Brändön Lodge Christmas Getaway
- Duration:4 nights
- Suitable for: Anybody aged 4 years or over (younger children may join the holiday, but may not be able to participate in all the activities). Please see terms for details
- Flights: return flights from London Heathrow to Luleå via Stockholm (flight routes subject to change)
- Transfers: return airport transfers
- Accommodation: 4 nights in a winter cottage
- Meals: 4 breakfasts, 3 light lunches, 4 dinners
- The following activities are included in the holiday: Ice fishing, husky safari, Northern Lights snowmobile-pulled sleigh tour (order of activities subject to change)
- Cold weather clothing for the duration of your stay
- Fully qualified wilderness guides and instructors
Brändön Lodge is a firm favourite with our families and this four-night Christmas holiday is a real gem. Located on the edge of the frozen pack ice in Swedish Lapland, Brändön offers winter cottage accommodation perfect for giving your family its own space in which to enjoy each other’s company. The cottages are close to the main restaurant and all face the frozen sea, giving you the perfect base for a Christmas short break full of family experiences.
What we love most about Brändön is the welcoming atmosphere which will have your family feeling at home straight away. The Swedes are renowned for their friendliness and the owner, our good friend Göran, will make sure your family is in expert hands from start to finish.
The activities here are focused on shared experiences and adventure and are led by professional guides with an incredible passion for the wilderness and the fun and excitement it brings. Thanks to its fantastic location next to snow-covered forests and the shores of the frozen Bay of Bothnia, your family can enjoy a fabulous range of winter activities at Brändön.
Learn how to drive a team of huskies as you mush through the forest and across the ice and snow-covered lakes, as you take part in perhaps the most loved winter activity of all. Experience the local's favourite pastime of ice fishing, which includes drilling a hole into the thick ice before waiting in anticipation for your catch. Hunt for the Northern Lights via snowmobile-pulled sled as you head back out onto the ice, journeying from small island to small island in search of the elusive Aurora.
An amazing added bonus to your stay at Brandon Lodge is the reindeer farm directly next door. Here, the Sámi herder, Henrik Andersson, keeps several of his reindeer and you can visit them as and when you like. They are always pleased to see anybody who feeds them through the fence of their corral!
For a Lapland Christmas holiday filled with shared family experiences, winter fun and memories to treasure, Brändön Lodge is the place to be.
Image credits: Brändön Lodge, Tomas Jonsson, Göran Widén, Graeme Richardson
Day 1 Flights, Transfers and Introduction
On arrival at the airport, you will be met by your driver and transferred to your accommodation at Brändön Lodge. Settle into your cosy cottage accommodation before a welcome meal in the main restaurant building this evening.
Before going to bed, you may want to check the sky for any sign of the Northern Lights.
Day 2 Ice Fishing
Following breakfast, you will be introduced to your winter surroundings with a favourite local pastime.
You will head out via snowmobile-pulled sled, searching for the best spot on the frozen archipelago. Your expert guide will show you how to drill through the ice and you will then drop in the line and attempt to catch any Arctic fish below. It may seem unlikely that there are fish beneath the ice here but we promise there are. It takes a bit of patience to tempt them to your line, but with a little luck, you may land a catch. Hot drinks and snacks will be served during this approximately two-hour long activity.
Back at the lodge, you will enjoy a leisurely afternoon – you may wish to relax in your cabin or alternatively head out for some more fun and games in the snow. Free use of the snow equipment is provided by the lodge, which includes snowshoes and taboggans. Lunch and dinner will be served at the central restaurant.
Day 3 Husky Safari
After breakfast this morning, you’ll travel to the nearby husky farm where you’ll meet your team of intrepid canine companions who will be vocalising their eagerness to get on the trail. Most families (including many of our own here at Activities Abroad) rate this as their favourite winter experience.
You can hear the dogs on approach to the farm, but the moment the safari begins the dogs become focused and you can really appreciate the silence of the spectacular winter surroundings.
Prior to setting off, your expert guides will give you a full safety briefing. Driving two people per sled, you will have the chance to swap drivers along the way. Children who are too young to ride with a parent will sit together in a sleigh which is pulled by the guide’s team. The tour will last approximately two hours including transfers.
