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13th January 2019
A family holiday in Swedish Lapland featuring snowmobiling, dog sledding, snowshoeing and Northern Lights hunting. A snowbound wilderness retreat for all the family. Actually, not only families but friends, couples...anyone seeking a relaxing winter wonderland holiday.
This holiday is perfect for people who want to spend time together enjoying the magnificent nature of Swedish Lapland with an exciting selection of hand-picked winter activities. It caters for everyone individually and yet everyone collectively. Adults will love the magnificent scenery, the hands-on activities such as driving their own snowmobile, mushing their own team of huskies and building a fire in the snow in order to cook lunch. Children will just love everything, including snowman building, snowball fighting and, most especially, reminding the adults how to get straight back up when they fall over, how to laugh at how they look in their 'Michelin Man' winter overalls, how to leave their electronic gadgets behind and enjoy the great outdoors and, above all, how to play nicely!
Day 1 - Arrive Swedish Lapland
Met on arrival for your guided transfer to Brändon Lodge. During your journey your guide will give you an insight into life in Swedish Lapland and show you the landscape and a variety of local landmarks. Transfer time approximately 1 - 1.5 hours.
Check-in to your cabin accommodation. On arrival at the lodge you will be given your specialist winter thermal clothing to wear during all your outdoor activities. This clothing will ensure you remain warm and comfortable throughout and the children will laugh at one another's Michelin Man impersonations!
A 3-course buffet dinner is served in the lodge's main building shortly after arrival.
4 nights BRÄNDÖN LODGE - Family Cabin Accommodation
Day 2 - A Snowmobile Adventure
Breakfast is served in the main building before your first included activity.
This wonderful tour spends 2 hours exploring the forests around Brändön on a snowmobile! Hot drinks are served during the trip giving your guide an opportunity to tell you about your magnificent surroundings and about local life in this vast northern wilderness.
A relaxing 3-course buffet dinner is served in the main restaurant before your evening activity.
Northern Lights Snowshoe Trip
Explore the wilderness surrounding Brändön Lodge on foot, or rather on snowshoes. Out in the wilderness, away from light pollution there is a good chance of catching a glimpse of the Northern Lights. Warm drink served during the trip.
Day 3 - Husky Dog Adventure
This morning's excursion is often the one people have been looking forward to the most!
Husky Dog Sledding Adventure
Dogsledding is a fantastic activity and at Brändön Lodge there is a nearby husky kennel that will take you on a fantastic adventure. You will learn how to take control of a husky team and drive them on a forest and lake trail. The experience is 2 hours long in total (including transfer and preparation for the dog sledding) and is sure to leave you with some fantastic memories.
The afternoon is free to spend time enjoying snow activities. Why not see who can build the biggest snowman, have a snowball fight or race one another down the tobogganing slope?
3-course dinner buffet served in the lodge's restaurant.
Day 4 - Free day
Today is a free day. We have a variety of optional activities for your to choose from (see Excursions tab) or alternatively you may choose to simply relax at the lodge, perhaps in the sauna or hot tub?
Day 5 - Return home with memories to share
Say your goodbyes during a leisurely breakfast and let the children have one last chance to play in the snow before your transfer to Luleå Airport for your return flight to the UK.
Departure Days: Wednesdays and Saturdays from Heathrow Airport (alternative departure airports are available, please ask a member of our reservations team for schedules and prices)
Departure Dates: January - March 2019
Duration: 4 nights
Price per adult
|Price per adult
(3 adults sharing)
|Price per adult
(4 adults sharing)
12 - 13*
|Jan - Mar 2019||£1995||£1880||£1820||£1215||£1250|
DEPOSIT: £200 per person
TO BOOK: Either call us on 01274 875199 (we're sure you have lots of questions!) or email your booking request to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please read our Terms and Conditions which apply to this holiday.
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BRÄNDÖN LODGE (winter) - Brändöskär
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.
AURORA HIDEAWAY DINNER from Brändön Lodge
Description: A candle light dinner, somewhere out on the frozen Arctic sea. This evening experience starts with a snowmobile sled transfer from your Lodge. On arrival at the Aurora Hideaway you will be offered a drink of your choice - wine, beer or a soft cold/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 magic 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. The guide prepares the 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” that we move around in the archipelago with our snow cat. We choose the best places possible depending on wind, weather and ice conditions for each evening’s event. Snowshoes are brought on the tour so that you can go for a short walk while the guide prepare your meal.
