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Top 10 things to do in Luleå this summer

Make the most of summer in Luleå, Swedish Lapland. From beautiful beaches and islands to outdoor adventures, take a look at our top 10 activities and experiences to do.

1. Head out to the Archipelago

An experience for everyone and for all the senses. Hop from beach to beach and walk across islands with your children. Fall asleep and wake up in a cottage in the archipelago, to the sound of sea birds, waves and winds. Bright, tranquil nights or days of adventure. Boat traffic to the larger islands is frequent and comfortable during the summer months.

2. Get out on the Luleå River by Kayak

Kayaking in Luleå is a great summer activity where you can experience closeness to water and nature. With our kayak tours you will explore together with an experienced guide the Luleå river. The tours have a nice easy-going tempo with focus on a joyful experience.

3. Taste summer

With the arrival of summer, it is adorable to sit out on the terraces of the cafes and gastronomic restaurants in town. Enjoying the summer warmth and tasting good food and drinks from the many White Guide listed restaurants and cafés Luleå has to offer.

4. Take a walk in nature

Around Luleå the forest is literally on your doorstep. With our nature walks you have the possibility to explore the nearby nature reserves together with an experienced guide. The nature walks are taken at a leisure pace, where no special experience is required. During the walk you will learn more about the local flora and fauna and the history of the region.

5. Make a day trip to Storforsen

The Piteå River is one of the four unharnessed National Rivers of Sweden and the rapids are one of the biggest unrestricted water rapids in Europe. The river is stretching 400 kilometres from its glacial source to the sea. The area of Storforsen is is provided with footpaths and walkways what allows you to have a save look from the very edge of the river. Away from the main river it is possible to walk amongst smaller streams, natural pools and falls. Head out to Storforsen on your own (approx, 108 km one way) or follow one of our guided day tours.

6. Check out moose at Cape Wild

At Cape Wild, a unique wildlife park just outside Luleå, you have the chance to meet moose at a very close range. The tame moose Zigge, Zebbe and Zaga are always ready to give you a lifetime experience, and they all love apple, bananas and carrots. It is very exciting to stand eye to eye with ‘The King of The Forest’ and feed the moose from your own hand.

7. Visit the UNESCO World heritage site Gammelstad

Gammelstad is located about 10 km more inland then Luleå and it’s the districts main cultural symbol. This old church town is more than 400 years old and is the best preserved church town in Sweden. Here you can walk through the labyrinth of narrow streets and red coloured cottages on your own pace, but following a guided tour is recommended.

8. Get comfortable in nature

If you are curious to learn more about outdoor skills, or just want to spend a fun time outdoors then the surroundings of Luleå are ideal. During this family friendly adventure you will learn the basic outdoor skills, such as fire making and building your own shelter during. In a fun and educational way you will learn the basic knowledge to feel comfortable while being outdoors in nature.

9. Fishing

Try your luck in one of the many shallow shores in the beautiful archipelago of Luleå. Experience the clear, brackish waters up close that are unique for northern Sweden. With fishing waders on and the ocean stretching out towards the horizon you move through the water in search of pike to catch. On our guided tours you will be given a short introduction on how to handle the equipment and any fish you might catch. Try out and learn from our guide different techniques such as spin- and jerkbait fishing and find what style suits you the best. Learn what lures to use under specific conditions, facts about pike and what other fishes you can catch in the archipelago

10. Fatbiking

Fatbikes are the best way to explore Luleå’s nearby beaches and forest trails during summer. Fat bikes provide 3 features in hearty proportions: traction, suspension, and flotation. Equipped with balloon tyres, fat bikes allow unprecedented amounts of flotation on soft sand and forest trails. Rent a bike on your own or join a guided tour.

Contact us for more information, or visit our website for more details regarding all our activities and holiday packages.

