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Swedish Lapland FLY & DRIVE

Scandinavian design ( 5 days / 4 nights)

Our collection of Fly & Drive holidays offers the perfect combination of flexibility to explore Swedish Lapland at your own pace, with the benefit of following a well-researched route and having pre-booked accommodation at the end of each day.

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Night 1: Luleå City

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  • Price from

    EURO 1040,- p.p.

  • Included
    • Personal meet and greed at Luleå Airport.
    • Rental car, Hertz standard; Volvo V60 or similar. Navigation, unlimited kilometers, extra driver, supercover excess elimination.
    • Map of the region and detailed personal itinerary.
    • Accommodation, breakfast and dinner (excl. drinks) for 4 nights.
  • Period

    All season

  • Details
    • Excluding flights
    • Prices based on availability and 2 people sharing a standard double/twin room.
    • Rental car pickup and delivery at Luleå Airport.
    • Total distance in Sweden, about  900km.
    • Group size 2-5 people, bigger groups on request.
    • Minimum age 18 and European B driving license.

ITINERARY

Scandinavian Design | Fly & Drive | 5 days / 4 nights

Day 1 Arrival at Luleå

Arrival at Luleå airport according to your own itinerary, you will be welcomed by our local guide who will assist you with getting your rental car at the airport. During the short drive (7km) to your hotel you already get a good impression of the impressive Luleå river as you cross the bridge which connects Luleå with the southern mainland. The hotel for tonight is illustrated by prominent photographers and lighting designers. Here you can choose to take time to  relax in the spa facilities or do a drink at the Skybar, located at the 8th floor of your hotel, the bar with the best view in town! You can also escape the city and let the tranquillity of the close by nature reserves overwhelm you. In the evening a 3 course dinner is served at your hotel

Day 2:  Luleå – Gammelstad – Arthotel Tornedalen (174km)
After breakfast,  you start driving in the direction of the UNESCO World Heritage site Gammelstad church town (9.7km). Here you can find the largest late medieval stone church in Northern Sweden, dated 1492, and the largest and most well-preserved church town in Sweden with more than 400 church cottages. Here a guided tour is highly recommended.

After Gammelstad you continue driving to Tornio(135km) just over the border to Finland. Where you can bring a combined visit to both the Museum of Tornedalen and the Aine Art Museum. The route continues on the other side of the border, in Sweden, where you can visit the cultural fishing village Kukkolafors. This picturesque village is located alongside the Torne river which forms the border between Sweden and Finland. From here it’s just  a short drive to Arthotel Tornedalen. Your hotel for tonight is adorned with arts and crafts, and uplifted by the beautiful countryside surrounding the houses. A private chef prepares the 3 course dinner from scratch on site, using local products such as berries from the forest combined with meat and fish from the region

Day 3   Arthotel Tornedalen – Arctic Circle – Icehotel (315km)
Today you will start driving North alongside the Torne River. With its impressive length of 520 kilometers, Torne River runs from the ancient mountains in the west down to the coast in the east, where it flows out into the sea. At Juoksengi you will pass the Arctic Circle and drive into the land of the Midnightsun. After about 160km you will leave the Finnish border and continue driving more inland’s, still following the Torne River to the Icehotel, 200 km north of the Arctic Circle. The Icehotel is the first hotel made of ice and snow, founded in 1989. Here you will stay tonight in a warm hotel room, but if you want to stay in one of the unique design rooms inside the Ice Hotel we can adjust the  program to your wishes. The design rooms have never been created before. Every room is  individually themed and hand carved by artists commissioned from around the world. The room holds a temperature of -5 to -8 degrees Celsius. The bed is covered with reindeer hides and on top of this, you sleep in a thermal sleeping bag. Spending a night in the Icehotel is a surreal experience and a memory for life. Thanks to the new concept ICEHOTEL 365, the frozen rooms are available all year round. In the evening a 3 course dinner is served in the restaurant from the Icehotel, ranked as top three in Swedish Lapland by the White Guide 2016 & 2017; Scandinavia’s restaurant guide

Day 4: Icehotel – Jokkmokk – Treehotel (295km)
You are awakened in the morning with a cup of hot lingonberry juice at your bedside. If you wish, a sauna session and hot shower is ready for you. After breakfast you continue further south to the mythical place of Jokkmokk (207km) a natural meeting place for Sami people and a centre for Sami culture. For more than 400 hundred years,  the colourful Jokkmokk winter market has been celebrated annually. But even outside of market time, Jokkmokk is one of the best places in Swedish Lapland to experience traditional Sami arts and crafts.

Much of what you’ll find in the town’s shops and galleries is locally made, using natural materials, from local wood to reindeer horns and many products reflect the way Sami people used to live their lives. Bring a visit to one of the local craft shops or learn more about the Sami culture in the Ájtte Museum, the best place to learn about Sami history and culture.

Your next stop will be at the Treehotel, where you will stay in one of the 7 designrooms of the world famous Treehotel.  The Treehotel offers you a unique hotel experience: tree rooms with contemporary design in the middle of unspoiled nature. From the Treehotels rooms you get a fantastic view of the Luleå River valley, miles of forest and the powerful Luleå River. In the evening dinner is served at the restaurant, which offers delicacies from the region and traditional Swedish dishes.

Day 5: Treehotel – Luleå airport (87.7km)
After the breakfast, the planning is depending on the schedule of your return flight. Maybe you have some time left to do a short hike in the forest or for other activities? But if you have an early flight then it’s time to start driving to Luleå airport. Return your rental car at the airport prior to your return flight.

The itinerary is a guide for you. We can customize this further, based on your interests and wishes. If you would like to make any changes to your itinerary, just let us know and we will work together with you to tailor the holiday to match your requirements

HIGHLIGHTS YOU MIGHT EXPERIENCE

Moose

Moose is the largest of all the deer species. They reach 170 – 210 cm height at shoulder.  Bulls weigh weigh 380 – 850 kg and cows weigh 200 – 360 kg. Moose are solitary and do not live in families or herds. The calves follow the cow during one year. Their diet consists of both terrestrial and aquatic vegetation. During Summer when food is plentiful they typically feed on herbs and leaves. During Winter they survive on shrubs and buds from Pine trees.

Northern Lights

The bright dancing lights of the Northern Lights are collisions between electrically charged particles from the sun that enter the earth’s atmosphere. The lights are seen above the magnetic poles of the northern and southern hemispheres. Northern Lights appear in many colours and forms. Winter in the north is a good season to view the lights. The long periods of darkness and the frequency of clear nights provide many good opportunities to watch the Northern Lights.

Sami Culture

Sápmi is what the Sámi call their land, an area that stretches over Norway, Sweden, Finland and the Kola Peninsula in Russia. In Sweden, Sápmi covers the most northern part. It is a nation without borders but not without a history, culture and a language, very much entwined with the reindeer

Gammelstad

Gammelstad Church Town is a UNESCO Word Heritage Site near the city of Luleå. It’s  a type of town that was once widespread throughout northern Scandinavia. It is home to a unique cultural environment. Here you can find the largest late medieval stone church in Northern Sweden, from 1492 and the largest and most  well-preserved church town in Sweden with more than 400 church cottages. Gammelstad  was listed as a World Heritage Site in 1996.

Dog sledding tour

The Husky; smart, friendly and born to run. As soon as they notice you, the dogs are enthusiastic and all eager to go. Going on a dog sledding tour in Swedish Lapland is an unique experience in many ways. The strength of the dogs and their capability to pull the sled at high speed in the snow covered terrain, the crisp climate and stunning surroundings will give you a thrill never to be forgotten.

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