Head into the far north of Swedish Lapland to experience the Lappish winter, characterised by thick, bright snowfall and excellent displays of the northern lights. On this short break, spend four nights in a cosy log cabin at the beautifully-placed Brandon Lodge, which overlooks the islands in the Lulea archipelago. At this time of year the surrounding seascape is frozen, making it the perfect landscape for which to enjoy snowmobiling or husky sledding adventures across the ice.
Arrive in Lulea in Swedish Lapland and transfer to Brandon Lodge. Check in to your hotel cabin for four nights and collect your winter clothing for the rest of your stay. The hotel cabins overlook the frozen sea and islands of the Lulea archipelago which is made up of 1,300 islands and only 100 residents. In the evening, enjoy a two-course welcome dinner in the hotel’s restaurant. (D)
After breakfast, step into your snowshoes and head outside to experience winter life in Swedish Lapland. Join a guide for a three-hour journey into the nearby forests where you will learn how to use snowshoes, make a fire in the snow and how to make your own tea and coffee over the open fire. During this excursion, your guide will recount stories about life up in the Arctic and will educate you on the forest, sea and wildlife in the area. Take a break from the cold in a traditional tepee with a hearty wilderness lunch around a fire. Return to the lodge and spend the rest of the day at leisure. Perhaps meet and feed the friendly reindeer at the lodge. In the evening, enjoy a two-course buffet dinner. (B,L,D)
Today, explore the islands of the beautiful Lulea archipelago. Do as the locals do and travel across the pack ice on snowmobile trails and learn about the nature and local history. Your guide will make regular stops for photos and hot drinks and you will enjoy lunch cooked over an open fire. If conditions are right, it is possible to reach the idyllic fishing village of Brändöskär, dating back to the 17th Century. In the evening, enjoy a two-course dinner in the lodge. (B,L,D)
After breakfast, drive to the nearby kennel to meet the team of energetic husky dogs that will take you on an exhilarating dogsledding adventure. After instructions from your guide of how to mush your dogs, take control of your husky team and drive them along a forest and lake trail watching the snowy scenery pass you by. Stop to learn about the life of a husky musher in the frozen north from your guide. Return to the lodge for lunch in the restaurant. In the evening, enjoy a two-course dinner before heading out on a northern lights snowshoe walk. Learn how to photograph the northern lights and how to track wildlife tracks in the snow, and relax by an open fire with local cake and coffee. (B,L,D)
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK via Stockholm. (B)