 

 

 

 

Autumn Aurora Dream

Autumn Aurora dream (5 days / 4 nights). This NEW travel package is from a series of Northern Lights holidays covering the Arctic part of Scandinavia. The holiday focuses on the magical Northern Lights  during the Autumn season. Including a 2 nights stay in a glass villa where from you comfortable can keep an eye on the night sky.

Autumn season

While most people go for Northern Lights hunting together with other winter activities, the Best Aurora Viewing Season is actually Autumn. Autumn usually has a clearer sky, is less cloudy and has least risk of snowy weather. The earth’s orientation towards the sun during Autumn maximises the probability of solar flares interacting with the planet’s magnetic field to generate this phenomenon. This Northern Lights holiday “Autumn Aurora Dream” is therefore perfect for aurora hunters during the warmest time of the entire Northern light season.

You now have the change to chase your Aurora dream, during this 5 day Autumn Aurora holiday in both Sweden and Finland. Experience the magic of the Northern Lights and be impressed by the golden Autumn colours Lapland’s nature has to offer you.

Contact us for more information, or visit our website for more information about our Northern Lights holiday; Autumn Aurora Dream Lapland.  Picture: Petri Jauhiainen / Visit Finland

Travel date: September – December

 

 

 

 

 

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Jokkmokk Winter Market 2021

We have now updated our popular travel package to the famous Jokkmokk Winter Market. Travel period 3-7 February 2021. The Jokkmokk winter market is one of the oldest market places in Sweden, with dates back to middle ages. It’s the biggest sales opportunity of the year since 1605 for the Sámi traders to make contacts and see old friends.  During the market you can experience the widest collection of Sámi handicrafts in the country. Folk dance, traditional music, reindeer rides, lectures and taste local food.

This 5 day winter holiday includes also a guided tour to the district’s main cultural symbol ´Gammelstad´. A unique UNESCO World heritage site which literally means ‘old town’ located about 10km  more inland then Luleå. On the tour your guide will bring you back in history, to the time Northern Sweden was still a so called no man’s land. Gammelstad church town is more than 400 years old and is the best preserved church town in Sweden.

Dog sledding tour

During this unique 5 days holiday you will also go on a dog sledding tour! The strength of the dogs and their capability to pull the sled at high speed in the snow covered terrain will give you a memory for life. Beside the planned activities there will be enough time to enjoy the city of Luleå on your own. The entrance to the popular ice track is on walking distance from your hotel. The track is about 10 km long and except ice-skating or kick sledding its very suitable for making a walk and absorb the winter scenery.

Winter activities

If you are interested in doing more winter activities like snowmobiling or snowshoe walking we can easily arrange this for you. The surrounding of Luleå offers many possibilities to enjoy the outdoors. In the evenings it’s possible to join one of our  Northern lights tour. You will be taken off the beaten track and chase together with an experienced guide one of the most mysterious and profound phenomena the world has to offer.

Take this chance to visit the famous Jokkmokk Winter Market and combine this with winter activities you like! Contact us for more information or visit our website for more information about our winter holiday Jokkmokk Winter Market 2021. Picture: Lola Akinmade Åkerström/imagebank.sweden.se

Travel date: 3 – 7 February 2021

 

 

 

 

 

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Self Drive holidays Sweden, Norway and Finland

We are updating our Self Drive holidays. Beside the basic routes we already had in Swedish Lapland, we are expanding to our neighbouring countries as Norway and Finland. In the newest self drive holiday ‘Lofoten, Senja and North Sweden‘  we combine the best of 2 countries. Resulting in a well planned route, detailed travel guide and handpicked accommodations on the end of each day.

In less then 2 weeks you will experience both Sámi and Viking culture. Drive through the Swedish Alpines region, national parks and breathtaking Norwegian fjords. The route guides you along the ancient Silver Road from Sweden to Norway over the mountains, crossing the Vestfjord by ferry to the Lofoten and includes Senja Island.

