Read Our Latest Blog Post
29th October 2018
Luleå is a beautiful city, located with the frozen archipelago of the Gulf of Bothnia on one side, and the great wilderness expanse of Swedish Lapland on the other. It is truly a place of contrasts. You will be surprised by the international atmosphere of the town which has a bustling centre with an excellent selection of quality restaurants, bars and cafes from which to sit and experience everyday Arctic life. The city's Ice Road offers further opportunity to meet the locals as they ice skate, ski, walk, promenade with prams or simply walk the dog!
The beautiful Luleå archipelago has a total of 1300 islands and only 100 residents and is a unique wilderness environment where the sea around the island freezes up to a metre thick in winter and enormous ice statues, created by the build up of pack ice, can be seen out in the furthermost parts of the archipelago. This is a spectacular place to explore by snowmobile and dog-sled, experiencing a true Arctic wilderness during the day and returning to the city for the evening to mix with the locals and share their lifestyle. A Northern Lights hunt is included in your holiday as we know viewing these ethereal wonders is likely to be on your wish list.
Luleå really is one of our favourite destinations...but don't just take our word for it, sit back and watch the video under the video tab and be truly inspired!
Day 1 - Arrive Swedish Lapland
Arrive at Luleå Kallax Airport by air from the UK. Met on arrival for your transfer to your hotel in Luleå city centre approximately 20 minutes). Check-in to your hotel room. At 2100 you will be picked up from your hotel for your included Northern Lights Hunt. Your trip takes you to the outskirts and nearby forests of Luleå, searching for the best spots to see the Northern Lights. Your guide will drive away from the city's light pollution, constantly checking weather conditions and the forecast to maximize your chances of seeing Aurora Borealis. Swedish Fika (tea/coffee plus cake or biscuits) is included during your trip. Return to your hotel around midnight.
3 nights LULEÅ - Clarion Hotel Sense (4 star) or Quality Hotel Luleå (3 star plus)
Day 2 - Free day for pre-booked Optional Activities
Enjoy the fantastic buffet breakfast at your hotel. The remainder of the day is free for you to explore Luleå or take part in your pre-booked activities. Luleå has a great selection of restaurants for you to choose from in the evening (see Info+ tab for more details). Alternatively why not enjoy your hotel's restaurant and bar with fantastic views of the frozen Bay of Bothnia and archipelago.
Day 3 - Free day for pre-booked Optional Activities
Another delicious breakfast and another day for your optional activities.
Day 4 - Homeward bound
Relax and take your time savouring your final buffet breakfast in Swedish Lapland. Your airport transfer has been reserved in accordance with your return flight times.
Departure Days: Daily according to flight schedules
Departure Dates: 1 Nov 2018 - 10 Apr 2019
Duration: 3 nights (extra nights easy to add)
Deposit for this holiday: £200 per person
Prices: Prices are based on two people travelling together and sharing a double/twin room with private shower and WC including daily buffet breakfast.
|Dep. Dates||Price from||Extra Night||Single Supp. per night|
|Quality Hotel Luleå ***plus|
|Nov & Dec 2018
|Feb - Mar 2019||£955||£60|
|Clarion Hotel Sense ****|
|Nov & Dec 2018
|Feb - Mar 2019||£1015||£80|
|Supplement for superior room (larger and includes bathrobe and slippers)||£15 per person per night|
|Entrance to Selma Spa at the hotel (includes access to all of the seasonal saunas and shower options, pool, relaxation area and changing rooms)||£20 per person per visit|
To BOOK this holiday either telephone us on 01274 875199 (our preferred option as we like to chat with you!) or email your request to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please view the Terms & Conditions for this holiday.
QUALITY HOTEL LULEA (3 star plus) - Luleå
Centrally situated in the centre of Luleå. The hotel has two restaurants; Amphion Restaurant and Cook's Krog. There is also the Invit lounge bar to unwind for a pre-dinner drink. Cleo Nightclub is a popular night spot and the hotel also offers a relax department with pool and saunas. All rooms have shower and WC, trouser press, satellite TV, telephone and Free Wireless High Speed Internet Access.
CLARION HOTEL SENSE (4 star) - Luleå
Stylish, atmospheric and comfortable are just a few ways to describe Clarion Hotel Sense. As its name suggests, this centrally located hotel works to heighten all of your senses: sight, touch, smell, taste and sound. Each floor is dedicated to a particular season and you will be able to see this through the tasteful decor. All rooms are equipped with modern facilities, including high-speed internet and flat screen TV. If you would like to truly indulge during your time here then head to the spa where you will be able to relax and choose from a variety of different treatments. On an evening the top floor offers a laid-back yet high quality bar and restaurant, and everyone who stays at the Sense will experience one of the best buffet breakfasts in the whole of Sweden!
