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4th October 2017
Exploring the Arctic doesn't get much more unique than this short-break holiday in Swedish Lapland. Whilst staying in a luxury tree house situated high among the pines, you'll have the Arctic wilderness under your feet and the beautiful nightsky overhead.
Enhanced with large panoramic windows, the 7th Room boast views of the Lule River and skylights in the bedrooms allow you to lie back and enjoy the Northern Lights. Perhaps the most spectacular element of this architectural masterpiece is the unique terrace made of net allowing you to climb out among the branches of the trees where you can either lie down and gaze at the snow-covered forest or up towards the starry night sky. For extra indulgence, you'll also have the use of the sauna and outdoor Jacuzzi.
This winter-wonderland holiday features a number of unique experiences including a guided Northern Lights photography session, and a visit to a Sami elder where you can meet his reindeer and learn more about the Sami culture and way of life. All dinners consist of a three-course gourmet affair with local and organic produce. Finally, as a special touch, after travelling by snowmobile, you will be whizzed to a frozen lake where your table lit by moonlight and candles awaits. The final part of this incredible tour is your departure from the treehotel by private helicopter back to Luleå - now how's that for a spectacular end to your holiday...?
Arrive Swedish Lapland
Arrive Luleå Kallax Airport where you'll be met on arrival by your guide and driver in the main Arrivals Hall. You now have a guided transfer from the airport to your private tree house; your guide will provide you with information about the region - it's nature, history and culture - and will take you via Gammelstad Church Town World Heritage Site, the original old town of Luleå.
Arrive at the Treehotel and check in to the 7th Room, designed by Scandinavia's foremost architectural firm, Snøhetta (celebrated vision behind the Oslo Opera House), with custom made lighting by Ateljé Lyktan.
A 3-course gourmet dinner is served in the main building during the evening.
3 nights HARADS - 7th Room at Treehotel
Encounter reindeers and Sami the way of life
Today you will have a true Lapland experience, as you visit a Sami elder to learn more about the Sami culture and way of life and you'll have the unique opportunity to meet his reindeer and absorb the magical relationship between the Sámi and their most cherished resource.
In the evening enjoy a 3-course gourmet meal followed by a guided Northern Lights photography session. You will be taken to an area void of all light pollution and receive step-by-step instructions on how to best capture the mighty aurora. Tripods and DSL cameras are provided to ensure you have the best chances of seeing and photographing this feat of Morther Nature.
Snowmobiling and candlelit dinner
Enjoy a relaxing morning and afternoon exploring the surrounding forest. These forests are key to the hotel’s success, combined with the design, natural materials and a familiar, inviting atmosphere.
In the evening you will embark on an incredible ice-dining experience. Travelling by snowmobile, you will be whisked away to a frozen lake where your table awaits lit by moonlight and candles for a romantic wilderness experience. With a bit of luck, the Northern Lights might also come out to play.
Helicopter ride en route home
Ending on a high, the final part of this incredible tour is your departure from the Treehotel by private helicopter back to Luleå airport, giving you one last opportunity to witness this spectacular landscape from the sky.
(Photos © Graeme Richardson)
Departure dates: Jan - 13th April
Duration: 3 nights
Prices from: £3760 per person (based on 4-people sharing)
TREEHOTEL - Harads
An amazing collection of tree house rooms, all with WC and washbasin - showers in the Tree Sauna close by! Each one is an individual design based on ecological principles and designed by internationally renowned architects. Price based on either the Birds Nest, Cabin, Blue Cone or UFO, supplement for the Mirrorcube and their latest design - the 7th Room designed by famed architectural firm Snøhetta. Britta's Pensjonat is close by which has a restaurant, sauna and relaxation area and is also where breakfast is served. Staying in one of these rooms really is a once in a liftetime opportunity.
What sort of clothing will I need?
As a rule of thumb for any Arctic winter holiday, 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!
During your snowmobiling activity you will be provided with thermal overalls and boots to ensure you are warm and cosy during extended periods outdoors.
Do I need to bring any sort of equipment with me?
You don't need to but we would certainly recommend the following:
Are special diets catered for?
Absolutely! Just let us know at the time of booking what your requirements are so that we can inform our suppliers and ensure you are provided with delicious alternatives where appropriate.