Senja island
This 13 days package includes the hidden gem Senja Island, the second largest island of Norway. Senja isn’t really on the tourist trail; you won’t run into any cruise ships or many coach tour groups. This is still a part of Norway that feels a bit undiscovered by mass tourism. Along the way, you’ll find a lot stunning viewpoints and picnic spots to wild beaches and picturesque fishing villages.

In 13 days you will explore the most memorable scenery and landscapes of Lofoten, Senja and Swedish Lapland. By the end of the journey, you will be rejuvenated by your wilderness involvement like berry picking, short hikes, fishing, kayaking and picnics in either the never-set Midnight Sun or golden Autumn forest. We are ready to welcome you, are you ready? Photo credit: Roger Ellingsen.

Travel date: May – October

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Highlights Swedish Lapland

We have now updated our exclusive travel package covering the most Northern part of Sweden: Highlights Swedish Lapland winter season 2020/21. With this 8 days travel package you will experience the best Swedish Lapland has to offer during winter. This unique trip starts in Luleå on the coast of the Bothnian Bay and will bring you through endless forests into the mountains by Abisko, one of the best places on earth to watch the magical Northern Lights. Including visits to the Treehotel, Ice Hotel, Aurora Sky Station and winter activities like dog sledding and snowmobiling. Departures dates on request where we can tailor the program further to your wishes.

Contact us for more information or visit our website for more details regarding our exclusive travel package Highlights Swedish Lapland. Picture: Icehotel/Asaf Kliger

Travel date: December – April

 

 

 

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Groups & Events

Why not choose Luleå in the Northern most part of Sweden as your next destination for your company anniversary, product kick-off or team building?  Luleå is the biggest city in Swedish Lapland, located just below the Arctic Circle.  Luleå Airport has more then 10 daily flights from Stockholm, making Luleå one of the most easily accessible cities in Sweden.

The city offers many conference facilities in a unique and harmonic environment both inside and outside the city. In addition, Luleå is well known for its fantastic cuisine. A place to discover silence, northern lights, frozen sea, glistening snow-covered forests, reindeer, cloud berries, kettle coffee and much more.

Our added value
We are more than happy to tailor an event to your request. Whether you are travelling with friends, family or work, we can put together a great program with both accommodation, activities, conference and dining. All depending on your needs and wishes. Our strength is flexibility and expertise. Besides we know what it takes to optimise your visit to Swedish Lapland.

Most of the programs we put together are tailor-made, so do not hesitate to get in touch with us so we can help you to plan your event!

Find out more
Contact us for available programs and a price quote:
Email: info@luleatravel.com
Phone:+46(0)70 6666 805

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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City Break Luleå

City Break Luleå including search for the Northern lights! With a population around 77,000 Luleå is the largest city in Swedish Lapland. Here you will find shopping, entertainment, nightlife and a wide choice of restaurants. All located in closeness to the archipelago with more then 1300 islands, rivers and vast forestland. Here from September to March you can, under good conditions, spot the magical Northern Lights.

But it’s not just the Northern Lights that make Luleå one of the best City Break destinations. Depending on the season you can customise your trip further with iconic activities for the region; dog sleddingsnowmobilingice fishingicebreaker cruises and many more activities to choose from. On the ice-track which surrounds the city centre during winter, you can go for a walk, go ice skating, skiing, kick-sledding or cycling and taste traditional waffles on the island Gråsjälören outside of the South Harbor in Luleå.

For this Luleå City Break travel package you can choose your own travel dates Thursday to Sunday or Friday to Monday, the days you fits the best. We are located in Luleå and flexible to adjust our services to your preferences.

