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A wonderful winter escape to Swedish Lapland, staying in a traditional wooden cabin, overlooking the frozen expanse of the Luleå Archipelago. An excellent location for viewing the Northern Lights.

Unique to this holiday is a fantastic snowmobile exploration of the frozen outer Luleå Archipelago. Here thousands of small islands – during the winter accessible only by boat – become joined to one another when the sea freezes between them freezes to provide a surface for snowmobiles to glide across. Magnificent mountains of sea pack-ice form, often up to 10 metres high, and become part of the surreal landscape where the horizon is blurred and almost invisible at times.

Of course, no visit to the Arctic would be complete without a winter wonderland exploration by dog-sled; therefore as part of your holiday we have included a thrilling journey into the snow-laden forests mushing your own dog team. This fantastic experience also includes that great Swedish tradition, ‘fika’, a relaxing, mindful moment to stop and enjoy coffee/tea and cake. Who knows, you may even spot reindeer, moose, arctic fox or Lynx, this is their home after all.

A perfect Swedish Lapland winter escape with magnificent scenery, superb food, awesome activities and the chance to see the Northern Lights right on the doorstep.

Day 1 | Arrive Swedish Lapland

Fly from the UK to Luleå via Stockholm. Met on arrival and transferred to Brändön Lodge where you will check-in to your cabin and receive your winter thermal clothing for use during the duration of your stay. Dinner is served in the restaurant in the main lodge building during early evening.

4 nights BRÄNDÖN LODGE - standard cabin for 2-4 people

Meals included today:  Dinner


Day 2 | Snowmobile Frozen Archipelago Adventure

Today you have a wonderful snowmobile adventure out onto the frozen expanse of the Luleå Archipelago. With your guide you will spend a fantastic four hours exploring the islands, travelling across the frozen sea and learning about the nature and history of this spectacular area. You will search for small fishing villages, frozen in time, and hopefully spot a variety of local wildlife. Your goal is to reach Brändöskär, an idyllic fishing village dating back to the 17th century, with its tiny chapel dating from 1774.

Once outside the outermost islands you will enter the frozen Bothnian bay with its seemingly endless fields of pack-ice and snow forming huge, sculptural, blue ice formations up to 10 metres high! During your journey stops are made one of which to enjoy a delicious outdoor lunch prepared by your guide.  Read our Blog:  Snowmobiling on the Luleå Archipelago in Swedish Lapland

Return to the lodge with time to relax and rest your tired muscles (you will have used them more than you think!) before dinner is served in the main lodge building.

Meals included today:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 3 | Dog-Sledding Forest Adventure

Dog-sledding is a fantastic activity and at Brändön Lodge there is a nearby husky kennel for your included dog-sledding adventure. First you meet your husky team (expect an extremely warm welcome!) and learn how to work with your team and operate your sled - then you’re off, ‘mushing’ them on a forest and lake trail. A glorious activity and for many the highlight of their trip to the Arctic.

Lunch is served in the lodge’s restaurant on return and the remainder of the afternoon is free to spend time enjoying snow activities.

Dinner is served in the lodge’s restaurant during the evening.

Meals included today:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 4 | Free Day

Today is a free day for relaxing, exploring on your own or choosing an extra activity from one of our hand-picked experiences - see Optional Activities tab.

Meals included today:  Breakfast, Dinner


Day 5 | Homeward Bound!

Depending upon your return flight time you will either be transferred to Luleå Airport after breakfast or after lunch. Your flight returns to the UK via Stockholm.

Meals included today:  Breakfast, Lunch (if flight departs Luleå 1500 or later)

Departure Days:  Daily
Departure Dates:  8 January – 31 March 2021
Duration:  4 nights

Departure DatesPrice per person
8 January - 31 March 2021£2095
Deposit Payment£200
Prices are based on two people travelling together and sharing a cabin to themselves

Your price includes:

  • Return scheduled flights with SAS in Economy class from Heathrow to Luleå (via Stockholm) including 23kgs of checked luggage and one piece of hand-luggage per person.  Taxes included.
  • Guided transfer from Luleå Airport to Brändön Lodge.
  • 4 nights at Brändön Lodge based on two people occupying their own private cabin with living/dining/kitchen room, bedroom and shower and WC. Daily buffet breakfast and 3-course dinner.
  • Thermal winter outer clothing for the duration of your stay including overalls or trousers and jacket, hat, gloves and boots.
  • 2-hour guided dog-sledding activity as detailed based on two people sharing a sled with one mushing and one passenger with the opportunity to swap around. Buffet lunch served at Brändön Lodge after the activity.
  • 4-hour guided snowmobile activity as detailed based on two people sharing a snowmobile with one driving and one passenger with the opportunity to swap around. Includes outdoor lunch. For important information regarding snowmobile activities please click here.
  • Lunch on final day (if leaving on a flight which departs after 1500).
  • Transfer from Brändön Lodge to Luleå Airport.
  • 24-hour emergency telephone assistance.
  • ATOL Protection

Brändön Lodge (winter) – Brändoskär

Brandon Lodge in the winter

Located on an Island on the coast of Swedish Lapland is Brändön Lodge, a cabin resort which overlooks the frozen sea and islands of the Luleå archipelago.