Arriving back at the husky farm, you’ll enjoy a hot drink and have some time to spend with your new furry friends before returning to the lodge. You’ll then have the afternoon free to play in the snow or relax in your cabin. Lunch and dinner will be enjoyed at the restaurant in the central lodge building. As its Christmas eve, which is the main day of celebration in Sweden, dinner will be a special buffet with a selection of local foods.
Day 4 Optional Activities and Northern Lights Sled Tour
Today is Christmas Day and the morning has been left free for you to enjoy as you choose. If you want to spend the day playing in the snow and enjoying a white Christmas making snowmen, then you’re in the perfect spot.
Throughout your stay your family has free use of the snow equipment, including snowshoes, kick sleds and toboggans, so there’s always plenty of fun on hand if you want to make the most of your surroundings.
If you’d like to add some extra activities to your holiday we are able to arrange some great options, such as snowmobiling through the forest, or a hovercraft tour on the pack ice. Please see our ‘Personalise’ section for details. Breakfast and lunch will be enjoyed at the central restaurant.
After dinner tonight, you will head out for an exhilarating adventure on the frozen sea. You’ll travel in a snowmobile-pulled sled driven by your expert guide and nestled warmly in blankets and reindeer fur. As you cross the ice and travel between the islands, keep your eyes peeled for the Northern Lights, which will hopefully make an appearance for you tonight.
Your knowledgeable guide will lead you to a local viewpoint where you’ll learn about the Aurora and hopefully experience the magnificent spectacle first hand.
Day 5 Departure
The time has come to say goodbye to your Christmas Arctic adventure and head home. After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your return flights.
Included in price
Brändön Lodge is located on the edge of the frozen sea and looks out towards the ice-locked islands of the Luleå Archipelago which sit waiting for the thaw.
This is a wonderful accommodation option for families with its combination of cosy cabins, scenic surrounding wilderness and plentiful opportunities for adventure.
- The lodge consists of a central restaurant and reception building with 15 detached cabins situated within five minutes’ walk from the main building
- You will have your breakfast and evening meal in the main restaurant where you will also find the lodge reception area. Here you can take in the cosy atmosphere whilst enjoying your evening meal. The food here is typically two courses and served as a buffet in the evenings. You will get to enjoy some local foods, as well as more international dishes during your stay
- There is also a sauna available for guests to use which is located in a separate building a short walk from the main lodge
The cabins provide the perfect family base and each consists of a living area, kitchenette, en-suite shower room, toilet and two bedrooms (both with twin beds). Each cabin also has a small porch that looks out across the frozen sea.
Image credit: Graeme Richardson
Personalise this tour
This region is the only place we feature where guests can explore the wilds in a hovercraft. These machines perfectly suit the ever-changing seasons here and are exceptionally good fun.
You will each be given an intercom headset in order for the pilot to be able to communicate with you and impart his local knowledge. You will set off across the ice and islands and head out to the island of Brändöskär which is close to the edge of the frozen sea.Read more
You will disembark and take a walk on the ice where depending on the weather conditions, you may witness some of the vast natural sculptures which form as the pack ice gradually shifts and cracks.
A light lunch is included and you will be served warm drinks before returning to the lodge.
Credit: Graeme RichardsonFrom £215 per adult
From £215 per child
An icebreaker conjures up images of Arctic Voyages and historical expeditions and a chance to enjoy a trip should not be missed. Children, in particular, are sure to love the loud crack as your ship, ‘Arctic Explorer,’ cuts through the thick sheet of ice with apparent ease and the vast ocean below is revealed. You will get a real sense of adventure when the shards of ice surround the boat and the outlook is one of shimmering white.Read more about this activity
You will take a 35-minute transfer to Luleå from your accommodation before picking up a second transfer from Luleå to Piteå, which takes approximately 50 minutes. Following an introduction and safety briefing by the ship’s captain, the journey will begin in Pitsundskanalen, which is where the mouth of the river Piteälven meets the open sea. A mere 100 yards ahead of this point, the ocean opens out and there is a seemingly endless display of ice, which is easily broken by the ‘Arctic Explorer’. The ship leaves a trail of exposed ocean behind and this makes it possible to bathe in the freezing water.
You will be given survival suits which will provide protection from the cold and also prevents you from getting wet. Following this, you will have the opportunity to float in the water at the rear of the ship, which is a really exciting activity (see below for age restrictions). You can also experience walking upon the thick ice of the frozen sea around the boat as it sits with a clear path behind it and solid ice in front.
