- Flights: return flights from London to Luleå (via Stockholm)
- Transfers: return airport transfers
- Accommodation: 4 nights in a hotel room (based on 2 sharing)
- Meals: half board
- Activities: choose from our extensive range of activities (individually priced in the ‘Personalise’ section)
- Fully qualified guides and instructors during activities
- Cold weather clothing for the duration of your stay
Sörbyn Lodge, Lulea, is a superb place to tailor a half-term holiday in Swedish Lapland. Offering wonderful accommodation in a quiet lakeside setting, it is a destination which is well away from the tourist trail.
The location also places you in prime Aurora territory and we offer a range of night-time experiences to get you on the hunt for a display. Choose from memorable activities such as snowmobiling and snowshoeing to really add to the excitement of the chase.
We have a wide assortment of daytime experiences to choose from too, which are all listed in the ‘Personalise’ tab. Your holiday can be as active or as relaxed as you please, letting you make the most of your time at a pace that suits you.
Try winter classics like dog sledding and snowmobiling. You can also do as the locals do and cross-country ski along pristine trails. For a slower paced alternative, why not go snowshoeing through the silent woods?
To discover more about the culture here, you may choose to spend time with members of the Sámi community and learn about the lifestyle of Sweden’s indigenous people. Our Aurora Travel Experts are, of course, always on hand to help you design your ideal itinerary.
With an activity selection to suit all tastes, this holiday provides a customisable winter experience in a brilliant Northern Lights location. What’s more, Sorbyn Lodge is renowned for its restaurant, where the team serves up local delicacies with passion and flare. It’s the perfect base for your once-in-a-lifetime holiday, designed your way.
Please note that some activities require a minimum number of participants to operate. Schedules are always subject to change and are subject to availability.
Image credits: Sörbyn Lodge, Graeme Richardson, Tomas Jönsson
Arrival and Welcome
You will be met at the airport and transferred to your accommodation in Sörbyn. There will be time to settle into your room before dinner.
The beauty of our tailor-made option is that you can set the pace of your trip.
The base price includes your direct flights, transfers, half-board accommodation for four nights, cold weather clothing for the duration of your stay, as well as fully qualified wilderness guides and instructors during your chosen activities. You select the activities you would like to do from the list shown in the 'Personalise' section, ensuring your holiday can be as active or gentle as you wish.
Our Travel Experts are on hand to help you craft the ideal itinerary.Included Meals: Dinner
DAY 2 - 4
Choose Your Activities
Fill your days with as many or as few activities as you wish, selecting from the options listed in the 'Personalise' section.
There's a wealth of Aurora hunting and Arctic experiences to choose from and should you need advice on the best options for you please speak to one of our Travel Experts. They will be able to help prepare the perfect itinerary for you.Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
After breakfast, you will be transferred back to Luleå Airport for your flights home.Included Meals: Breakfast
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Northern Lights Snowmobile Tour
After a transfer to the start of the tour route, you’ll learn how to safely operate the snowmobile before you begin your journey to search for the Northern Lights. Riding two people per snowmobile, you will follow a guide along the Råne River and stop at the Gumberget Mountain to take in the view and hopefully, the Auroras dancing above. There will be the opportunity to swap the roles of driver and passenger along the way.
It is also possible to upgrade and travel one person per snowmobile but a supplement applies. Anyone wishing to drive a snowmobile must be at least 18 years old and in possession of a full driving licence.
Duration: 3 hours (includes hot drink)
Ice fishing is a popular activity among locals and you’ll see why when you head out onto the thick ice and try your luck at getting the catch of the day.
The guide will teach you how to drill a hole through the thick ice and set up your fishing line, and will also offer tips and tricks to make the perfect catch. Sit back on reindeer pelts with a hot drink in hand as you admire your surroundings and wait for a bite on the line.
Duration: 3 hours (includes hot drink and snack)
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Dog sledding is an Arctic adventure you simply can’t miss during your visit here. The rush of the dogs powering your sled through the white outdoors is indescribable and it is little wonder that this activity is one of the most popular daytime winter experiences.
