Pine Bay Lodge - An Aurora Hideaway at Half Term
- Duration:4 nights
- Suitable for: Ages 18+. Please see our terms for further information
ALL OF THE ACTIVITIES AND SERVICES LISTED BELOW ARE INCLUDED IN THE HOLIDAY PRICE
- Flights: return flights from London Heathrow 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 with wilderness dinner, ice fishing, Northern Lights snowshoeing (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 Lulea 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 Northern Lights holiday that won’t be forgotten.
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.
Depending on your arrival time tonight, you will either have a post-dinner introduction meeting with your guide to familiarise you with the itinerary, or you will meet with them in the morning. 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 with wilderness dinner
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.
Tonight, 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. Your guide will build a fire and prepare your wilderness dinner as you search the sky above for the Northern Lights.
Day 4 Ice fishing and Northern Lights snowshoeing
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.
After a final dinner in the lodge tonight, 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.
Day 5 Depart
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport to catch your flight home.
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 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.
Image credits: Fredrik Broman & Graeme Richardson
Personalise this tour
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: £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.Read more about this activity
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
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.Read more about this activity
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.
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?
Dates & Prices
We include more, no hidden costs
Please note the single person price is based on one adult staying in single room, sharing a husky sled, sharing a snowmobile and sharing airport transfers.
Sat 10 Feb 2018Book
Wed 14 Feb 2018
|Adults£ 1,775||Single Adult£ 1,797|
Wed 14 Feb 2018Book
Sun 18 Feb 2018
|Adults£ 1,785||Single Adult£ 1,807|
Next year'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.
Sat 09 Feb 2019Enquire
Wed 13 Feb 2019
|Adults£ 2,000||Single Adult£ 2,030|
Wed 13 Feb 2019Enquire
Sun 17 Feb 2019
|Adults£ 2,010||Single Adult£ 2,040|
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Minimum 2, maximum 24 people
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Order of activities
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