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How we handle COVID-19

Updated: 3 December.

Luleå Travel is committed to make sure that you as a guest are protected while being outdoors with our professional guides. Swedish Lapland is already 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. But still we believe that it is critical that we do everything in our power to maintain a healthy and sanitary environment.

Here are a few practices that we are following to keep you safe while chasing the Northern Lights, Snowshoe walking, Ice fishing or any of the other activities you are planning to do with us. Making memories that will last a lifetime with our team of professional guides is our primary goal.

Keeping it clean

We will sanitise all of our equipment after each tour to ensure that the gear we provide you is clean and ready for action. Our vehicles used for transfers will be regular sanitised and thoroughly cleaned. High-frequency touch points such as door handles, armrests, window buttons and seat belts will be cleaned between each journey.

Personal protection equipment

Personal protection equipment will be available upon request during our tours and transfers. This includes hand sanitiser, gloves and face masks. Additionally, all of these items will be available upon request throughout the time that you are with us.

Reduced volume of guests

Luleå Travel has always worked with small groups. We believe in quality before quantity, ensuring that each of the guests enjoys the activity in the best kind of way. This focus on quality naturally means that you will never be out in nature with large crowds when booking an activity with us.

We will continue working with small groups and even reduce the number of guests if a transfer is necessary. For your and our safety facemasks are mandatory during our transfers for everybody older than 12 years.

Special payment terms

Maximising your experience has always been our core value, even before you travel! Due to the special situation right now, Luleå Travel provides a flexibility on deposit payments for all our travel packages. You can now book the package without paying a non-refundable deposit. An invoice will be sent to you 45 days prior to arrival, allowing you to better observe the travel situation with the least financial concern. Meanwhile we know you are planning to come so that we can arrange your holiday in the best possible way (instead of short notice…). If there is some activity or accommodation bookings that must require a deposit earlier due to availability, we will communicate with you and always have your wish prioritised!

Special 14 days cancellation terms

For some of our travel packages we can apply our special COVID-19 cancellation terms. Where a full refund (minus 5% administration costs) will be provided for cancellations up to 14 days before the arrival date. Valid COVID-19 issues are:
1. Outgoing or incoming borders closing and/or announcement of formal government advice recommending against travel to Sweden due to COVID-19 risk.

Swedish Public Health Agency

We believe that these simple measures together with following the instructions and recommendations from the Swedish Public Health Agency will give you peace of mind when you visit Luleå in Swedish Lapland. For general information regarding travelling to Sweden during the COVID-19 pandemic, we recommend to visit the Emergency Situation Website from the Swedish Authorities. Here you can find summarised information about restrictions and regulations you need to be aware of if you are planning a stay in Sweden.

Please feel free to reach out to us with any questions you may have and we will be more than happy to discuss what we are doing to keep you safe.

 

 

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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