Paul and Maria will be your friendly and welcoming English-speaking hosts, and will be on hand to provide support and guiding, as needed, throughout your holiday.
We have 2 very friendly Labradoodles who live with us, but they do not go in any of the guest accommodation areas.
The fully equipped self-catering accommodation is adapted for wheelchair users, with a range of additional items available to assist with guest’s comfort and convenience.
Because group sizes for activities will always be small, we can take our time and adapt the activities and schedules to fit your needs. For example, when we visit Eva-Maria and Jacob for the Husky sled ride, your party will be the only people there. No queues, no rushing, no pressure. Spend time with the dogs, savour the scenery and enjoy the ride when ready.
How The Friendly Moose Came To Be
absolutely love it here in the friendly Swedish community of Övertorneå, in the
heart of the Lapland region and are so happy to be sharing our passion for this
region with our guests. A lot of people ask how we came to be here, so we
thought it might be good to share our story. We both had really enjoyable jobs,
working with lovely people in beautiful Cornwall, but had, as many of us do,
that little voice nagging away inside that told us that maybe there was
something else for us to do in life before it was too late. With my working background
being in tennis and specializing in disability tennis and Maria’s background
being in the hotel and caring professions we wanted to create a venture that
could somehow make use of our skills, experiences and qualities and give us the
exciting new challenges and lifestyle we craved. Thinking caps were on.
I, Paul, had visited Scandinavia many times before for winter-time solo snow adventure trips and had already had the dream of living here for many years, but obviously any possible move like this would need to be a family decision and so back in late May of 2018 we took an exploratory family holiday to Sweden, sadly minus our eldest daughter, Chloe-Ann, who was busy studying away at University. Thankfully, both of us and our youngest daughter, Lilly-Fe, fell in love with the place. The forests, the river, the space, the wildlife, the fresh air, the amazing light, the friendliness of the people we met and the absence of traffic all made us feel incredibly at home right from the start.
And, on top of this, we were lucky enough to find a super property in a beautiful setting that was perfect for us to live in and to provide, once renovated, the accessible guest accommodation needed for us to offer the inclusive holiday experience that we wanted to. It was also in a great location for offering all the fantastic holiday activities we want to share with our guests.
.and so 6 weeks after our first visit and with some hard work to raise funds, thank you to everyone who has supported us, we had the keys to The Friendly Moose and our new adventure had begun.
The relocation to Sweden, the setting up of a new business and the complete change of lifestyle have certainly provided plenty of challenges, but we are so happy to be living in such a beautiful part of the world, with the amazing contrast between the seasons and can’t wait to be sharing our passion for the North with our guests and creating magical holiday memories.
Paul & Maria
The Friendly Moose