Swedish Lapland Activity Week Trip Notes

Ways to Travel:
Guided Group, Premium Adventures
Destinations:
Sweden
Programmes:
Winter
Trip Code:
CSL
Activity Rating - Leisurely/Moderate
Leisurely / Moderate

You are reasonably fit, enjoy the outdoors and are looking for some exercise. Some previous experience is preferable for activity based trips.

7 Days Flight Inclusive
7 Days Land only
Min age: 16

Trip Overview

On the frozen shores of the Lulea Archipelago in the Gulf of Bothnia, lies Pine Bay Lodge, our home for a week of exciting winter activities. Our premium accommodation is a small boutique hotel in the classic Swedish Red Cottage style.

In this region of Sweden the sea can freeze up to a metre thick, while the tidal currents of the Baltic Sea creates an exciting backdrop of broken pack ice, sometimes several metres high. During the week we will travel by snowmobile out into the bay to experience this amazing natural phenomenon. On other days we enjoy more traditional, Arctic activities including ice-fishing, a husky safari through the forest, and a snowshoe hike through pristine forests in search of the awe-inspiring northern lights.

This is a perfect week of activities for those looking to get into a remote corner of this beautiful region of Sweden. 

At a Glance

  • 6 nights premium lodge with en suite rooms and sauna
  • 5 days of mixed activities 
  • Group normally 4 to 16, plus guides and instructors. Min age 16 years
  • Travel by private minibus and snowmobile
  • Arctic clothing provided 
  • Countries visited: Sweden

Trip Highlights

  • Snowmobile excursion on frozen sea
  • Northern lights snowshoe walk
  • Dogsledding through pristine forests
  • Candle light dinner in remote Aurora Hideaway

Is This Trip for You?

A mixed activity week for adults, with a good selection of guided activities and free time for independent excursion or relaxation. None of the activities require previous experience. The trip level is 2 ,  so a reasonable level of fitness is required (see our website for further information on our grades). Temperatures in this part of Sweden can drop as low as -30 degrees centigrade. You should come prepared for such extremes. Although winter clothing for activities is provided clients are expected to come well prepared for it to be very cold.  

Following a review of all our trips we have categorised this trip as generally not suitable for persons of reduced mobility. However if you are a regular traveller on such trips, please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your personal condition.

Group

There will be one tour leader for the week as well as local guides and drivers where needed. Should you have any queries during your stay,  the tour leader as well as one of the staff members at Pine Bay Lodge will be on hand to help you.   

Adult min age:
16
Min group size:
8
Max group size:
16

Itinerary

Land Only

Start City:
Luleå
End City:
Luleå

Land Only Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Start at Pine Bay Lodge, located on the coastal edge of the Luleå Archipelago in Swedish Lapland.

    Those on the group flight will arrive at Luleå airport via Stockholm and will be transferred to Pine Bay Lodge by private transfer (approximately 40 minutes)

    Meals included:
    Dinner
  • Day 2

    Nordic winter skills. Free afternoon

    Winter in Swedish Lapland is made comfortable by learning how to dress and behave in the cold Sub-arctic climate. You will be provided with warm outdoor clothing and strap on snowshoes. Our guides will take you on a 3-hour journey into the nearby forests and lead you through an adventurous and educational excursion. Here you will learn how to make a fire and cook some coffee, before heading deeper into the forest to learn about the nature around us. We finish with a barbecue lunch near the lake. 

    The afternoon is free for an optional excursion or you may choose to relax back at the lodge after a busy start to our trip.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
  • Day 3

    Snowmobile excursion; free afternoon and aurora hideaway dinner.

    Today we spend four hours on the glistening ice and the islands of the Luleå Archipelago on a snowmobile. Along the way, the guide will tell you about the surroundings and about life in the northern wilderness. Weather permitting, we will attempt to reach the island Brändöskär in the outermost archipelago, an idyllic fishing village dating from the 17th century. The chapel from 1774 and one of the fishing-huts will be visited. Right across the frozen Bothnian bay, we will see endless fields of pack ice and snow, sometimes as high as 10 metres, created by the heavy currents of the Baltic several metres below. This is a snowmobile trip like no other in the Nordic region. We enjoy lunch cooked on an open fire before heading back to Pine Bay Lodge where we enjoy a few hours free before tonight activity. This evening experience starts with a snowmobile transfer from your Lodge. On arrival to the Aurora Hideaway, you will be introduced and offered a drink of your choice. Wine, beer or a warm drink. Your guide will then serve a hot steamy soup as your first dish. The stove in the Aurora Hideaway has a sparkling fire roaring and the candles and tea lights create a magic atmosphere. You now have a chance to go outside to look for the Northern Lights or just enjoy the absolute silence and the stars in the sky. The guide prepares the main course over the outdoor fire. A relaxed evening is finished off with dessert and tea/coffee before returning to your Lodge.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
  • Day 4

    Dogsledding through pristine forests; free time and evening visit to local astronomer.

