Swedish Winter Adventure

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Trip code: 
FEH
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
Family Holidays
Min age:
8
Group size:
4–13

Family adventure in the heart of the Swedish wilderness

An exciting winter wilderness adventure in the heart of central Sweden.

Staying in the historic Villa Batstad, we enjoy a week exploring this beautiful landscape of spruce forest, frozen lakes and isolated trails. With a chance to experience snowshoeing, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing and making some new friends with the local husky dogs – the best mode of transport in these parts.  We’ll also take a horse ride through the forest, try ice-fishing and camp beneath the stars on an adventure that has ‘winter wonderland’ written all over it. 

Highlights

  • Try dogsledding and icefishing
  • Snowmobile safari
  • Overnight in a tradititonal Sami tent (lavvo)
  • Horse ride through the forest
  • Cross-country skiing

Key information

  • 5 nights Swedish lodge, 1 night Sami Tipi
  • 5 days mixed activities
  • Group normally 4-12, plus leader. Min age 8 yrs
  • Travel by private minibus

What's included

  • All breakfasts, 5 lunches and 6 dinners
  • All accommodation
  • Transfer for group flights

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visa's and Vaccinations
  • Single supplement

Responsible Travel

At Exodus we believe in the power of Responsible Travel.

Every time we travel, we are part of a global movement that creates jobs, builds more sustainable societies, encourages cultural understanding and safeguards common natural and cultural heritage. To learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus click here… 

Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Arrival and welcome dinner by a campfire.

    The Varmland region of Sweden is famous for its mountains, beautiful views and wilderness as far the eye can see.

    Upon arrival we enjoy a welcome dinner and a chance to discuss the exciting activities we will be taking part in during our trip.

    Meals included: Dinner
  • Day 2

    Introduction to the Huskies and dogsledding trip

    This morning we transfer to the localyhusky farm to meet our dogs before being headnig out on a short ride through beautiful snow-laden landscape. On our return we will enjoy lunch and free time in the afternoon for further exploration of the area.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 3

    Snowshoe walking and horse riding through the pristine forests

    In the morning you will learn how to use snowshoes heading out throught soft deep snow of the Kvarnsjo mountain  marked routes with time to spend exploring the snowy landscape of the his beautiful area.

    If time and weather conditions are suitable, there may be a chance to go riding in the snow on NordSvensk horses (North Sweden horses), a truly exhilarating experience.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 4

    Snowmobile adventure trip to lavvu camp in the forest for overnight with dinner by open fire.

    After a more relaxing morning and a hearty lunch our guide will take us on a family friendly snowmobile journey into the Swedish wilderness to our lavvu wilderness camp, located in the heart of the forest. Here we will overnight (one adult and one child as a passenger per snowmobile) with cinner prepared on the open fire. 

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 5

    Morning snowshoe excursion with ice fishing. Return to villa by snowmobile

    Waking in our cosy lavvu's we head out to experience more snowshoeing in this magical winter environment, crossing frozen lakes and snowladen forests enjoying the peace and calm of being in the wilderness. By late morning we have arrived on the frozen lake to try our luck at icefishing - a typical Swedish tradition in these parts. After lunch we head back to Villa Batstad by snowmobile in time for our dinner. 

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 6

    Cross-country skiing on prepared tracks

    Today you will experience the Scandinavian-born sport of cross-country skiing. Our instructor will take us through the basics. There may be a few tumbles to start with but in the soft snow this is half the fun. After becoming more confident we then head out onto the frozen lake, gliding through the virgin powder, looking out for moose, deer or fox tracks in the forest. In the afternoon, keep hold of your skis as there is the option of further unguided skiing in the local area.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 7

    End Villa Batstad.

    End Villahotel Batstad.

Essential Info

Visas

Sweden

UK passport holders do not require a visa for Sweden.

Vaccinations

Sweden

There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts, 5 lunches and 6 evening meals are included.

The food is a delicious range of local produce prepared on site daily by the in house chef. Popular ingredients include, reindeer, fish, wild berries and mushrooms. 

Weather

In central Sweden the winters are short and mildly cold with regular snow. The Arctic cold is a dry cold, there is usually no wind, and remember, we will keep you active.

Is this trip for you?

This winter trip is ideal for adventurous families looking to enjoy the great outdoors by day before relaxing in front of the fire or in the sauna each evening. The trip is graded leisurely/moderate, which means that no previous experience required. One night is spent in a Laavo Camp in the forest where there is a wooden stove inside to keep you warm, dinner will be prepared on an open fire.

The snowmobile excursion on flat or rolling terrain snowmobile accidents are rare, and the guides will follow prepared and signed trails for most of the time. As snowmobiles can reach high speeds, drivers must be responsible for safe driving, and must follow the instructions given by the guide to avoid injury and snowmobile damage. All drivers must be over 17 and have a valid (car) driving licence and carry this with you whilst driving.

Accommodation

Villa Batstad

An authentic Swedish Villa from 1910 offering great views to the nearby mountains and the river Klaralven in the province Varmland.
The 6 large rooms share 3 bathrooms. The property offers a comfortable lounge with a fireplace, a selection of board games and a traditional Swedish wood heated sauna.

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Dates & Prices

An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

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