Brändön Lodge – Autumn Auroras in Swedish Lapland

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Brändön Lodge sits on the spectacular shores of the Bay of Bothnia. It is the perfect place to hunt for the Northern Lights in autumn, with minimal light pollution and plenty of activities to maximise your chances. During your time here, you’ll enjoy a gentle Aurora hike, take a tour of the UNESCO-listed Gammelstad Church Village and hone your Nordic wilderness skills.
Travelling to Swedish Lapland in autumn gives you the chance to see the spectacular changing colours of the season, as well as the potential to see the Northern Lights dancing in the sky above.
At this time of year, the leaves turn to shades of deep orange, yellow and red, and the first frosts start to appear as summer light fades into an autumnal glow. The shorter days mean darker skies, which provide an ideal backdrop when hunting for the Aurora. From mid-October into November, you may witness the first snow of winter and in this case, you will swap your hiking boots for snowshoes.
From your cosy cabin accommodation on the shores of the Bay of Bothnia, you are only a short walk away from the main lodge where tasty, local food is served and a welcoming atmosphere can be found as you relax in the bar and lounge.
During this three-night trip, you will explore the area and learn about the local nature, history and culture. We've made sure to include some exciting activities, both by day and night so that you can make the most of your time in Swedish Lapland.
You'll take part in a nature walk through the surrounding forest, where your guide will share their knowledge about the area and the various wilderness skills they use during the seasons, as they show you how to make your own campfire and wilderness lunch.
A guided tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Gammelstad Church Village, is also included and here you will have the opportunity to walk through this 15th Century historical site, learning about its past and significance in Scandinavian culture.
Brandon Lodge is where some of our best Northern Lights displays have been seen, which is why we've made sure to include an evening searching for the Aurora. You'll head out for a walk in search of the lights, as your expert guide leads the way. The dark skies and the reflections from the glistening sea provide the perfect opportunity to hunt for the Aurora.
You can also add on extra activities, such as searching for seals and birds by boat, or kayak, and there's even the chance to hunt the Northern Lights at sea. With plenty of free time, you can tailor your trip as you like.

Image Credits: Graeme Richardson, Quinten Elpers and Brändön Lodge

Important Information

The order of activities listed in this agenda is provided for guidance only. Your final and detailed itinerary will be provided either with your final travel documents (which will be emailed to you around a week prior to departure), or upon arrival.


After landing at Luleå Airport, you will be transferred to your home for the next three nights, Brändön Lodge, approximately 40 minutes away.

You can settle into your cosy cabin accommodation, before enjoying a tasty 2-course dinner in the restaurant tonight.

Included Meals:  Dinner
[LLA] Kallax Airport, Sweden To Brändön Lodge
Airport Transfer
Brändön Lodge - Check In
Address : Lulea, Norrbotten County, Sweden

Following breakfast, you will meet with your local guide who will take you on a nature hike into the surrounding area.

You will learn about the local flora and fauna, as you journey through the colourful forests, beneath the canopies of orange, yellow and red leaves (unless winter has come early this year). Your guide will show you how to make a campfire, as well as the art of brewing a good cup of coffee or tea over the embers. A wilderness lunch will also be served, as you relax in the peaceful surroundings. You will be out for approximately 3 hours today. For those travelling from mid-October into November, you may arrive just in time to witness the first snow of winter. In this case, you will swap your hiking boots for snowshoes.

This afternoon has been left free for you to enjoy as you please. If you would like to add on any extra activities, please speak to one of our Travel Experts. Perhaps you want to try out guided kayaking, or fat biking, or maybe even a relaxing hour or two in the sauna and hot tub. Alternatively, you could head out on to the water by boat, searching for seals and birdlife, and possibly even a moose!

Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Brändön Lodge - Stay
Address : Lulea, Norrbotten County, Sweden

After breakfast at the lodge, you will transfer to the outskirts of nearby Luleå, which is where the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Gammelstad Church Village, is located.

Your guided tour will highlight the cultural and historical importance of this 15th Century World Heritage Site, as you walk through the narrow streets, past the incredible wooden houses. You will also have time to visit the art and craft shops nearby. This tour will last for approximately 3 hours, including transfers.

Returning to the lodge, you will have lunch in the restaurant. Following this, the afternoon has been left free for you to relax ahead of tonight’s adventure, or you may choose to add on an additional activity, please see the ‘Personalise’ tab for full details.

As the day turns to dusk and the skies begin to darken, you will set off on a Northern Lights walk with your expert guide leading the way. You will head into the forest, or along the coastal beaches, depending on the weather and Aurora forecasts. The lack of light pollution provides the perfect opportunity to see the Aurora, so hopefully, they will make an appearance for you tonight.

You will stop for a break by the fire where hot drinks will be served, along with a wilderness dinner prepared by your guide. As you embrace the peace and quiet of your natural surroundings, remember to keep your eyes peeled in case the Northern Lights appear. You will be out for approximately 3 hours tonight.

Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Brändön Lodge - Stay
Address : Lulea, Norrbotten County, Sweden

After breakfast at the lodge, sadly it is time for you to leave the Swedish wilderness behind. You will be transferred to Luleå Airport for your flight home.

Included Meals:  Breakfast
Brändön Lodge To [LLA] Kallax Airport, Sweden
Airport Transfer
Brändön Lodge - Check Out
Address : Lulea, Norrbotten County, Sweden

What's included?

  • Transfers: Return airport transfers
  • 3 nights in a cosy 2 bedroom cabin
  • Meals: 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 3 dinners (2 courses)
  • Nordic wilderness skills with wilderness lunch
  • Gammelstad Church Village guided tour
  • Northern Lights walk with wilderness dinner
  • Services of our expert local guides
  • 24/7 assistance from our UK based operations team and in destination support from our local partners


Brändön Lodge

Brändön Lodge is located on the edge of the sea that freezes around the Luleå Archipelago each year. It is a remarkable sight to see such a vast frozen mass of water each morning as you step out of your cosy cottage for a day of activities.

Hotel facilities

  • Your meals are all served in the restaurant in the main building. You will enjoy a variety of local dishes and more international cuisine in the evening menus (which are typically two courses and served as a hearty buffet). Breakfasts are typically Scandinavian in style and provide you with the fuel that you need for a day of adventure
  • The restaurant is situated on the upper floor of the main hotel building and offers panoramic views over the frozen bay while you tuck into your delicious meal
  • The lodge also has a fully stocked bar and pretty impressive wine cellar for any enthusiasts staying
  • A short walk from the restaurant building, there is also a sauna and hot tub for guests to enjoy. Indulging in a sauna, after an exhilarating day in the great outdoors is just the perfect way to unwind and the hot tub is the cherry on the cake! This is bookable locally and charges apply

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Price is based on 2 persons travelling

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Key Facts

Holiday Type Tailor Made
Max Group Size NA
Cities / Destinations Sweden, Lulea
Brochure Code 26036
Price from
£1,215 pp
4 days

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