Travellers can benefit from a long weekend in this peaceful Swedish town, as flights depart twice weekly on Mondays and Fridays, with a flight duration of just over three hours.
Located on the Bay of Bothnia, the Luleå Archipelago with its 3000 islands, is the base for several our popular winter holiday trips in Sweden. Originally situated on the site of Gammelstad (Old Town), which has since become a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the location of the city was moved in 1649 to make the bay more accessible to ships. Today it is the largest city in Swedish Lapland, and a great destination to tick off your Bucket List for winter activities and the chance to view the Aurora Borealis.
During the winter months, the bay completely freezes over with ice packed at around a meter thick, providing the perfect environment for trekking, cycling and skating on the frozen trails. Most interestingly and beneficial for Aurora hunters like ourselves, the frozen waters become the perfect spot for hunting the Northern Lights. Due to the lack of light pollution, visitors can enjoy crystal clear views of the night sky when the conditions are right.
Why Visit Luleå?
Never far from nature, Luleå is one of our most popular destinations for our Northern Lights trips. Here you will find yourself exploring the snowy landscapes in search of the Northern Lights and discovering exhilarating activities like snowmobiling and husky sledding. The wintery conditions also allow you to try your hand at ice fishing or cruise across the frozen waters on the Icebreaker ship.
Luleå is also home to typically cosy and stylish Scandi accommodation such as the toasty cabin-style Brändön Lodge which sits at the edge of the frozen coast and the unusual but impressive Treehotel; with its individually designed treetop cabins that provide spectacular views across the icy landscape. You’ll never be short of great places to stay in Luleå.
Why Fly Direct?
As carbon emissions are at their greatest during take-off and landing, the new direct flights provide a more economical way to reach Luleå with up to 18-20% less CO2 emissions than a connecting flight. There will also be additional carbon benefits from the use of the Airbus A320NEO aircraft which has been deemed one of the world’s most advanced and fuel-efficient single-aisle aircrafts.
Our Founder and Managing Director of The Aurora Zone, Ali McLean adds:
“With direct flights saving on emissions, we’re absolutely delighted to be able to now offer a greener and easier option to those looking to fly to Luleå with the launch of the new SAS flight. This corner of Swedish Lapland provides a slice of untouched wilderness that is truly remarkable – here the Gulf freezes to form pack ice which provides the perfect platform for brilliant winter adventures, as well as the dream setting from which to search for the Northern Lights.”
The first flights will take to the skies on 18th December 2020. Discover our Northern Lights trips to Luleå and speak to one of our team on 01670 613417 to book your trip!
Image credits: Andreas Wälitalo, Graeme Richardson