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VISITING: Sweden BROCHURE CODE: 26009
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This region of Swedish Lapland offers some truly unique experiences and some exceptional Aurora viewing opportunities. During this four night holiday, you will enjoy a husky safari, hunt for the Northern Lights and be served gourmet food in a tepee. One of the real joys is, that following each activity, you can return to your own winter cottage and relax in private surroundings.

What's included?

ALL OF THE ACTIVITIES AND SERVICES LISTED BELOW ARE INCLUDED IN THE HOLIDAY PRICE

  • Transfers: return airport transfers from Luleå Airport
  • Accommodation: 4 nights accommodation in a winter cottage at Brändön Lodge
  • Meals: 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners (2 courses)
  • The following activities and equipment are included: husky safari, dinner on ice experience, Northern Lights snowshoeing, Northern Lights hunt via snowmobile-pulled sled (the order of activities are subject to change)
  • Cold weather clothing for the duration of your stay
  • Services of our expert local guides

This superb four-night experience in Swedish Lapland offers guests an exciting and active insight into the unique Lulea Archipelago. The archipelago consists of over 3000 small islands which are encased in pack ice during the winter months.

Throughout this holiday, you will stay at the hospitable Brandon Lodge, in one of their cosy winter cottages. The lodge is situated on the frozen shoreline and is well known for its delightful log cabin style restaurant.

This balanced holiday showcases a variety of Lappish activities which give you the chance to really explore the area and the varied terrain it provides.

You will participate in a thrilling husky safari and get to experience this most traditional mode of transport; there is nothing quite like the thrill of guiding your own team of dogs across this spectacular wilderness.

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Another real highlight of this holiday is the 'dinner on ice' experience which is a magical way to spend an evening.

After darkness falls the focus switches to the all-important Northern Lights and you will participate in two dedicated hunts for the Aurora with your expert guides. A snowmobile-pulled sleigh ride will lead you on your quest during one evening and you will then travel under your own steam during a snowshoe hike in search of a display. This is a region which enjoys frequent displays of the Northern Lights and so if conditions are conducive to a display you are in a prime location.


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Key facts

Duration:4 nights
Pace:Balanced
Suitable for: Ages 15+. See our terms for further information
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  • Upon arrival at the airport*, you will be welcomed before being transferred to your winter cottage accommodation at Brändön Lodge.

    At Brändön, you will be welcomed by your hosts before dinner is served in the main restaurant building. On your way back to your cottage tonight, be sure to keep an eye on the sky for the chance of an Aurora display.

    A note on flights: flights are not included in the holiday price so that the best possible fares and schedule can be found at the time of booking. Both low cost and scheduled airlines serve Luleå Airport and our Travel Experts will happily provide a quotation and arrange the flights as part of the package.

  • There is no more spectacular way to start your holiday in Luleå than with a husky safari. This is one of the best possible ways to get acquainted with the landscape of Swedish Lapland.

    You will be transferred to the nearby husky farm where you will meet your eager team and be shown how to prepare your sled. The dogs here really do love nothing more than to run and are sure to make their enthusiasm known! Once you set off, the dogs settle into a steady pace and it becomes a more tranquil experience. Travelling two people per sled, you will be out for around two hours enjoying this remarkable introduction to Lapland.

    There will be some free time to relax and unwind this afternoon after the excitement of the morning. Guests may like to take advantage of the sauna and hot tub facilities at Brändön (please see the 'Personalise' tab for further details) or explore independently.

    This evening's meal is rather special. The venue for your dinner is a tepee on the thick ice of the frozen sea. A campfire will keep things nice and cosy as you are treated to a delicious meal of Swedish delicacies. This will be an evening to remember and, if the Aurora graces you with its presence, the after dinner entertainment will be memorable too.

  • Today has been left for you to enjoy a leisurely morning or alternatively, you can head out and explore once again.

    We find that some guests love to simply relax in their surroundings, enjoy a stroll, a good book and a sauna. If however, you would rather be out and about then we can arrange a thrilling snowmobile safari for you. Travelling via snowmobile is not only an effective way to cover the landscape quickly, but it is also an exceptionally enjoyable experience. Details of the options available can be found in the 'Personalise' section of the holiday page.

    Tonight your adventure continues as you head out to enjoy a snowshoe expedition to seek out a prospective Northern Lights display. Your guide will lead the way to the nearby forest where you will learn about life in this region, all the while keeping a watch on the sky in case the Northern Lights make an appearance.

