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Northern Lights – Autumn Equinox

The coming of the Autumn Equinox 2022 is on Friday 23 September. It brings the start of the astronomical autumn in the northern hemisphere, a season known for red and yellow colors in the forest.  But did you know it can also color the night sky green? As the month continues you’ll slowly start to notice colder weather and  shorter 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 credit; Luleå Travel

 

 

 

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Aurora Winter Glamping

For this winter season we have added a NEW travel package to our Winter holiday assortment:

You now can experience Swedish Lapland with an original Winter Glamping Holiday. During this 5-days winter holiday, you will stay 2 nights in a genuine small scale accommodation and 2 nights in the first glamping site in the world for Arctic winter climate.

Arctic glamping experience

The camp is situated at a very quiet site by the Råne River, about 1h drive from Luleå. Located far away in the forest and away from artificial light, electricity and road networks. Here you can be totally off grid, but still live in comfort. Choose to stay in a heated lavvu room (Sámi tents) or in an aurora glass cone. All rooms in an ideal position for watching the northern lights if they come on. A floating sauna, frozen into the ice and a nice lounge/dining lavvu completes the Artic glamping experience.

The Lavvus include insulated walls, a small glass veranda that is North facing (perfect for the Aurora) and an en-suite washroom consisting of an incineration toilet and wash basin. In each tent there are burners that remain warm throughout the night to keep the tent cosy and warm no matter the temperature outside.

The coast of Swedish Lapland

The camp makes a perfect combination with staying the first or last 2 nights at Brändön Lodge, located on the coast of Swedish Lapland. We also offer the flexibility to extend your stay with an extra night in the World famous Treehotel or the extra ordinary spa hotel Arctic Bath, all located within approx 1h drive from each other.

Availability

Available from December to April 2023. Flexibele arrival dates, duration and we can customize the holiday further to your wishes.

Swedish Lapland

Swedish Lapland is Sweden’s northernmost destination. It is the perfect place to experience natural contrasts unlike any other. It is naturally isolated from the rest of the world, being sparsely populated and having its natural openness. About a quarter of a million people, 2.6 % of Sweden’s population live here, resulting in a density of approx. 3 persons/km2. Besides, Swedish Lapland’s tradition and Sámi culture are still very much alive, entwined with reindeers. Some parts of Swedish Lapland have more sled dogs than inhabitants. Swedish Lapland is located within the Aurora oval and barely has any light pollution, the region therefore offers great opportunities to see the magical northern lights!

Contact us for more information or visit our website for more information about our Aurora Glamping Holiday.

Travel date: December – April

Photo credit: Fredrik Broman

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Swedish Lapland Winter Holiday

Already bored of these long, warm and lazy summer days? What about planning your next winter holiday in the northernmost part of Sweden? Swedish Lapland: Northern Lights,Dog Sledding, Snowmobiling, Sámi cultureicebreaker cruises and much more activities to choose from. Visit now our website and choose from our latest Travel Packages: short breaks, roundtrips, week holidays, highlights of Swedish Lapland and Northern lights tour packages.

Contact us for more information or visit our website for more information about our winter travel packages

Travel date: December – March

Photo credit: Luleå Travel

 

 

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Swedish Lapland & Lofoten Islands – Self Drive holidays

Did you know that both Northern Norway and Finland are easily to reach with car from Luleå? With our Self Drive holidays, you will get the most of your holiday destination. Besides Swedish Lapland, the routes cover our neighbouring countries Norway and Finland. In the self drive holiday Swedish Lapland & Lofoten islands  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. During Autumn you can enjoy the golden autumn colours and the Northern Lights during the evening.

In less then 10 days you will experience both Sámi and Viking culture. Drive through the Swedish Alpines region, national parks and breath-taking 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 magical Lofoten islands in Norway and back over the mountains to Swedish Lapland.

Lofoten islands
This 9 days package includes Swedish Lapland and the Lofoten islands in Norway.  Along the way, you’ll find a lot stunning viewpoints and picnic spots to wild beaches and picturesque fishing villages. By the end of the journey, you will be rejuvenated by your wilderness involvement like berry picking, short hikes, fishing, kayaking, golden autumn colours and when lucky the Northern Lights!

Contact us for more information or visit our website for more information about our Self Drive packages during the Autumn season

Travel date: May – November

Photo credit: Luleå Travel

 

Autumn holidays Swedish Lapland

For the autumn season we have added a NEW travel package to our Autumn holiday assortment:

Autumn Northern Lights Holiday. This 4 day short break is ideal for those who want to discover the Northern most part of Sweden.  Many think autumn is the most beautiful time of the year to visit Swedish Lapland. You can benefit from milder temperatures while hunting for the Northern Lights. The Luleå river and archipelago are still open and there is plenty of daylight to enjoy outdoor activities. Nature lovers can enjoy the colourful fall, berry and swamp picking and landscape photography. In general the atmosphere is quieter and nature displays a firework of colours before the winter sleep settles over the landscape.