    Today we drive out to a local husky kennel for a fantastic adventure with these beautiful dogs. First, we learn to control the husky team (as they are known) before driving them out and do a long loop through the forest. You will drive the sledge yourself swapping with a partner halfway. We return to the lodge around 1pm for lunch followed by some free time for an optional excursion, before hopefully seeing the Northern Lights right outside. In the evening we also visit a local astronomer and will learn of his passion for stargazing and photography.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
  • Day 5

    Ice-fishing on frozen sea; free afternoon.

    With a reindeer-hide over your shoulder we head out together on the big snowmobile  sled with our guide for two hours of ice-fishing on the frozen sea near Pine Bay Lodge. We drill a hole in the ice, which is sometimes over a metre thick! We then start fishing, a normal catch would be perch or sometimes pike. Lunch is also included back at the lodge, but don't worry we'll provide extra if you don't catch 'the big one'! The afternoon is free for some optional excursions or some relaxation at the lodge and sauna.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
  • Day 6

    Free day, northern lights snowshoe

    Today is free for you to enjoy one of the longer excursions such as the popular Hovercraft Pack Ice Tour which involves a journey across the ice-covered landscape with the goal to reach the pack ice fields of the outer archipelago. Alternatively you may choose to relax at the lodge and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of this beautiful setting. In the evening, after dinner, we head out on snowshoes to try and catch the northern lights one last time; stopping for a hot beverage along the way to warm up.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
  • Day 7

    Transfer to Luleå

    End Luleå.

     

    Meals included:
    Breakfast

Accommodation

Pine Bay Lodge

Our premium accommodation for the week is a small boutique hotel in the classic Swedish Red Cottage style which, subject to minmum group size, will be exclusively reserved for our group. The property is located on the coastline of the Lulea Archipelago some 30 minutes from Luleå itself. The archipelago has a total of 1,300 islands and only 100 residents and offers a unique wilderness environment where the sea around the islands freezes up to a metre thick in winter.
The hotel is very traditional, but with a modern homely feel and boasts just 9 recently renovated rooms, all en suite and with free Wi-Fi. The communal area in the centre of the building contains a large open-plan dining area with lounge room and fireplace. There is also a sauna which will be on each afternoon at no extra charge.

Free single supplement is available on this trip and is subject to availbility upon booking.

Where a single supplement is available, paying for a single only guarantees a room for single use. It does not always mean a twin or double room will be provided for sole occupancy.

Food & Transport

Eating & Drinking

All breakfasts, 5 lunches and 6 dinners included. 

Breakfast will be a typical continental style, with fruit, cereals, eggs, cheese and cold meats.
The lunches provided as part of the itinerary will be eaten outside or at the lodge; one example of lunch provided would be hot meatballs in mustard sauce with potatoes. 
Dinner is included every night and consists of two courses, you will be able to choose between, starter and main or main and dessert:

Sample Menu:

Starters
Arctic platter – A mix of our own smoked fish-, game- and meat-products. Served with homemade sourdough bread, cheeses, dips and sauces

Panko fried reindeer served with a fresh apple and herb salad and a mustard vinaigrette.
Steamy hot mushroom soup served with smoked salmon crème fraiche and bread

Mains
Prime rib of reindeer braised in red wine and herbs. Served with a potato puree and butter tossed haricots verts
Arctic char with a shellfish risotto and a fennel salad

Desserts
White chocolate pannacotta with arctic berries
Dark chocolate mousse with candied pecan nuts and a salty caramel sauce

Juice and water are included and wine and beer can be bought at the bar, expect to pay 69SEK for a local beer and 79SEK for a class of house wine. 

Transportation

Transfer to and from the airport is by heated minibus or taxi. All other transport is as per the itinerary above. 

Weather & Seasonality

Weather Information

Temperatures should remain below 0°C for the whole season, however recent years have had some unexpected fluctuations, both warmer and colder. The lowest temperature in 2008 was -40°C and the warmest was +8°C, just a few weeks apart. Generally, you should expect much colder temperatures in December and January, around -35°C to -25°C. As the days get longer the temperatures rise to around freezing point by April.

Daylight hours: As we are inside the Arctic Circle, from 01 December to 07 January the sun remains just below the horizon during the day. But it is not dark - there is plenty of reflection from the snow - expect 4-5 hours of daylight. At the end of January daylight hours increase to 6-7. In February there are 10 hours and in March 15 hours.