  • On your final full day in Swedish Lapland, you will have the morning and afternoon free to relax and enjoy your spectacular surroundings. If you would like to take part in some extra activities, why not have a look at our 'Personalise' section for further details of what you can enjoy. Perhaps you’ll choose to head out to the frozen archipelago via snowmobile, or maybe you’ll want to relax in the lodge’s sauna – the choice is yours.

    Tonight, you will once again be heading out to seek a prospective Aurora display, but this time you will be travelling in a sled pulled by your guide's snowmobile. As ever, your expert guide will use their experience and local knowledge to determine the best possible destination for your journey, in order to maximise your chances of witnessing the Northern Lights before you head home.

  • Today you will bid farewell to this wonderfully remarkable environment as you are transferred to the airport for your flights home.

    Alternatively, you can choose to extend your stay with a night at the spectacular Treehotel, an exceptional way to end your holiday in the Luleå area.

    We can also arrange for you to enjoy a city break in Stockholm on your way home.

    Details of all of the options available can be found on the 'Personalise' section of this holiday page.

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Brändön Lodge

Nights: 1-4

Brändön Lodge is located on the edge of the sea that freezes around the Luleå Archipelago each year. It is a remarkable sight to see such a vast frozen mass of water each morning as you step out of your cosy cottage for a day of activities.

Hotel facilities

  • Your meals are all served in the restaurant in the main building. You will enjoy a variety of local dishes and more international cuisine in the evening menus (which are typically two courses and served as a hearty buffet). Breakfasts are typically Scandinavian in style and provide you with the fuel that you need for a day of adventure
  • The restaurant is situated on the upper floor of the main hotel building and offers panoramic views over the frozen bay while you tuck into your delicious meal. The lodge also has a fully stocked bar and pretty impressive wine cellar for any enthusiasts staying
  • A short walk from the restaurant building, there is also a sauna for guests to enjoy. Indulging in a sauna, after an exhilarating day in the great outdoors is just the perfect way to unwind! This is bookable locally and charges may apply

Guest room types

Winter cottages: Brändön Lodge consists of individual winter cottages. Each homely cottage is detached, allowing guests the space to unwind and relax in comfort and having all the added benefits of the main building within walking distance.

All the winter cottages have an open plan living and dining area with kitchenette. We recommend taking tea and coffee provisions with you. They have two bedrooms (both furnished with twin beds – in some cases these can be moved together), an en-suite shower room, hairdryer and toilet. Recent room refurbishment leaves the cottages with a modern yet authentic Scandinavian feel. One of the nicest features of the cottages are the terraces, where in the morning you can step out and inhale the cool, crisp air and marvel at the view of the frozen sea and snow-covered forests that stretch before you.


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The Treehotel

The Treehotel is unique and surreal. We can arrange for you to spend the night amidst the treetops of Swedish Lapland in one of the most inventive bedrooms on the planet. It is an experience, unlike any other and one that we don't feel that you should miss. Each of the six architect-designed rooms is cutting edge.

The bedroom options include The UFO, Mirror Cube, Bird's Nest, Blue Cone and The Cabin. Each room is spectacular in its own right and totally unique and no matter which option you choose you will experience an unforgettable night. It is possible to upgrade to a night in The Dragonfly or the 7th Room - please ask if you would like a quote for this option.

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Your stay includes lunch, dinner and breakfast at Britta's Guesthouse which is around a 10-minute walk from the tree rooms. This is a characterful and quirky place to dine, in contrast with the ultra modern Treehotel, with old world charm and hearty home cooking.

This is exclusive accommodation as there are only six rooms, so we recommend booking as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

In the morning after your breakfast, your transfers will be arranged to take you back to the airport for your return flights home.

Please contact us for a full quotation based on your transfer and rooming requirements.


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Activities

Snowmobile safari on the pack ice

From: £205pp

On day three of your holiday, you will have the chance to participate in a thrilling snowmobile safari out on the pack ice.

Your destination for the day will be the village of Brändöskär on the outermost archipelago, an idyllic fishing hamlet dating back to the 17th century. To get here you will snowmobile across the frozen Bothnian Bay, an endless vista of pack ice and snow, which makes for a spectacular journey. Once you have reached your destination you will visit the chapel and fishing huts before a warming lunch that your guide will cook over an open fire. You will be out for around four hours in total. You will travel two people per snowmobile and will be able to swap drivers during the trip. You must be over 18 years old and hold a full driving licence to drive a snowmobile.

