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Weekend Aurora Break to the Lulea Archipelago

Break Available: 13 December 2019 - 21 March 2020
3 Nights
Break available: Friday to Monday

Price Per Person: From £995 (Inc Flights)

The Lulea Archipelago is an exciting addition to the Northern Lights scene in Scandinavia and is one of a few emerging Northern Lights holiday destinations.

Situated on the eastern side of Swedish Lapland the bracken waters of the archipelago freeze during winter and form a giant frozen expanse to explore.

Lulea, the main town, has a thriving and dynamic feel and is bestowed with good restaurants and arctic experiences.

This 3 night weekend break based at the Clarion Sense includes a snowmobile safari, drive your own husky sled experience and Northern Lights chase! Its perfect if you are looking for a short break with great value.

Highlights

  • 3 nights in excellent Clarion Sense Hotel
  • 2 hour drive your own sled dog experience
  • 2 hours snowmobile safari in the forests around Lulea
  • Northern Lights hunt
  • Excellent Restaurants for dining
Day by Day Itinerary
 
 
 
 

Day 1
Fly to Lulea. Transfer to the Clarion Sense. Dinner in the Sky Bar

Day 1
Fly to Lulea. Transfer to the Clarion Sense. Dinner in the Sky Bar

Fly to Lulea in Swedish Lapland, where you will be met and transferred to the Clarion Sense Hotel, the region’s latest and finest 4 star hotel.

Located on the edge of town with far reaching views over the frozen Lule river and the northern night sky this sleek and stylish hotel offers excellent rooms with their colourfully modern murals, bold dark furniture, super comfortable beds & lovely large windows that create an airy atmosphere.

Lulea is situated on the coastal edge of the Luleå Archipelago in the bay of Bothnia, which has a total of 1300 islands and only 100 residents and is a unique wilderness environment where the sea around the island freezes up to a metre thick in winter. From the hotel you look out over the frozen expanse of the Lule river.

Once you have settled in we suggest that you enjoy a drink in the sky bar with its great views prior to Dinner. We have included dinner on your first night as after traveling you may wish to have an easy start to your break.

Enjoy a 3 course dinner under the stewardship of Chef Marcus Samuelsson who has received widespread critical acclaim. His restaurant, Kitchen & Table, transforms the freshest ingredients into cosmopolitan inspired dishes.

Overnight. (Note: if you would like to increase your chances of seeing the Northern Lights upgrade to a deluxe room with views over the frozen river to the northern horizon. This comes with free Spa Entrance too!)

Meals Included: Dinner

A la Carte Optional Extras

  • Upgrade to Deluxe room with View
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Upgrade to Deluxe room with View

The Clarion Sense is well located on the fringe of Lulea and its not uncommon to be enjoying a drink in the sky bar while witnessing an aurora display overhead.

To increase your chances of seeing the northern lights upgrade to one of the spacious deluxe rooms which combine views over the frozen ice road on the Lule river with views of the night sky.

The room is equipped with a Nespresso coffee machine where you can prepare your coffee to be enjoyed in the spacious lounge area.

Guests in these rooms includes admission to the day spa.

The room is equipped with free WiFi, mini bar, safety box, hairdryer, iron and ironing board, TV, telephone, kettle, coffee and tea and a bathrobe and slippers.

 

Cost: £40 per person per night

 

Clarion Sense Lulea bedroom
clarion sense deluxe room
clarion sense Lulea deluxe bathroom

Day 2
Snowmobile Adventure. Northern Lights Chase.

Day 2
Snowmobile Adventure. Northern Lights Chase.

Buffet breakfasts in Sweden are feasts in their own right! Indulge before heading out on a 2 hour snowmobile adventure in the forests around Lulea and bordering on the frozen archipelago.

You will be provided with arctic clothing and instruction before heading out with your partner on a guided exploration of the countryside. There is something special about being on a snowmobile adventure off the beaten track soaking up the beauty and majesty of the arctic landscapes.

Return to the hotel and enjoy some downtime.

You have the facilities at the hotel or you can wander into the centre of Lulea. Our recommendation would be to walk the Ice Road. There is a road marked out on the frozen ice which allows people to walk, ski or skate around the city. See the locals in deep conversation, mothers pushing their children around in adapted push chairs or students racing each other around on skates.

It’s a totally unique experience and well worth a try! There are kick sleds available at certain points of entry to the ice road.

This evening you are free to enjoy dinner at one of the restaurants in town before an evening aurora hunt. You will be picked up from the hotel by your guide and his minivan and taken out to some vantage points for seeing the Northern Lights.

The Northern Lights are not guaranteed but this trip out will give you the best options for seeing them if the forecast is good.

