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6 day - Three different lodges | Northern Lights | Suits children 11+
This Christmas Special has you staying in three unique hotels above the Arctic Circle. First off, stay at Brändön Lodge, a modest but traditional lakeside lodge in Northern Sweden where you will go snowmobiling and enjoy Swedish hospitality. Then head to the Swedish wilds, with a stay in the 'Once in a lifetime' Aurora Safari Camp. This camp offers a unique opportunity to experience the elusive Aurora and celebrate an unforgettable Christmas in the wilds of Swedish Lapland. Enjoy the campfire while you gaze out over the frozen river where you may spot moose, deer or even Santa and his reindeer.
You will then be transferred to the Treehotel for 2 nights in one of the unique Tree-rooms. Enjoy spectacular winter landscapes, loads of activities like dog sledding, ice sculpting, snowshoeing, snowmobiling and a relaxing hour in the Tree Sauna & the new Aurora Safari Camp floating sauna. This is a very special Christmas experience only offered by 50 Degrees North and designed for adults and children above the age of 11.
- Day 1
- Arrive Luleå and transfer to Brändön lodge
- Day 2
- Snowmobiling Safari through the forests
- Day 3
- Transfer to the Aurora Safari Camp, Reindeer Farm, Ice Sculpturing & Snowshoeing
- Day 4
- Transfer to the Treehotel, check into your Tree-house
- Day 5
- Enjoy exhilarating dogsledding safari and enjoy the sauna & wilderness
- Day 6
- Depart Swedish Lapland
- Start/End Place
- Luleå, Sweden
- Country Visited
- 6 Days
- Group Size
- 4 – 10
Minibus transfers, dogsleds, snowmobiles.
- Arrival and departure transfer from/to Luleå Airport
- 2 nights at Brändön Lodge in two bedroom cabins including 2 dinners and 1 lunch.
- Snowmobile Safari
- Aurora Safari Camp 1 night including full board
- Warm sleeping bag at Aurora Safari Camp
- Local Sami village visit, floating sauna, Ice Sculpturing and Snowshoeing at Aurora Safari Camp
- Transfer to Treehotel
- **Treehotel - 2 nights in unique Tree-house including full board and tree sauna **
- Dog Sled Safari
- 24-hour emergency service
- Taxes and service fees
- Domestic and international flights and taxes
- Alcoholic and other beverages other than water
- Gratuities and other items of personal nature
- Warm winter clothing
Arrive Luleå and transfer to Brändön lodge. Brändön lodge is situated in the Luleå Archipelago overlooking the frozen sea of Bothnia Bay and tucked away on the shores edge among pine trees with nature all around. The lodge and surrounding cabins offer a warm glow and a welcome haven from the winter landscape.
The main log cabin houses the restaurant, lounge and relaxation area, and your cabin has two twin bedrooms, lounge area, bathroom and small kitchenette.
A three course dinner is included tonight.
This morning, head out on a snowmobile safari – the favourite winter past time of the locals. The tour will take you to some beautiful places with great views and takes in the silence of the forest. Along the way you stop to keep warm with a hot drink and an opportunity to swap drivers.
After breakfast, transfer to the Aurora Safari Camp. Along the way, you will have a tour of the Flakaberg Sami village and meet the Reindeer keeper at his farm.
Stay overnight in Lavvu tents with comfort in the absolute wild forest of Swedish Lapland and Råne River Valley. The Lavvu tents are plush and warm. There is a shared ecotoilet & washroom around 20-50 m from the tents.
Fatbikes, snowshoes, toboggans and kicksleighs are all included to use as you wish (after instructions). You can also add optional activities to your stay such as an accompanied snowshoe trekking, wildlife trekking and ice fishing (depending on the time available). In the evening, there is a sauna on a float that freezes into the ice - can be used in pairs.
Don't forget that the camp's location away high above the arctic circle, away from artificial light makes the camp a perfect spot for watching the Aurora Borealis.
After breakfast, start your journey to the famous Treehotel.
Treehotel, a unique hotel experience: treerooms with contemporary design in the middle of unspoilt nature. Treehotel is located in Harads, near the Lule river, about 100 kilometres from the Aurora Safari Camp. There is a small village of about 600 people close by to wander through. When you arrive at Treehotel, you check in at Britta's Pensionat. Then it's just a short stroll through the beautiful nature to your treeroom.
