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Aurora Safari & Treehotel - Christmas Special

6 day - Brändön Lodge | Northern Lights | Suits children 11+

Trip code Trip length
AST001 6 days
Trip style
Celebrations, Christmas & New Years, Glass Igloos & Domes, Northern Lights, Small Group Journeys, Easy
Countries visited
Sweden
Cities visited
Luleå, Harads
Start city End city
Luleå Luleå

Overview

This Christmas Special has you staying in three amazing hotels above the Arctic Circle. First off, stay at Brändön Lodge, a traditional lakeside lodge in Northern Sweden where you will go snowmobiling and enjoy Swedish hospitality. Then head to the Swedish wilds, with a stay in the 'Once in a lifetime' Aurora Safari Camp. This camp offers a unique opportunity to experience the elusive Aurora and celebrate an unforgettable Christmas in the wilds of Swedish Lapland. Enjoy the campfire while you gaze out over the frozen river where you may spot moose, deer or even Santa and his reindeer.

You will then be transferred to the Treehotel for 2 nights in one of the unique Tree-rooms. Enjoy spectacular winter landscapes, loads of activities like dog sledding, ice sculpting, snowshoeing, snowmobiling and a relaxing hour in the Tree Sauna & the new Aurora Safari Camp floating sauna. This is a very special Christmas experience only offered by 50 Degrees North and designed for adults and children above the age of 11.

See several other Christmas holidays here.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Luleå and transfer to Brändön lodge

Arrive Luleå and transfer to Brändön lodge. Brändön lodge is situated in the Luleå Archipelago overlooking the frozen sea of Bothnia Bay and tucked away on the shores edge among pine trees with nature all around. The lodge and surrounding cabins offer a warm glow and a welcome haven from the winter landscape.

The main log cabin houses the restaurant, lounge and relaxation area, and your cabin has two twin bedrooms, lounge area, bathroom and small kitchenette. 

A three course dinner is included tonight. 

Accommodation
Brändön Lodge

Meals included
1 × dinner

Day 2: Snowmobiling Safari through the forests

This morning, head out on a snowmobile safari– the favourite winter past time of the locals. The tour will take you to some beautiful places with great views and takes in the silence of the forest. Along the way you stop to keep warm with a hot drink and an opportunity to swap drivers.

Meals included
1 × breakfast
1 × lunch
1 × dinner

Day 3: Transfer to the Aurora Safari Camp, Reindeer Farm, Ice Sculpturing & Snowshoeing

After breakfast, transfer to the Aurora Safari Camp. Along the way, you will have a tour of the Flakaberg Sami village and meet the Reindeer keeper at his farm.

Stay overnight in Lavvu tents with comfort in the absolute wild forest of Swedish Lapland and Råne River Valley. The Lavvu tents are plush and warm. There is a shared ecotoilet & washroom around 20-50 m from the tents.

Fatbikes, snowshoes, toboggans and kicksleighs are all included to use as you wish (after instructions). You can also add optional activities to your stay such as an accompanied snowshoe trekking, wildlife trekking and ice fishing (depending on the time available). In the evening, there is a sauna on a float that freezes into the ice - can be used in pairs. 

Don't forget that the camp's location away high above the arctic circle, away from artificial light makes the camp a perfect spot for watching the Aurora Borealis.

Details

Meals included
1 × lunch
1 × dinner

Day 4: Transfer to the Treehotel, check into your Tree-house

After breakfast, start your journey to the famous Treehotel.

Treehotel, a unique hotel experience: treerooms with contemporary design in the middle of unspoilt nature. Treehotel is located in Harads, near the Lule river, about 100 kilometres from the Aurora Safari Camp. There is a small village of about 600 people close by to wander through. When you arrive at Treehotel, you check in at Britta's Pensionat. Then it's just a short stroll through the beautiful nature to your treeroom.

From your Treehotel's room you get a fantastic view of the Lule River valley, miles of forest and the powerful river. Treehotel offers a unique hotel experience: treerooms 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.

Meals included
1 × breakfast
1 × lunch
1 × dinner

Day 5: Enjoy exhilarating dogsledding safari and enjoy the sauna & wilderness

After breakfast we will take you on an exhilarating dogsledding safari. A tour with dog and sled through the pristine forest and over the frozen river provides a dream-like feeling. You’re side by side with nature and we promise you an unforgettable experience. The tour begins at Treehotel where the guide will provide you with warm clothing, gloves and hat. After a safety briefing and instructions it’s time to go! After an hour of sledding, we’ll pause to enjoy a warm drink in the beautiful wilderness before returning to Treehotel.

In the afternoon, you have an option depending on the weather to go ice fishing, snowshoeing, nordic skiing or horseriding. This is not included so that you can pick your preference. Or you can just relax in the Tree Sauna which is included.

Meals included
1 × breakfast
1 × lunch
1 × dinner

Day 6: Depart Swedish Lapland

In the morning you will be transferred back to the Luleå Airport for your flight out.

If you would like to stay on for a few days in the north, or enjoy a few relaxing days in the Swedish Capital, Stockholm, please ask us for ideas and a quote.

Meals included
1 × breakfast

Trip Details

Transportation

Minibus transfers, dogsleds, snowmobiles.

Included in price
Not included in price
Important information

The accommodation options on this Christmas special are;

Aurora Safari Camp
Lavvu tents - single, double and family tents (max 2 adults and 2 children in each tent)

Brändön Lodge
Cabin - 2 bedrooms 

Treehotel
The Mirror Cube - double queen size bed
The Cabin - double bed
The Bird's Nest - double queen size bed + 2 single beds
The Blue Cone - double queen size bed + 2 single beds
Dragonfly - double queen size bed + 2 single beds

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is compulsory for all tours with 50 Degrees North. Please ensure that you have this organised as we will need to see proof of this upon issuing your tour documentation. Please contact us for a quote or visit http://www.suresave.net.au/

Practical information about Scandinavian Hotels

Twin beds in Scandinavia

Recommended Scandinavian Winter Tour Packing List:

Walking on Ice advice

About this information

The information provided in these trip notes is written in good faith and with all due care. However, the nature of travel to some regions is such that things may change and information may become out of date. If you have any questions about this information, please contact us or your travel agent.