island of Hinderson. Expect a warm welcome and cosy ambience at this traditional wooden farm building hidden in the forest. A distinctly Swedish getaway.
The chefs at Jopikgården collect the best raw ingredients from around the archipelago – salmon caught in the next bay, berries and mushrooms picked on a neighbouring island, honey from local beekeepers and wild game from local hunters – to create an inspiring and beautifully presented modern take on traditional regional cuisine.
There are four double bedrooms on the top floor of the main building, one of which has a sofa bed and is suitable for small families.
Drang Langan offers six guesthouse-style bungalow rooms for up to four adults each, across the courtyard from the main building. All the rooms are newly renovated and rustically decorated, complete with antique furnishings.
Music evenings and traditional midsummer celebrations are a highlight when the days are long. Other summer activities include guided boat tours of the archipelago, sea kayaking, salmon fishing, seal watching and bike or hiking tours of Hindersön island. Winter is a time to head out by snowmobile or dogsled to see the pack ice forming peaks around the archipelago, or to try your hand at ice fishing.
The old bakery houses a spacious sauna and relaxation room, and you can soak in the wood-fired hot tub under the stars and Northern Lights – or the dazzling midnight sun.