Hovercraft excursion

From: £215pp

This region is the only place we feature where guests can explore the wilds in a hovercraft. These machines perfectly suit the ever-changing seasons here and are exceptionally good fun.

You will each be given an intercom headset in order for the pilot to be able to communicate with you and impart his local knowledge.

During this two and a half hour tour, you will set off across the ice and islands and head out to the island of Brändöskär which is typically close to the edge of the frozen sea. You will disembark and take a walk on the ice where depending on the weather conditions, you may witness some of the vast natural sculptures which form as the pack ice gradually shifts and cracks.

A light lunch is included and you will be served warm drinks before returning to the lodge.


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Icebreaker

From: £345pp

The frozen sea is a sight to behold. A vast, thick sheet of shimmering white, stretching out far into the distance, it is hard to believe that the ocean lies below. The ship then cuts through the ice with apparent ease and suddenly the water is revealed. Shards of Ice surround the boat and you would be forgiven for wondering whether you are on an expedition to Antarctica. The title of the ship ‘Arctic explorer’ conjures up images of historic voyages and when you get out onto the open ocean it is difficult not to feel a sense of adventure. 

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You will take a 35-minute transfer to Luleå from your accommodation at Brändön Lodge or Pinebay Lodge, before picking up a second transfer from Luleå to Piteå, which takes approximately 50 minutes. Following an introduction and safety briefing by the ship’s captain, the journey will begin in Pitsundskanalen, which is where the mouth of the river Piteälven meets the open sea. A mere 100 yards ahead of this point, the ocean opens out and there is a seemingly endless display of ice, which is easily broken by the ‘Arctic Explorer’. The ship leaves a trail of ocean behind and this makes it possible to bathe in the freezing water.

You will be given survival suits which will provide protection from the cold and also prevents you from getting wet. Following this, you will have the opportunity to float on the water. It is an invigorating experience, and when you are lowered into the ocean you may have feelings of trepidation, but this soon replaced by delight. You can also experience walking upon the thick Ice of the frozen sea, which is a surreal experience, particularly if you imagine the contrast of a summer’s day, where the water is flowing freely.

The cruise will last for approximately 2 hours. A hot drink and survival suits are included.

Little Extras

Hot tub and sauna

During your stay at Brändön Lodge, you will have the option to relax in the hot tub and sauna. Both of these are just a short walk from the lodge and they sit on the edge of the frozen sea. The hot tub and sauna are rented for private use together, so you can use each of them as you like. If you would like to include this, please contact one of our Travel Experts who will be able to provide you with a full quote for your needs.

Trip Extensions

Stockholm City break

With our trips to Swedish Lapland primarily connecting through Stockholm, guests have the perfect excuse to stop for a night and enjoy this wonderful capital city.

Frequently described as one of the most beautiful cities in the world, the cityscape is unparalleled and consists of 14 islands and islets that are connected by over 50 bridges.

The bright elegance of the city is a combination of its old town (Gamla Stan) with its narrow medieval alleyways and sturdy cobbled streets, its harbourside locations, and its central metropolis complete with bustling commercial heart.

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Accommodation is varied and plentiful in the city and we can arrange accommodation of all styles and to suit all budgets so please contact our Travel Experts for their recommendations and suggestions on where to stay.

There is much to enjoy here. For a taste of history and culture, guests can visit the Nobel Prize Museum which showcases previous recipients or visit Drottningham Palace, the grand homestead of the Swedish Royal family. The UNESCO-listed Woodland Cemetery (Skogskyrkogården) is also a recommended architectural attraction as is the island of Bjorko which is an important trading centre dating back to the Viking era.

Stockholm is an easy city to walk around and relax in, with over 30% made up of waterways and another 30% made up of green spaces. The city also has remarkably efficient public transport – the Metro which opened in 1950 is well known for its decorated stations and is often referred to as the longest art gallery in the world.

When it comes to food and drink, visitors can sample traditional Swedish food (husmanskost) such as meatballs and reindeer but can also sample some of the modern trends of nouveau Nordic cuisine featured in several unique restaurants throughout the capital.

This is a vibrant capital city and it is well worth dedicating some time to enjoying all it has to offer.


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We include more, no hidden costs

On each of our holidays, you will see a clear outline of exactly what's included in the price of your holiday. We never use 'headline' or 'lead-in' prices like so many tour operators, as we prefer to include as much as we can, rather than see our clients incur considerable additional costs in our destinations.
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Please note: Alternative departure dates can be arranged, please contact our travel experts for further details.