The cruise will last for approximately 2 hours. A hot drink and survival suits are included.
Please note: although children of all ages are welcome to join the cruise, due to the availability of survival suits, swimming in the frozen sea is only available for children 7 years and older, or children above the height of 120cm.
Child price: £295 (4-12 years); £195 (under 4 years)
Image credits: Graeme RichardsonFrom: £335 per adult
From: £195 per child
Snowmobile Forest Tour
The snow-covered forests around Brändön look magical, so it is a real treat getting to explore them on snowmobiles. You will receive full instructions on how to drive the vehicles before heading off with your guide, two people per vehicle. You can also upgrade to drive one person per snowmobile. Anyone wishing to drive must be at least 18 years old and in possession of a full driving licence. Hot drinks are included along the way.
Children will typically travel in a sled pulled by the guide’s machine.
We have a two-hour tour and a longer four-hour tour which you can choose between. Stops will be made for tea and coffee along the way, with the four-hour tour also including lunch.Read more about this activity
Duration: 2 hours
Duration: 4 hours (available from 02 January 2018 onwards)
Child: £98From: £118 per adult
From: £60 per child
Hot tub and sauna
During your stay at Brändön Lodge, you will have the option to relax in the hot tub and sauna. Both are just a short walk from the lodge and they sit on the edge of the frozen sea.
Saunas are an absolute must when you are in Sweden and they are ideal for relaxing and restoring any tired muscles after a day’s adventure.
The hot tub is an added bonus to sit back and enjoy the location. Both of them are rented for private use together, so if you would like to include them, please speak to one of our Travel Experts who will be happy to provide you with a full quotation.
Hot tub: £56 per hot tub per hour
Sauna: £27pp per hour
Available: 15th December - 15th April, Monday to Sunday
Dates & Prices
We include more, no hidden costs
Price based on two adults sharing a winter cabin.
Next season’s pre-sale dates and prices
To secure your holiday for next season, you can make a pre-sale booking and fix the price of your trip at the pre-sale price displayed below. Simply by paying an initial deposit of £50pp, you will protect yourself from any package price increases. The departure dates and itineraries remain preliminary and we will contact you when the final dates and itineraries are confirmed, you will then have 14 days to decide if you would like to go ahead. A further deposit payment of £350pp is due by 01 April 2019 or at the time of us confirming the trip details to you, whichever is sooner. If you decide not to travel, we will refund your initial £50pp payment. We reserve the right to charge supplements where there are significant changes to an itinerary or increases in flight costs. Any non-package rates remain subject to change.
Sun 22 Dec 2019
to Thu 26 Dec 2019
|Adult price (per person): £1655.00||Child (age 4 - 14): £1140.00||Enquire|
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Holiday group size (approximate)
Minimum group size of 2 people and maximum 24 (approximately)
We always try to provide an approximation of the group size you can expect to be with for the duration of each of our holidays. It may be that you are joined by others for parts of your holiday (such as transfers and particular activities) but the above number reflects those you can normally expect to be with from beginning to end. If group size is something which is particularly important to you, please speak to our Travel Experts and they can suggest the best holidays for you.
Tailor-made holiday group sizes will vary for all activities as will the group size for any additional activities you book.
Minimum numbers required for a holiday to operate
Some of our holidays require a minimum number of participants to operate (as listed in the ‘Group Size’ section). If your holiday departure has not yet reached the minimum number, you will be told at the time of booking. In the unlikely event that your chosen date is not guaranteed by nine weeks before your scheduled departure date, we will contact you to discuss the available options as per our booking conditions.
The order of activities is always subject to change and you will be provided with your final itinerary upon arrival at your destination.
Please note that some of our holidays may incur a single supplement. Please speak to one of our Travel Experts who will provide you with a quotation.
Medical history and advice
We want our holidays to be accessible as they can be and will do our best to accommodate any special requests and requirements where possible. We have a wide range of holidays and destinations and so our travel experts will help find the best holiday for you.
In order to give us the best possible chance to do this we ask that if you or any member of your party has any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday or has any special requirements, that you tell us at the time of enquiry or booking. You must also promptly advise us if any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday develops after your booking has been confirmed. You may need to provide a doctor’s note and proof of insurance in some cases as the health and safety of our clients is absolutely paramount.
