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VISITING: Sweden BROCHURE CODE: 26012
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Over four exciting nights, you’ll get to experience a husky safari, dine on top of the frozen sea and hunt for the Northern Lights, all the while staying in a cosy winter cottage. Staying at Brändön Lodge with views out to the snow-topped Luleå Archipelago, your location is sublime and perfect for a winter getaway over the half term break.

What's included?

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

  • Flights: return flights from London Heathrow to Luleå (via Stockholm)
  • 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
  • The following activities and equipment are included: husky safari, dinner on Ice, Northern Lights snowshoeing, Northern Lights hunt via snowmobile-pulled sled with wilderness dinner (the order of activities is subject to change)
  • Cold weather clothing for the duration of your stay
  • Fully qualified wilderness guides and instructors during activities

Enjoy a four-night holiday to Brandon Lodge, situated on the edge of the frozen sea and backed by enchanting forests. While here, you’ll enjoy a husky safari through the snow-covered woods, as well as dining on the frozen waters of the archipelago, followed by two Northern Lights hunts in search of the Aurora.

The lodge sits in a magnificent position, with the main restaurant and lounge building in the centre and fifteen wooden winter cottages dotted throughout the grounds, all facing towards the Bothnian Bay. The archipelago is made up of 1300 islands, yet only 100 residents, so the area is a perfect wilderness waiting to be explored.

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Swedish Lapland is a beautiful destination and with a short transfer from Lulea, you’ll be right at the heart of this winter wonderland. Warming, local food awaits and the friendly locals are sure to make you feel welcome in this, your home for the next few days.

For those wanting to experience some truly wonderful activities, enjoy a perfect winter setting and hopefully catch sight of the Northern Lights, this holiday really is an excellent choice.


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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 in Luleå, you will be met at the airport and transferred to the nearby Brändön Lodge, your home for the next few days.

    Your hosts will welcome you and show you to your winter cottage where you can unwind and relax, prior to enjoying your evening meal tonight in the main lodge building.

    Cold weather clothes are provided for you on arrival, so if the weather is right, why not have a look at the sky tonight to see if you can spot the Northern Lights. 

  • Following breakfast this morning, you will be transferred to the nearby husky farm where you will take part in your first winter activity: dog sledding.

    The perfect way to start your holiday, dog sledding is perhaps one of the most enjoyable and unique winter experiences you can take part in. The dogs absolutely love heading out onto the trails and it is evident in their excitement to get going upon your arrival! Expertly trained and cared for, these dogs enjoy nothing more than running through the stunning forests along the beautiful snowy tracks.

    During the activity, you will travel two per sled and there will be a chance to swap drivers when you enjoy a break and a hot drink. The activity lasts approximately two hours in total and you will be taken through stunning scenery, past snow-laden woods and frozen lakes and rivers.

    After your husky safari, you will transfer back to the lodge for lunch and then an afternoon of relaxation. Why not unwind in the lodge’s sauna and hot tub on the shores of the frozen sea? Please see our ‘Personalise’ section for further details.

    Tonight you will enjoy a three-course dinner (drinks not included) on top of the frozen sea for your 'Dinner on Ice' experience. The sea ice is your restaurant floor as you sit in the cosy tepee atop reindeer pelts and enjoy the warmth of the crackling fire; an experience like no other!

  • With an evening activity tonight, today is free for you to tailor your time and either relax in your cabin or at the lodge or perhaps take part in some extra winter activities.

    The sauna sits on the edge of the frozen archipelago and is a wonderful place to unwind, or maybe you would like to add in more action and take part in a snowmobile safari across the pack ice.

    We also offer a hovercraft tour of the Bay of Bothnia which takes you past the many islands which make up the Luleå archipelago, gliding across the ice and with the potential to spot sea eagles and seals. Please see our ‘Personalise’ section for further details.

    After dinner at the lodge this evening, you will head out for your first Northern Lights hunt. Your guide will show you how to snowshoe before leading you through the magical forest. Snowshoes have been used for thousands of years and they are a fantastic way to explore terrain that would otherwise be inaccessible, spreading your weight and allowing you to venture through the deep snow.

    Walking through the forest, your guide will tell you about the history and nature of the area, as well as searching for the Northern Lights.

  • Today you have another day of leisure, allowing you to choose whether to relax and enjoy the surroundings of the lodge, or perhaps take part in some extra activities, including a hovercraft ride, snowmobiling, or a trip the sauna. Please see our ‘Personalise’ section for full details.

    For your final night in Luleå, you will venture out for another night hunting for the Aurora. You will travel via snowmobile-pulled sled, wrapped up in warm blankets and reindeer pelts and your expert guide will use their local knowledge to drive to the best places for a potential Northern Lights display. Dinner will be prepared over a campfire and you will sit atop warm reindeer pelts as you gaze upwards in search of the Aurora, savouring the peace and tranquillity of the forest.

  • Unfortunately, your time in Luleå has come to an end and today you will be transferred to the airport for your flight home.

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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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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.


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Activities

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.

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 staying in your own cabin but sharing transfers and a husky sled during the safari. Please note: the minimum number required for the trip to run is 2 people.

Dates
Sat 16 Feb 2019
to Wed 20 Feb 2019
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Adults£ 1,885 Single Adult£ 2,365
Wed 20 Feb 2019
to Sun 24 Feb 2019
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Adults£ 1,865 Single Adult£ 2,335

Please note: our holiday prices are based on the lowest available airline fares. These fares can sell out quickly and, as a result, prices may increase and supplements may be applicable. We recommend booking at the earliest opportunity in order to secure the best possible fares and flight times.

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.

Dates
Sat 15 Feb 2020
to Wed 19 Feb 2020
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Adults£ 2,015 Single Adult£ 2,530
Wed 19 Feb 2020
to Sun 23 Feb 2020
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Adults£ 1,995 Single Adult£ 2,495

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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.

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.

Traveller Reviews

Everything went according to plan 15 February 2017 by Margaret & David Jarvis and Anita Abri

We had a fabulous holiday; probably the best ever. I think that both you and Brandon Lodge do a fabulous job. I am still wishing that we were back there enjoying the excellent food and cold winter fun. Would definitely go back again.



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