Short break Lapland, Luleå
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.
By arrival at Luleå Airport you will be welcomed by our guide who will drive you to Brändön Lodge, a genuine small scale accommodation by the sea, about 25 km north from the airport. The main building is a log cabin that includes a restaurant and a 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. At Brändön lodge you will have your own 4 persons cabin with free view over the frozen sea.
On the first floor of the main building is the restaurant and bar, here all meals will be served. The region offers amazing local produce and the food served is a big part of the experience. Natural flavours from game, berries and mushrooms come together on the plate. In the restaurant area you can also enjoy a drink or take your drink with you to your own cabin, sauna, hot tub or one of the small traditional houses on the waterside. This remote location is ideal for watching the Northern lights during the long polar nights.
Arctic way of living
In this 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 use the snowshoes, make a fire in the snow, how to make tea and coffee over your open fire and also learn about the forest and wildlife of Sweden’s northernmost region. But also highlights as a snowmobile tour and dog sledding tour are included in this short break to Swedish Lapland. Beside the planned activities there will be enough time left for enjoying Swedish Lapland on your own.
Short break in Lapland | Luleå – Swedish Lapland | 5 days / 4 nights
Arrival day – welcome in Swedish Lapland!
Arrival at Luleå airport based on your flight schedule, you will be welcomed by our local guide. When walking outside you walk straight into a winter wonderland, minus temperatures, clean air and a snow covered landscape. Your guide will drive you to Brändön Lodge, a genuine small scale accommodation by the sea, about 25 km north from the airport. From your own cabin you have an unique view over the frozen sea, with its endless fields of ice and snow where the the ice can freeze up to 1 meter thick. In the evening a 2 course meal from outstanding quality will be served in the main building, where you also can enjoy a drink at the bar or take a drink with you to your own bungalow.
Day 2 – Nordic winter skills + outdoor lunch
After a good night sleep and enjoying a Scandinavian breakfast its time to get outside. Winter life in Swedish Lapland is made comfortable by learning how to dress and behave in the cold climate. After a short introduction you change into your warm outdoor clothing that will be provided and go outside to strap on your snowshoes. Your guide will take you on a educational journey into the nearby forests. You will learn how to use snowshoes and learn about the forest and wildlife of Sweden’s northernmost region. During the tour you will take a break in a traditional Sámi hut, where together you will make a typical outdoor wilderness lunch above open fire. Here, on the reindeer pelts you will enjoy your meal around the fire and relax.
There are also sauna and hot tub facilities by your accommodation, here you can relax your body and complete the living Swedish experience.The lodge has a couple of reindeer on the property for guests to visit. After short instructions you are even allowed to feed and photograph them.
Duration Nordic winter skills; 3 hours
Day 3 – Snowmobile tour
Feel your blood rushing as you drive across a snow covered landscape. Snowmobiles allow you to feel the freedom of covering large areas in a short space of time, it’s a fabulous way to get around during wintertime. During the tour you will drive through the nearby forests and over frozen lakes. Your guide will ensure that you are at a comfort level suited to your ability. Along the way stops are made for hot beverages, where the guide will tell you about the surroundings and about life and nature in Swedish Lapland.
Duration Snowmobile tour; 2 hours
– 4 hour snowmobile tours, available after 10 January
On the 4 hour tours you will discover the beauty and unique surrounding of the Luleå Archipelago. The destination of the tour is the outermost islands of the archipelago. If conditions are right the destination will be Brändöskär. An idyllic fishing village dating back to the 17th century. The chapel dates from 1774 and there is a visit to one of the fishing huts. This tour is including outdoor lunch which is cooked above open fire. Extra price SEK 750 person.
Day 4 – Dog sledding tour
After your breakfast you will be picked up for the transfer to the nearby Husky kennel. As soon as they notice you, the dogs are enthusiastic and all eager to go. Going on a dog sledding tour is a 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. After a safety briefing and instructions, you can choose to sit on the sledge and let the guide be in control or you can choose mushing your own dogsled team! The tours will go over frozen rivers and through wild forests, offering a great opportunity to see wildlife on the way. This iconic winter experience is sure to leave you with some fantastic memories. By return at Brändön lodge your warm lunch is ready to be served. In the midday no activities are planned.
Duration Dog Sledding tour; 2 hours
Day 5 – Departure day
After your breakfast, it’s time to check out. Our guide will assist you with your luggage and will drive you to Luleå Airport according your flight schedule.
The itinerary is a guide for you. We can customise this further, based on your interests. If you would like to make any changes to your itinerary, just let us know and we will work with you to tailor the holiday to match your requirements.
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