Brändön Lodge - Aurora Highlights at New Year
- Duration:4 nights
- Suitable for: Ages 15+. See our terms for further information
- Flights: Return flights from London Gatwick 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, Aurora Hideaway dinner, Northern Lights snowshoeing with dinner, Northern Lights hunt 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
During this four night trip to Luleå and its frozen archipelago, you’ll take part in several exciting activities to give you a taste of life in Swedish Lapland and welcome the New Year in style.
Dog sledding is often regarded as one of the most exhilarating and enjoyable winter activities, so we have made sure to include a two-hour safari within this trip. Your team of dogs will glide through the forest and around frozen lakes, offering a truly memorable perspective of this beautiful winter wonderland.
Furthermore, you will enjoy dinner in the Aurora Hideaway, a winter cottage on skis, which can be positioned at the best possible Aurora hunting spots while you dine on local dishes.
Due to its location, Brändön Lodge is an ideal place to seek out the Northern Lights, which is why we have included two nights dedicated to hunting them out. Firstly, you will explore under your own steam as you head out on a snowshoe trek through the silent landscape in search of the Aurora and then you will be whisked away into the night via snowmobile-pulled sled in a bid to see the Northern Lights in various locations.
You will also have some free time to relax, or perhaps take part in additional winter activities, the choice is yours.
©Tomas Jönsson, Graeme Richardson
Day 1 Arrival and introduction
You will be met at Luleå Airport and transferred to your winter cottage accommodation at Brändön Lodge.
After meeting your hosts, you will enjoy a warming meal in the main lodge’s restaurant before returning to your accommodation where you can look forward to the days ahead.
Each cabin looks out to the frozen Bothnian Bay, so be sure to have a look out tonight to see if the Northern Lights are overhead.
Day 2 Husky safari and Aurora Hideaway dinner
After breakfast in the main lodge, you will head off to the nearby husky farm to take part in a truly fantastic experience: dog sledding.
You will be introduced to your team of dogs who are always eager to start running on the trail. Although they may come across as excitable now, once they are on the trail, the silence is astounding as they focus on the track and do what they enjoy the most.
During this two hour safari, you will travel two per sled and have the opportunity to switch drivers, as well as enjoying a break for a warm drink.
Lunch will be served back at the lodge and you will have the afternoon free to relax.
This evening you will head out for dinner at the Aurora Hideaway; a charming cabin on skis which will be positioned in an ideal spot within the frozen landscape for any potential aurora display while you enjoy a freshly prepared, two-course meal. Each cabin can accommodate up to 12 people and they are cosy, comfortable and warm inside.
Day 3 Optional activities and Northern Lights snowshoeing with dinner
Today is free for you to tailor your time as you like. There are plenty of activities which you can choose to add-on, such as snowmobiling on the frozen archipelago, or enjoying a thrilling hovercraft ride across the Bothnian Bay, looking out for seals and sea eagles as you travel across the ice from island to island.
Alternatively, if you would like to relax, why not head to the lodge’s sauna, only a short walk from your cabin. Please see our ‘Personalise’ section for full details.
After a day of leisure, tonight you will head out on a three-hour snowshoe safari where dinner will be prepared for you and you will get to dine under the dark sky above, hopefully with an Aurora display for dessert! Your guide will lead you through the snowy forest which surrounds Brändön Lodge and you will learn all about the local area, as well as how to make a campfire in the snow.
Day 4 Northern Lights hunt via snowmobile-pulled sled
Following another free day where you can pick and choose what you would like to do, tonight you will set off once again in search of the Northern Lights.
Sitting on reindeer pelts and wrapped in warm blankets, your guide will set off to the best possible spot for an Aurora viewing. Travelling via snowmobile-pulled sled not only offers you the chance to sit back and enjoy the experience, but it also means that you can travel great distances to maximise your chances of spotting the Northern Lights during this two-hour tour.
Day 5 Depart or extend your stay with a night at the Treehotel
Today you will bid farewell to this incredible location as you are transferred to the airport for your flights home.
Alternatively, you can choose to extend your stay by travelling to the incredible Treehotel. Please see our ‘Personalise’ section for full details.
Included in price
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.
- 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
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 Scandanavian 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.
Image credit: Graeme Richardson
Personalise this tour
The TreehotelFrom £407pp
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.Read more
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 - please ask if you would like a quote for this option.
Your stay includes 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.
Snowmobile safari on the pack iceFrom: £200pp
On day three of your holiday you will have the chance to participate in a thrilling snowmobile safari out on the pack ice.Read more about this activity
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 excursionFrom: £211pp
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.Read more about this activity
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.
Credit: Graeme Richardson
During your stay at Brändön Lodge, you will have the option to relax in the sauna. This is just a short walk from the lodge and sits on the edge of the frozen water. Saunas are an absolute must when you are in Sweden and are ideal for relaxing and restoring any tired muscles after a day's adventure.
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Minimum 10 people; maximum 24 (approximately)
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Order of activities
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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.
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