For a winter break in an extraordinary region where nature dominates and reindeer and elk thrive, there’s nowhere quite like Swedish Lapland. With vast open spaces, dense coniferous forests, frozen lakes, plus the mountain peaks of Kebnekaise, it is also the land of the Sámi, Scandinavia’s indigenous people.
Sunvil offers a range of new and unique experiences in Swedish Lapland in 2018, perfect for travellers looking to learn new skills, those seeking adventure or those in search of snow-capped luxury. Choose from the following sample itineraries:
Authentic Nordic adventures at Brändön Lodge
This charming cabin village overlooks the sea of the Luleå archipelago, with its 1,300 islands and just 100 residents. It is an idyllic retreat and a great activity centre for couples and families alike.
Activities include a Nordic Winter Skills Tour, where a guide will take visitors into the forests to learn about the wildlife that shelters there. You’ll also be taught how to explore the snow-covered ground on snow shoes, to identify animal tracks and to make an outdoor fire. A dog sled tour is another highlight of any trip to Swedish Lapland. The excitable nature of the huskies, their passion for running and the thrill of traversing the snow-covered landscape is a exhilarating experience. As the temperatures fall and the snow arrives, the Bothnian Sea surrounding Lulea’s archipelago turns to ice and visitors can take a snowmobile tour and even try ice fishing.
Prices from £1,950 pp based on two sharing / from £1,702 pp based on four sharing. This includes return flights from London (via Stockholm Arlanda), transfers, half-board accommodation at Brändön Lodge and all excursions with a guide as detailed above.
A deluxe break at the ICEHOTEL
This three-night trip begins with a transfer from Kiruna airport to the ICEHOTEL by dog sled, followed by a stay in a Deluxe Suite, adorned with unique, specially-carved ice sculptures. The luxury break also includes a wildlife photography tour led by an expert local guide, a three-course wilderness camp dinner, a Northern Lights tour by private snowmobile and a dog-sled tour with a small group led by a local musher, where you can drive your own team of dogs across the vast Arctic winter landscape.
Prices from £2,365 pp based on two sharing. This includes return flights from London (via Stockholm Arlanda), three nights’ bed & breakfast accommodation at the ICEHOTEL in Jukkasjärvi (one night in a Deluxe Suite and two nights in warm accommodation), dog sled transfer on arrival at the airport and shared transfer on departure, plus all excursions as detailed above.
Go wild on the ICEHOTEL and Wilderness Escape in Swedish Lapland
This holiday will introduce visitors to the real Swedish Lapland as they travel from the shores of the Torne river to the rural community of Kangos in the heart of the region. Surrounded by unspoiled wilderness, where nature thrives and where old-fashioned hospitality still remains, this four-night break features a snowmobile tour through the dense pine forests, lakes and rivers of Kangos, a dog sled tour, a stay at the original ICEHOTEL and also at the tranquil Pine Tree Lodge, where the family atmosphere is snug and the food is locally sourced and home-cooked.
Prices from £1,170 pp based on two sharing. This includes return flights from London (via Stockholm Arlanda), transfers, one night in an Art Suite at the ICEHOTEL in Jukkasjärvi (half board), plus three nights’ accommodation at Pine Tree Lodge in Kangos (full board) and excursions as detailed above.
A spa break with a difference in Swedish Lapland
At 200 km above the Arctic Circle, where the ground is dusted with snow and the trees are adorned with sparkling icicles, the Aurora Spa at Camp Ripan welcomes visitors and offers a journey through Lapland, its resources – stone, wood and water, its people and the Sámi culture. This three-night spa break includes free access to the Aurora Spa and a spa ritual experience, featuring an aroma sauna with pine oil, a coffee scrub, a mineral sauna, a footbath with juniper berries, plus the indoor and outdoor plunge pools. A dog sled tour, snowmobile tour, an Aurora photo tour and a Northern Lights dinner are also featured, along with a moose safari transfer on departure.
Prices from £1,792 pp based on two sharing. This includes return flights from London (via Stockholm Arlanda), transfers, bed & breakfast accommodation at the Ripan Hotel in Kiruna, Swedish Lapland, the spa ritual experience and all excursions as detailed above.
This five-night tour includes a stay in Jokkmokk, where you can explore the traditions, language and handicrafts of the region and its people. Sites of interest include the Ájtte Swedish Mountain and Sámi Museum, which reveals the story of Sámi culture and Jokkmokk Tenn, where skilled local craftsmen make exquisite jewellery and silverware. The trip also explores the food of the region and includes a three-hour ‘flavour experience’ with Eva Gunnare, a food and culture connoisseur, who will take you on a guided walk through the forest and even welcome you into her warm and cosy kitchen to taste local food. To complete the trip, visitors can enjoy a Northern Lights snowmobile tour, a dog sled tour and a stay at the unique Treehotel, featuring cabins suspended up to six metres above the forest floor.
Prices from £2,112 pp based on two sharing. This includes return flights from Gatwick airport, transfers, bed & breakfast accommodation at the Treehotel in Harads, Swedish Lapland, and all excursions as detailed above.
For more information, to speak to an expert or to book, call Sunvil on 020 8758 4722 or visit www.sunvil.com/swedishlapland