Northern Lights: The stunning Aurora Borealis are one of nature's most awe-inspiring sights, and seeing them hover above us on a cold winter's night is an experience never to be forgotten. Scientists will tell you the Northern Lights occur 'when solar wind particles collide with air molecules in the earth's atmosphere, transferring their energy into light. The 'season' runs from October to March. Within this window, the slightly better months are October, February and March. During periods of high solar activity (not forecastable) they can often be seen every night, but the sky has to be clear of cloud cover, and you need to be away from other light sources. Displays can vary in intensity - from a greenish-yellow glow moving gently around the sky, to a spectacular multi-coloured show dancing across the heavens. Sightings not only vary in intensity but in duration too, from just minutes to sometimes hours. 

Joining Instructions

Travelling flight inclusive from London: 7 days

The group flight from London is a daytime flight departing on Day 1 of the itinerary.

Flights from London

We normally use the scheduled services of Norwegian Airlines (depending on availability). As flight timings and schedules change regularly we recommend you call one of our specialist sales staff or your agent to confirm up-to-date timings. Please note timings may change at a later date and cannot be confirmed until approximately two weeks before departure.

There are alternative flight options from regional airports (Bristol, Liverpool, Manchester…) Please ask our Sales team for more information. 

Travelling land only: 7 days starting and ending in Lulea

Your trip normally starts at our accommodation in Lulea in the afternoon of Day 1 of the itinerary. Details of how to reach the start point are provided in the Final Joining Instructions - sent approximately two weeks before departure.

Regional Flights

The Flight Inclusive price is based on a London departure, but we are happy to tailor this to your local or regional airport. Please ask about flights from local or regional airports.

If booking regional flights other than with Exodus, you must allow a minimum connecting time (in addition to the international check-in time) of 1 hour at Gatwick, and 1.5 hours at Heathrow; this is longer than the official minimum, but baggage handling is known to be subject to delays.

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers will be sent to you as part of our Final Joining Instructions. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

Transfers Details

Airport transfers are included for those on the group flights. Please note that transfers are not included for clients arriving on any other flight, even if Exodus has booked it. 

If you require airport transfers, you may (by prior arrangement only) be able to join the group transfer. Transfers are arranged to coincide with the arrival time of the group flight - please check the group flight details 2 weeks before departure. If you do not take this transfer, or miss it, you must make your own way to the joining point at your own expense.

Location start:
Lulea
Location end:
Lulea

What to Take

Essential Equipment

Winter Equipment/Clothing Provided: Full Arctic outer clothing is provided: Insulated overalls, insulated boots, mittens and a fur-lined hat. Balaclavas are also available, but you may prefer to bring your own. 

You will need the following: Bearing in mind that temperatures vary from month to month but are not always predictable, you need to pack for a wide range of temperatures from very cold, to mild. In colder temperatures you should wear full winter clothing under your overalls: thermal underwear; thin gloves (to wear under provided mittens); jogging bottoms or thermal underwear; at least two warm fleeces and a jacket or ski jacket. Balaclava (for December to February only). In warmer temperatures, you can wear less underneath the overalls.

Other essential equipment: Casual footwear for evenings and travelling; torch (head-torch recommended, with spare batteries); water bottle (thermos flask optional); swimming costume (for saunas). From the last week of February onwards: sunglasses; sun-cream and lipbalm.

Apart from your main luggage, we recommend that you bring a small daysack for the ski day, or to put in your sledge. 

Note on temperatures below -30°C: Contact lenses can freeze, especially when snowmobiling - ski goggles may help. Water-based cream/moisturisers may freeze at very low temperatures. Camera batteries usually stop working at low temperatures, so take spares. 

Practical Information

Passport

Sweden

All nationalities require a full passport that must be valid beyond the intended length of stay. It is your responsibility to have the correct personal documents and to obtain your own visa, if one is necessary, in accordance with the regulations of the country you are to visit. The information offered below is to help you with that process. We are not responsible for the actions of local immigration and customs officials, whether at points of entry or otherwise, and any subsequent effects.

Visa

Sweden

Visa regulations can change without notice: please check the current regulations in good time to obtain a visa if one is required.

There are no specific health risks on this trip.

Vaccination

Sweden

There are no specific health risks.

Travel health can often be something people forget about before going away, but a little preparation and knowledge can go a long way to help you stay fit and healthy while abroad.

The above information can change at short notice; as we are not qualified to answer all your questions about travel health we strongly recommend you contact your Medical Professional or a Travel Health Clinic at least 8 weeks prior to departure for up-to-date information. Please note: vaccinations that are routinely recommended to residents of the UK, North America or Australasia are not considered to form part of the travel health advice, and you should ensure these are kept up to date where necessary.

