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VISITING: Sweden BROCHURE CODE: 26006
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Enjoy three nights at Pine Bay Lodge on the edge of the stunning Luleå Archipelago. This short but exciting trip incorporates some firm activity favourites including snowmobiling and dog sledding. In the evenings, you can keep watch for the Northern Lights from this prime Aurora location.

What's included?

ALL OF THE ACTIVITIES AND SERVICES LISTED BELOW ARE INCLUDED IN THE HOLIDAY PRICE

  • Flights: For 19th December and 26th December departure dates, return flights are included from London Gatwick to Lulea via Stockholm. For all other departure dates flights are not included. *
  • Transfers: return airport transfers
  • Accommodation: 3 nights in a twin or double room at Pine Bay Lodge
  • Meals: 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners
  • The following activities and equipment are included: snowmobile tour of the archipelago or snowmobile forest tour **, husky safari, and Northern Lights snowshoeing (the order of activities is subject to change)
  • Cold weather clothing is provided for the duration of your stay
  • Services of our expert local guides

This experience in Swedish Lapland has been designed to be varied and active, incorporating some exciting and distinctive excursions that will allow you to explore the incredible landscape of the Luleå Archipelago. Here the multitude of small islands offers a backdrop of pack ice and snow-topped forests for you to explore both by day and night.

During your three nights, you will be based at the homely and traditional Pine Bay Lodge, a log-built building built in the classic Swedish style and located on the coastal edge of the archipelago. The lodge has a cosy and welcoming feel and features a lounge area with large open fire, making it the ideal location in which to relax after a day in the Arctic wilderness. The accommodation here is far more ski chalet in format than a hotel, with guests all dining and relaxing in the central lounge. It is a real home from home experience and your hosts provide guests with exceptional meals and hospitality throughout.

The activities on this trip have been designed to ensure that you really make the most of this unique environment and explore the remarkable landscape of the archipelago to its outer reaches. You will head out on snowmobiles for a tour of the tiny islands, travelling out to where the pack ice can develop into formations of up to 10 metres high. You will also travel across the snow-topped ice fields as you control your own team of huskies during a safari – a real favourite with guests.

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Should conditions be favourable, Lulea is a region where the Northern Lights can often be seen filling the sky with a swirling array of colours. You will also search for the Northern Lights during an Aurora snowshoe walk with your guide leading you into the neighbouring Brando Forest to one of their most favoured viewpoints. 

Luleå is not only an incredible setting for a wilderness adventure but also offers some once in a lifetime experiences to explore the incredible vista of snow and ice that make up the archipelago.


*A note on flights: flights are only included for the two departure dates in December. For all other dates, the best possible fares and schedule can be found at the time of booking. There are low cost and scheduled flights operating this route and our Travel Experts will happily provide a quotation and arrange the flights as part of the package.

**Please Note: The 4-hour snowmobile tour of the archipelago is not available until January. For those travelling in December, a 2-hour snowmobile forest tour will be included in your agenda instead.


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Key facts

Duration:3 nights
Pace:Active
Suitable for: Ages 18+. Please see our terms for further information
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  • Upon arrival, you will be greeted at the airport* and transferred to your accommodation at Pine Bay Lodge.

    At the lodge, there will be the chance for you to settle in before a welcome dinner in the central dining room with the other guests. As well as giving you the chance to enjoy your first taste of Swedish specialities this will also be an opportunity for you to socialise with the fellow travellers with whom you will be sharing your adventures.

    After dinner, you will have a brief meeting with your guide who will discuss the upcoming schedule of activities and also provide you with the cold weather clothing that is necessary for this region.

    Depending on flight times there is the option to add an additional Northern Lights tour this evening. Please see the 'Personalise' section for details.

    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 this route and our travel experts will happily provide a quotation and arrange the flights as part of the package.

  • Your first day in Luleå is a wonderful adventure and starts with you heading out on snowmobiles to explore the fascinating surrounding area. You will head out across the glistening pack ice and islands of the archipelago on snowmobiles.

    This form of transport is not only a quick and easy way to travel across the landscape but, for visitors to the region, it is a new and exhilarating experience that allows you to cover a great deal of ground. 

    You will be given full instructions and a safety briefing before you set off, travelling two people per snowmobile with one person driving and another as the passenger (there will be the chance to swap over, providing you both have full driving licences).

    You will be making your way to Brändöskär which is on the outermost archipelago; this is an ancient fishing village which has roots dating back to the 17th century. To get here you will travel across the frozen Bay of Bothnia, an unending vista of pack ice and snow, which provides a wild backdrop to your thrilling journey.

    At the village of Brändöskär, you will be able to take a walk on the ice to visit the chapel and the fishing huts on the island. Your guide will cook lunch on an open fire and you will be out for around four hours in total. 

    For those travelling in December, your holiday will include a two-hour snowmobile tour of the winter forest. Lunch will be enjoyed at the central lodge restaurant.

    This afternoon your adventure will continue in full force as you head out on a two-hour husky safari.

    The dogs will no doubt be rather noisy as you approach; they get overwhelmed with enthusiasm for the trail! Once you release the brake and the dogs have settled into a steady pace, it is an altogether more quiet activity that allows you to appreciate the natural beauty of your surroundings and feel a real connection to the Arctic. You will travel two people per sled and there will be the chance for you to swap drivers during the safari.

    Tonight you will enjoy dinner in the lodge, however, there is the option to upgrade your dining experience to enjoy a wonderful dinner on ice experience. You'll spend the evening sitting around a fire in a tepee enjoying a delicious three-course meal of traditional Swedish cuisine. Please see the 'Personalise' section for details.

