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Top 5 most popular winter activities in Luleå, Swedish Lapland

Top 5 most popular winter activities in Luleå

So, you’re dreaming of coming to Luleå, in the Northern most part of Sweden for your winter holiday but not sure where to start planning your activities. Don’t worry, we’re here to help! First, you need to decide if you are going to come here for speed and adventure, or tranquility and time for reflection. To help you further, we made a list of most popular winter activities in Luleå. The experiences are mainly nature oriented. Why? Because that’s what Swedish Lapland in wintertime is mostly about: snow covered forests, frozen rivers, and magical Northern Lights.

1. Dog sledding

By far the most requested activity and one of the most iconic ways to enjoy the nature of Swedish Lapland in wintertime. Going on a a dog sledding tour through Swedish Lapland is a unique experience in many ways. Live the dream of feeling the strength of the dogs pulling the sled at high speed in the snow-covered terrain. Listening to the sound of the snow crunching under the sled and the paws of the dog team. A lifetime experience!

We offer short dogsledding tours, half-day dogsledding tours and evening dog sled tours to chase the Northern Lights!

2. Northern Lights

The Northern lights, Aurora Borealis are shrouded in magic and mystery. Joining a Northern Lights tour will allow you to use our experience and mobility to go to the best places around Luleå to see the Northern Lights and learn more about this magical natural wonder.

We offer 4 different types of excursions: our regular Northern Lights tour by car , by snowmobile, our more active version with snowshoes, or try the thrilling experience of going for a kicksled tour on the ice.

3. Snowshoe walking

Experience the serenity of the nature areas around Luleå ‘floating’ across the snow in an unspoiled winter wonderland. Our snowshoe walking activities offer a unique way to get close to nature. During the excursion, your guide will tell you about the unique local nature, and hot beverages will be served.

We offer 2 different types of excursions: our regular Snowshoe Walking tour and an evening tour to chase the Northern Lights!

4. Sámi culture experience

Meet a Sámi family to get to know their way of life. Laponia is also the land of the Sámi people and the reindeer, referred to as Sápmi, stretching from Norway to Russia including Sweden and Finland.

In this excursion, you will get the opportunity to immerse yourself in the Sámi culture. Listen to joik, the traditional Sámi way to musically tell a story and to remember the old ways. A genuine Swedish experience!

5. Icebreaker Cruises

Come and join our unforgettable polar adventure on a cruise over the frozen Gulf of Bothnia! Let the magical moments in arctic nature blow you away and enjoy floating in icy water. It is a safe activity. You don’t need to know how to swim thanks to the neoprene suit.

You can book online and choose between Icebreaker Arctic Explorer and Icebreaker Polar Explorer.

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Ice Bathing, a fun and freezing adventure

Ice bath Luleå

For upcoming winter season we will offer a new typical Nordic experience. Between December to March you can enjoy a hot sauna in combination with ice bathing in central Luleå. The feeling you will get is euphoric and it will be an experience you will always remember. If you ever have experienced the benefits of putting yourself out of your comfort zone, this is a big one! Winter swimming is an old Nordic tradition. Some say there are health benefits, and the feeling of boosted energy you get after getting up of the cold water surely implies that!

Nordic Experience

This typical Nordic experience starts in the preheated sauna, besides the frozen Luleå river. Here you will meet the other winter swimmers (max 6) and get advice from the instructor before getting into the ice cold water. You will also be guided through the activity, so you get the best experience from your stay in the ice bath. If you prefer a private experience it’s also possible to book the whole sauna.

When you get out of the water, standing outside in your swimming suit in -10 degrees Celsius feels like no big deal. Your body’s survival mechanism is working full time, and you will soon begin to feel sensations you’ve never experienced before. Relax and enjoy this moment of triumph for a while, this feeling that anything is possible and that life has just begun.

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

 

 

 

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Northern Lights – Autumn Equinox

Northern Lights

The coming of the Autumn Equinox 2023 is on Saturday 23 September. It brings the start of the astronomical autumn in the northern hemisphere, a season known for red and yellow colours in the forest.  But did you know it can also colour 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.

Northern Lights tours – Luleå

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. Northern Lights tours by car on snowshoes, snowmobile, dogsled and kicksled. 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

 

 

 

TripAdvisor Travelers Choice 2023

Luleå Travel wins 2023 TripAdvisor Travelers Choice Award!

We are very proud that for the third year in a row TripAdvisor announced Luleå Travel has been recognized as a 2023 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.

Luleå  Travel offers travel packages and activities in Swedish Lapland for individual travelers and corporate events.

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 travel 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!


Travel Agent / Social Media Specialist

This position focus on sales aimed toward the international market. You will follow each request from first contact until the guests arrive on their destination. In addition, 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 the travel industry who love the outdoors.

In a perfect world you are well-organised, highly structured, enjoy tracking our daily activities and are a star in content writing. 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. Previous experience of working in the travel industry
4. Content writing goes with ease
5. Passionate about customer service
6. Competency in using social media (Facebook, Instagram, other)
7. Experienced with e-marketing (Google, Facebook)

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 (full time)

Luleå Travel is now looking for Nature Guides to strengthen our team from November to April 2023/24.  The position is full time (32-40h). Your working schedule include weekends and weekdays, evening shifts will occur. Relevant training will be scheduled early November. Your main tasks will be:

1. Guide and entertain our guests by car while seeking the best vantage spot for the Northern Lights.
2. Guide our guests while ice fishing, by snowshoes, foot or fatbike among ancient forests, while presenting information about its natural history.
3. Advise our guests in nature photography, especially during the Northern Light Tours.
4. Transport, entertain and guide our guests between their accommodation and booked activity.
5. MICE guide
6. Care for all tour related equipment and its maintenance
7. Prepare and plan various tours, including office assistance when needed.