In providing this information you are allowing us to work with our expert local partners to ensure that your whole party can enjoy the holiday. By letting us know in advance we can discreetly work with you to adapt any part of the holiday which may potentially be challenging. Being able to prepare for this in advance makes an incredible difference to what we can offer and minimises any impact on your party and the rest of the group.
Unfortunately, if you choose not to share this information with us in advance then it may limit some or all of the itinerary you have booked, and we cannot be held accountable for any additional costs or missed activities resulting from this.
Insurance is not included in your holiday, but it is a pre-requisite to travelling with us. You will need to ensure that you have cover for all the activities that you will be participating in during your holiday.
It is extremely important that you take out a suitable travel insurance policy at the time of booking. Plans do sometimes change, and you will need this policy should you need to cancel your holiday.
If you are struggling to find a suitable policy then details of our preferred provider, who will cover you for all the activities we offer, can be found on our website by clicking here. Please note that this policy is available to EU residents under the age of 75 only.
If you have a reduced level of mobility, then please contact our travel experts to discuss the suitability of this holiday in relation to your requirements.
Experience and fitness
Most of the activities we offer have been designed for beginners who have no prior experience and are of all age ranges and fitness levels. Our guides provide expert advice, tuition and instructions prior to any activity going ahead. Activities are designed to be enjoyed and not endured, but some, do require a more basic level of fitness than others. If you have any questions, then please contact one of our Travel Experts who can provide first-hand advice.
The only holidays which are not as suitable for complete beginners are the multi-night safaris which involve several days in wilderness cabins travelling by either snowmobile or husky safari. Again, this all depends on the individual taking part, but some prior experience and understanding of these types of activities can be very helpful and a greater level of fitness is recommended.
Guides & Safety
When partaking in any activity, it is imperative that everyone in your group listens very closely to the instructions provided by the guide and that they are abided by at all times. Our guides are experts in their field and no one knows the environment better than these highly knowledgeable and experienced providers.
Prior to starting any activity, please make it clear to your guide if there is any element of the safety briefing you are unsure of or would like to clarify before you set off.
Our guides will always take local conditions into account when considering whether an activity can go ahead. This is, in part, why your itinerary is subject to change at short notice. This rarely happens, however, if it does, we will always endeavour to reschedule the activity for later in your holiday. If this is not possible then the cost of the activity will be refunded to you when you return home.
Our guides' word on activities is always final and your safety is their principal concern at all times; please respect their decisions. By following their instructions, your safety and enjoyment during each activity will be greatly enhanced.
NB: In order to participate in our holidays, all guests must be able to understand instructions given in English. These instructions may be delivered verbally or in writing and will include vital safety information and ongoing instruction during activities.
Minimum and Maximum Age
The minimum age for this holiday can be found in the ‘Key Facts’ section of the holiday overview.
Younger family members may be able to participate but may not be able to take part in all activities. Please contact one of our Travel Experts if you have any questions.
Booking activities locally and equipment hire
Additional activities can be booked locally in almost all our destinations. However, as per our booking conditions, we cannot be held responsible for any injury or loss incurred through participation in activities which are booked at your destination outside of our holiday itinerary (see our ‘Terms and Conditions’ for further details).
When arranging any such activity please always ensure that safety is your primary concern.
In some of our destinations, you can borrow or hire equipment for use in your free time. You do so entirely at your own risk. You must ensure that you are properly prepared, have the necessary equipment and knowledge (maps, etc) and ensure that where applicable, you follow marked routes. We recommend discussing your plans with the local teams who will be able to advise on the most suitable options for you.
Always let the reception/guide know where you are planning to go and take a torch and mobile phone (with the hotel/guide’s phone number stored). It is also a good idea to leave your contact number and the time you expect to return to the hotel should the hotel need to contact you.
If your trip includes car hire the named driver must have a credit card registered in their name which they can present when they collect their car along with their driving licence, as a deposit will be held on the credit card. Please see your trip dossier for full details.