Flight information: Flights are not included in the holiday price so that the best possible fares and schedule can be found at the time of booking. Both low cost and scheduled airlines serve Luleå Airport and our travel experts will happily provide a quotation and arrange the flights as part of the package.

Single adult price: Based on the single use of a cabin, but sharing transfers and husky sled.

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Thu 10 Jan 2019
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Next season's provisional dates and prices

To secure places for next season, you can make a provisional booking and fix the cost of your holiday at the provisional package price displayed online. Simply by paying a deposit, you will protect yourself from any package price increases. The departure dates and itineraries remain subject to change and we will contact you when the final dates and itineraries are confirmed. You will have 14 days to decide if you would like to go ahead. If you decide not to travel we will refund your deposit. We reserve the right to charge supplements where there are significant changes to an itinerary or increases in flight costs. Any non-package rates remain subject to change.

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Thu 09 Jan 2020
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Thu 16 Jan 2020
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Thu 23 Jan 2020
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Thu 30 Jan 2020
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Thu 06 Feb 2020
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Holiday group size (approximate)

Minimum 2 people, maximum 24 people (approximately)

Group sizes and minimum numbers

Most of our holidays require a minimum number of participants to operate. Minimum numbers are detailed on each holiday page and are always approximate. Group sizes for tailor made holidays will vary for each of the activities. For private departures you may also be joined by other guests during the activities unless you have discussed specific private activities with us.

If your selected date has not yet reached minimum numbers you will be informed at the time of booking. In the unlikely event that your chosen date has not reached the required minimum numbers nine weeks before your scheduled departure date we will contact you and discuss the various options available to you. We will always do all we can to operate a holiday and in some cases we may be able to operate the holiday by combining your itinerary with that of other guests for some activities (this may mean that the maximum group size is increased but this will be discussed in full with you).

If we are unable to operate the holiday then you will be offered the chance to transfer to an alternative holiday or date (subject to availability). If the alternative is more expensive you will be asked to pay the difference, if it is cheaper then you will be reimbursed. You will also be offered the option to cancel and receive a full refund of all monies paid.

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Order of activities

The order of activities is always subject to change and you will be provided with your final itinerary upon arrival at your destination

Medical History and advice

If you or any member of your party is pregnant or has any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday or has any special requirements as a result of any medical condition or disability (including any which affect the booking process), please tell us before you confirm your booking so that we can assist you in considering the suitability of the arrangements and/or making the booking. In any event, you must give us full details in writing at the time of booking and whenever any change in the condition or disability occurs. You must also promptly advise us if you become pregnant or any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday develops after your booking has been confirmed.

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Experience and fitness

We offer a vast choice of holidays which range from 'relaxed' to 'active' so there really is something for everyone and our holidays can be filtered by how active they are. Regardless of the chosen holiday, all activities will include tuition from a beginner's lever and no prior experience is assumed.
If you are unsure about the physical demands of a particular holiday please contact us and our expert team will be happy to help.
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Guides and safety

It is absolutely essential when partaking in any activity that you listen very closely to, and abide by, the instructions provided.

If there is anything that you are unsure of during a safety briefing or that you would like to clarify with the guides please make this clear to them immediately before starting the activity.

Our guides' word on activities is always final and your safety is their principal concern at all times, please respect their decisions. By following their instructions, your safety and enjoyment during each activity will be greatly enhanced.

See our booking conditions for further information.

Booking activities locally

In almost all of our destinations you can book and pay for additional activities locally. Please note that we cannot be held responsible for any injury or loss that occurs through any activities that are booked in your destination (see our terms and conditions for further details).

Please always ensure that your safety is your primary concern when arranging any such activity.

Car Hire

If your trip includes car hire the named driver must have a credit card registered in their name which they can present when they collect their car along with their driving licence, as a deposit will be held on the credit card.  Please see your trip dossier for full details.

Minimum age

The minimum age for participation in our itinerary is 15 years old, however, for some activities and shared transfers, our guests may be joined by others and these may include those of a younger age. Any younger participants will be fully supervised by an adult and the guides will ensure that they are only able to participate if there will be no effect on the activity experience. None of the hotels we feature have a minimum age and so there may be families staying at them with younger children, especially during the holiday periods.

To drive a snowmobile you must have a full driving licence and be over 18 years old.

 



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