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.Read more
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport to catch your flight home.
Included in price
Personalise this tour
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.
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.
A hot drink and survival suits are included.
Duration: 2 hours
Image credit: Graeme Richardson
Drive your own snowmobile
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.
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
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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.
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To secure your holiday for next season, you can make a pre-sale booking and fix the price of your trip at the pre-sale price displayed below. Simply by paying an initial deposit of £50pp, you will protect yourself from any package price increases. The departure dates and itineraries remain preliminary and we will contact you when the final dates and itineraries are confirmed, you will then have 14 days to decide if you would like to go ahead. A further deposit payment of £350pp is due by 01 April 2019 or at the time of us confirming the trip details to you, whichever is sooner. If you decide not to travel, we will refund your full deposit payment. 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.
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Holiday group size (approximate)
Minimum 2, maximum 24 people
We always try to provide an approximation of the group size you can expect to be with for the duration of each of our holidays. It may be that you are joined by others for parts of your holiday (such as transfers and particular activities) but the above number reflects those you can normally expect to be with from beginning to end. If group size is something which is particularly important to you, please speak to our Travel Experts and they can suggest the best holidays for you.
Tailor-made holiday group sizes will vary for all activities as will the group size for any additional activities you book.
MINIMUM NUMBERS REQUIRED FOR A HOLIDAY TO OPERATE
Some of our holidays require a minimum number of participants to operate (as listed in the ‘Group Size’ section). If your holiday departure has not yet reached the minimum number, you will be told at the time of booking. In the unlikely event that your chosen date is not guaranteed by nine weeks before your scheduled departure date, we will contact you to discuss the available options as per our booking conditions.
The order of activities is always subject to change and guests will be provided with their final itinerary upon arrival.
Please note that some of our holidays may incur a single supplement. Please speak to one of our Travel Experts who will provide you with a quotation.
Medical History and advice
We want our holidays to be accessible as they can be and will do our best to accommodate any special requests and requirements where possible. We have a wide range of holidays and destinations and so our travel experts will help find the best holiday for you.
In order to give us the best possible chance to do this we ask that if you or any member of your party has any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday or has any special requirements, that you tell us at the time of enquiry or booking. You must also promptly advise us if any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday develops after your booking has been confirmed. You may need to provide a doctor’s note and proof of insurance in some cases as the health and safety of our clients is absolutely paramount.
In providing this information you are allowing us to work with our expert local partners to ensure that your whole party can enjoy the holiday. By letting us know in advance we can discreetly work with you to adapt any part of the holiday which may potentially be challenging. Being able to prepare for this in advance makes an incredible difference to what we can offer and minimises any impact on your party and the rest of the group.
Unfortunately, if you choose not to share this information with us in advance then it may limit some or all of the itinerary you have booked, and we cannot be held accountable for any additional costs or missed activities resulting from this.
Insurance is not included in your holiday, but it is a pre-requisite to travelling with us. You will need to ensure that you have cover for all the activities that you will be participating in during your holiday.
It is extremely important that you take out a suitable travel insurance policy at the time of booking. Plans do sometimes change, and you will need this policy should you need to cancel your holiday.
If you are struggling to find a suitable policy then details of our preferred provider, who will cover you for all the activities we offer, can be found on our website by clicking here. Please note that this policy is available to EU residents under the age of 75 only.
If you have a reduced level of mobility, then please contact our travel experts to discuss the suitability of this holiday in relation to your requirements.
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 level 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
Additional activities can be booked locally in almost all our destinations. However, as per our booking conditions, we cannot be held responsible for any injury or loss incurred through participation in activities which are booked at your destination outside of our holiday itinerary (see our ‘Terms and Conditions’ for further details).
When arranging any such activity please always ensure that safety is your primary concern. In some of our destinations, you can borrow or hire equipment for use in your free time.
You do so entirely at your own risk. You must ensure that you are properly prepared, have the necessary equipment and knowledge (maps, etc) and ensure that where applicable, you follow marked routes. We recommend discussing your plans with the local teams who will be able to advise on the most suitable options for you.
