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16th May 2017
Immerse yourself in the thrill and beauty of Swedish Lapland during an overnight snowmobiling adventure, then relax in a wildnerness cabin and enjoy its prime location for seeing the Northern Lights.
The rest of your 3-night holiday includes a range of unique Arctic experiences such as the truly memorable 'Aurora Hideaway' which is a portable resturant moved by a snowcat and positioned specifically for its beautiful environment from where you will indulge in dinner. From this location you are free to explore the magical landscape by snowshoes or relax around a roaring fire which is created for you by your expert guide.
Welcomed on arrival at the airport by your host from Luleå's Guided Tours who will transfer you to Brändön Lodge. During your journey your guide will provide you with a local perspective into present life in Swedish Lapland; a short visit to the picturesque World Heritage Site of Gammelstad Church Town will provide a historical perspective, though it is still a living town.
On arrival and Brändön Lodge you check-in to your cosy and comfortable cabin and receive winter snow clothing for the duration of your stay.
Dinner is served in the main building of Brändön Lodge during the evening.
Overnight BRÄNDÖN – Brändön Lodge
A substantial buffet breakfast is served in the main building.
Pack-Ice Basecamp Experience by Snowmobile
With this exclusive and authentic overnight experience, you have the opportunity to really experience the highlights from the coast of Swedish Lapland. The frozen archipelago sea ice beckons you including overnight in a traditional and comfortable cabin on the historic island of Brändön.
Back in 1754 the island was given to the fishermen of Brändön by HM the Queen Christina of Sweden. Here the fishermen built up a fishing village, a chapel and everything else needed to be able to stay for a long time. They brought their families some cattle and stayed here all summer. They spent summer catching fish to store for the hard and long winter ahead of them and in winter time the seal-hunters used the cabins as their “basecamp” while spending weeks out on the frozen sea. On this trip, you get a taste of life back then. As you stroll around the island you will realize that not much has changed since those old days.
The Pack Ice Basecamp Experience is a full board stay, where your guides gives you time to relax and enjoy nature and the Arctic environment. To reach the basecamp you will drive snowmobiles and your guide brings all the equipment needed for a comfortable stay. Lunch and dinner are served on your arrival at Brändön.
Relax in the evening; this wilderness based hideaway is the perfect location from which to hopefully view the Northern Lights...
Overnight BRÄNDÖN – Cabin accommodation
Breakfast is served at the camp before continuing your snowmobile exploration of the Luleå's Archipelago as you slowly wind your way back to Brändön Lodge for a well-earned lunch in the main building.
Afternoon free to relax at a the lodge.
An Aurora Hideaway is a small ’restaurant’ (actually a small cosy hut) which is moved around in the archipelago by snowcat. The best location is chosen depending on wind, weather and ice conditions. Snowshoes are brought on the tour so you can go for a short walk while your guide prepares your meal.
Your evening experience starts with a snowmobile transfer from your lodge to the remote location of your very own Aurora Hideaway. Here you will be served a welcome brink of your choice before dinner. 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 candles and tealights create a magical atmosphere. Relax whilst your guide prepares your main course over the outdoor fire; who knows, perhaps the Northern Lights will dance in the sky for you? Your unique evening experience ends with dessert and tea/coffee before returning by snowmobile to your lodge.
Overnight BRÄNDÖN – Brändön Lodge
Breakfast is served in the main building before your transfer to Luleå's Airport for your departure flight.
Departure dates: January - 31 March 2017
Price per person: £1950
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.
Who is this holiday suitable for?
Those who are interested in experiencing life in an Arctic city and on an Arctic island on the edge of a frozen archipelago. It is certainly very popular with those wanting to experience the thrill of an overnight snowmobile safari to witness the beautiful statues of ice created by the build up of pack-ice at the outer most parts of the archipelago.
What sort of clothing will I need?
You will need clothes for cold/cooler outdoor weather: warm trousers, a woollen pullover or fleece sweater, a warm wind and waterproof jacket and rain pants, woollen socks and an insulated bottom layer, like thermal underwear. A hat, scarf and gloves that are made from material that will dry overnight are great protection in Iceland’s winter weather and strong winds. Sturdy comfortable (hiking) boots are necessary for walking and when there is snow and icy terrain.
During your time at Brändön Lodge and your overnight snowmobiling trip you will be supplied with thermal overalls, hats, gloves and boots which will keep you warm whilst taking part in outdoor activities. Of course, during your snowmobile safari you will also be supplied with a balaclava and helmet.
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.
How difficult is it to ride a snowmobile?
It isn't difficult but it is important to remember that a snowmobile is a powerful machine and therefore care and attention is required. You do need to have a driving licence and rules and regulations which apply to driving a car e.g. drinking alcohol etc also apply to a snowmobile.
You will be provided with full instructions beforehand for both health and safety and technique. As you are driving out into the outer archipelago much of the terrain is in wide open spaces over frozen water and therefore much easier to negotiate. When you choose to have two people per snowmobile you have the option to swap around at any point during your trip, and this is very popular with most couples. The trick is to relax and enjoy it!