Travel Safety and Foreign Office Advice
Our clients’ safety is at the centre of everything we do, and our operations team continually assesses and monitors the destinations we feature. We carry out thorough risk assessments and work closely with all of our suppliers to continually follow best practice. For up to date travel advice the UK government offers its Travel Aware website as well as the advice detailed below.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office Advice
We receive all updates from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) with regards to travel advice and we always ensure that we follow this advice in our operations. The FCO issues travel advisories for countries based on a very wide range of factors. They may provide notification about things as simple as a football match and crowds, or they may go so far as to advise against all travel to a region. We ask all our clients to refer to the relevant Travel Advice by Country for the destinations they are visiting in order to make an informed decision on the safety of the destination based on the details provided. It also provides vital information regarding entry requirements, embassy information, local laws and customs as well as specific safety and health. Guests should take responsibility for keeping themselves up to date with this advice. Please also ensure that, if you are transiting through another country, you have read the advice and meet the entry requirements for that destination too.
The FCO travel advice is applicable to British Passport Holders. Most governments will issue their own travel advice for a region and, if you are not a UK resident then you can find some helpful links below:
Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/ New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade http://www.safetravel.govt.nz/ Canadian Consular Affairs Bureau http://voyage.gc.ca/ The U.S. Bureau of Consular Affairs http://travel.state.gov/content/travel/english.html
If the FCO deems that there is an unacceptable level of risk for UK citizens then, together with the government, they may issue an advisory against all travel to a region or country. If such an advisory is published, then we will act accordingly, and this may require the cancellation, curtailment or amendment of a holiday itinerary. These decisions are made on the basis of ensuring our clients’ safety and will affect all clients on the holiday, regardless of their nationality.
If one of our local experts suggests an amendment due to a situation which develops locally then we may also take the decision to amend an itinerary appropriately.
If we have to cancel your holiday prior to departure you will be offered the option of an alternative trip (where any price difference will either be refunded to or covered by you) or a full refund of the monies paid.
If we have to curtail a holiday, then you will be refunded for any costs for the elements we have been unable to deliver, where we have been able to secure a refund from our suppliers. If we must reroute a holiday, then any basis for refund is determined on a case by case basis and dependent on whether the central holiday experience was provided or not.
Flight schedule changes and connecting transportation
On your documentation, we will confirm your flight schedule. Sometimes the flight number, routing and timings might change prior to your departure. If the change is classed as a significant change then we will contact you to discuss this. Please see our booking conditions for details.
Flight schedule changes can impact on your pre and post-holiday travel arrangements if these have been booked separately to your holiday. We strongly recommend that you do not book transport (such as trains or transfers), car parking or non-connecting flights to the departure point for your holiday until you have received your final confirmed travel times when your final travel documents are issued. We are not responsible for the effect of any schedule change on your pre or post travel arrangements. We strongly recommend that you do not purchase non-flexible or non-refundable tickets to avoid cancellation and penalty charges.
Booking your own flights - cancellation disclaimer
If you have chosen to book your own flights, then you will need to wait until we confirm to you that the holiday departure has met the minimum numbers required to run (if applicable to your chosen holiday). Once the holiday is guaranteed to run, you will be informed and you can then make your arrangements.
If transfers are included in your holiday, please ensure that any potential flights will be met by our standard transfers (speak to one of our Travel Experts for advice) otherwise private transfer supplements may be applicable. Once your flights are booked, please send us a copy of your detailed flight itinerary.
Please be aware that most tickets are non-refundable in the case of cancellation. For this reason, we strongly advise you check the rules of the ticket and check the limitations of your cancellation insurance before booking. We cannot be held liable, in the unlikely eventuality that we should be forced to cancel or amend your trip, for losses incurred relating to any flight booking you have made.
Children and snowmobiles
For safety reasons, children under the age of 16 will typically travel in a sledge pulled behind the guides’ snowmobile on any snowmobile tours. From approximately 15 years onwards, children may be allowed to ride pillion on the back of a parent’s snowmobile. The guide will make a decision on the day as to where each individual child shall travel, and this may depend on the child’s height and the guide’s confidence in their ability to travel safely as a pillion for the duration of any safari. The guide’s decisions are final.
The driver of a snowmobile must be 18 years or over and have a valid driving licence. If an adult is unable to share a snowmobile with either a child or another adult in their party, they will be required to pay a single snowmobile supplement as all prices are based on two people sharing.
The Bould family's Christmas at Brändön Lodge 30 December 2018 by The Bould Family