Duration: 3 hours including dinner
Price: £155 per adult, £155 per child
ICE FISHING from Brändön Lodge
Description: Being out in nature, learning about the marine environment and our arctic life is the goal of this tour as well as even catching a fish to take back to the lodge for lunch. Your guide will give you an insight into the nature of our frozen sea, the ice conditions that we can find and how to safely navigate in this frozen world. Ice fishing on the frozen sea ice is an important part of our local lifestyle and for generations has been a way for people to supplement their diet. Join us for two hours including a break with a hot beverage and some sweet bread. Our guide brings all necessary equipment and we use our big snowmobile sled to reach the best locations. We drill our holes in the ice and start fishing for “the big one”. A normal catch would be perch or sometimes pike.
Duration: 2 hours
Price: £95 per adult, £95 per child
PACK ICE NATURE TOUR BY SNOWMOBILE from Brändön Lodge
Description: With our nature guide you will spend a fantastic four hours exploring the islands of the Luleå archipelago by snowmobile. Across the frozen sea and islands you will enjoy learning about our unique nature, the local history and our arctic way of life. In particular we will be searching for small fishing villages, frozen in time in the winter, a variety of local wildlife and the unique ice formations that appear on the edges of the islands.
Our nature guides will meet you by the lodge for a briefing about the days adventure. Safety instructions are given as well as background information regarding what we are about to experience. Our main focus being the nature in the archipelago, the people of the region, their culture and the history of the area.
We use modern snowmobiles as our transportation. This is the natural way for locals to move around the frozen archipelago as they go about their daily life. The nature guides will lead you along the established snowmobile trails so that we leave a minimal impact on our environment.
Along the way we stop regularly and your nature guide will discuss the surroundings and tell stories about life in the northern wilderness. This is their home and they have a lot of great arctic experiences to recall. You are offered hot beverages and a lunch which is cooked over an open fire by your guide.
The ambition of the tour is to reach the most remote outermost islands of the archipelago. If conditions are right we aim for Brändöskär. An idyllic fishing village dating back to the 17th century. We will visit the chapel which dates from 1774 and we will pass by idyllic fishing huts. Outside of the outermost islands is the frozen Bothnian bay with its seemingly endless fields of pack ice and snow. Some years the blue ice of the sea piles up into formations about 10 metres high – an amazing experience!
Duration: 4 hours including lunch
Price: £190 per adult (based on two sharing), supplement for solo driving £99. Price per child £105 (based on sitting in a snowmobile sled pulled by the guide)
SAMI REINDEER SLED EXPERIENCE from Brändön Lodge
Description: Starting at Brändön Lodge we will introduce you to a local Sami man, Anders Fjällman who will give us an insight into his culture and way of life. We walk in to the reindeer enclosure and Anders explains more about the “year of the reindeer”, the eight seasons and how they work with the reindeer and nature in each of these. We then ready sleds behind the reindeer and start the sled ride towards the Sami tent in the middle of the forest. The sled ride is a slow experience that is similar to the traditional “Ren-rajd”. It is the way the Sami people since way back in time have travelled between their settlements. On arrival to the tent we then sit down around the fire for a cup of tea and take in the atmosphere of the tent and continue the discussion with Anders.
Lunch is then cooked over the fire and we enjoy the fresh traditional food, sitting on reindeer skins on the ground.
Duration: 3 hours including lunch
Price: £250 per adult, £250 per child
We know there are lots of questions you will have, especially as this is a family holiday and children can be very demanding customers! So here are answers to some of the questions we have anticipated - if you have any others we haven't thought of just give us a quick call on 01274 875199 and we'll add them to the list.
Who is this holiday suitable for?
Oh, that's easy, it's suitable for everyone, most especially families with children from the age of 6 and over, who want to play in the snow together and enjoy some exciting outdoor activities. Those with children know that for any family holiday, the children the real customers, however we've also ensured the itinerary includes activities that all adults will enjoy too. Couples and friends travelling together will enjoy the real mix of people getting together on this holiday.
