Snowmobiling on the Lulea Archipelago

Swedish Lapland Activity Week

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Trip code: 
CSL
Ways to Travel:
Guided Group, Premium Adventures
Activity:
Winter
Min age:
16
Group size:
6–16

Multi-activity adventure in Swedish Lapland 

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, what’s most special about this property is that Exodus has exclusive use. No guests from outside our group will be at the hotel. 

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 across the frozen sea 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. 

Highlights

  • Premium accommodation
  • Single rooms at no extra charge (subject to availability)
  • Multi-activity break in Arctic Sweden
  • Exclusive use of remote lodge
  • Snowmobile on the frozen sea
  • Northern lights snowshoe walk
  • Dogsledding through the forest 

Key information

  • 6 nights exclusive use lodge with en suite rooms. 
  • 5 days of mixed activities
  • Group normally 4 to 16, plus guides and instructors. Min age 16 years
  • Travel by private minibus
  • Arctic clothing provided 

What's included

  • All breakfasts two lunches and 7 dinners included
  • All accommodation
  • Transfer for group flights
  • Arctic clothing 

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visas and Vaccinations
  • Optional activities
  • Alcohol with dinner 
Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Arrive Luleå

    Arrive at Luleå, via Stockholm. Transfer to Pine Bay Lodge, 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, free afternoon, 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. Our destination is 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.

    A candlelight dinner in a small cosy hut, somewhere out on the frozen Arctic sea. 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, free afternoon

    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. Lunch is included out in the forest.

    We return to the lodge around 2 with free time for an excursion, before hopefully seeing the Northern Lights right outside.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 5

    Icefishing, free afternoon

    With a reindeer-hide over your shoulder we head out together on the big snowmobile 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, but don't worry we'll provide extra if you don't catch 'the big one'!

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 6

    Free day, northern lights snowshoe

    Today is free for you to enjoy one of the longer excursions. 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 Dinner
  • Day 7

    Transfer to Luleå

    After breakfast we will be transferred back to Luleå Airport via Gammelstad Church Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, consisting of 424 wood built houses dating back to the 15th century.

    Flights to London are via Stockholm.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Essential Info

Multi-activity trip in remote Arctic Sweden

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, dinner and lunches 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, one example would be hot meatballs in mustard sauce with potatoes. As well as coffee and hot fruit juice.
Dinner is included every night and consists of two courses, you will be able to choose between, starter and main or main and dessert:

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 is included, wine and beer can be bought at the bar, expect to pay 95SEK for a local beer and 95SEK for a class of house wine. 

Weather

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. 

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, moderate 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.  

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Pine Bay Lodge

Our premium accommodation for the week is a small boutique hotel in the classic Swedish Red Cottage style, what’s most special about this property is that Exodus has exclusive use. No guests from outside our group will be at the hotel.
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. 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.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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  • Reviewed February 2018
    Lucinda Culpin

    A lovely time in the snow in Sweden

    This was a great way to experience northern Scandinavia for the first time. Pine Bay Lodge is in a beautiful setting next to a frozen lake and snow covered forest, with a big lounge for relaxing and a sauna a few yards away. It's very quiet and peaceful but with lots of things to do.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The dog sledding was fabulous.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Graeme was always very helpful and made sure we had everything we needed.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take two or three layers of thermals for the activities.

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

Email your query: [email protected]

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