The lavvu (also called a kota) is a temporary dwelling used by the Sami people of northern Scandinavia. The Sami are one of the oldest indigenous groups in Europe who, for hundreds of years, have crossed the cold tundra of northern Norway, Sweden and Finland with their reindeer herds.
The Lavvu sleeps four and is very similar to a Native American Indian tipi in shape. The most noticeable differences between the tipi and the lavvu are the door and porch, the absence of smoke flaps, the shape of the roof and the length of the canvas.
It is fully lined - giving quite an ethereral atmosphere - and has a lovely wood burning stove in the centre, with a stunning fluted cowl. Guests staying in the Lavvu have commented on how quickly it warms up and how very cosy it is. You can use the stove (which has a fireguard) as a hob for cooking, boiling a kettle etc.
Furnishings include four raised wooden beds, two singles and a double, all of which are covered in mattresses, pillows, colourful throws and large cushions. There is a dining table with four stools, a chest full of blankets and a wooden chest containing cooking equipment, i.e. pots and pans, crockery and cutlery, as well as a small two ringed calor gas cooker. The wooden floor is covered in carpeting, rugs and sheepskins. Outside is a campfire area with benches and a picnic bench.
On arrival we'll show you how to use the stove and give you a guided tour of the facilities.