For additional information please visit: https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/countries

Insurance - are you adequately covered?

It is a condition of joining any of our holidays that you must be fully insured against medical and personal accident risks (to include repatriation costs and air ambulance or helicopter rescue services where appropriate). On arrival in destination for your trip, you will be asked to present details to your leader or local representative of your policy.

If you are resident in the UK we strongly recommend the Exodus travel insurance policy, this is specifically designed to cover all activities on your trip. If arranging your own policy please ensure that you are covered for all activities that are part of the trip, optional activities that you intend to take part in and/or on high altitude itineraries, that you are covered up to the maximum altitude of the trip.

If you are a UK citizen and travelling in Europe you should obtain the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) from your Post Office. This gives you medical care at a reduced cost, and some cases for free, in many European countries, but should not be considered a substitute for adequate insurance.

Local Time

Sweden's Timezone:
Europe/Stockholm CEST (GMT +02:00)

Electricity

Sweden's Electricity:

Standard 2 pin European plugs.

Standard European two pin plugs

Money

Sweden's Currency

The national currency of Sweden is the Swedish Krona (SEK), with an exchange rate at the time of publication of approximately 11.7 to the UK£ and 5.9 to the US$.

Exchange rates are correct at the time of publication.

ATM Availability

Credit cards are accepted almost everywhere even for small amounts. ATM's can be found in both Stockholm and Lulea Airport. Your bank may charge you for withdrawals. 

Extra Expenses & Spending Money

Optional excursions - all paid locally in SEK 

Hovercraft Pack Ice Tour - SEK 2,413

Northern Lights Aurora Photography Tour: SEK 1,400

Snowmobile forest tour: SEK 1400

Nothern lights sledge tour: SEK 995

Please note that due to weather conditions some activities might not be available. 

 

Tipping

Staff in Sweden are paid well and tipping is not the social norm.  

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Important Information

On all guided trips

Although our leaders are well trained to deal with different capabilities, if they have any concerns about someone’s ability to safely partake in an activity, or their impact on other people’s enjoyment, we authorise them to take necessary action which, in some circumstances, may involve asking someone to miss that activity.

Although rarely enforced, by booking this trip you agree to section 16 of our Booking Conditions which clearly states that our leaders have the authority to do this. In these circumstances we will ensure anyone sitting out is safely provided for and offered alternative options where possible. Refunds will not be provided for activities missed and customers may be liable for additional costs incurred.

On all trips

In booking this trip you should be confident in your ability to participate in all activities described in these Trip Notes. If you have any doubt about your suitability you should call the Exodus office and ask to speak to one of the experts on this itinerary.

In an emergency, please contact our 24 hour out of hours service on +44 (0) 844 326 7041.

Every time that you travel abroad you should take the time to read the warnings in the essential information in the brochure.

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers, and details of how to reach the start point, will be sent to you approximately 2 to 3 weeks prior to departure. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

The information in these Trip Notes is given in good faith. Where differences exist between the Trip Notes and our current brochure or website, the Trip Notes supersede the brochure and website. All holidays can be subject to unexpected changes; in order to enjoy them you should be prepared to be flexible where necessary. Occasionally, as stated in our brochure, it may not be possible to follow the itinerary as planned. This may be for a variety of reasons - climatic, political, physical or other. In these circumstances we will make the best possible alternative arrangements that maintain the integrity of the original itinerary.

As fuel prices, airport taxes and exchange rates fluctuate, and airlines manage their rates to match demand, it is proving harder than ever to guarantee our Flight Inclusive prices. Although we endeavour to keep our website as accurate as possible, daily fluctuations mean that our Flight Inclusive price may be out of date. For accurate prices we recommend that you contact one of our Travel Experts, or your Travel Agent.

TRAVEL AWARE –STAY SAFE & HEALTHY ABROAD

 

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office and the NHS have up-to-date advice on staying safe and healthy abroad. For more on security, local laws, plus passport and visa information, see https://travelaware.campaign.gov.uk/

Keep informed of current travel health news by visiting https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/

Advice can change so check regularly for updates.

For all latest travel information about your holiday, please visit our Travel Safety Advice page.

How to Book

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TRIP NOTE VALIDITY

These Trip Notes are valid from the "Current as" date on page one. They will occasionally be updated post booking and pre-departure; if there are any updates that significantly impact the inclusions or itinerary bookers will be written to separately. All customers will also receive a link to the most up-to-date version of the Trip Notes with their Final Joining Instructions pre-travel.