DOG-SLEDDING - DRIVE YOUR OWN from Luleå Centre
Description: Our dog-sledding tour from Luleå City Centre begins with a transfer to the dog-sledding ranch Brändön Lodge which is located overlooking the Luleå Archipelago. Transfer to the lodge takes approximately 30 minutes in one direction. On arrival at the lodge you will be equipped with thermal clothing including overalls, boots, hat and mittens, before transferring to the nearby husky ranch where you will receive full instructions and a health and safety briefing. Your activity includes learning how to take care of your dogs, how to instruct them and drive your sled. Each sled has one driver and one passenger with the opportunity to swap over part way. Your journey takes you on a forest and lake trail where the only sounds you will hear are the swish to your sled rails and the instructions you shout to your dogs. Of course when they are not running the dogs like to let you know that they want to be off again...!
Operates: Late December to beginning April
Duration: Transfer from Luleå at 0915, return to Luleå at 1500. Please note, this activity does NOT include lunch.
Price: £315 per person
NB! Important information regarding dog-sledding tours - please click here
KAPTENSGÅRDEN - A LIVE COOKING EXPERIENCE from Luleå
Description: The old farmsted Kaptensgården is a restaurant located in the middle of the picturesque Gammelstad Church Town 10 kms from the city of Luleå. Gammelstad Church Town has been listed as one of Sweden’s World Heritage Sites since 1996 and is the largest and best preserved church town in Sweden and Scandinavia. Kaptensgården is today a restaurant often used for private banquets plus Christmas dinners and wedding receptions. The food is based on the traditions of Swedish Lapland with some international influences and is always prepared with locally produced food, for example, salmon, reindeer, ptarmigan, wild berries and the famous Kalix whitefish roe.
The Head Chef, Johan Thingvall, who has been the owner of Kaptensgården since 2004 invites you to an intimate and personal ‘live cooking’ experience. Starting at the Gammelstad church square he will take you on a quick tour around the church and tell you about the history of the church town. You’ll also get a peek inside one of over 400 church cottages. It is then only a short walk to Kaptensgården. Here you will sit next to a cosy open fire and enjoy a warm welcome drink. Johan will then cook an 8-course tasting menu in front of you and for you to eat. He will tell all about the ingredients and from where in Swedish Lapland they are gathered, hunted or produced. In order to learn more about the local food you are served you will also have an iPad in front of you with all the facts during the dinner. The menu may vary by season and according to the chef’s choice. Share the experience with other guests, maximum 8 people in total per occasion.
Operates: Thursday and Friday, January to April
Duration: Approximately 3 hours
Price: £95 per person
NB! Taxi transfer not included, however it can be pre-booked for you for a price of SEK500 for the return journey (approx. £45)
LULEÅ ICE ROAD ACTIVITIES BY CROSS-COUNTRY SKIIS, ICE-SKATES, KICK-SLED OR FAT-BIKE from Luleå City Centre
Description: Your large playground is the ice of the frozen river, bays and sea or the snowy forests around Luleå city. From January to March you will see the citizens of Luleå taking tours on the specially prepared ice-road that circles the city and peninsula using different means of conveyance, for example skies, skates, bike or kick sled. We want you to be able to share their icy experience and Arctic lifestyle in Swedish Lapland so we are very happy to be able to offer a selection of fully guided Ice Road experiences! Your guide will pick you up from your Luleå city hotel. Equipment is included in all tours.
For the following tours you have the choice of Nordic Cross-Country Skiis, Ice-Skates, Kick-Sled or Fatbike.
3-hour tour (includes Swedish Fika)
Price: £110 per person
3-hour tour (includes Muurikka BBQ lunch on the ice)
Price: £130 per person
A Muurikka is a portable griddle pan, reminiscent of a wok, which cooks food over an open-fire. They are almost considered an essential piece of equipment in Swedish Lapland!
A two-hour night tour on the ice in the Luleå bay. A magical experience out on the ice-road where the only light comes from your headlamp. Then stop for a coffee break, turn your headlamp off and look for the Northern Lights.
Price: £110 per person (skiis, ice-skates, kick-sled) or £120 per person (fatbike)
SNOWMOBILE ACTIVITIES from Luleå Centre
Description: All our snowmobile tours from Luleå City Centre begin with a transfer to Brändön Lodge which is located overlooking the Luleå Archipelago. Transfer to the lodge takes approximately 30 minutes in one direction. On arrival at the lodge you will be equipped with thermal clothing including overalls, boots, balaclava, mittens and helmet, before receiving full instruction and a health and safety briefing. You have the choice of a 2-hour tour or a 4-hour tour, both of which include lunch with the shorter tour having lunch served in Brändön Lodge's restaurant and the 4-hour having an outdoor, wilderness lunch. Both safaris explore the snow-covered forests which form the backdrop to Brändön Lodge; needless to say this is an extremely scenic journey with a stop for tea/coffee (lunch for 4-hour trip) along the way.
Operates: Late December to beginning April
Duration: Transfer from Luleå at 0915, return to Luleå at 1500. Those taking the 2-hour tour will relax at Brändön Lodge after their activity, following lunch, and return to Luleå with those taking the 4-hour tour.
Prices: Prices are per person and are based on two people sharing a snowmobile with the opportunity to swap around during the trip. Supplement for being a solo driver as given.
Snowmobile tour, 2 hours including lunch at Brändön £225 per person, supplement for solo £95
Snowmobile tour, 4 hours including wilderness lunch £295 per person, supplement for solo £110
NB! Important information regarding snowmobile tours - please click here