During this exciting Autumn holiday, you will spend 4 days in the charming coastal town of Luleå. It includes 3 nights hotel, an exciting Northern lights tour by car and a guided tour to the UNESCO World heritage site Gammelstad.

Availability

Available from September to November 2022. Where the arrival dates are flexible and we can customize the holiday further to your wishes.

Swedish Lapland

Swedish Lapland is Sweden’s northernmost destination. It is the perfect place to experience natural contrasts unlike any other. It is naturally isolated from the rest of the world, being sparsely populated and having its natural openness. About a quarter of a million people, 2.6 % of Sweden’s population live here, resulting in a density of approx. 3 persons/km2. Besides, Swedish Lapland’s tradition and Sámi culture are still very much alive, entwined with reindeers. Some parts of Swedish Lapland have more sled dogs than inhabitants. Swedish Lapland is located within the Aurora oval and barely has any light pollution, the region therefore offers great opportunities to see the magical northern lights!

Contact us for more information or visit our website for more information about our Autumn travel packages

Travel date: September – October

Photo credit: Luleå Travel

TripAdvisor Travelers Choice 2022

Luleå Travel wins 2022 TripAdvisor Travelers Choice Award!

We are very proud that today TripAdvisor announced Luleå Travel has been recognized as a 2022 Travelers’ Choice award winner. The Travelers’ Choice Awards highlights the places that are consistently excellent – delivering quality experiences. Based on a full year of reviews from customers.  As challenging as the past year was as we emerge from the pandemic.  Luleå  Travel stood out by consistently delivering positive experiences to travellers. Time and time again even while navigating changing customer expectations and new ways of working.

To see traveller reviews and popular activities, visit our TripAdvisor review page

We say THANK YOU with all our heart! Thanks to your great reviews on TripAdvisor we can count ourselves among the top 10% of the best rated travel companies worldwide!

Contact us for more information, or visit our website if you want to know more about our latest travel packages and all season activities.

 

 

 

 

 

Luleå Travel is recruiting!

Work in Swedish Lapland – Luleå Travel is looking for a sales agent and nature guides to support us for an exciting new winter season at Luleå Travel.  So, if you are looking for a change & are brilliant at what you do, read on!


Sales Agent / Customer Relations

This position focus on sales aimed toward the European market. You will follow each booking from first contact until the guest(s) arrive on their destination. In addition, you will keep track of Luleå Travels daily bookkeeping. Finally, you will be responsible for creating and publishing content on all our social media platforms, grow an audience, build brand awareness and ultimately boosts sales. We are looking for someone highly structured with a background in sales who love the outdoors.

In a perfect world you are well-organised, highly structured, enjoy tracking our daily activities and bookkeeping. You have a background in sales, are confident in e-marketing and love the outdoors. Interacting with guests and potential guests via email, social media, and on arrival/departure is natural for you and goes with ease.

Qualifications:

  1. Excellent social skills
  2. A great interest in nature
  3. Swedish background &/or excellent local knowledge
  4. Confident in sales
  5. Passionate about customer service
  6. Basic knowledge of economics for small businesses
  7. Capable of handling daily bookkeeping
  8. Competency in using social media (Facebook, Instagram, other)
  9. Experienced with e-marketing (Google, Facebook)
  10. Previous experience with FORTNOX or similar program(s)

We are looking forward to receiving your application and specifically encourage mature candidates to apply. The announced position is on a yearly base full time however, workload is higher during winter than summer. Working hours are flexible and depend on your availability.

How to apply?

Contact us at cecilia@luleatravel.com or give Cecilia a call at +46 70 620 1901. Our recruiting process is open so please don’t hesitate to send us your CV and a personal letter today!


Nature guide

Work in Swedish Lapland –  Luleå Travel is now looking for a Nature Guides to strengthen our team from November to April 2022/23. The position is part-time, based upon demand and on irregular basis. Therefore we see that you live in the area of Luleå. Your main tasks will be:

1. Guide and entertain our guest(s) by car while seeking the best vantage spot for the Northern Lights.
2. Guide our guest(s) by snowshoes, foot or fatbike among ancient forests, while presenting information about its natural history.
3. Advise our guest(s) in nature photography, especially during the Northern Light Tours.
4.  Transport, entertain and guide our guest(s) between their accommodation and booked activity

Qualifications:

  1.  Loves the outdoors and is a natural storyteller.
  2. Has an excellent understanding of Swedish Lapland’s natural history and a good knowledge about the phenomena Northern Light.
  3. Has a minimum of two years’ experience in nature tourism, preferable in Swedish Lapland.
  4. Holds a class B driving licence and is comfortable with driving in the dark.
  5. Fluent in English + another language.
  6. Swedish background &/or excellent local knowledge.
  7.  Knows how to boil coffee and create a cosy atmosphere.

We are looking forward to receiving your application and specifically encourage mature candidates to apply. The announced position is part time. Working hours are mainly in the evenings and depend on your availability.

