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4th April 2018
A family holiday in Swedish Lapland featuring snowmobiling, dog sledding, snowshoeing and Northern Lights hunting. A snowbound wilderness retreat for all the family.
This holiday is perfect for families 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 by your hosts from Brändon Lodge and transferred to your resort (duration approximately 1 hour).
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 2-course buffet dinner is served in the lodge's main building shortly after arrival.
4 nights BRÄNDÖN LODGE - Family Cabin Accommodation
Day 2 - Pickled herring perhaps? Nordic Adventure Skills definitely!!
A buffet breakfast is served in Brändon Lodge's main building. There is plenty to choose from including traditional favourites such as a full cooked Swedish, cereal, bread/toast and jam. But why not encourage your children to have something different and in keeping with their Arctic adventure?! Pickled herring perhaps.......
Nordic Winter Adventure skills
The activity starts off with a short briefing about how to dress and behave in the cold Arctic climate. After that you will change into warm clothes and snowshoes. Together with your guides you go out on a 3-hour trip into the nearby forests of Camp Brändön. Your experienced wilderness guide will lead you through an adventurous and educational excursion; you will learn how to make a fire in the snow, how to make tea and coffee over your open fire and also learn about the wildlife of the north. At lunchtime you will be taken to a wilderness Lappish-tent, where together you will make a typical outdoor lunch. Here, on the reindeer-hides, you will enjoy your meal around the fire and then relax for a while before returning to Brändön Lodge. No equipment of your own is needed. Return to Brändön Lodge for a relaxing afternoon before dinner which is served in the main building.
2-course buffet dinner in the lodge's main building during the evening.
Day 3 - A Snowmobile Adventure
Breakfast is again served in the main building. Now you have a second change to encourage your children to try pickled herring for breakfast......go on....set a good example...!
Family Snowmobile Adventure
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. Lunch is included at Brändön Lodge when you return.
During the evening enjoy a relaxing 2-course dinner as a family!
Day 4 - Husky Dogs and Northern Lights
The morning's excursion is probably the one your children have been looking forward to the most, so make sure they stock up on those pickled herring for breakfast because just looking at these sled dogs is enough to burn up energy!
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.
Lunch is served in the lodge's restaurant.
The afternoon is free to spend time enjoying snow activities with your children. Why not see who can build the biggest snowman, have a snowball fight or race one another down the tobogganing slope?
2-course dinner buffet served in the lodge's restaurant.
Northern Lights Sled Tour
A sled tour (pulled by snowmobile) in the wilderness, away from light pollution hoping to catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights. Warm drink served during the trip.
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 2018
Duration: 4 nights
|Jan - Mar 2018||£2075||£1565||£1490|
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 email@example.com
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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.
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 all families with children from the age of 6 and over, who want to play in the snow together and enjoy some exciting outdoor activities. We know that children are the real customers here but we've also ensured the itinerary includes activities that the adults will enjoy too and one sneaky evening where the guide will entertain the kids in the snow whilst the adults enjoy a grown up meal.
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.........
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 â€“ 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!