City Break Luleå – 3 nights
In the eastern parts of Swedish Lapland, along the 300 kilometre coastline beside the largest brackish water archipelago in the world, you will find the coastal town of Luleå.
Luleå and its environs play host to many visitors all year round. In winter, when dressed in winter garb, the magnificent nature and the expansive views are more beautiful than ever.
Day One – Friday
Arrive at Luleå airport and our guide will meet you for the transfer the 10 minutes to Luleå and your hotel. Clarion Sense Hotel – 3 nights Modern Luleå began to take shape in 1888. The town grew and a flourishing city was founded. In the 1940s, a budding garrison city and in the 50s shopping – Sweden’s first indoor shopping centre.
Sweden’s northernmost university was built and the city’s hockey team continues to write history to the present day. Kulturens Hus (culture centre) becomes a new landmark and, finally: Clarion Hotel Sense offers up nine new storeys with ideas and promises of an even more exciting future. Clarion Hotel Sense in Luleå takes inspiration from the four seasons, nature and the local cultural heritage. From the north wind and northern lights. From spring floods, rime frost and the mighty midnight sun. Kitchen and Table Restaurant at Clarion Sense
Visitors to the Luleå region are in for a real treat with its many restaurants with a wide range of fabulous local produce including vendace roe, surströmming, ceps, char, venison, cloudberries, black grouse and almond potatoes.
At Kitchen and Table, Top chef Marcus Samuelsson has now brought his inspiration and creativity from New York to put together a fabulous menu that perfectly combines these local delights with the flavours of Manhattan. or Elite Hotel Luleå In the middle of central Luleå lies this magnificent 1903 hotel, with a grand entrance and beautiful French-Renaissance-style banquet hall. The hotel offers tastefully decorated rooms, gym, parking, lunch restaurant and gastropub.Our standard double room is tastefully decorated with beautiful details. With a spacious 160 cm double bed, this room is suitable for two people or for those who travel for themselves who want extra comfort. The rooms are equipped with desk, telephone, TV, mini bar, hair dryer, shower or bathtub and some rooms also have safety box and iron. Kettle is available for loan at the reception.
Day Two – Saturday
Nature tour 2 hours by snowmobile: Our nature tours by snowmobile start in Luleå and your guide will take you on a fantastic experience out into the forest surrounding Luleå to explore. Along the way the guide will stop regularly to discuss the environment, the wildlife and our fantastic arctic nature.
We will also stop and make coffee and enjoy some local cake. The tour is 2 people per snowmobile and you will require a drivers licence.
Read about our other requirements regarding snowmobiles here. What to bring: Outdoor clothing and shoes for the season. Winter overalls & helmet provided for this activity.
Day Three – Sunday
Dogsledding 1 hour sitting on a sled:We offer exciting dog-sledding tours from the centre Luleå. The tours go over ice covered lakes and rivers and through the forest, offering us great opportunities to vary this ancient way of travelling on snow and ice. With our highly skilled sled-guides and well trained, friendly dogs we provide a high quality, unforgettable nature-experience. On this 1 hour tour you will be 4 people per sled with our musher.
What to bring: Outdoor clothing and shoes for the season. Winter overalls provided for this activity. Optional Activities Northern Lights Tour – 2 hours Your guide will meet you after dinner and take you on a nature experience with a local aurora photographer who will help you find the best places to see the Northern Lights around Luleå. After being picked up from your accommodation we will head to 2 or 3 great locations where we know there are great chances of northern lights viewing, and if you have your camera with you, the taking of really interesting northern lights images. The tour lasts for approx 2 hours but if the lights are strong we will likely stay out a little longer. As we will be out in the elements when viewing the aurora you will need to bring with you warm clothing.
Included: Pick-up at Clarion Sense Hotel, transfer to the viewing point, warm northern light drink and snacks, northern lights guide/photographer. Guided Tour Gammelstad – 2 hours The history of this region is contained in the World Heritage Church village at Gammelstad. Just outside of Luleå our guide will transfer you there and you will participate in a 2 hour guided tour of the village which includes the church and historic village. The village dates back to the 14th century and at that time the parishioners would often have to come long distances to church. The led to the family building small cottages in the classic Swedish red and white style around the church. Your guide will give a great insight into the village and the history of the region.
Day Four – Monday
Today your will have time for a walk around town before departing at approx 9am to Luleå airport for your direct flight home. On the way to Luleå Airport we have planned a stop at the Cape Wild Moose farm to meet their Moose.