  • Your final full day in Swedish Lapland will be spent at leisure for you to enjoy as you see fit. Relax in the lodge, or perhaps enjoy the lakeside sauna (supplement payable). Alternatively, why not take part in an activity unique to this part of the world – a hovercraft tour of the frozen archipelago. Please see our 'Personalise' section for full details.

    Tonight you will head out in search of the Northern Lights. Strapping on snowshoes, you will set off into the neighbouring Brando Forest where the experienced guides will offer information on your surroundings and the phenomenon of the Aurora. Your guide will prepare warm drinks around a campfire as you sit in hopeful anticipation of a display. You will be out for around two hours in total.

  • Today you will bid farewell to your remarkable location as you are transferred to the airport for your flights home.

    Alternatively, you may wish to add an additional night at The Treehotel or extend your stay in Stockholm on the way home. Details of the options available can be found on the 'Personalise' section of the holiday page (all subject to availability).

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Pine Bay Lodge

Nights: 1-3

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

The Treehotel

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.

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.

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Your stay includes lunch, 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.


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Activities

Northern Lights hunt via sled

From: £90pp

This excursion offers the opportunity to seek out the Aurora whilst also enjoying the scenic beauty of the Archipelago.

You will travel in a sled pulled by your guide's snowmobile, heading out into the dark Arctic night, with reindeer skins and blankets to keep you warm. Your guide will lead the way across the frozen sea as you move from island to island, enjoying the scenic beauty of the pack ice.

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Whilst they cannot be guaranteed, you are in the best possible hands for witnessing an Aurora display and your knowledgeable local guide will lead the way to vantage points far from any light pollution. Here you can keep watch on the starry sky with the hope that the Northern Lights will make an appearance above you.

Duration: 2 hours

Kota dinner on ice

From: £175pp

Whilst the title may sound fairly self-explanatory, we absolutely love the concept of ‘Dinner on Ice’.

You will dine in a traditional lávvu (tent) which has been erected on the frozen sea ice. The setting is hand-picked by the local team each evening and is normally reached on foot (with the help of snowshoes) or, on occasion, your guide may take you via a snowmobile-pulled sleigh if the camp is further from your accommodation. The size of the tent will depend on the number of diners on any given evening.

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On arrival at the tent, you will be welcomed with a warm drink and can take a seat on one of the reindeer skin clad benches and the charming rustic tables. The menu will feature local dishes and ingredients. These may include the likes of salmon, reindeer, elk and bilberries. Drinks will be chilling in a hole cut into the icy floor and are available to purchase ( you can add the cost on to your room bill).

Whilst it would be very easy to get caught up in the atmosphere of the evening we recommend regularly taking a look outside to see if the Northern Lights have appeared in the night sky. If there is an Aurora display we can think of few places we would rather be.

Duration: 2.5 hours

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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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.

Trip Extensions

Stockholm City break

With our trips to Swedish Lapland primarily connecting through Stockholm, guests have the perfect excuse to stop for a night and enjoy this wonderful capital city.

Frequently described as one of the most beautiful cities in the world, the cityscape is unparalleled and consists of 14 islands and islets that are connected by over 50 bridges.

The bright elegance of the city is a combination of its old town (Gamla Stan) with its narrow medieval alleyways and sturdy cobbled streets, its harbourside locations, and its central metropolis complete with bustling commercial heart.

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Accommodation is varied and plentiful in the city and we can arrange accommodation of all styles and to suit all budgets so please contact our Travel Experts for their recommendations and suggestions on where to stay.

There is much to enjoy here. For a taste of history and culture, guests can visit the Nobel Prize Museum which showcases previous recipients or visit Drottningham Palace, the grand homestead of the Swedish Royal family. The UNESCO-listed Woodland Cemetery (Skogskyrkogården) is also a recommended architectural attraction as is the island of Bjorko which is an important trading centre dating back to the Viking era.

Stockholm is an easy city to walk around and relax in, with over 30% made up of waterways and another 30% made up of green spaces. The city also has remarkably efficient public transport – the Metro which opened in 1950 is well known for its decorated stations and is often referred to as the longest art gallery in the world.

When it comes to food and drink, visitors can sample traditional Swedish food (husmanskost) such as meatballs and reindeer but can also sample some of the modern trends of nouveau Nordic cuisine featured in several unique restaurants throughout the capital.

This is a vibrant capital city and it is well worth dedicating some time to enjoying all it has to offer.


Image credit: Helena Wahlman & imagebank.sweden. se

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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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 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.

Dates
Wed 19 Dec 2018
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Wed 26 Dec 2018
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Fri 25 Jan 2019
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Fri 08 Mar 2019
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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.

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Wed 18 Dec 2019
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Adults£ 1,695 Single Adult£ 1,720
Thu 26 Dec 2019
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Adults£ 1,835 Single Adult£ 1,860
Fri 24 Jan 2020
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Fri 31 Jan 2020
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Fri 21 Feb 2020
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Thu 05 Mar 2020
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Fri 13 Mar 2020
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Holiday group size (approximate)

Minimum 2 and maximum 24 people (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.

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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.

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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.
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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.

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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.

Minimum age

The minimum age for participation in our itinerary is 18 years old however, for some activities and shared transfers, our guests may be joined by others and these may include those of a younger age. Any younger participants will be fully supervised by an adult and the guides will ensure that they are only able to participate if there will be no affect on the activity experience. None of the hotels we feature have a minimum age and so there may be families staying at them with younger children, especially during the holiday periods.

To drive a snowmobile you must have a full driving licence and be over 18 years old.



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