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Autumn Tree Hotel & Aurora Retreats

Break Available: 10 September - 20 October
6 Nights

Price Per Person: From £2,385 (Inc Flights)

The Autumn in Lapland is overlooked but in many ways is the best time to go to see the Northern Lights. The weather is more stable, it is easier to get around and you can benefit from attractive rates at some of the region’s iconic properties.

Autumn is a fantastic time in Swedish Lapland with mild temperatures, beautiful colours and the locals gathering nature’s harvest.

This special Northern Lights break combines 2 nights in the Iconic Tree Hotel with 2 nights in each of Brandon Lodge, situated by the Gulf of Bothnia, and finally the wonderful Arctic Retreat located in a tree lined river setting.

A selection of seasonal guided activities are included which allow you to get out and experience pristine arctic wilderness in the company of just you and your guide.

 

Highlights

  • 2 nights at the Iconic Tree Hotel – changing cabins on each night if you like!
  • 2 nights at Brandon Lodge set on the edge of the frozen seas of the Lulea Archipelago
  • 2 nights at the luxurious Arctic Retreat set on a river bend in the  forest
  • Northern Lights Photographic evening with professional guide
  • Sauna and Aurora Hot Tub evening at Brandon Lodge
  • Private boat trip into the Archipelago with Island Lunch
  • Walk and outdoor lunch with guide in Storforsen nature reserve
  • Complimentary Champagne, Chocolates and Flowers at Arctic Retreat
  • Full Board throughout
  • Guided Transfers throughout in modern 6/8 seater mini vans
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Day 1
Fly to Lulea. Meet and Greet & Transfer to Brandon Lodge.

Day 1
Fly to Lulea. Meet and Greet & Transfer to Brandon Lodge.

Fly to Lulea in Swedish Lapland, where you will be met and transferred to Brandon Lodge.

Brandon Lodge, run by our good friend Goran Widen, stands next to the Lulea Archipelago overlooking the Bay of Bothnia, a stretch of water separating Sweden from Finland.

The Archipelago consists of thousands of small uninhabited islands which are accessible from the Lodge.

Check into a log cabin, your base for the next two nights, before enjoying a fine 3 course dinner, your first taste of local cuisine in the Lodge restaurant.

Meals Included: Dinner

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Day 2
Private Archipelago Cruise with Island Lunch. Traditional Sauna & Hot Tub

Day 2
Private Archipelago Cruise with Island Lunch. Traditional Sauna & Hot Tub

After breakfast at leisure until your motor boat trip through some of the islands in the Archipelago. Pass an infinite amount of uninhabited islands but always keep a look out for wildlife. Seals are quite prolific, as are Eagles.

Your guide, Patrick, will find a suitable island to stop at and set up a BBQ lunch, which you will enjoy in the solitude of this remote corner of Sweden.

Return to Brandon Lodge and enjoy a sauna before dinner. After dinner we provide you with a complimentary session in the aurora hot tub overlooking the night skies and the flat horizon of the archipelago. A great open vista to witness the aurora if nature is playing its part!

Overnight in your cabin at Brandon Lodge.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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Day 3
Transfer to the Arctic Retreat. Relax and enjoy your private Hot Tub & Dinner

Day 3
Transfer to the Arctic Retreat. Relax and enjoy your private Hot Tub & Dinner

After breakfast transfer to the Arctic Retreat.

The transfer, which takes around an hour, will take you from the open expanse of the Archipelago to the forest lands of the interior. You will head off the beaten track as you wind your way down to the river valley.

Tucked away deep in the forest at the foot of the Raven Rapid in the Rane River Valley lies the Arctic Retreat. This is one of Swedish Lapland’s hidden gems that offers a personal and exclusive northern lights holiday experience.

This is the brainchild of Nick and Liza who searched Swedish Lapland for the perfect place to realise their dream. They created an eco-lodge which has a true ‘back to nature’ feel with warm hospitality and excellent food! Sheltered by large pine trees, the traditional and luxuriously decorated log cabins offer a true escape from every day life.

This exclusive camp comprises 4 log cabins, each with an individual style but all have luxurious details. They comprise a loft room bedroom with downstairs living room. Details not normally associated with wilderness cabins are comfy double beds, log burner, Nespresso machine, private Hot Tub looking out towards the Northern Lights and ensuite shower and toilet.

