Pine Bay Lodge - An Aurora Hideaway at Half Term
- Duration:4 nights
- Suitable for: Ages 18+. Please see our terms for further information
- Flights: Return flights from London to Luleå (via Stockholm); flight routes subject to change
- Transfers: Return airport transfers
- Accommodation: 4 nights in an en-suite double room at Pine Bay Lodge
- Meals: 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners
- The following activities are included in the holiday: Snowmobile forest tour, husky safari, Northern Lights sled tour, ice fishing, Northern Lights snowshoeing with wilderness dinner (the order of activities is subject to change)
- Fully qualified guides and instructors during activities
This four-night holiday at Pine Bay Lodge provides plenty of snow-based excitement for a thrilling Half Term getaway. You will snowmobile through the nearby forests and ride husky sleds around the wilderness. There will be a chance to pick up the Nordic hobby of ice fishing, which is very much an obsession in Sweden.
By night, you can snowshoe in search of the Aurora Borealis and also go hunting for them in a snowmobile-pulled sled. The lodge is located well inside the Aurora Zone, meaning that you will be in the right place for spotting the Northern Lights.
Pine Bay Lodge is a welcoming building based next to a tranquil lake in the woods. It has been constructed in a pleasant Scandinavian fashion, with a spacious lounge area where visitors can mingle and share their stories by the fireplace. True to Swedish tastes, there are also sauna facilities on site which make for wonderful retreats after a day on the snow.
The lodge is based in the Luleå region, famed for its archipelago of over 1,300 islands. Part of the Bay of Bothnia, these are all connected by sea ice during the winter, creating a captivating environment which just calls to be explored. All in all, you will have a Half Term holiday that won’t be forgotten.
©Graeme Richardson, Artisan Travel staff trip (Feb '15)!
Day 1 Arrival and introduction
After landing, you will be met at the airport and transferred to Pine Bay Lodge. As you are driven along, you will quickly see how spectacular the surrounding environment really is! Having checked in, you will be served a wholesome dinner with your fellow visitors.
We have arranged a post-dinner introduction meeting with your guide to familiarise you with the itinerary. The guide will answer any questions and will also provide cold-weather clothing, which you can keep for the holiday.
Prior to tucking in for the night, you can spend more time relaxing in the lounge or exploring outside – the Northern Lights may have made an appearance.
Day 2 Snowmobile forest tour and husky safari
Today features two iconic Swedish Lapland winter activities: snowmobiling and husky sledding.
After breakfast, you will be given a safety demonstration on driving snowmobiles. You will then follow your guide on a two-hour forest safari. Snowmobiles provide exceptional mobility, enabling much land to be covered in little time – no wonder they are an essential means of transport in this part of the world. They are also exhilarating to ride, as you will quickly come to appreciate! A hot drink stop will be made along the way, giving you instant warmth and energy.
While you will travel two people per snowmobile, it is also possible to upgrade and have a vehicle all to yourself. Please see the ‘Personalise’ section for further information. Anyone wishing to drive a snowmobile must be at least 18 years old and in possession of a full driving licence.
Lunch will be served at Pine Bay Lodge, leading into the incredible husky safari, which is easily a favourite with everyone.
You will meet the huskies at a nearby farm and will also learn how to control a sled. It will then be time to test your skills on the trail. The two-hour safari will take you through beautiful terrain, with the silent, powerful paws of the dogs whisking you along. You will travel two people per sled with the chance to swap driving and sitting. There will be a break for hot drinks as you go.
Back at Pine Bay Lodge, there will be time to unwind before dinner. You could make a trip to the sauna, which can be booked and paid for locally. You might just prefer to take a walk or read a book in the lounge!
Day 3 Optional activities and Northern Lights sled tour
Following breakfast, you will have a free day, letting you enjoy Pine Bay Lodge and Luleå as you please. You can book a brilliant archipelago hovercraft trip which will take you across the sea ice to some of the islands close by. This is the only location in Swedish Lapland to offer such an experience, so it is rather unique. Please see the ‘Personalise’ section for more information. Lunch at Pine Bay Lodge is included today.
After dinner, you will be taken for the first of your two Northern Lights hunts. Sitting on cosy reindeer pelts in a sled, you will be pulled along by your guide’s snowmobile as they take you to some of the best Aurora viewpoints. With luck, you will be treated to some fabulous displays.
Day 4 Ice fishing, Northern Lights snowshoeing with wilderness dinner
Breakfast will be followed by the classic Nordic activity of ice fishing. Reaching a specially chosen fishing spot in a snowmobile-pulled sled, you will be taught how to make a hole in the ice and assemble a fishing line. After that, it will be a case of putting patience and luck to the test. Even if you don’t make a catch, the experience is highly memorable. Hot drinks will be provided as you wait.
Lunch and a free afternoon will be enjoyed at Pine Bay Lodge, with time to book a session in the sauna, should you wish.
Rather than being served a final dinner at the lodge, you will instead get to try a delicious wilderness dinner prepared by your guide. Before this, you will snowshoe through the surrounding area in search of the Northern Lights. Snowshoes are fantastic for making your way over deep snow and allow you to get quickly and conveniently to less easily accessed environments. As you walk, your guide will teach you about the plants and animals that can be found here. At the dining spot, you can sit back on reindeer skins and admire the views around you as your guide cooks your last dinner in Swedish Lapland.
Day 5 Depart or extend your stay with a night at the Treehotel
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport to catch your flight home. Should you wish to stay a little longer in Sweden, an extra night at the magnificent Treehotel can be added to your itinerary. Please see the ‘Personalise’ section for more information.
Included in price
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."
- 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!
The lodge has only eight guest bedrooms in the main bedroom, 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.
Image credits: Fredrik Broman & 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.
Drive your own snowmobileFrom: £88pp
If you would like to, you can choose to drive your own snowmobile for the duration of the two-hour forest tour snowmobile safari. Sit behind the controls for the entire safari as you glide over the snow and ice, savouring the beauty of the surrounding landscape.
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
The sauna at Pine Bay Lodge sits a short walk from the main building, jutting out over the edge of the frozen lake. If you would like to experience authentic Swedish relaxation then why not book yourself a trip to the sauna?
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