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Arctic Explorer

Winter activities in Swedish Lapland from your hotel base in Luleå
Husky Safari, Sweden © Fredrik Broman/Image Bank Sweden

Swedish Lapland is a region unlike any other. Home to mountains, forests, marshes, wild rivers, and archipelagos. Stretching from Sorsele and Skellefteå in the province of Västerbotten, to the northernmost tip of Sweden, this Arctic territory covers a quarter of the country. From your hotel base in Luleå, experience an Icebreaker excursion, Northern Lights Hunting and time for optional excursions. 


Day 1 Luleå Arrival

On arrival at Luleå Airport, private transfer to your hotel. Luleå is the capital of the region known as Norrbotten County. It is the northernmost city of Sweden and can be found on the northwest corner of the Gulf of Bothnia. It is a small, laidback city with more than its fair share of world class restaurants and a perfect base point for many Arctic activities in Sweden. Check-in to the Elite Stadshotellet Luleå for 4 nights stay. Remainder of the day at leisure. 

Day 2 Luleå: Arctic Explorer Icebreaker

Today you will head out on an Icebreaker excursion. Listen to the sound of ice blocks being crushed against the hull of the boat. Go for a walk on the frozen sea and enjoy a hot drink on the ice. Challenge the laws of nature in safe and comfortable conditions on the ice-classified vessel Arctic Explorer. You will have the opportunity to swim among the ice floes in a survival suit. Transfer by coach back to the hotel and remainder of the day at leisure. Luleå is a coastal city in Swedish Lapland. It’s known for the Gammelstad Church Town, a cluster of well-preserved wooden houses and the stone Nederluleå Church from the 1400s. In the city centre, Norrbottens Museum showcases local history, art and culture. Offshore, in the Bay of Bothnia, there are more than 1,000 islands with beaches, cottages and seals. 2nd overnight at Elite Stadshotellet Luleå.

Day 3 Luleå: Optional activities and Northern Lights Hunt

Optional Husky Safari: an experienced instructor will show you the basics and you will learn how the sled works, how to harness and connect the dogs in the team. When the dogs are tethered, it is time to drive into the snowy wilderness. The guide drives first and shows the way through the forest. During the tour, you will stop for a rest and change drivers. When you return to the camp, hot drinks and snacks are served in a hut. 

Optional Moose and Reindeer Park excursion: where you will have the chance to see the biggest Scandinavian wild animal. A chance to stand eye to eye with ‘The King of The Forest’ and feed the moose from your own hand.

In the evening, you will be picked up in central Luleå for a Northern Lights Hunt. Your guide will search for a location, where the sky is clear and free of artificial lights. In suitable weather conditions, and with some luck on your side, you will have a good chance to witness this natural phenomenon. During the trip, the guide will also tell you more about Aurora and Swedish fika will be served (something sweet to eat and something hot to drink). 3rd overnight at Elite Stadshotellet Luleå.

Day 4 Luleå: Optional activities

Day at leisure to explore Luleå on your own, or time for an optional excursion:

Optional Ice Fishing 2hrs: head out into nature, learn about the marine environment and possibly catch a fish to take back to the lodge for lunch. Your guide will give you an insight into the nature of the frozen sea, ice conditions and safely navigation. Ice fishing is an important part of the local lifestyle. Travel with your guide by big snowmobile sleds to reach the best location. Drill holes in the ice and start fishing. A normal catch would be perch or sometimes pike. Includes Luleå transfers, hot drink and snack.

Optional Aurora Spa: Hot tub, Ice tub and Sauna! Come and relax in the middle of winter wonderland and enjoy a typical Nordic Spa. Enjoy the warm bath in the wood-burning outdoor pool surrounded by snow and ice. Jump into the ice tub before relaxing in the wood-burning sauna. The beautiful view from the sauna or hot tub can give you the chance to see the Northern Lights if conditions are good.

Optional Snowmobile Safari with lunch 4hrs: begin your adventure about 30km outside of Luleå in the village of Möron, close to the forest and the lakes with ice and open fields. During the trip, stop for a traditional light lunch break (such as grilled sausages ) and enjoy the snowy nature. Enjoy snowmobiling over the thick ice that offers nice, white-bedded views. 

Optional Northern Lights Hunt by Snowmobile 4hrs: travel by snowmobile, and your guide can access the best spots and the darkest places in nature. Drive through the forest and over the frozen sea ice. If conditions are favourable, the ice is a very good place to witness the Northern Lights. During the trip, enjoy a break for Swedish fika.

4th overnight at Elite Stadshotellet Luleå.

Day 5 Luleå Departure

Private transfer to Luleå Airport, where your arrangements conclude.

2025 departures: daily 07 January - 31 March


Extra hotel nights can be added in Luleå and Stockholm

All optional excursions must be pre-booked. Minimum age and height requirements may apply. All snowmobile drivers must hold a valid driver's licence.

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