The main building is a log cabin that includes the relaxation lounge, bar and restaurant. Surrounding the log cabin are 15 cabins facing towards the sea. Each cabin is simple in design and includes one bathroom (shower only), two bedrooms with 2 single beds in each room (two of the single beds can be joined together to create a double bed on request), an open plan small living room with kitchen and a front facing covered porch/verandah which has a view over the sea. The cabins can accommodate up to 5 people if using the sofa bed in the living room. When meals are included in the holiday package these are taken in the restaurant in the main building.

Cross Country Skiing (Brändön Lodge)

Description: A guided introduction to cross country skiing to enjoy the pristine and quiet nature around the lodge. The guide will introduce you to the different techniques of cross country skiing. You will be equipped and fitted with your skis before setting out with your guide. Depending on snow conditions, weather and your level of skill the tour is adapted accordingly. It can be along snowmobile tracks on frozen sea or on narrow trails in the nearby forest. A stop is made during the tour to enjoy a warm drink and absorb the silence of the Lapland wilderness.
Operates: 18 Dec – 11 Apr
Departs: 1000, 1200, 1300 and 1400
Duration: 2 hours.
Price: £115 per person
Price includes: guide, cross country ski equpiment and warm beverage
Good to know:  Minimum recommended age for this tour is 7 years.


Hovercraft Tour to the Luleå Archipelago inc. Lunch (Brändön Lodge)

Description: A unique and magical way of exploring Luleå’s frozen archipelago onboard a hovercraft. Nowhere else in Swedish Lapland is this experience available! Your 2.5-hour tour will include a journey across the ice and snow covered Bothnian Bay, between the islands. There is free time to walk on the ice and if you are lucky there is the chance of spotting a seal or sea eagles. Lunch is prepared outdoors.
N.B. The hovercraft carries a maximum of 5 guests.
Operates: 18 Dec – 11 Apr
Departs: 1000 or 1200
Duration: 2.5 hours
Price: £235 per person (2 people) or £200 per person (3-5)
Price Includes: Hovercraft tour, lunch served outdoors
Good to know: Delay or cancellation can occur due to harsh weather conditions – extreme cold, strong wind, poor visibility or rising ice.


Northern Lights Snowshoe Walk with Dinner (Brändön Lodge)

Description: Head out through the Swedish Lapland forest on snowshoes where your experienced guide will tell you all about the local environment and if conditions permit you will hopefully, spot the Northern Lights. Your guide will inform you all about the science behind the aurora including the different colours and frequency, in addition to providing tips on how to photograph the lights. During the trip you will break and learn how to light a fire in the snow, how to recognise the stars and even wildlife tracks. Dinner is be prepared outdoors around an open fire and enjoyed sitting on reindeer furs under the dark sky. This is as close to nature as you can get!
Operates: 18 Dec – 3 Apr
Departs: 1900
Duration: 3 hours
Price: £180 per adult, £110 per child (0-13)
Price Includes: guide, snowshoes, wilderness dinner prepared outdoors, warm drink.


Ice Fishing (Brändön Lodge)

Description: Being out in nature, learning about the marine environment and arctic life is the aim of this tour in addition to catching a fish to take back to the lodge for lunch! Your guide will give you an insight into the nature of the frozen sea, the ice conditions and how to safely navigate in this frozen world. Ice fishing on the frozen sea ice is an important part of local lifestyle and for generations has been a way for people to supplement their diet. A hot beverage and some sweet bread is served during the activity. Your guide brings all necessary equipment and uses a big snowmobile sled to reach the best locations. You drill your hole in the ice and start fishing for the ‘big one’. A normal catch would be perch or sometimes pike.
Operates: 18 Dec – 3 Apr
Departs: 1000 or 1400
Duration: 2 hours
Price: £115 per person
Price Includes: Snowmobile driven sled transfer, ice fishing equipment, hot drink and sweet bread.