Travelling two per sled, you will have an expert musher driving you along so you can sit back and enjoy the winter surroundings.
Duration: 1.5 hours
Northern Lights Safari by 4x4 or Snowmobile Sled
Depending on the weather and the decision of your guide, you will either hunt for the Northern Lights in a 4x4 or by snowmobile-pulled sled. Both have the advantage of speed to get you past areas of cloud cover and into a range of Aurora viewpoints.
You will enter the Råne River Valley which boasts a selection of peaks that are excellent for Northern Lights viewing. Some have a direct road to drive straight up or others will require you to walk up with a head torch lighting the way. At the top, you will enjoy a barbeque with sausages and hot drinks by the campfire as you scan the skies for the magical light display.
Experience a much-loved pastime of the area during cross-country skiing. You don’t need to have skied before to try this exciting way to explore the snowy surroundings.
You will be transferred to the start of a forest route before learning how to use the skis. From here, you will glide through the woods learning about the flora and fauna along the way.
After a break for hot drinks, you will continue through the forest before being transferred back to the Lodge.
Duration: 3 hours (includes hot drink)
Northern Lights Snowshoe Walk
After securing a pair of snowshoes to your feet, you will follow a guide into the forest and on the hunt for the Northern Lights, stopping along the way for a hot drink.
Snowshoeing is a popular activity that helps you travel with ease over the deep snow. Using head torches to guide the way, you can admire how the landscape transforms at night. Make sure you always keep an eye on the dark night sky; with any luck, the Northern Lights will make an appearance above you.
Duration: 3 hours (includes a hot drink)
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Snowshoes help you easily walk over thick snow, to areas that would be otherwise inaccessible. Discover more of incredible Swedish Lapland as you follow a guide into the forest, learning about animal tracks and local flora.
There will be a stop along the way for hot drinks before you make your way back to the Lodge.
Duration: 3 hours (includes a hot drink)
Visit a Sámi Family at Gorgiim
Gain an authentic insight into the native Swedish culture during this visit with a Sámi family. The Sámi are the indigenous people of Scandinavia – they have maintained their reindeer-herding lifestyle in this part of the world for countless years.
You will meet the Eriksson family to learn about their way of life, both past and present. Greet their reindeer before enjoying a specially prepared lunch. You’ll also see more the surroundings during a short woodland hike.
Snowmobiles are a thrilling way to explore the winter landscape. After receiving full training on how to drive the machines, you will follow your guide along a route beside the icy Råne River and into the white countryside.
There will be a stop at Gumberget Mountain, which offers magnificent views over the valley and you may be able to spot reindeer and other fauna in the area. You’ll enjoy a hot drink as you admire the impressive scenes around you.
You will travel two per vehicle and it will be possible to swap the roles of driver and passenger along the way. It is also possible to upgrade and travel one per person per snowmobile (a supplement applies). Anyone wishing to drive a snowmobile must at least 18 years old and in possession of a full driving licence.
Duration: 3 hours (includes hot drink)
Northern Lights by Kicksled
Search for the Northern Lights via traditional means as you take to kicksleds and slip away into the night. The local guide knows the routes away from light pollution and to the best Aurora viewpoints. Here, you can relax and look to the skies – with luck, there will be wonderful displays to greet you.
Moose Safari by 4x4 or Snowmobile
During this activity, you will travel across the snowy landscape on the lookout for moose. Depending on weather and the decision of your guide, this will either be done in a 4x4 or by snowmobile-pulled sled. Either way, this exploration experience will have you seeing more of your surroundings and hopefully, some of the native animals.
There will be a stop for a barbeque with sausages and hot drinks by the campfire.
Dates & Prices
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Please note: our holiday prices are based on the lowest available airline fares. These fares can sell out quickly and, as a result, prices may increase and supplements may be applicable. We recommend booking at the earliest opportunity to secure the best possible fares and flight times.
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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.