The separate restaurant cabin comprises just two tables and overlooks the river bend. Lisa is an accomplished cook who prepares wonderful meals from locally sourced produce. Sitting here with a glass of wine in hand, savouring fine food and enjoying the scenery is what we call ‘Arctic Heaven’!

As a complimentary extra we will provide you with a welcome basket comprising a bottle of champagne, local chocolates and flowers.

Settle in before sampling Liza’s fabulous Swedish inspired home cooking in the cosy candlelit log cabin restaurant.

After dinner you have use of your own private hot tub which faces out across the river towards the north and the Aurora.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Snack Lunch and Dinner

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Day 4
Relax in Paradise. Northern Lights Photographic Evening

Day 4
Relax in Paradise. Northern Lights Photographic Evening

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast then spend the rest of the day relaxing and soaking up the ambience of your surroundings. Bring a book you have wanted to read for ages and simply sit in paradise and enjoy the moment.

If you want to do something active then a relaxing day paddling a canoe with a guide searching for beaver, moose and reindeer is a wonderful alternative.

Lunch will be served and you have use of the private hot tub whenever you feel like it.

This evening, after dinner, you will be joined by a Northern Lights photo guide who will take you out on an evening search for the aurora. Bring your cameras along as he will be able to provide you with instruction. If there are great pics taken on the evening he will forward them to you. Even if the Northern Lights do not appear you will spend some time in the arctic wilderness and learn a lot about local ways of life.

Overnight in your log cabin.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

A la Carte Optional Extras

  • Canoeing in Beaver Land
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Canoeing in Beaver Land

Along with an experienced guide, most probably Love Rynbak, you will paddle a canoe on the Rane River’s scenic and quieter parts and make a visit to the beavers habitat. By staying low key you can get close to these shy animals giving you a new perspective on the river and forest.

These hard working animals can fell trees with a half metre trunk in one night and evidence of their activity will be apparent.

Stop for hot drinks and a sandwich lunch.

Your chances of seeing a Beaver on the river close to the Tree hotel are good but there are other wildlife attractions including varied bird life, moose and perhaps reindeer.

Duration: 5 Hours

Price: £165 per person

Canoe trip on the Rane River in Sweden in search of Beaver
Love Rynbak with guest canoeing on the Rane River in Swedish Lapland
The Rane River Valley in Autumn

Day 5
Transfer to the Iconic Tree Hotel. Overnight in Choice of Cabin.

Day 5
Transfer to the Iconic Tree Hotel. Overnight in Choice of Cabin.

After breakfast a guide will transfer you to the iconic Tree Hotel, which is around a 40 minute drive away.

The Tree Hotel has certainly added a unique offering to travellers to this corner of Swedish Lapland in search of an unusual place to stay on a Northern Lights holiday. The idea was conceived by Kent Lindvall, and he and his wife Britta have grown the hotel to 7 rooms now.

Whose imagination is not captured by the thought of staying in rooms ranging from the Mirror Cube to the UFO, Birds Nest and Dragonfly! During your two night stay we offer you the opportunity of staying in 2 different rooms.

On arrival check into your room in the trees and enjoy the peace of being in a Boreal Forest.

You have Complimentary access to the fabulous Sauna area too.

This evening enjoy dinner in the adjoining lodge before retreating to your home in the trees. In the forest away from artificial light the Northern Lights often illuminate the cabins in the trees.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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Day 6
Magical Day at Storforsen. Overnight at Tree Hotel

Day 6
Magical Day at Storforsen. Overnight at Tree Hotel

Enjoy breakfast before your choice between 2 outdoor experiences in the Arctic Wilderness.

Magical Storforsen

A guide will pick you up for a day trip to the wonderful nature reserve of Storforsen for an easy walk. The feature of this location is the highest unrestricted white water rapids in Europe. Walk through this majestic location as the thundering river gives way to quieter eddies and brooks.

During the visit your guide will cook you an open air lunch by the river.

Full Day Hike in Nature Reserve

If you are happy for a bit more exercise then a visit to this secret protected wilderness area is worth considering. Overlooking a river valley with steep cliffs, lichen filled trees and tranquil lakes a beautiful hike up and down the forest hills awaits.

Your efforts are rewarded with fine views and an outdoor lunch with a mile long view over ‘no mans land’.