Qualifications:
1. Loves the outdoors and is a natural storyteller.
2. A flexible mindset.
3. Guide education, international wilderness guide school or similar
4. Has an excellent understanding of Swedish Lapland’s natural history and a good knowledge about the phenomena Northern Light.
5. Guiding experience in nature tourism, preferable in Swedish Lapland.
6. On ease with capturing both (digital) photos and videos
7. Holds a class B driving licence and is comfortable with driving in winter conditions.
8. Fluent in English + another language.
9. Knows how to boil coffee and create a cosy atmosphere.

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 (part time)

Work in Swedish Lapland –  Luleå Travel is now looking for Nature Guides to strengthen our team from November to April 2023/24. The position is part-time, based upon demand and on irregular basis. Your main tasks will be:

1. Guide and entertain our guests by car while seeking the best vantage spot for the Northern Lights.
2. Guide our guests by snowshoes, foot or fatbike among ancient forests, while presenting information about its natural history.
3. Advise our guests in nature photography, especially during the Northern Light Tours.
4.  Transport, entertain and guide our guests 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. Guiding 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. 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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Swedish Lapland Ski Holiday

For this winter season we have added another NEW travel package:

Swedish Lapland Ski Holiday

This 8 days Swedish Lapland skiing holiday is a perfect combination of staying on the coast of Swedish Lapland and spending time in the rural countryside. In Luleå you will experience iconic activities for the region as Dog Sledding and Snowshoe Walking. While the small village of Kåbdalis offers fun and playful Skiing for the whole family.  Your accommodation will be modern with a nice view and a rental car gives you the flexibility to plan your own outings.

Kåbdalis is about 140 km from Luleå. Here you find 10 slopes, varied powder skiing, a park and a children’s area. The length of the slopes is between 700-1500 m. and the drop height is 210 metres. The children’s lift is free to ride for everyone and has two easy slopes for small and big beginners. For those who feel comfortable in their skiing there are off-piste trails in the woods at varied difficulty.

Accommodation

In Luleå, you will stay in a modern Beachfront bungalow, with wide views over the frozen Luleå river and on a short distance (9km) from the city. In Kåbdalis Ski resort your accommodation will be located next to the ski slopes, offering ski in – ski out possibilities and wonderful view over the ski resort and the lake. Both locations are ideally located to see the magical Northern Lights in the dark polar nights.

Contact us for more information or visit our website for more information about our Swedish Lapland Ski Holiday

Travel date: December – April

Photo credit: Kåbdalis ski resort / Joakim Nordlund

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Jokkmokk Winter Market 2023

We have still a few places left for our popular travel package to the famous Jokkmokk Winter Market. Travel dates: 1-5 February 2023. The Jokkmokk winter market is one of the oldest marketplaces in Sweden, with dates from the 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-days winter holiday also includes a guided tour to the district’s main cultural symbol ‘Gammelstad‘. A unique UNESCO World heritage site which literally means ‘old town’ located about 10 km more inland than Luleå. On the tour, your guide will bring you back in history, when 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 a walk.

Winter activities

If you want to do more winter activities like snowmobiling or snowshoe walking, we can easily arrange this for you. The surroundings of Luleå offer many possibilities to enjoy the outdoors. In the evenings, it is possible to join one of our Northern Lights tours. You will go 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! Visit our website for more information about our winter holiday Jokkmokk Winter Market 2023 or contact us if you prefer personal contact.

Travel dates: 1-5 February 2023

Photo credit: Lola Akinmade Åkerström/imagebank.sweden.se

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Arctic Sweden Winter Holiday

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

You now can experience the northernmost part of Sweden in a unique way. During this Arctic Sweden Winter Holiday you will stay a night in the world famous Icehotel, drive your own Dogsled to a wilderness cabin, hunt for the Northern Lights on a snowmobile and night visit the Aurora Sky Station.

Overnight Dogsledding

The holiday includes a top-of-the-range overnight excursion, where you will drive your own team of enthusiastic huskies. The tour goes along the tracks in snow-covered winter landscape. Enjoy the tranquillity and the sound of the dog’s paws against the snow while you are driving deeper into the woods. Eventually, you reach your accommodation for the night in a cozy wilderness lodge, secluded in the forest. While your guide is preparing a warm dinner for you, you may warm up in the wood-heated sauna and roll yourself into the snow, make a “snow-angel” like the local does. If the sky is clear, hopefully you will see the magical northern lights in the evening. During the morning, after breakfast, you help to harness the dogs and drive your own dog sled back to the Husky Homestead again.

Availability

Available from December 2022 to 18 March 2023. Flexible 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 Arctic Sweden Winter Holiday

Travel date: December – March

Photo credit: Art Suite Lollipop | Design Luc Voisin & Mathieu Brison | Photo Asaf Kliger | © ICEHOTEL

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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

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