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VISITING: Sweden BROCHURE CODE: 26011
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Spend New Year in the frozen winter wonderland of Luleå during this four-night trip to Swedish Lapland. Enjoy a variety of experiences to welcome the New Year in style, including a husky safari through the snow-covered forest, as well as hunts for the Northern Lights via snowshoes and snowmobile-pulled sled.

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 or 4 nights in a double room at Pinebay Lodge (both options are subject to availability)
  • Meals: 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners, 1 light snack on arrival
  • The following activities and equipment are included: husky safari, Aurora hideaway dinner, Northern Lights snowshoeing, 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 Aurora Borealis trip to Lulea 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 their location, Brandon Lodge and Pine Bay Lodge are ideal places 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.


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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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  • Arriving at Luleå Airport late this evening, you will be transferred to your winter cottage accommodation at either Brändön Lodge or Pinebay Lodge, which are both only thirty-five to forty-five minutes away.

    After meeting your hosts, you will enjoy a light snack 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.

  • 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 (including transfers), 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 be transferred via snowmobile-pulled sled to enjoy your 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.

  • 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 through the forest, 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 hot tub and sauna, only a short walk from your cabin. Please see our ‘Personalise’ section for full details.

    After dinner at the lodge, tonight you will head out on a two-hour snowshoe safari in search of the Northern Lights. Your guide will lead you through the snowy forest which surrounds your accommodation and you will learn all about the local area, as well as how to make a campfire in the snow.

  • 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.

  • Today you will bid farewell to this incredible location as you are transferred to the airport for your flights 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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Other options

Pine Bay Lodge

The lodge is located on the coastal edge of the Luleå Archipelago offering views across the frozen sea and surrounding snow-clad forests. There is minimal light pollution here, resulting in the night sky producing stunning displays of the Northern Lights if conditions are right.

The words homely and charming immediately spring to mind when describing Pine Bay Lodge (Furufjärden in Swedish). It offers a ’home from home’ style of accommodation, which is comparable to that of a ski chalet.

Pine Bay is the kind of place that makes you feel like you want to curl up by the fire and relax with your slippers on. Obviously, this is highly recommended after a day of adventures, as long as the Northern Lights are not dancing around the sky as they often do.

Our good friend Göran Widén, who owns the lodge, recently told us: "If I come into the lodge and find someone fast asleep on the sofa in front of the open fire, it is the ultimate compliment. For people to be so relaxed and comfortable in the lodge shows I have been successful in creating the atmosphere I had in mind when dreaming of how I wanted my guests to feel during their holiday."

Hotel facilities

  • The lodge is centred on the main lounge area, where the open fire beckons guests to the cosy sofas
  • The open plan dining area offers views of the surrounding countryside and at night the chance to keep a watchful eye out for the Northern Lights (many a meal has been interrupted here)
  • The kitchen at the lodge is a real highlight and every evening a delicious menu of local produce is carefully prepared for all guests
  • A sauna is available to book locally and we do encourage all guests to enjoy the traditional roll in the snow afterwards. This will help you understand the real meaning of the word refreshing!

Guest bedrooms

The lodge has only eight guest bedrooms in the main building, all with en-suite shower rooms. There is also a family suite of rooms in a small annexe adjacent to the main building. You really could describe this as an ‘exclusive destination’. The rooms are very comfortable and provide a peaceful place to lay your head after a day of adventures.


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Our pick

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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Activities

Snowmobile Forest Tour

From: £125pp

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 £90

 

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.
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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).

 

Dates
Sat 29 Dec 2018
to Wed 02 Jan 2019
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Adults£ 2,015 Single Adult£ 2,555

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 28 Dec 2019
to Wed 01 Jan 2020
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Adults£ 2,155 Single Adult£ 2,735

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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.



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