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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

 

 

 

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Luleå archipelago winter hike

Luleå archipelago winter hike.

Winter in Swedish Lapland is a season to be looked forward to; a time of cold, crisp days, white landscapes and blue skies. View the Northern Lights, cosy up in front of a wood burning stove with hot chocolate after a day outdoors. The Luleå Archipelago has a total of 1,300 islands and is an unique environment to explore. Between December and April the sea freezes up to a meter thick ice which is perfect for winter tours on cross-country skis or snowshoeing. You can enjoy miles and miles of vast, white landscapes a stone throw away from the city of Luleå.

This multi day snowshoe trip is for everybody who loves the outdoors but don’t want to stop exploring during winter. On this tour you spend the days snowshoeing outside and in the evening you stay in remote back country cabins in the Luleå Archipelago. Here you can relax by the wood stove, enjoy a hot meal, warm drinks and even have the option to use a wood -fired sauna after a day of adventures.

Contact us for more information or visit our website for more information about our travel package Luleå Archipelago Snowshoe Adventure.

Travel date: February – April

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Guided tours Luleå archipelago

Guided tour into the frozen Luleå Archipelago

Experience the feeling of driving across a frozen sea by car. In Luleå you can reach islands such as Hindersön, Junkön, Sandön and Storbrändön by car during winter. Each winter about 30km of roads are being prepared by the Luleå municipality as service for both visitors and residence. Driving on the ploughed ice roads is risk free. The strength of the ice is extremely thorough and careful checked by test drilling to be safe for travels.

On this tour an experienced guide will take you on a comfortable sightseeing trip into the Luleå Archipelago. There are several roads to choose from and stops are regularly made so you are able to walk on the ice, make pictures and experience the tranquillity of the endless fields of ice and snow. The tours are in small groups of max. 8 persons and during the tour your guide will tell you about the unique local nature and history. This tour and activities like dog sledding, snowmobiling, snowshoewalking and Northern Light tours can be booked save and directly online, or contact us if you need any further information.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Short break Swedish Lapland

SHORT BREAK SWEDISH LAPLAND
Luleå is located on the coast of Swedish Lapland. With a total of 1,300 islands its a unique environment. Between December and April the sea freezes up to a meter thick ice which is perfect for winter activities. During this unique short holiday in Luleå you can enjoy nature at its best and experience  activities like dog sledding and snowmobiling and have the chance to see the magical Northern lights in the evening. In a 5 days program you will get a good impression of the Arctic way of living. Starting the first day with a journey into the forests and lead you through an adventurous and educational excursion. You will learn how to use snowshoes and take a break in a traditional Sámi hut, where together you will make a typical outdoor wilderness lunch. Here, on the reindeer pelts you will enjoy your meal around the fire and relax.

You will stay in a genuine small scale accommodation by the sea. The main building is a log cabin that includes a restaurant, lounge and relaxation area. Surrounding the main building are 15 cabins overlooking the sea. Behind the lodge is forest, deep with snow in the winter, here you can find native animals such as reindeer, fox, eagle and moose. Contact us for more information or visit our website for more information about our travel package Short break Lapland.  Photo; Graeme Richardson

Travel date: December – April

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Luleå winter activities 2018/19

LULEÅ WINTER ACTIVITIES 2018/19
For upcoming winter season we have many new activities to choose from! Experience the thrill of snowmobiling or a dogsledding tour or enjoy the serenity of the wilderness on snowshoes. We also offer this year day tours to Nature Reserve Storforsen a perfect example of a majestic river landscape in Norrland. The Pite 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! In winter when air temperatures drop really low, even the rapids freeze. An ice dam forms and water is forced into out into the surrounding forest, which freezes over around the trees and bushes of the river banks into a unique winter scenery. During winter the river banks are often lined with tracks from grouse, hares, squirrels, elk and reindeer. Also there is a chance to see otter and mink looking for spots of open water, rapids an streams where they can fish.

All our Luleå winter activities can be booked save and directly online, or contact us if you need more information.

 

 

 

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Swedish Lapland Winter Holiday 2018/19

Already thinking of your next winter holiday? Looking for an adventurous destination with lots of winter activities? Curious about the Northern Lights? You won’t go wrong with a winter break in Luleå! This week is a perfect combination of well planned activities and enough time to discover Swedish Lapland on your own. Dog sledding and snowmobile tours, snowshoe walking, icebreaker tours and much more to choose from.  Contact us for more information or visit our website for more information about this travel package – Swedish Lapland Winter Holiday.  

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Luleå Ice Track – Dutch speed skater Kjeld Nuis reaches 93 km/h

Luleå Kjeld Nuis

Wednesday, 28 March 2018- Luleå Ice track. Having won two Olympic Gold medals in both 1000 and 1500 metres in South Korea, conditions were ideal for the Dutch speedskater Kjeld Nuis to reach high speeds in Luleå – Swedish Lapland. Setting a new world record as fastest man on ice! Luleå Travel was part in this project with accommodating everybody involved in two of our traditional Tipi tents on the ice, during daytime. The smallest tent as private hideout for Kjeld Nuis and the biggest tent – Stratus 72 as working, eating and lounge area for up to 40 persons crew. It has been a great project to be involved and it’s good to see that the Luleå ice track is used in so many ways during the winter season!

Do you want to have more information about about Luleå as holiday destination or about our event tents?  Contact us for more information; Pontus Frank +46(0)737679045 or Dirk Koolwijk +46(0)706666805 or email info@luleatravel.com

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Tent Tipi events Luleå – Swedish Lapland

Event & catering Luleå – Swedish Lapland

Tent Tipi events Luleå – Swedish Lapland. With our newly purchased Tentipi tents we can offer a stylish solution for sheltering you and your guests. Made from canvas and wood, they are visually stunning from the outside and exceptionally atmospheric on the inside. The natural beauty of these tipi tents make the perfect complement for an outdoor setting, whether it’s minus degrees or sunny weather.

The tents can be set up pretty much anywhere, even on the ice. We have a range of tipis you can use, on their own or in some cases joined. The biggest and most impressive of our tents is the Stratus 72 with a diameter of 10.3m and 7m height, it can host up to 60 people seated. Truly an eye catching and impressive structure. The unique design of the tents allows you to be able to lift all or some of the sides to allow the Swedish summer sun in or take advantage of a spectacular view. Bigger? Then we can combine different tents, the possibilities are endless.

Contact us for more information; Pontus Frank +46(0)737679045 or Dirk Koolwijk +46(0)706666805 or email info@luleatravel.com

Guided tours Luleå

Guided tours Luleå
Since September 2017 Luleå Travel is official  member of the Luleå Guide Association. This association strives to work only with experiences guides who have approved their knowledge or followed a specific education to become an authorized guide. For the UNESCO World Heritage Site ‘Gammelstad’ we can offer tours with our authorized guides in several languages, Swedish, English and Dutch.  Do you want to learn more about the best preserved church town in Sweden? Then go with us on a  guided tour through the labyrinth of narrow streets and red colored cottages of ‘Gammelstad’ and learn more about history that goes back more then 400 years!

This activity can be booked online or contact us for more information.

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Luleå’s ice track & roads

CNN TRAVEL bucket list
In this list over natural wonders in the world to visit, Luleå’s ice track and ice roads are positioned at the 45th place out of 50!

This isn’t the only place in the world where the sea freezes over, but the town’s location — jutting out into the sea — makes the frozen water a welcome extension of the town’s streets in the depths of winter. From December to February, locals skate, snow-trek and sled across the bay, while some roads — across the sea — are passable only in winter.

http://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/natural-wonder-bucket-list/index.html