Nordic Winter Skills – 3 hours inc. lunch (Brändön Lodge)

Description: Winter life in Swedish Lapland is made comfortable by learning how to dress, behave and enjoy nature in the cold Subarctic climate. Change into warm outdoor clothing and go outside to strap on your snowshoes. Your guides will take you on a 3-hour journey into the forests near the lodge and lead you through an adventurous and educational excursion. You will learn how use the snowshoes, make a fire in the snow and how to make tea and coffee over an open fire. During the excursion your guide will convey stories about their arctic life and you will learn about the forest, sea and wildlife of Sweden’s northernmost region. At lunchtime you will take a break in a traditional Sami teepee, where together you will make a typical outdoor wilderness lunch. Here, on the reindeer pelts you will enjoy your meal, relaxing around an open fire. In Swedish Lapland it is important to relax, discuss, enjoy and appreciate our special environment.
Operates: 18 Dec – 17 Apr
Departs: 1000
Duration: 3 hours
Price: £136 per adult, £90 per child (0-13)
Price Includes: guide, snowshoes, tea/coffee and lunch in a Sami Teepee


Sami Reindeer Experience including lunch (from Brändön Lodge)

Description: Starting at Brändön Lodge you are introduced you to a local Sami man, Henrik Andersson who will give you an insight into his culture and way of life. Walk in to the reindeer enclosure and Henrik explains more about the ‘year of the reindeer’, the eight seasons and how they work with the reindeer and nature in each of these. You then take a walk in the forest along with the reindeer, towards the Sami tent in the middle of the forest. Sit around the fire with a warm drink, take in the atmosphere of the tent and continue chatting with Henrik. Lunch is included.
Operates: 18 Dec – 11 Apr
Departs: 1000
Duration: 2.5 hours
Price: £220 per person
Price includes: Sami guide, meet the reindeer and lunch in a Sami Teepee


Aurora Hideaway – Dinner Experience with a Difference (Brändön Lodge)

Description: Enjoy a candlelit dinner somewhere out on the frozen arctic sea! This evening’s experience starts with a snowmobile sled transfer from your lodge. On arrival at the Aurora Hideaway you will be introduced and offered a drink of your choice – wine, beer or a warm drink. Your guide will then serve a hot steamy soup as your first dish. The stove in the Aurora Hideaway has a sparkling fire roaring and the candles and tealights create a magical atmosphere. You now have a chance to go outside to look for the Northern Lights or just enjoy the absolute silence and the stars in the sky. Your guide prepares your main course over the outdoor fire. A relaxed evening is finished off with dessert and tea/coffee before returning to your Lodge. The Aurora Hideaways are small ‘restaurants’ which are moved around in the archipelago with a snow cat. The best places possible are chosen based on wind, weather and ice conditions for each evenings event. Snowshoes are brought on the tour so that you can go for a short walk while the guide prepares your meal.
Oprates: 18 Dec – 11 Apr
Departs: 1900
Duration: 2.5-3 hours
Price: £230 per adult, £190 per child
Price Includes: sled transfer (driven by snowmobile), drink on arrival, 3-course meal and optional use of snowshoes.


Arctic Astronomy (Brändön Lodge)

Description: Ulf Jonsson is a retired officer in the Swedish Armed Forces (Lieutenant Colonel and Helicopter Pilot) who is now a consultant in the areas of aviation, space and photography. As an amateur astronomer he has his own small observatory near Pine Bay Lodge north of Lulea where guests can view the night sky through telescopes and binoculars with your guide on hand providing lots of information about the constellations, their history and various ways of looking at them in different cultures. When the moon is visible, you can journey among craters, mountain ranges and can even see where the various manned moon landings were carried out! If you are lucky, you may also experience the Northern Lights fluttering over the sky. Your guide will happily provide tips and advice on how to take good pictures of the Northern Lights.

Astronomy Equipment: The observatory is about 3 x 2 m with a roll-away roof (no heat). In the observatory there is a permanently mounted pier with 10 Micron GM 1000 HPS, GOTO mounting.
On the pier can be mounted 2 o 3 telescopes of the following:
Orion Optics ODK10, Mirror telescope (Optimized Dall Kirkham) with 25 cm mirror.
Takahashi FSQ-106ED, apochromatic refractor with 10.6 cm lens.
William Optics FLT-110, apochromatic refractor with 11 cm lens.
William Optics Megrez-80, semi-apricot refractor with 8 cm lens.
LUNT 80 solar telescope.

Equipment used outside the observatory and which can be carried to another observation site.

Newton reflector with 42 cm mirror on Dobson mounting.
Sky-Watcher AZ / EQ5GT, GOTO mounting, on which telescope no. 2 o 5 can be mounted.
Sky-Watcher Star Adventurer Tracker.
Parallelogram stand for hand binoculars.
Hand binoculars Swarovski 7 x 42.
Hand binoculars TS Optics 15 x 70.
Birdwatchers Swarovski HD, 25-50 x 65.
Laser pointer for identifying objects in the sky (with permission from the radiation safety authority).

Operates: 01 October – 30 March
Departs: 1900
Duration: 3 hours
Price: £155 per person

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