 Contact us for more information or visit our website for more information about our latest travel package Northern Lights City Break  Photo; Sina Arndet

Travel date: October – March

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Laponia, world heritage in Swedish Lapland

Laponia Swedish Lapland –

The Laponia area is a large mountainous wildlife area in the Lapland province in northern Sweden. More precisely in the Gällivare, Arjeplog and Jokkmokk municipality. It has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996. Where the majority of the region has enjoyed protected status since the early 20th century. The total area is about 9,400 square kilometres.  Making it the world’s largest unmodified nature area, still cultured by natives. The natives in this case being the reindeer herding Sámi people.

With such a large space, the geography of the area varies greatly. It´s dominated by mountains, rivers and lakes. Laponia is a magnificent and varied nature area with a living Sámi culture that makes it worth visiting. The Laponia area consists of the following national parks Padjelanta, Sarek, Muddus and Stora Sjöfallet. For thousand of years the indigenous Sámi people have lived and worked here, following their reindeers to different seasonal grazing grounds.

With our exclusive summer hike program ´Top of Laponia´you can spend seven days, right in the heart of the Laponia heritage area. You will travel in a small group, together with a certified mountain guide. The tour starts in  the Sámi village of Staloluokta, where it’s full of life as the members of the Sámi village spend the summer here. Following their reindeers on the mountain slopes. Let the Arctic bright summer in Swedish Lapland embrace you and experience endless summer nights in the middle of untouched nature in Laponia word heritage.

Contact us for more information or visit our website for more information about our activities and travel packages.

 

 

 

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Fly drive holidays Lapland 2019/20

Embrace the freedom of the open road with our Fly drive holidays, covering the Northern parts of Sweden, Finland and Norway. During the 12 days fly drive holiday ´Lapland Explorer´ you will explore and drive through some of the world’s most unique landscapes. Experience culture, nature, traditions and taste local food under the midnight sun.

Lapland explorer

Since prehistoric times the Sámi people of Arctic Europe have lived and worked in this area. They have followed their reindeer to different seasonal grazing areas for thousands of years.  During this holiday you will visit traditional Sámi places like Jokkmokk and Arvidsjaur. But will also drive into the UNESCO world heritage area ‘Laponia’ with dramatic mountain formations.

The route covers many national parks which open ups great opportunities for short hikes, canoeing, fishing and berries picking. Of course, to understand more the dynamic life and faces of Lapland, you will have chances to explore some major cities and word famous sites as the ICEHOTEL and the official home town of Santa Claus in Rovaniemi as well.

Discover the explorer in yourself during a Fly Drive holiday and benefit from well-researched routes and and pre-booked accommodation on the end of each day.

Contact us for more information or visit our website for more information about our activities and travel packages.

 

 

 

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Northern Lights in Luleå – Spring Equinox

No matter if the weather cooperates or not, Wednesday 20 March is the official first day of spring in 2019. As the month continues you’ll slowly start to notice warmer weather and  longer days. But what exactly is the Earth doing to cause these seasonal changes? It’s all in our planets tilt.

Our planet turns around the sun at a slight angle of about 23.5 degrees . This little lean is responsible for all of our seasons. So when the Northern Hemisphere is tilted away from the sun it’s winter up here.  But it’s summer for everyone down in the Southern Hemisphere. The Spring equinox is a transitional period when the Northern Hemisphere begins to lean towards the sun, ushering in spring.

One strange side effect of the equinox is a dramatically increased likelihood of Northern Lights – Aurora Borealis. The magnetic storms that flare like ghostly fire in our atmosphere. For Northern Lights to happen, the Earth’s magnetic field and the magnetic field of the solar wind have to connect. Earth’s tilt at the equinoxes appears to orient the planet’s magnetic field in a position that’s ideal for the solar wind to create these illuminating electron collisions.

To increase your change to see this natural phenomena  we offer Northern Lights tours from September to April from Luleå in the most northern part of Sweden. Both by car and a more active variant by snowshoes. Together with an experienced guide you will go on a hunt for searching the magical Northern Lights and learn more about this natural wonder.

Contact us for more information or visit our website for more information about our activities and travel packages.
Photo; Sina Arndet