From your Treehotel's room you get a fantastic view of the Lule River valley, miles of forest and the powerful river. Treehotel offers a unique hotel experience: treerooms with contemporary design in the middle of unspoiled nature. Here you can forget about the time constraints of everyday life, enjoy the serenity, and rejuvenate in a sophisticated yet familiar environment.
After breakfast we will take you on an exhilarating dogsledding safari. A tour with dog and sled through the pristine forest and over the frozen river provides a dream-like feeling. You’re side by side with nature and we promise you an unforgettable experience. The tour begins at Treehotel where the guide will provide you with warm clothing, gloves and hat. After a safety briefing and instructions it’s time to go! After an hour of sledding, we’ll pause to enjoy a warm drink in the beautiful wilderness before returning to Treehotel.
In the afternoon, you have an option depending on the weather to go ice fishing, snowshoeing, nordic skiing or horseriding. This is not included so that you can pick your preference. Or you can just relax in the Tree Sauna which is included.
In the morning you will be transferred back to the Luleå Airport for your flight out.
If you would like to stay on for a few days in the north, or enjoy a few relaxing days in the Swedish Capital, Stockholm, please ask us for ideas and a quote.
Dates & Prices
All prices listed are per person. Please ask us about children's prices.
26 Dec 2017
Travel insurance is compulsory for all tours with 50 Degrees North. Please ensure that you have this organised as we will need to see proof of this upon issuing your tour documentation. Please contact us for a quote or visit http://www.suresave.net.au/
Practical information about Scandinavian Hotels
- Hotel rooms in Scandinavia are normally furnished with twin beds, which can be moved together to form a double bed or placed separately. Please note that single rooms are generally smaller than doubles, and are often equipped with a shower instead of a bath. Purpose-built triple or family rooms are likewise unusual in Scandinavian hotels. Whilst it is possible for 3 persons to share a room, this will normally be a double room with an extra bed, with correspondingly less space to move about in.
- It is also unusual to have a porter at hotels to carry your luggage.
- There is free wi-fi in many hotels in Scandinavia.
- Unexpectedly, all forms of Scandinavian accommodation rarely provide tea and coffee facilities in their rooms. If you are lucky, a kettle will be supplied but nothing else. Please ask at reception for some provisions when you arrive or just carry a small selection from home.
- Please also note that in Scandinavia - in particular, during winter - the included lunch will often be a hearty warm soup with bread.
- More remote hotels in Lapland will offer dinner at an additional cost. In some spots, there will be limited choices else where. Generally, you get a very nice home-cooked Scandinavian dinner. However, you may sometimes find only one or two choices only for your main course.
- In Scandinavia, it is normal for washing and laundry facilities to be in the basement. If you are staying in apartment type accommodation, check downstairs or ask for assistance.
Practical Information for travelling and packing for Scandinavian Winter
- Warm wind and water proof jacket and trousers large enough to fit thick woollen jumper/clothing underneath
- Rain trousers – waterproof and breathable material
- Warm windproof cap/hat
- Warm gloves or mittens. Mittens where all fingers except the thumb are together are often warmer than gloves.
- Windproof gloves or mittens, which you can pull over the warm gloves
- Warm scarf
- 2 pairs of long woollen underwear (Merino wool in a few different thicknesses is perfect)
- 1-2 warm woollen jumper(s), or one jumper and a warm fleece
- Woollen or fleece trousers
- 2-3 pairs of warm woollen socks
- Warm & sturdy footwear with good grip
- Clothes for indoors, i.e. a shirt, T-shirts and jeans or cotton trousers
- Back pack for day trips (approx. 30 litre)
- Light footwear/trainers (mainly for indoors)
- Sun screen & Lip salve (the sun reflects off the snow and the air is dry)
- Hand warmers
- Nordic Grip anti-slip soles for walking on ice
- Personal medication
- Water bottle - thermo, or include a cover to keep warm (or you can stick it into a warm sock)
- Travel documents (including insurance)
- Photo ID
- Note book and pencil
- Camera, memory cards and charger
- Chargers for other gadgets
- Extra batteries for your cameras as they are used fast in cold conditions.