Price from £1,725pp
All prices include: flights, transfers, accommodation, meals, guided activities and cold weather clothing; all as listed.
VISITING: Sweden
BROCHURE CODE: 26012

Key facts

  • Duration:4 nights
  • Pace:Balanced
  • Suitable for: Ages 15+. See our terms for further information
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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 Brändön 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.

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.

© Graeme-Richardson

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  • Snowmobile safari on the pack ice

    From £185pp

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

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    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.


Other options

  • 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
  • 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.
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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 10 Feb 2018
to Wed 14 Feb 2018
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Adults£ 1,725 Single Adult£ 2,165
Wed 14 Feb 2018
to Sun 18 Feb 2018
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Adults£ 1,735 Single Adult£ 2,175

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 year's provisional dates and prices

The prices and dates for next season are not yet available. However, in order to secure places on your chosen holiday, you can make a provisional booking and fix the cost of your trip at the provisional package price displayed online. Simply by paying a deposit, you will protect yourself from any package price increases. If the final price of the holiday is lower than the provisional price, you will be charged the lower rate. The departure dates and itineraries remain subject to change and we will contact you when the final dates and details are confirmed. You will then have 14 days to decide whether you would like to go ahead. If you decide not to travel we will refund your deposit. We reserve the right to charge flight supplements and to increase prices if there is a significant change to the holiday (e.g increased duration, alternative accommodation). Any non-packaged rates listed on the website (eg. additional activities and extra nights) will remain subject to price increases.

Dates
Sat 09 Feb 2019
to Wed 13 Feb 2019
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Adults£ 1,945 Single Adult£ 2,445
Wed 13 Feb 2019
to Sun 17 Feb 2019
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Adults£ 1,955 Single Adult£ 2,455

For our full booking terms and conditions please click here

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.

  • 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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