Always let the reception/guide know where you are planning to go and take a torch and mobile phone (with the hotel/guide’s phone number stored). It is also a good idea to leave your contact number and the time you expect to return to the hotel should the hotel need to contact you.
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.
Our clients’ safety is at the centre of everything we do, and our operations team continually assesses and monitors the destinations we feature. We carry out thorough risk assessments and work closely with all of our suppliers to continually follow best practice. For up to date travel advice the UK government offers its Travel Aware website as well as the advice detailed below.
FLIGHT SCHEDULE CHANGES AND CONNECTING TRANSPORTATION
On your documentation, we will confirm your flight schedule. Sometimes the flight number, routing and timings might change prior to your departure. If the change is classed as a significant change then we will contact you to discuss this. Please see our booking conditions for details.
Flight schedule changes can impact on your pre and post-holiday travel arrangements if these have been booked separately to your holiday. We strongly recommend that you do not book transport (such as trains or transfers), car parking or non-connecting flights to the departure point for your holiday until you have received your final confirmed travel times when your final travel documents are issued. We are not responsible for the effect of any schedule change on your pre or post travel arrangements. We strongly recommend that you do not purchase non-flexible or non-refundable tickets to avoid cancellation and penalty charges.
BOOKING YOUR OWN FLIGHTS - CANCELLATION DISCLAIMER
If you have chosen to book your own flights, then you will need to wait until we confirm to you that the holiday departure has met the minimum numbers required to run (if applicable to your chosen holiday). Once the holiday is guaranteed to run, you will be informed and you can then make your arrangements.
If transfers are included in your holiday, please ensure that any potential flights will be met by our standard transfers (speak to one of our Travel Experts for advice) otherwise private transfer supplements may be applicable. Once your flights are booked, please send us a copy of your detailed flight itinerary.
Please be aware that most tickets are non-refundable in the case of cancellation. For this reason, we strongly advise you check the rules of the ticket and check the limitations of your cancellation insurance before booking. We cannot be held liable, in the unlikely eventuality that we should be forced to cancel or amend your trip, for losses incurred relating to any flight booking you have made.
THE FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH OFFICE ADVICE
We receive all updates from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) with regards to travel advice and we always ensure that we follow this advice in our operations. The FCO issues travel advisories for countries based on a very wide range of factors. They may provide notification about things as simple as a football match and crowds, or they may go so far as to advise against all travel to a region. We ask all our clients to refer to the relevant Travel Advice by Country for the destinations they are visiting in order to make an informed decision on the safety of the destination based on the details provided. It also provides vital information regarding entry requirements, embassy information, local laws and customs as well as specific safety and health. Guests should take responsibility for keeping themselves up to date with this advice. Please also ensure that, if you are transiting through another country, you have read the advice and meet the entry requirements for that destination too.
The FCO travel advice is applicable to British Passport Holders. Most governments will issue their own travel advice for a region and, if you are not a UK resident then you can find some helpful links below:
Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/ New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade http://www.safetravel.govt.nz/ Canadian Consular Affairs Bureau http://voyage.gc.ca/ The U.S. Bureau of Consular Affairs http://travel.state.gov/content/travel/english.html
If the FCO deems that there is an unacceptable level of risk for UK citizens then, together with the government, they may issue an advisory against all travel to a region or country. If such an advisory is published, then we will act accordingly, and this may require the cancellation, curtailment or amendment of a holiday itinerary. These decisions are made on the basis of ensuring our clients’ safety and will affect all clients on the holiday, regardless of their nationality.
If one of our local experts suggests an amendment due to a situation which develops locally then we may also take the decision to amend an itinerary appropriately.
If we have to cancel your holiday prior to departure you will be offered the option of an alternative trip (where any price difference will either be refunded to or covered by you) or a full refund of the monies paid.
If we have to curtail a holiday, then you will be refunded for any costs for the elements we have been unable to deliver, where we have been able to secure a refund from our suppliers. If we must reroute a holiday, then any basis for refund is determined on a case by case basis and dependent on whether the central holiday experience was provided or not.