The guides might change the night of this tour if they believe the chances of seeing the Northern Lights are better on an alternative evening.

Return around 11.30 and overnight.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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Day 3
Drive Own Sled Dog Team. Explore Lulea

Day 3
Drive Own Sled Dog Team. Explore Lulea

After breakfast experience what for many is the highlight of any trip to the arctic (after seeing the Northern Lights!) and that is the joy of riding your own sled dog team through pristine snowy landscapes.

Your guide will transfer you to the kennel about 15kms away from the lodge. With 2 people per team learn to take control of a husky team and have the satisfaction of mushing them as you drive on the forest and lake trail. The experience lasts 2 hours and is sure to leave you with some fantastic memories.

You will stop for a Swedish Fika as part of the trip.

On your return to the hotel enjoy exploring Lulea or, if you have upgraded your room, enjoy your free access to the SPA and enjoy a typical Swedish Sauna.

This evening venture into town for dinner maybe followed by a drink in the Sky Bar at your hotel keeping a careful watch n the sky for the Auroras.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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Day 4
Airport Transfer and Flight Home

Day 4
Airport Transfer and Flight Home

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

If you would like to make the most of your time there is the opportunity of detouring via the UNESCO world heritage site of Gammelstad en route to the airport. This is the best preserved example of a ‘Church Village’ in Scandinavia.

At its centre is the impressive 15th-century Nederlulea Church surrounded by 424 wood-built houses. The houses were only used on Sundays and during religious festivals to accommodate worshipers from the surrounding countryside who could not return home the same day because of the distance and difficult travelling conditions.

If celebrating a special occasion why not extend your trip by a night and experience a night in one of Sweden’s iconic hotels – the Tree Hotel.

Alternatively you could include a mini break to Stockholm, Scandinavia’s capital city and one of the most picturesque capital cities in Europe.

Meals Included: Breakfast

A la Carte Optional Extras

  • Extension to See Stockholm Scandinavia's Capital City
  • Tour of UNESCO World Heritage Site Gammelstad
  • A night in the Iconic Tree Hotel
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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

Tour of UNESCO World Heritage Site Gammelstad

Instead of departing for a direct transfer to the Airport a guide will take you for a tour of the historic UNESCO world heritage site of Gammelstad . This is the best preserved example of a ‘Church Village’ in Scandinavia. At its centre is the impressive 15th-century Nederlulea Church surrounded by 424 wood-built houses. The houses were only used on Sundays and during religious festivals to accommodate worshipers from the surrounding countryside who could not return home the same day because of the distance and difficult traveling conditions.

It feels like a ghost town now but the preserved wooden houses have survived harsh arctic conditions for centuries. The church is still functioning and is open for visitors.

Duration: 90 minutes

Cost: £88 per person

Gammelstad Church and wooden houses Lulea Sweden
Northern lights over Gammelstad Lulea Sweden

A night in the Iconic Tree Hotel

If you would like to stay a night in the Tree Hotel during your trip then rather than spending your last night at Brandon Lodge why not take a room in the trees!

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!

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 Dragon Fly and the 7th Room have separate bedrooms and carry an extra supplement.

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

Price: From £325 per person to include Dinner and  Transfer

Northern Lights over 7th Room TREE HOTEL lapland
The Tree Hotel
The Cabin at the Tree Hotel Sweden
Accommodation

Where You'll Stay

Clarion Sense Lulea

Clarion Sense Hotel Lulea
lounge- clarion sense hotel lulea
The Restaurant at the Clarion Sense Lulea
The Sky Bar at the Clarion Sense hotel in Lulea

Clarion Sense Lulea

The Clarion sense is Lulea’s latest hotel and a super base for a northern lights weekend  hunt with some arctic experiences included. It is centrally located and commands wonderful views over the frozen Lulea river, which empties into the Archipelago at this point. A feature is the restaurant and the sky bar at the top which overlooks the ice road in winter and also faces out towards the northern lights if they are visible.

Each floor is inspired by the year's four seasons in a timeless, sleek design with harmonious color schemes. Here you can experience the changing seasons, interpreted by prominent photographers and lighting designers.

Clarion Hotel Sense’s guest rooms all have flat-screen TV, a desk, minibar and free WiFi. Each room also features unique photo art and designer furniture. Superior Rooms feature views out across the frozen expanse and we offer these as standard for our clients.

The on-site á la carte restaurant Kitchen & Table is open for dinner Monday to Saturday. There are also 2 hotel bars, of which one features spectacular views over the city. A short walk away are the main restaurants of town so there is no shortage of dining options available.

