Trip reference number: 161518
Trip Operator: Best Served Scandinavia
Luleå is ideal for those who want to combine a city break with the winter charms of Swedish Lapland and the Arctic. Staying in a hand-picked central hotel, you’ll have all of its historic charms, UNESCO old town and innovative restaurant scene to hand. And, while there’s a chance to spot the aurora each night, we’ve included a magical Northern Lights dinner experience. You’ll also have the opportunity to explore the Lapland winter wilderness on snowmobiles, husky sleds and even ice roads that lead between archipelago islands.
Day 1: UK/Luleå
Flying out to Luleå, you’ll be met at the airport by your included transfer for the short journey to your chosen accommodation. The Elite Stadshotellet is a grand, redbrick landmark, while our upgraded option, the Clarion Hotel Sense, offers spa facilities, contemporary-chic rooms and spectacular harbour views from its top-floor bar. Whichever you choose, you’ll be centrally located, with all of the city’s delights within easy reach. And, after you’ve explored its imposingly Gothic cathedral and unique art galleries, be sure to taste your way through its innovative dining scene. There’s everything from traditional bakeries and seafood bistros to cocktail grills and craft breweries that serve up moose tacos.
Day 2: Optional activities
Today, you might want to turn out to explore the surrounding remotes of Swedish Lapland. If you head inland, delightful trails bring you into a winter wonderland of river valleys and snow-clad forests. Otherwise, turn out into the archipelago to explore remote islands on a unique network of ice roads and natural ice rinks. This evening, perhaps add on a Northern Lights photography tour. After consulting the forecast, an aurora photography professional will bring you out to chase the aurora and the perfect shot. To keep you cosy, you’ll be provided with warm drink and snacks. Alternatively, relax at the hotel before another day of adventures tomorrow.
Day 3: Optional activities & Northern Lights Dinner
With a last day left free, you might want to book onto a dogsledding, ice fishing or snowmobiling excursion – surely the best way to explore the surrounding wilderness. Whatever you do, don’t miss out on a visit to Gammelstad. Found just outside of Luleå, this UNESCO-listed treasure is the best-preserved example of a 15th-century Scandinavian church village. It’s a vision of winding laneways and over 400 wooden houses, all painted in an iconic red. Then, returning to the city, it's time to prepare for your included Northern Lights dinner experience. Escaping to Brändön Lodge, a log cabin on the edge of the frozen sea, you'll be perfectly poised for some spectacular aurora viewing. Enjoy a two-course dinner and head out with your guide in search of the lights, keeping warm by open fires at remote tepees and small huts.
Day 4: Depart for UK
After a final breakfast, an included transfer will see you to the airport for your flight home.
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