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13th January 2019
This wonderful holiday begins in Sweden's beautiful capital city, Stockholm, before taking the overnight journey by rail northwards into Arctic Sweden and the Luleå Archipelago.
Stockholm is Sweden's wonderful capital city, and is known as 'Beauty On Water' as the city lays across several islands which are connected by bridges. The city is a combination of old and new, with Gammelstad being the old town and a maze of narrow cobbled streets which are home to independent shops, restaurants and cafes - in addition to the Royal Palace!
It would be easy to fly from Stockholm to Luleå, however we believe the overnight train is a much more adventurous and romantic way of making the long journey northwards to Luleå. The town enjoys a magnificent location on a peninsula where the Lule Bay meets the Gulf of Bothnia and overlooks a vast archipelago of islands and skerries. Your destination is the remote island of Brändöskär which lies overlooking the Luleå Archipelago and is a wonderful place to relax and slow the pace. Walking, kayaking and mountain biking are just some of the ways you can explore this glorious region and experience nature more closely.
This holiday is perfect for those who enjoy plenty of sightseeing, but at a slow and relaxing pace.
Day 1 - Arrive Stockholm
Arrive at Stockholm Arlanda Airport by air from the UK. The excellent Arlanda Express will take you directly from the airport to the Arlanda Express terminal in Stockholm city centre, and your hotel is a short walk from the station.
3 nights STOCKHOLM - Clarion Hotel Sign (including buffet breakfast)
Day 2 & 3 - Explore Stockholm
Two full days to explore glorious Stockholm! Stockholm is quite simply 'Beauty on Water' and could be an entire holiday in itself! We strongly recommend visit Skansen, the world's first open-air museum, Fotografiska, Stockholm's fabulous contemporary photography museum, Moderna Museet, the Modern Art Museum and, of course, the Vasa Museum, Scandinava's most visited museum. All of these have free entry with your included Stockholm Card. We also recommend The Abba Museum for a good old singalong!! See Excursions for more information
Day 4 - Stockholm to Luleå
Another full day in Stockholm.
Although you will check out of your hotel room, your luggage can be stored in the hotel's luggage lock and you will have access to a comfort room before your departure in addition to the First Class lounge at Stockholm Central Station. We recommend you enjoy dinner in one of Stockholm's numerous restaurants before your departure shortly after 2300 in the evening by overnight train northwards to Luleå. Your rail journey is a small adventure in itself - take the opportunity to say hello to fellow passengers and enjoy a simple meal from the train's buffet car (not included). Enjoy a good night's sleep in your private First Class compartment; your beds have a pillow, sheet and duvet and also contains a WC and shower, fully equipped with soap and towels plus a wardrobe, luggage rack and an electrical socket.
1 night ONBOARD TRAIN - 2 berth sleeper (breakfast included)
Day 5 - Arrive Luleå
Arrive in Luleå during late morning. You will be met on arrival by your guide/driver for your guided transfer to the small island of Brändöskär, located overlooking the vast Luleå Archipelago which is part of the Gulf of Bothnia. Your journey to Brändöskär is guided and travels via Gammelstad, which is Luleå's original church town and is a UNESCO World Hertigage Site.
On arrival at Brändön Lodge, check-in to your cabin accommodation and spend the remainder of the evening relaxing and enjoying the peace and tranquillity this small resort affords.
3 nights BRÄNDÖSKÄR - Brändön Lodge (includes buffet breakfast and 3-course evening meal)
Days 6 and 7 - Brändöskär, your Arctic retreat
The beautiful Luleå archipelago has a total of 1300 islands and only 100 residents and is a wonderful place to explore by kayak for those who like to be close to the water without actually being in it. If you prefer to stay on land, we recommend renting a fatbike and exploring the forest and beach, and finding yourself somewhere secluded to enjoy a picnic lunch or just set out on foot, and see where you end up...
Day 8 - Departure home
After a leisurely breakfast you will be transferred to Luleå Airport for your return flight to the UK.
Departure Day: Fridays (alternative departure days on request)
Departure Dates: May to September
Duration: 7 nights/ 8 days
Price from: Price is based on two people travelling together and sharing a double/twin room throughout.
|Departure Date||Price from per person||Single supplement|
|May - Sept 2019||£2385||On request|
|The deposit for this holiday is £200 per person|
TO BOOK: Either call us on 01274 875199 (our preferred option as it means we can discuss the holiday with you) or alterntively, email your requirements to firstname.lastname@example.org and one of our team will come back to you.
READ: The Terms and Conditions which apply to this holiday
CLARION HOTEL SIGN (4 star) - Stockholm
Stockholm's largest hotel is located in the heart of Stockholm city adjacent to the Central Station and Arlanda Express facing the Norra Bantorget Square. The hotel is brand new, built in 2008, and is a spectacular building dominated by granite and glass, leaning over the square reflecting the green park. The hotel has a wonderful restaurant, contributed by renowed chef Marcus Samuelsson. The eighth floor of the hotel holds Selma CitySpa where you can indulge yourself in the sauna, gym, spa with a spa treatment and/or in the heated outdoor pool, all with a fantastic view of Stockholm. All rooms are non-smoking and have TV, telephone, hair dryer, Internet access and some of the most comfortable beds we have ever slept in in the whole of Scandinavia! Lift to all floors.
BRÄNDÖN LODGE (summer) - Brändoskär
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 main building are 15 wooden 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.