ALL OF THE ACTIVITIES AND SERVICES LISTED BELOW ARE INCLUDED IN THE HOLIDAY PRICE
- Transfers: return transfers from Luleå Airport
- Accommodation: 4 nights en suite hotel room
- Meals: 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners
- The following activities and equipment are included: 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)
- Cold weather clothing for the duration of your stay
- Fully qualified wilderness guides and instructors during activities
This four night holiday to Pine Bay Lodge has been created as a relaxing opportunity for you to explore the remarkable landscape of the Luleå Archipelago whilst enjoying some serious Northern Lights opportunities.
This myriad of small islands can be found on the east coast of Sweden and offers guests a unique landscape of pack ice and forest-covered islands. Along with the beautiful natural features of the area, there are also many exciting activities which can be enjoyed alongside the comfort of the cosy lodge.Read more
Your base will be the homely and hospitable Pine Bay Lodge, a classic Swedish-style lodge located close to the coastal edge of the archipelago, around 30 minutes from Lulea. The lodge has a traditional relaxed feel and the charming lounge area with its large open fire is the ideal spot to relax in after your adventures.
Our holiday has been purposely designed to provide a balance between scheduled activities and free time for relaxation whilst maximising Aurora potential. You will enjoy a variety of activities, including dog sledding, snowmobiling, ice fishing and two Northern Lights hunts.
Luleå is lucky enough to be a region which enjoys frequent displays of the Northern Lights and some of the staff here at Aurora Zone have witnessed truly unforgettable displays from the terrace here at Pine Bay.
Image credits: Asaf Kliger/imagebank.sweden.se and Graeme Richardson
- DAY 1 Arrival and Introduction
Upon arrival at the airport*, you will be greeted and transferred to your accommodation at Pine Bay Lodge. On the way to the lodge, you will get the first glimpse of the archipelago and the surrounding pack ice.
At the lodge, there will be time for you to settle into your accommodation before enjoying a welcome dinner. This is the ideal opportunity to get to know your fellow travellers and also enjoy your first taste of some of the Swedish specialities.
Following dinner, there will be an introductory meeting with your guide who will discuss your upcoming activities with you and provide you with the cold weather clothing that will be yours for the duration of your stay.
You can then sit back and relax on one of the sofas in front of a roaring fire. Don't forget to take a walk out onto the terrace, though, as the Northern Lights frequent the night skies here on a regular basis.
A note on flights: flights are not included in the holiday price so that the best possible fares and schedule can be found at the time of booking. There are low cost and scheduled flights operating on this route and our travel experts will happily provide a quotation and arrange the flights as part of the package.Included Meals: Dinner
- DAY 2 Snowmobile Forest Tour and Husky Safari
The first day of your adventure in Luleå includes two of the most thrilling activities that Swedish Lapland has to offer: snowmobiling and dog sledding.
Following a full safety briefing and tuition, you will head out travelling two people per snowmobile for a two-hour safari through the frozen forest. A favourite pastime of the locals, snowmobiling in this region takes you through incredible scenery and gives you a great introduction to your new surroundings. Along the way, you will stop for hot drinks – the perfect way to recharge your batteries.
Back at the lodge, you will enjoy lunch and then have time to rest and refresh before heading out for an amazing husky safari.
Travelling by dog sled is an exceptional way to see the landscape and allows guests to enjoy a real adventure. It is an activity that is almost universally popular with visitors and with good reason.
Once the dogs' initial excitement has abated (they love nothing more than to run) they will settle into a steady pace, allowing you to appreciate the magnificent beauty of the region.
You will be out for around two hours in total (including transfers) and will travel two people per sled. There will be the opportunity for you to swap over so you can take it in turns to drive the sledge. A warm drink will also be served en route.
Following your exhilarating day in the snow, you will have some free time to relax back at the lodge. You may want to take a walk through the surrounding forest or make use of the relaxing sauna (charges apply), prior to enjoying a sumptuous meal tonight.Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
- DAY 3 Optional Activities and Northern Lights Hunt with Wilderness Dinner
Today you will have the day free to enjoy as you see fit. Perhaps head out on another snowmobile excursion, or enjoy the sauna at the lodge? You can even choose to venture out on an exhilarating hovercraft experience across the frozen archipelago, which is a truly amazing experience. Please see our 'Personalise' section for full details.
Tonight, you will set out for your first Northern Lights hunt. Sitting in a snowmobile-pulled sledge, you will be nestled on reindeer hides and covered in blankets, as your guide leads the hunt for the Northern Lights. During the search, you will stop for your wilderness dinner, which your guide will cook over an open fire as you scour the sky for the Aurora.Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
- DAY 4 Ice Fishing and Northern Lights Snowshoe
After a fun-filled couple of days, today you can take a more relaxed approach and enjoy a morning of ice fishing.
Using a snowmobile-pulled sleigh, your guide will take you to the best location for fishing. You will be shown how to drill through the ice and your guide will give you some hints and tips on the best way to attract the fish. Warm drinks are included during the activity.
Following lunch back at the lodge, you will have the afternoon free to relax and unwind. Perhaps sit by the fire, or maybe enjoy the sauna – please see our 'personalise' section for full details.
After a final dinner in the lodge, tonight you will take part in a Northern Lights snowshoe hunt, travelling through the forest, with your expert guide discussing the flora and fauna of the area. Snowshoeing makes inaccessible areas easy to reach and you will be able to explore deep into the winter wonderland. Hopefully, the Northern Lights will also make an appearance for you tonight!Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
- DAY 5 Depart or Extend Your Stay with a Night in the Treehotel
Today you will say goodbye to this remarkable landscape as you are transferred to the airport for your flights home. Alternatively, you can choose to extend your stay with a night at the incredible architectural wonder that is the Treehotel. Please see the 'Personalise' section for more information.Included Meals: Breakfast
Included in price
Personalise this tour
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 seven architect-designed rooms is cutting edge.
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 or the 7th Room - please ask if you would like a quote for this option.
Your stay includes lunch, dinner and breakfast at Britta's Guesthouse which is approximately 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.Read more
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.
Image Credits: Graeme Richardson
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?
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Flights are not included in the holiday price so that the best possible fares and schedule can be found at the time of booking. There are low cost and scheduled flights operating on this route and our travel experts will happily provide a quotation and arrange the flights as part of the package.
Single adult price: based on single room accommodation only (transfers are shared). Should you wish to drive your own husky team or snowmobile please ask our Travel Experts for a quotation.
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Holiday group size (approximate)
Minimum 2 people, maximum 24 people (approximately)
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.
The minimum age for participation in our itinerary is 8 years old, however, for some activities and transfers, you may be joined by other guests and this may include some of a younger age than stated. Any younger participants will be fully supervised and the guides will ensure that their participation takes place only if the activities will be unaffected.
Very few hotels have a minimum age and there may be families staying at them with younger children, especially during the holiday periods. We do have some itineraries and destinations which are guaranteed to be adult-only, so if this is important to you please speak to one of our Travel Experts.
To drive a snowmobile, you must have a full driving licence and be over 18 years old. To travel on a snowmobile (as passenger or driver) guests must also be a minimum of 140cm tall.