There is a chance to see wildlife such as moose, reindeer and a collection of local birds. Your guide will tell you about the local nature and the different species that are unique to the area.

Return back to the Tree Hotel late afternoon and if you have chosen to switch cabins check into your new room in the trees!

Once again you may appreciate a sauna before dinner, a 3 course delight of local ingredients served in the Tree Hotel’s rustic restaurant.

Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch and Dinner

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Day 7
Airport Transfer & Flight home or Extend your Holiday

Day 7
Airport Transfer & Flight home or Extend your Holiday

After breakfast at leisure prior to transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Alternatively you may wish to take the opportunity of a mini break to Stockholm, Scandinavia’s capital city and one of the most picturesque capital cities in Europe. We have a two night extension staying at the Rival Hotel which is owned by Benny Anderson of ABBA fame.

Meals Included: Breakfast

A la Carte Optional Extras

  • Extension to See Stockholm Scandinavia's Capital City
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Extension to See Stockholm Scandinavia's Capital City

Stockholm is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and always rates in the top 10 most desirable cities in the world to live in. It is also the perfect contrast to a break in the arctic.

The old town in Stockholm is very picturesque and compact and can be done in a full day. Your time will be spent exploring some fascinating landmarks. The VASA museum is world class, the Nobel museum of local interest and for ABBA fans; new in 2013 is the ABBA interactive museum.

Also in December Stockholm has many Christmas markets so a break can allow you to do some shopping and get into the Christmas spirit.

You will stay in the Rival Hotel owned by Benny Anderson of Abba fame. The hotel is an excellent 4* hotel in a quiet square but within walking distance of the old town.

Cost From:

£230 per person for Standard room (weekend rate).

£278 per person for Superior room  (weekend rate)

£332 per person for Deluxe Room (weekend rate)

Includes  2 nights in standard double room – bed and breakfast, private airport transfers to and from Arlanda airport

Stockholm, Sweden
Harbour area, Stockholm, Sweden
Hotel Rival Stockholm Sweden
Accommodation

Where You'll Stay

Arctic Retreat Autumn

The Arctic Retreat Sweden
A log cabin at the Aurora Retreat in Sweden in Autumn
the view from a cabin at the Arctic Retreat in Swedish Lapland
Stylish interior in the log cabin at the Arctic Retreat Lulea

Arctic Retreat Autumn

If a luxury log cabin set in an Idyllic wilderness location is your dream trip to Lapland then the Arctic Retreat should tick all the boxes.

This small luxury camp is situated on a bend in the Lulea River surrounded by beech and pine forests. Constructed in the traditional way this camp is the brainchild of Nick and Liza who searched Swedish Lapland for the perfect place to realise their dream.

This exclusive camp comprises 4 log cabins, each with an individual style but all have luxurious details. They comprise a loft room bedroom with downstairs living room. Details not normally associated with wilderness cabins are comfy double beds, log burner, Nespresso Machine, private Hot Tub looking out towards the northern Lights and ensuite shower and toilet.

The separate restaurant cabin comprises just two tables and overlooks the river bend. Lisa is an accomplished cook who prepares wonderful meals from locally sourced produce. Sitting here with a glass of wine in hand, savouring fine food and enjoying the scenery is a fitting way to spend an evening.

If location, authenticity and style were not enough some of the best guides in Lapland provide guests with adventures through the aurora season that will live in the heart and mind for years.

Unreservedly one of the most special retreats in Swedish Lapland.

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Brandon Lodge Bay of Bothnia

Ariel view of Brandon Lodge in Lulea
Northern Lights over Brandon Lodge Lulea Archipelago Sweden
cabin at Brandon Lodge in the Lulea Archipelago
Northern Lights over the Bay of Bothnia at Brandon Lodge

Brandon Lodge Bay of Bothnia

This beautifully situated lodge rests at the edge of the Lulea Archipelago with easy access to explore the expanse  by boat or snowmobile depending on the season.

Each of the 15 cabins at Brändön Lodge has two bedrooms with 2 single beds in each room. In one room the two single beds can be joined into a double bed on request. The cabin has a bathroom and small kitchen if required. The front of the cabin includes a balcony and all cabins have a view over the sea.

In the main Lodge building is a relaxation lounge, bar and restaurant. There is a sauna and northern lights Hot Tub available.

