Price from £2,200pp
All prices include: flights, transfers, accommodation, meals, guided activities and cold weather clothing; all as listed.

Key facts

  • Duration:7 nights
  • Pace:Balanced
  • Suitable for: Ages 15+. See our terms for further information
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  • Flights: return flights from London Heathrow to Luleå (via Stockholm)
  • Transfers: return airport transfers from Luleå Airport
  • Accommodation: 7 nights accommodation in a winter cottage at Brändön Lodge
  • Meals: 7 breakfasts, 7 dinners
  • The following activities and equipment are included: two Northern Lights hunts via snowmobile-pulled sled (order of activities is subject to change)
  • Cold weather clothing for the duration of your stay
  • Fully qualified wilderness guides and instructors during activities

Brändön Lodge sits in the perfect position, with commanding views out to the frozen Bothnian Bay, topped with a thick layer of sea ice and covered in snow. Charming winter cottages are dotted around the warm and inviting main lodge, with a backdrop of snow-covered woods, creating a picture-perfect setting.

This seven-night Christmas holiday at Brändön Lodge in the stunning region of Luleå is the perfect festive getaway for those wanting to experience wonderful winter activities with a chance to see the Northern Lights, all the while enjoying hearty local food and the warmth and hospitality of your Swedish hosts: our good friend Göran and his team.

We have included two hunts for the Northern Lights via snowmobile-pulled sled, which will take you across the frozen sea, travelling from island to island in search of the Aurora, offering you the perfect chance to outrun any potential cloud cover.

The rest of your time has been left free for you to choose from a variety of additional winter activities led by our local experts, such as hovercrafting across the frozen pack ice, dog sledding through the forest, snowmobiling across the wintery landscape, and searching for the Northern Lights on snowshoes. You can also make use of the lodge’s sauna and hot tub, which sit on the edge of the frozen sea – please see our personalise tab for further details.

Experience a Christmas like never before, filling your week with adventure, excitement and relaxation in this very special setting.

©Tomas Jönsson, Graeme Richardson, Goranwiden Bilder
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  • Brändön husky safari

    From £192pp

    You will head out for a two-hour safari (approximate duration), which will take you through snow-covered forests and across frozen lakes, offering stunning views all around. At the kennels, you will meet with the expert mushers and after a safety briefing, you will be assigned your team of enthusiastic dogs.

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    Travelling two people per team, you will then head out onto the trails. Back at the kennels, there will be plenty of time to make a fuss of the dogs and take photographs.

    Drive your own husky team upgrade: £78pp

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  • Hovercraft excursion

    From: £194pp

    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.

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    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.

    Image credit: Graeme Richardson
  • Northern Lights Snowshoe Walk

    From: £87pp

    Snowshoes allow you to easily get over areas of deep snow. This is particularly useful when trekking to find the Northern Lights because you will be able to get to less accessible Aurora-spotting locations.

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    A break will be had along the way where you will be taught how to get a fire going and prepare a hot drink. There are two-hour and three-hour versions of this activity; during the latter, you will also be treated to dinner, cooked by your guide over an open fire.

    Duration: 2 hours (includes a drink) / 3 hours (includes dinner)

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  • Ice fishing

    From: £83pp

    Ice fishing is an incredibly popular activity in the Nordic Countries. You will be led to a fishing spot in a snowmobile-pulled sled.

    Your guide will demonstrate how to drill through the ice and set up a fishing line.

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    It will then be a test of patience and luck to see if you make a catch – perch is commonly caught in the waters here. As you wait, you can sit back with a hot drink and sweet snack.

    Duration: 2 hours

    Image credit: Lapland Safaris
  • Snowmobile Forest Tour

    From: £123pp

    Snowmobiling through the snowy forests of Swedish Lapland is an enchanting and fast-paced experience. Having been shown how to drive the vehicles, you will follow your guide along a trail, travelling two people per snowmobile on this two-hour safari. It is also possible to upgrade to drive your own snowmobile.

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    Anyone wishing to drive must be at least 18 years old and in possession of a full driving licence.

    This two hour safari includes a stop for hot drinks and the chance to swap drivers.

    Duration: 2 hours

    Drive your own snowmobile upgrade: add £88


  • Aurora hideaway dinner

    From: £152pp

    For an extra special evening during your holiday we highly recommend the Aurora Hideaway Dinner which is a private dining experience. This small hideaway is one of a handful which effectively offers a completely private “restaurant”. Each is moved around the archipelago by snowcat to ensure that it is in the best possible location (based on the day's wind, weather and ice conditions).

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    You will travel via snowmobile-pulled sleigh into the wilds, where you will soon see the glow coming from a small hut in the distance. The heat from a cosy fire will await you inside.

    Upon arrival, you will be served a drink of your choice (either wine, beer or a hot drink – any further drinks can be added to your room bill to be paid at checkout) along with a delicious soup. Your main course will then be prepared on an open fire before pudding and hot drinks are served.

    We strongly recommend that between courses you pop outdoors in order to gaze at the sky, as the Northern Lights have been known to interrupt these meals! Your guide will also have snowshoes available for you should you wish to explore the surrounding area (close to the cabin) whilst your next course is being prepared.

    If you are booking this activity from Pine Bay Lodge then a short car transfer will be required initially.

  • Icebreaker

    From: £285pp

    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.

  • 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.

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.
Price guarantee

Single adult price: based on sharing activities and transfers but staying in your own cabin (please note: the minimum number required for the trip to run is 2 people).

Next year'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.

Fri 21 Dec 2018
to Fri 28 Dec 2018
Adults£ 2,200 Single Adult£ 3,130

For our full booking terms and conditions please click here

Holiday group size (approximate)

Minimum 2 people; maximum 24 (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.

See our booking conditions for further information.

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.

See our booking conditions for further information.

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.
See our booking conditions for further information.

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

Please note that this Christmas week runs alongside a family Christmas week, which includes similar activities. Whilst this holiday is suitable for those aged 15 years and over, for some of the activities there may be children under the age of 15 present. Our Travel Experts will answer any concerns you may have in this regard.

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