Swedish Lapland

The Outpost


Remote adventures in Swedish Lapland

Find yourself in the tiny village of Mårdsel, surrounded by a huge forest. What was once a grocery store has been converted into a cosy, welcoming lodge with six bedrooms.

You can choose to either book the entire lodge, or the first floor suite which includes three bedrooms. Your hosts will ensure you have plenty of the region’s finest delicacies to enjoy, and take you out adventuring.

Because there is so little light pollution in this part of arctic Sweden, you have a higher possibility of being able to see the northern lights. Consider combining your stay at The Outpost Lodge with a few days at its sister, Aurora Safari Camp.


At a glance

  • Six rooms

  • Restaurant

  • Can be booked exclusively

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    Head out on the small roads through the countryside and keep an eye out for moose and reindeer. The guides will point out as much of the local wildlife as they can for you. As you cross over the Arctic Circle you’ll stop for a ceremony. In winter snowmobiling makes for a fun activity.

  • Auroa Safari Camp Sweden Snow lapland ballooning winter

    Hot air ballooning and winter trails

    The Outpost Lodge has recently started offering hot air ballooning as a unique way to enjoy the astounding beautiful scenery. There are also short tours and day expeditions that see you exploring the winter trails in the area and crossing the Arctic Circle.

  • Aurora Safari Camp snowshoeing

    Arctic lifestyle

    Spend some time learning about how people once lived in arctic Sweden and how their lives have changed. You’ll discover how they make sure their homes stay warm and how they preserve their food in the winter months. You can also visit waterfalls, go swimming in the river in summer and head out for snowshoeing in winter.

Community & Culture

The Outpost Lodge works closely with the Råne River Valley community and most of the guides live in the area. They source as many of their groceries from local suppliers as possible. Plans for the immediate future include establishing a foundation to support local projects and associations with guests’ help. The small-scale operations with Aurora Safari Camp, The Outpost Lodge, Blombergs Guesthouse and Villa Aurora are all anchored in the local community.


Land has been bought on both sides of the river near Aurora Safari Camp to ensure that the area will not be under threat from deforestation. The aim is also to be seen as a good example of how to protect the wilderness from exploitation by industry, as well as how small-scale tourism can benefit the local economy and create more jobs. Aurora’s footprint is very small. The plan is to increase the protected area in Råne River Valley.


Across the four accommodation sites, there are eight snowmobiles and three cars or minivans. The amount of fuel is kept to a minimum and the plan is to replace the main logistics snowmobile with an electric one as soon as possible. The hope is also that the cars will be able to run on biofuel within the next two years.

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