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Tree Hotel Autumn

The 7th Room at the Tree Hotel in Sweden
The Birds Nest at the Tree Hotel Swedish Lapland
The Mirror Cube at the Tree Hotel Lapland
The Cabin at the Tree Hotel Sweden

Tree Hotel Autumn

Dreamt up on a fishing trip in Kamchatka, Russia, but part of a living Boreal forest in Swedish Lapland, this is a hotel with a difference!

The Treehotel comprises 7 unique themed Tree Rooms, created by 7 separate architects. These are the Mirrorcube, Bird's Nest, Cabin, Blue Cone, dragon fly, UFO and 7th Room!

In addition there is a sauna and relaxation area and nearby is the Brittas Pensionat where meals are served.

The rooms are set between 4-6 meters from the ground in pine trees and rooms are accessed by either a ramp or sturdy stairs. They can house between 2 and 4 people and the larger rooms, The Dragonfly and the 7th Room, have separate bedrooms.

Every Tree Room has its own living and sleeping area and is equipped with a state of the art Eco-friendly incineration toilet and water efficient hand basin, which means there is no artificial plumbing.

The emphasis is on running the hotel consistent with values of low impact on the surrounding forest and every aspect of the operation compliments this aim.

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Optional Extras
Canoeing in Beaver Land
Canoe trip on the Rane River in Sweden in search of Beaver

Along with an experienced guide, most probably Love Rynbak, you will paddle a canoe on the Rane River’s scenic and quieter parts and make a visit to the beavers habitat. By staying low key you can get close to these shy animals giving you a new perspective on the river and forest.

These hard working animals can fell trees with a half metre trunk in one night and evidence of their activity will be apparent.

Stop for hot drinks and a sandwich lunch.

Your chances of seeing a Beaver on the river close to the Tree hotel are good but there are other wildlife attractions including varied bird life, moose and perhaps reindeer.

Duration: 5 Hours

Price: £165 per person

Extension to See Stockholm Scandinavia's Capital City
Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and always rates in the top 10 most desirable cities in the world to live in. It is also the perfect contrast to a break in the arctic.

The old town in Stockholm is very picturesque and compact and can be done in a full day. Your time will be spent exploring some fascinating landmarks. The VASA museum is world class, the Nobel museum of local interest and for ABBA fans; new in 2013 is the ABBA interactive museum.

Also in December Stockholm has many Christmas markets so a break can allow you to do some shopping and get into the Christmas spirit.

You will stay in the Rival Hotel owned by Benny Anderson of Abba fame. The hotel is an excellent 4* hotel in a quiet square but within walking distance of the old town.

Cost From:

£230 per person for Standard room (weekend rate).

£278 per person for Superior room  (weekend rate)

£332 per person for Deluxe Room (weekend rate)

Includes  2 nights in standard double room – bed and breakfast, private airport transfers to and from Arlanda airport

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Reviews & Feedback

Testimonials

I can honestly say this was probably the best place we have ever stayed. Johan has built a little bit of heaven. The scenery from the cabin is stunning and the whole meal experience was wonderful. I cannot express how greatful we are to all involved especially Johan who made us feel like royalty.

Luke Fielding-Irving

Weekend a la carte did a terrific job of arranging a truly memorable, stress-free bucket list trip for us. All the outings were fun and led by great guides, and the trip included an ideal balance of activities and down time.

Jane Lofton

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Price Per Person: From £2,385 (Inc Flights)
What's included & departure airports

What's Included?

  • 2 nights at the Iconic Tree Hotel – changing cabins on each night if you like!
  • 2 nights at Brandon Lodge set on the edge of the frozen seas of the Lulea Archipelago
  • 2 nights at the luxurious Arctic Retreat set on a river bend in the  forest
  • Northern Lights Photographic evening with professional guide
  • Sauna and Aurora Hot Tub evening at Brandon Lodge
  • Private boat trip into the Archipelago with Island Lunch
  • Walk and outdoor lunch with guide in Storforsen nature reserve
  • Complimentary Champagne, Chocolates and flowers at Arctic Retreat
  • Full Board throughout
  • Guided Transfers without in modern 6/8 seater mini vans

Break Available:

15 September – 31 October

Departure Airports

  • Heathrow
  • Gatwick
  • Manchester
  • Stockholm

If you have booked your own flights we can organise ground plans only.

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