How to apply?

Contact us at cecilia@luleatravel.com or give Cecilia a call at +46 70 620 1901. Our recruiting process is open so please don’t hesitate to send us your CV and a personal letter today!

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Snowmobile Safari Sweden

Snowmobile Safari Sweden

If you like to feel your blood rushing, to drive a motorized vehicle and are ready to venture into wilderness in wintertime, then snowmobiling is for you!

You can choose between driving your own snowmobile and sharing one through the dark snowy landscape, following your guide. No experience is required, and all gear needed for a safe and comfortable trip will be supplied.

Either you do it during daytime or at night to chase the Northern Lights!

We offer two different tours during daytime, from 2 to 4 hours. In the shortest tour, a stop is made along the way for tea or coffee. Your guide will tell you about the surroundings and about life and nature in Swedish Lapland.

In the longest tour (lunch included), the destination is the Junkön island, an idyllic fishing village dating from the 17th century. You will visit the chapel dating from 1774 and one of the fishing-huts. Outside the island is the frozen Bothnian Bay with its seemingly endless fields of pack ice and snow. Some years the blue ice of the sea piles up into high formations.

The aurora snowmobiling tour is an experience you will not forget! Together with an experienced guide, you will go off the beaten track and go on a hunt for searching the Northern Lights. A great opportunity to learn more about this natural wonder.

You can save and easily book your snowmobile safari in Sweden on our website. Do you prefer personal contact? Then contact us and based on group size and your wishes we will help you in achieving a unique memorable experience.

Photo credit: Luleå Travel

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Icebreaker cruises Luleå – Swedish Lapland

Icebreaker cruises – Swedish Lapland

⁠Come and join our unforgettable polar adventure on a cruise over the frozen Gulf of Bothnia!

The icebreaker is a unique vessel. Unlike other ships, the icebreaker has a specially designed reinforced hull to withstand the pressure of the ice. It also has an ice-clearing shape to cut a channel through the frozen waters, and a great power to push through sea ice. In the beginning of winter, ice is not more than 30-50 cm thick, but it could reach up to 2 meters by April.

Frej is a Swedish icebreaking vessel owned by Sweden and operated by Sjofartsverket (Swedish Maritime Administration). The ship is homeported in Luleå.⁠ The list of Swedish icebreakers includes Ale (1973), Atle (1974), Frej (1975), Ymer (1977) and Oden (1987). They contribute to maintaining maritime and environmental safety and accessibility. Oden also serves as a scientific research vessel.

Experience the rare opportunity to travel aboard the icebreaker while visiting Swedish Lapland!

During the icebreaker tour, you will be a witness of a massive ice breaking power of the vessel. You will have a guided tour all the way down to the engine rooms and all the way up to Captain’s bridge. You will be able to relax in the cosy saloon, go for a walk on the ice or float in icy water for the most courageous ones! It is a safe activity. You don’t need to know how to swim thanks to the neoprene suit.

Let the magical moments in arctic nature blow you away!

You can save and easily book online and choose between Icebreaker Arctic Explorer and Icebreaker Polar Explorer on our website. Do you prefer personal contact? Then contact us and based on group size and your wishes we will help you in achieving a unique memorable experience.

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Winter Break Luleå

For this winter season we continue offering one of our most popular packages: Winter Break Luleå. This 4 days package is ideal for those who wish to escape from daily routine into a winter wonderland! Offering 4 star hotel accommodation in the city’s newest hotel and including activities like dog sledding, snowshoe walking and snowmobiling.  Where you have the chance to see the magical Northern lights during the evenings!

Availability

Available from 9 December to 18 April 2022.

Luleå

Having a wide variety of iconic winter activities, Luleå becomes the perfect winter destination to experience family-friendly snowshoe walking to thrilling snowmobile safari. From a close-up meeting with Husky’s, during a Dog Sledding tour to driving on ice through the frozen archipelago. You can also explore the region cultural icon the UNESCO World Heritage site “Gammelstad”, which is Scandinavia’s largest and best-preserved church town. When lucky you even have the chance to see the magical Northern Lights!

Package highlights

This package includes 3 nights in the city newest hotel at the Clarion Sense that highlights its all-season sense spa facilities and the rooftop Skybar that you can be amazed by the best view in town. To enrich your Swedish winter experience, this package includes the most popular winter activity for the region, a unique dogsledding tour. On top of the included dog sledding tour, this package offers flexibility for you to customize your holiday further. Choose from one of the following winter excursions which is covered by this package; Northern Lights tour, Snowshoe walking, Luleå Archipelago Tour, Ice-Fishing, Gammelstad guided tour, Meet a moose, Outdoor skills and Nordic Ice-Skating. Or use your activity voucher for activities like snowmobiling or joining a once in a life time icebreaker cruise!

Contact us for more information or visit our website for more information about our latest travel package Winter Break Luleå

Photo credits: Anna Öhlund/imagebank.sweden.se