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The Treehotel

The Seventh Room - Tree Hotel Sweden
Beautiful sunset behind the Blue Cone, Tree Hotel, Sweden
Mirrorcube and UFO external shot, Tree Hotel, Sweden
The cabin at Tree Hotel, Sweden

The Treehotel

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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Hotel Rival Stockholm

Hotel Rival Stockholm Sweden
Hotel Rival Stockholm Sweden
Hotel Rival Stockholm Sweden
Hotel Rival Stockholm Sweden

Hotel Rival Stockholm

For those clients wishing to stay in Stockholm overnight we recommend the Rival Hotel. The Rival has its own cinema built 1937 where film previews, concerts and other events are held.

Located at the Mariatorget park on the South Island within short walking distance from the Old Town and 3 stops on the subway from the Central Railway Station.

When opening a decade ago the Rival was widely hailed as Stockholm’s first boutique hotel. Some things have changed since but Rival continues to exude charm and often takes the top spot on Tripadvisor.

The hotel has 7 floors of comfortable rooms. Birch panelling keeps decoration light although in contrast to many other Scandinavian boutique hotels the Rival uses colours and heavy fabrics in a stylish Art Deco-way. The furniture consists mostly of design classics from well-known names such as Claesson and Erik Gunnar Asplund. Portraits of movie stars adorn the comfortable guestrooms. All rooms have 32-inch plasma TV, DVD, iPod dock and Wi-Fi. The front desk has a large collection of DVDs available free to guests.

Little touches are evident throughout the decor and with its cafe and restaurant we think its the best hotel to offer our guests!

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Optional Extras
Upgrade to Deluxe room with View
Clarion Sense Lulea bedroom

The Clarion Sense is well located on the fringe of Lulea and its not uncommon to be enjoying a drink in the sky bar while witnessing an aurora display overhead.

To increase your chances of seeing the northern lights upgrade to one of the spacious deluxe rooms which combine views over the frozen ice road on the Lule river with views of the night sky.

The room is equipped with a Nespresso coffee machine where you can prepare your coffee to be enjoyed in the spacious lounge area.

Guests in these rooms includes admission to the day spa.

The room is equipped with free WiFi, mini bar, safety box, hairdryer, iron and ironing board, TV, telephone, kettle, coffee and tea and a bathrobe and slippers.

 

Cost: £40 per person per night

 

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

Tour of UNESCO World Heritage Site Gammelstad
Gammelstad Church and wooden houses Lulea Sweden

Instead of departing for a direct transfer to the Airport a guide will take you for a tour of the historic UNESCO world heritage site of Gammelstad . This is the best preserved example of a ‘Church Village’ in Scandinavia. At its centre is the impressive 15th-century Nederlulea Church surrounded by 424 wood-built houses. The houses were only used on Sundays and during religious festivals to accommodate worshipers from the surrounding countryside who could not return home the same day because of the distance and difficult traveling conditions.

It feels like a ghost town now but the preserved wooden houses have survived harsh arctic conditions for centuries. The church is still functioning and is open for visitors.

Duration: 90 minutes

Cost: £88 per person

A night in the Iconic Tree Hotel
Northern Lights over 7th Room TREE HOTEL lapland

If you would like to stay a night in the Tree Hotel during your trip then rather than spending your last night at Brandon Lodge why not take a room in the trees!

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!

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 Dragon Fly and the 7th Room have separate bedrooms and carry an extra supplement.

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

Price: From £325 per person to include Dinner and  Transfer

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Reviews & Feedback

Testimonials

Wow! Thank you for exceeding our expectations in planning and delivering a special weekend for us to celebrate Rob's Birthday. We wanted to get away from it all and relax with family and friends but also experience the true arctic and we achieved both. Please pass on my thanks to Goran and the team.

Wendy and Rob

All activities at Lulea were excellent; pickup, snowmobile transfer, snowmobile rides and dog sledding (superb!). Accommodation and food at Furufjärden was excellent, exceeding expectations. Lulea sight-seeing / ice road was excellent and Camilla our guide was the best!

Conor

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Price Per Person: From £995 (Inc Flights)
What's included & departure airports

What's Included?

  • Flights (from the UK) with one hold bag per person
  • 3 nights accommodation with breakfast in standard room at the Clarion Sense Hotel
  • 2 hour snowmobile safari on shared snowmobile
  • 2 hour drive your own Husky safari – 2 persons per sled
  • A northern lights chase on one of your nights
  • Welcome dinner on your first night
  • Transfers
  • Arctic Clothing loan for activities

Break Available:

13 December 2019 – 21 March 2020

Departure Airports

  • Heathrow
  • Gatwick
  • Manchester
  • Stockholm

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

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