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The Arctic Route

Many people have revealed if they do not drive, or prefer not to drive , it is challenging to explore the beautiful northern part of Scandinavia during winter. However, if you will take The Arctic Route bus service, it is actually quite easy and comfortable to travel from northern Finland to northern Sweden and northern Norway.

The Arctic Route bus service operates daily scheduled services from December 1st until the end of March every year, across various popular tourist destinations between Luleå and Kiruna, Rovaniemi, Tromsø, Narvik and Lyngen. The routes make it easier and cheaper for tourists to explore the Arctic region from the rugged coast to stunning mountainous landscape.

Luleå

When you arrive Luleå, we will be ready to welcome you! We have a wide selection of winter activities and packages fit the demands of families and explorers. Some of our iconic winter activities are Dog sledding, Snowshoe walking, Snowmobiling, Ice fishing and of course, Northern Light safari!

Besides our day tours to explore the surrounding of Luleå such as Storforsen Nature Reserves (Europe’s biggest rapids), we also have well-designed packages e.g. Christmas themed, Short breaks, Fixed departures, All-inclusive packages and so forth.

Contact us for more information, or visit our website for more details regarding all our activities, holiday packages or request for a custom offer.
Arctic Route information: The Arctic Route

 

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NEW winter holidays Swedish Lapland

We are aware of the many concerns travellers have now. Feeling insecure about planning holidays due to the possible travel restrictions caused by the Covid-19 virus. But we hope soon, we can all travel again! For upcoming winter season we have many NEW holidays to choose from. Below you find a few of them:

Lapland Coast to Mountains  (5 days / 4 nights)

Travel through Swedish Lapland from coast to mountains in 5 days. Discover the modern city of Luleå, visit UNESCO World Heritage, before continuing towards the mountain village of Abisko and even up to the Aurora Sky Station.

Arctic Sweden Christmas Holiday (7 days / 6 nights)

White Christmas, Swedish classic food, Northern Lights and Winter Activities. Experience the best Swedish Lapland has to offer during the Christmas festive season. From the coast to the mountains in 7 days, crossing the Arctic Circle.

Jokkmokk Winter Market 2021 (5 days / 4 nights)

World-class Sámi art, culture, handicraft, folk dance as well as great food and atmosphere. This short break in Swedish Lapland includes a day trip to the famous Jokkmokk Winter Market One of the oldest markets in Sweden and an unforgettable dog sledding tour.

Arctic Sweden Winter Holiday (7 days / 6 nights)

Aurora Sky Station, Aurora Spa, Icehotel, Treehotel, Sámi culture and Northern Lights. Experience the best Swedish Lapland has to offer during winter season. From the coast to the mountains in 7 days, crossing the Arctic Circle.

Luleå Archipelago Skiing tour (6 days / 5 nights)

Discover the pristine winter landscape of the Luleå Archipelago on cross country skis from island to island. This unique multi day skiing trip is for everybody who loves the outdoors but doesn’t want to stop exploring during winter.

Winter Bucket List ( 5 days / 4 nights)

Fulfil your Winter Bucket List with this holiday in the heart of Lapland. Combining Northern light hunting, Arctic Circle crossing, Santa Claus Village, Icebreaker adventures as well as Lapland cultural interactions.

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

Photo: Abisko – Lapporten Valley. Credit: Peter Rósen

 

 

 

How we handle COVID-19

Updated: April 2022

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, Kayaking, Fatbiking 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 on regular base 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.

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 we advise to use facemasks during our transfers.

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 10% 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.

 

 

 

 

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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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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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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