Where do the kids sit for the snowmobile and dog sledding activities?
For the snowmobile trip each child will be a passenger and sit on the back of an adult's snowmobile. For young children the guide may attach a sleigh to the back of his snowmobile and the children sit inside wrapped in blankets and sitting on reindeer skins - they love it! This means that adults will each drive a snowmobile unless they do not have a driving licence, in which case they will travel as a passenger sitting behind the driver.
For the dog-sledding trip again each child will travel as a passenger but will also have the opportunity to try mushing the dog team with one of the adults. Passengers sit inside the dog sled but do have the opportunity to switch with the musher - everyone gets to try everything! It is important to remember that the guides are very experienced at working with families (they have their own) and will choose the routes most suited towards children, that is the terrain will be lovely but not too challenging for novice riders/mushers.
What sort of clothing will we need?
We would strongly recommend the layering principal (base, mid, outer) with man-made thermal fibres or wool. In our opinion wool is definitely best, and merino wool is soft and cosy and certainly a good investment. A good, waterproof outdoor jacket is essential, and also over trousers are a bonus if you have them. Wool socks (we wouldn't wear anything else here), perhaps a couple of pairs, and good hiking boots or snow boots are very important. Gloves, scarf, hat and you're raring to go! For the duration of this holiday you will be provided with any additional items you may need such as thermal overalls, boots, hat etc to ensure you are warm and cosy during extended periods outdoors and certainly during the dog-sledding and snowmobiling activities. Remember cotton is not a good insulator and therefore is no good for any layer that is intended to provide warmth for example jeans are no good at all in cold, potentially wet, conditions. The organisers and guides are all parents/uncles/aunts and are used to taking care of young children in a cold climate; they will ensure the process is fun for your kids but that ultimately they are kept warm and cosy.
Are special diets catered for?
Absolutely. Just let us know at the time of booking in order that we may ensure delicious alternatives are provided where necessary. We know that children have their likes and dislikes and the breakfast and dinner buffets are ideal for this as they will have a selection of different things to try plus familiar favourites. By familiar favourites we have to stress that this will generally be locally sourced, quality, fresh meat or fish with vegetables, prepared by one of the friendliest chefs on the planet, and with vitamins and minerals intact! Expect nothing less, if you know what we mean.........
Where can we buy lunch?
Brändön Lodge has a cafeteria restaurant upstairs in the main building. Here guests can purchase a light snack or a more substantial meal which is just paid for locally. The cafeteria is open during the day and is also a popular place for a hot chocolate and cinnamon roll...
Will there be a childrens' club?
No, the kids allow the adults to be totally and utterly included in everything they do as long as they remember to play nicely!
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In Sweden we did lots of fun things. We built a fire, ate deer and drank lingonberry juice. I rode a snowmobile on the frozen sea and mum spun around because she couldn’t ride it properly which was funny. I got to drive the dog sled and lost my hat, it was fast and mum fell off which made me laugh. I got to hold a really cute puppy. I went ice-fishing and caught two fish which was better than my mum and dad then we went on a hovercraft to an island and had dinner over a nice warm fire. Our guide was called Roger. He was very kind and nice even though he had a beard and I don’t like beards. It was brilliant! Maddie aged 9 years.
A great trip; ice fishing in the Swedish archipelago, snowmobiling across a frozen sea, husky dog sledding through the magnificent Swedish landscape and all with expert tuition providing safe but exhilarating experiences. Survival skills were brought to life by our survival expert and mountain guide Roger (the real Bear Grylls!). This was a holiday with a difference and an experience that has provided life long memories for our whole family. Highly recommended!
The lodge in Lulea was terrific. Everyone was so friendly -- from our driver, to our cook, to our tour guides. They added on activities in the evening for the kids in addition to the daily activities. The cabins were comfortable. The daily activities were unforgettable. And the food was fantastic as well. On the last night, we were the only visitors at the resort (the break between winter holidays and the build up to February holidays) and they still planned an incredible dinner -- it was as if we had a personal chef along with us -- and activity for the kids with our own person tour guide!