Swedish Lapland activity week

“Strap on your snowshoes and embrace the Swedish winter by learning how to ice-fish, embarking on a husky safari and crossing frozen seas in search of the Northern Lights. ”

Highlights

Luleå | Lodge accommodation | Forest walk | Wilderness lunch in traditional Sami tent | Snow mobile to Brändöskär | Aurora hideaway | Husky safari | Ice fishing | Northern lights watch
“Strap on your snowshoes, rev up the snowmobile and mush the huskies for a week of wilderness activities and Northern Lights watching as part of a small group in Swedish Lapland”

Highlights

Lapland's Luleå archipelago | cosy lodge accommodation | learn outdoor skills like fire making and ice fishing | forest snowshoe walks | wilderness lunch in traditional Sami tent | snow mobile to Brändöskär | candle-lit Aurora hideaway | husky safari | Northern Lights watch | free time for optional excursions |

Description of Swedish Lapland activity week

In winter, Pine Bay Lodge on the shores of the Lulea Archipelago sits amid a dramatic Nordic winter landscape. The ice-covered waters of Sweden's Gulf of Bothnia are marked by towering ice columns thrust up by Baltic currents as memorable landmarks for snowmobile forays across the thick pack ice.

Each day brings skin-tingling outdoor adventures. Strap on show shoes for a three-hour guided nature walk through northern forests, pausing to make your own fire for a warming cuppa – a feat to share later with Sami hosts over a foraged wilderness lunch in a traditional tent.

There are fantastic snowmobile forays too. One takes you surging across the sea-ice through the archipelago to the idyllic 17th century fishing village of Brändöskär, visiting its historic chapel and a classic old fishing hut before enjoying lunch cooked on an open fire. For the other, throw a reindeer-hide over your shoulder and head out to a hole cut through the sea's winter covering for two hours of ice-fishing. Prized local catches include perch and pike – but lunch is all set up even if don't manage to land 'the big one'!

Another day, meanwhile, swap horsepower for husky power on an unforgettable sledging drive. Bond with and learn to control these remarkable dogs as they haul you on a yelping odyssey through forests and across frozen lakes.

In wintry Lapland, of course, adventures continue after dark thanks to the shimmering promise of the Northern Lights. Though you might see them glittering right over your lodge, you'll also have a chance to head out with a guide to the magical candle-lit Aurora Hideaway, warmed by a roaring stove. Here, mix sky-gazing with cooking up dinner over a crackling fire amid the hush of a far north wilderness.

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Responsible tourism

Swedish Lapland activity week

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.

Environment

Environment
Water – As the water in Sweden is safe to drink, we suggest packing a refillable drinking bottle and drinking the tap water during the week. Water is heated by solar panels in the summer months when the sun is up! Water from snowmelt is collecting at the beginning of spring.
Waste - Our local operator follows a strict ‘leave only footprints’ policy. When groups stop for lunch, no rubbish is left and fire pits are buried with snow. Leaders also teach clients about how they impact on the local environment and want is done to try and keep this to a minimum.
There is a strict recycling policy throughout the lodge and all rooms have two bins one for waste and one for recycling.
Suppliers - All meat served at Pine Bay is from the local farm, just 600m from the property. Berries, mushrooms and fish are all bought from local farmers. Washing powders, shampoos and soaps are all organic.

Community
Local crafts and culture –We will have the opportunity to visit small souvenir shop at nearby Brandon Lodge sells a range of arts and crafts products made by local people, such as Sami jewellery and reindeer hides. By stocking these products, we are encouraging local and traditional methods of production and supporting the economy in the area.
Friends and Neighbours – Pine Bay Lodges sister hotel, Brandon Lodge sets aside a small field for the local Sami herders to keep their reindeer in winter. Guests are welcome to come and visit the animals and learn more about Sami culture and how important the reindeer are both economically and culturally.

The lodge employs local leaders and staff who know the area well and love to share stories about their local history and culture. Many families have lived in this region for generations. Employing them here, means they don’t have to move to larger urban centres to find work.
The popularity of this region of northern Sweden has given a boost to winter tourism all over Lapland. Previously areas that relied on their own nationals for winter income are now getting more visits from overseas clients, who stay for longer and spend more money. However, where most visits to the region are just for a couple of nights over a long weekend, on this trip you stay for a full week helping to provide weekly income from January to March.

UK office
It all starts at home so we have first worked to reduce our carbon footprint in our UK offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies in place, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.

Group size
We operate small group tours that have a low impact on the communities we visit and we always ensure our operations do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. This allows us to stay in unique and characterful accommodation that would not have benefitted from tourism due to their limited size.




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