Lapland Coast to Mountains Aurora Hunt 8 nights
– Brändön Lodge, Treehotel, Sapmi Nature Camp, Icehotel – 4-6 people – High end luxury minibus – 9 days / 8 nights – Twin share or single traveller – Northern lights hunt each evening and day time activity options Available on request from early January to mid March. The tour can be tailored to suit a group of 4 or 6 peoples needs. Note that there is not guarantee of seeing the northern lights / Aurora on any of the northern lights hunts or tours or activities and that no refund is available if the northern lights do not appear.
Day One After arrival at Luleå airport and your guided transfer to Brändön Lodge the first afternoon is well spent getting to know us and relaxing in your timber cabin. A delicious 2 course dinner awaits you in the restaurant in the evening. After dinner your aurora guide will take you on a northern lights hunt and photography tour along the Swedish Lapland archipelago coast. BRÄNDÖN LODGE is located on the coast of Swedish Lapland. The hotel standard cabins overlook the sea and islands of the Luleå archipelago. With a total of 1,300 islands and only 100 residents it is a unique environment which is great for boating in summer and autumn. From December to April the sea around the island freezes up to a meter thick which is perfect for winter activities. The main building is a log cabin that includes a restaurant and a lounge and relaxation area. Surrounding the main building are 15 cabins overlooking the sea. Each cabin has been recently renovated and includes 1 one bathroom, two bedrooms with 2 single beds in each room, a lounge room and a front facing covered porch. The single beds in one room can be made up to a double. Day Two Closeness to nature is part of our daily life and today we will spend some time together discussing the forest and the nature that surrounds us. We will give you some tips on how to live and stay safe in the arctic region in and look for tracks and signs from the variety of wildlife that lives in the area. In the afternoon, you can relax, take a walk or consider one of the many optional activities available. Dinner this evening will be part of an outdoor activity where we head out on a guided snowmobile sled tour to look for the northern lights. Day Three Our guide will meet you at Brändön Lodge for the one hour guided tour to the Treehotel. Here the hospitality and the food are an equal match for the amazing tree rooms. In the evening we will again be out with the guide looking for the northern lights. Lunch and dinner are included.The Treehotel offers you a unique hotel experience: tree-rooms with contemporary design in the middle of unspoiled nature. Here you can forget about the time constraints of everyday life, enjoy the serenity and rejuvenate in a sophisticated yet familiar environment. Treehotel is located in Harads, about 70 km from Luleå Airport. When you arrive at Treehotel, you first check in at the Guesthouse. Then it’s a short stroll through the beautiful nature to your tree-room. From Treehotel’s rooms you get a fantastic view of the Lule River Valley, miles of forest and the powerful river. Breakfast is included in the room price and along with other meals they are available at the Guesthouse. Britta and Kent, the owners of Treehotel, have built a modern hotel with the best of Swedish style and design. They are also known for their warm and cosy atmosphere, their hospitality and most importantly the glorious cuisine. Day Four Our second day at Treehotel will be spend relaxing and, if you choose, enjoying an optional activity. Tonight we will of course again be out searching for the northern lights. Lunch and dinner are included. Day Five Our transfer guide will meet you at the Treehotel at approximately 0900 for the two-and-a-half-hour drive to Sapmi Nature. We will take a little longer however as we stop in Jokkmokk to visit the Ajtee Sami and Mountain museum and do some shopping at the art and craft shops in town. We will arrive mid-afternoon and send the rest of the stay settling in and getting to know Lennart, our Sami host, and enjoying dinner before sleeping overnight in to one of five Teepee tents. Tonight Lennart Pittja will take us on a northern lights photography walk from the camp. Sápmi Nature Camp is a newly opened, high-end, sustainable and small-scale camp that offers high quality, close to nature accommodation on the border of Laponia World Heritage Area. In 1996, Laponia was inscribed on the World Heritage List by the UN body UNESCO. That means the area is important for the whole world to care for and protect. Its selection is based on the combination of unique nature and the cultural values present in Laponia. The area bears traces of the Earth’s early history but also of mankind’s. The landscape has been formed in interaction with a living Sámi tradition where reindeer herding has been pursued for a long time. The camp consists of newly built ‘double’ rooms in the form of lavvu tents (that looks like a tepee) furnished with comfortable double beds, stoves and cosy furnishings inspired by nature and the Sami culture. The base experience includes accommodation and full board and the guests then choose the nature of the activities they would like to enjoy. Lennart grew up in a reindeer herding family here in Unna Tjerusj Sami community. This is grazing land that has been used by Unna Tjerusj for thousands of years. Sápmi Nature is committed to responsible tourism that does not threaten the reindeer and the herding here, but instead we want to share our knowledge about Sami life – both past and present.
Day Six Because this is a small-scale, sustainable business, there are only between 2-10 guests here at the same time. This is far from a large-scale resort. It is personal, comfortable and convenient Sámi experience and you have the chance to really learn about the Sami culture. In the afternoon we will take a rare excursion into the daily life of reindeer herding. Lennart’s brother Kenneth has the main responsibility for the day to day reindeer herding and one of the popular activities at the camp is to take a drive to the location of the reindeer herd where we find Kenneth and his family. Kenneth’s family including sons and daughter spend their year taking care of the reindeer and depending on the time of year and even the day you visit. The form the experience takes will therefore always be unique. On meeting Kenneth you will really enjoy his fun and laid back approach but keep in mind they are welcoming you into their workplace on a normal working day. During your visit they will take you through the year and seasons in Sapmi and how the changing world and climate is affecting their life. Dinner each evening comes from the nature and are most often foraged, hunted or fished by Lennart himself. Local meats such as Moose or Reindeer and fish such as trout or arctic char are commonly on the menu and are complemented with local berries, herbs and vegetables. Day Seven Waking to a new day by the river and after enjoying breakfast we will transfer to the Icehotel. Here you will check in for your first night in a warm Kaamos hotel room. This evening we have arranged a northern lights hunt in our minibus to the village of Abisko. Our guide explains how the northern lights appear, what causes them and the folklore around the phenomenon. We will be making a few stops to take pictures, so bring your camera! Lunch and dinner is available at the guests own cost in the Icehotel restaurant. The Icehotel is Sweden’s most iconic and famous hotel and located in the small village of Jukkasjärvi, near the town of Kiruna. It is also the original hotel of its type (1989) and remains the very best due to the quality of its art, activities, size, facilities, food and service. The icehotel is not just a hotel made of snow and ice. It is by day one of Sweden’s largest art galleries and a great percentage of its rooms are worthy of any gallery in the world. The hotel also boasts two types of warm 2 bedrooms cabins as well as hotel rooms. Traditionally, the hotels 400 tons of ice melt back into the Torne River each spring, However, In 2017 the Icehotel went to a new level of innovation and 21 of its rooms are now available all year round making a visit to Swedish Lapland in Summer and Autumn even more spectacular. This development also added Deluxe suites that have their own large warm bathroom attached. Perfect for those who like a little extra comfort. Day Eight Today we have selected an ice sculpting activity for you to enjoy. Tonight we have arranged dinner in the hotel restaurant where you will experience their amazing 5 course ice menu. After dinner you the guide will take you far a walk down along the river and look for the northern lights before retiring to your Art suite or Deluxe suite. – 5 degrees an experience not to be missed! Day Nine Depending on your time of departure you will have part of this morning to relax and enjoy the lodge before we unfortunately bid you a fond farewell. Your transfer will be arranged at a suitable time to take you to the Kiruna airport or train station for your journey home.