Adult price from £585pp
All prices include: transfers, accommodation, meals, guided activities, cold weather clothing and guides; all as listed.
VISITING: Sweden
BROCHURE CODE: 1912

Key facts

  • Duration:3 or more 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
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What's included?

  • Transfers: return airport transfers included
  • Accommodation: minimum 3 nights in winter cottage accommodation at Brändön Lodge
  • Meals: half board
  • Activities: choose from our extensive selection, detailed in the ‘Activities’ section of the holiday page. Activities are all priced individually, and the order of activities you select is subject to change
  • Cold-weather clothing for the duration of your stay
  • Fully qualified guides and instructors during activities

A note on flights: while flights are not included in the holiday price, our team will happily provide a quote and arrange them for you. Simply ask one of our Travel Experts for details of the available options.


Create the Swedish Lapland getaway in the stunning region of Lulea that your family has been dreaming of with this ‘Brändön Lodge Pick and Mix’ activity holiday. You will be based in a cosy winter cottage overlooking the frozen Bay of Bothnia. This is an enchanting location, with white landscapes all around! The lodge is a welcoming wooden building with a comfy lounge area. You will have full-board meal arrangements in the lovely restaurant upstairs.

In our ‘Activities’ tab, you can see the exciting range of outdoor fun on offer for this holiday. Choose from a selection of must-try winter activities, including snowmobiling and husky sledding through the white wilderness, learning how to ice fish like a local, riding a hovercraft to visit islands in the frozen sea, and picking up winter skills like a real explorer. Brändön is well-placed for Northern Lights displays, so you can take a sled tour in search of the Aurora or go looking for them on snowshoes.

This is also an excellent location to have a Christmas or New Year holiday – a festive getaway like no other! Both periods feature wonderful celebrations with Christmas and New Year feasts. Not that you have to visit at these specific times for a fun food experience that the whole family will enjoy. Book a ‘Dinner on Ice’ and enjoy a tasty three-course meal in a native-style tent, all while sitting on the frozen sea!

Transfers, full board and Arctic-grade cold-weather clothing will be yours to keep for the duration of your stay, with expert guides leading the way on all activities.

Simply decide when you want to travel and for how long (we recommend a minimum stay of three nights) then match your stay to the activities listed in the ‘Activities’ tab. Please note that all accommodation and activities are subject to availability at the time of booking.

Brand new for this winter season we are also offering the chance to extend your stay and visit the world-famous ICEHOTEL® in Kiruna. This is done by a scenic train journey even further north into Swedish Lapland before being transferred to The ICEHOTEL® for a tour and an overnight stay in either the warm or cold accommodation on offer there.

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Please note: Activity schedules are subject to change. Duration of activity includes transfer times and breaks, and all distances are approximate. Some activities require a minimum number of participants to operate and are subject to availability.

Husky safaris: All decisions are made on the day of the safari by the lead guide as to any guest’s suitability to drive their own sledge. As a general rule, those aged 15 and over are normally able to drive their own team of huskies but the guide’s decision on the day will be final. On certain safaris, children under the age of 15 will either travel in a sledge driven by the guide or an accompanying adult.

Snowmobile safaris: The driver of a snowmobile must be 18 years old and hold a valid driving licence. Children will travel in a sled pulled by the guide’s snowmobile on selected safaris where this is offered, older children may be able to travel as pillion on the snowmobile but this is at the discretion of the guide.

Single snowmobiles: All snowmobile safaris are based on two people sharing. If this is not possible in your party then you will be paired with someone else taking part in the activity. If you wish to guarantee your own snowmobile you must pay the single supplement - please ask our Travel Experts for a quotation.

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Sat 15 Dec 2018 Adult price (3 nights): £585.00 Adult (extra night): £178.00 Child (4-12) 3 Nights: £365.00 Child (4-12) Extra Night: £84.00 Enquire

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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.

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Terms

For our full booking terms and conditions please click here

Holiday group size (approximate)

Minimum 2 people 

Group size

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.

Itinerary amendments

The order of activities is always subject to change and you will be provided with your final itinerary upon arrival at your destination.

Single supplement

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.

Pregnancy

If you are pregnant at the time of booking your holiday or you discover you are pregnant prior to your departure, firstly – congratulations! Secondly – please tell us as soon as possible. This situation does arise, and we are able to advise you both from our own first-hand experience and from discussing this at length with our expert local partners who have experience in this area. The more notice you can give us the better, in order to suggest any adaptions to the itinerary you have booked which will reduce the risk to both mother and baby. Please contact our customer service team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Insurance

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.

Reduced mobility

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.

Car hire

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.

Traveller Reviews

  • We all felt that this has been one of best holidays and we are already looking forward to arranging another!! 16 February 2019 by The Hill Family

    Brandon Lodge is a lovely base for these activities - It was very good to have the activities starting from outside the lodge (or just down the road for the dogsledding) and not having to go on a long drive / transfer to enjoy the trips. We all really enjoyed the Winter Skills and the snowmobiling but the highlight for us all was the dogsledding - Even though we have done this a few times before,
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    the way the trip was constructed was pretty much perfect. Having the guides accompany the trip on a separate snowmobile gave us plenty of room to allow us to feel like we were on our own throughout the forests, but knowing that help / guidance was just up the track. The guides were very friendly and made us all feel very welcome - Some very happy memories were made that day!! We have enjoyed other similar winter holidays in Sweden and Finland but this was our first with Activities Abroad. We were very impressed with the Brandon lodge and it is one of the nicest places we have stayed - All of the staff were very friendly and always made us feel welcome. We all felt that this has been one of best holidays and we are already looking forward to arranging another!!
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  • Fantastic holiday 02 January 2019 by The Kelly Family

    Fantastic holiday - all worked very well. Accommodation was ideal. Activities were led by very friendly and knowledgeable guides.

  • Everything was brilliant. 02 January 2019 by The Coleman Family

    We were very happy with the whole experience, a real magical place, stunning scenery and very peaceful. Staff, accommodation, food and activities were all wonderful. I personally enjoyed the husky sled the most, but others in our group also really loved the snowmobile safari. Everything was brilliant.

  • We loved all the activities 12 April 2018 by The Wilson Family

    We loved all the activities but probably the huskies as we enjoyed the animal interaction as well as being out in the nature.

  • The setting was amazing 10 April 2018 by The Lambert family

    The setting was amazing, snowy pine forests, lovely wooden warm cosy cabins looking out over the frozen sea and islands of the archipelago. The food was fantastic and staff and guides and owner all very welcoming, hospital and helpful. It was very relaxed and we were allowed to change our outdoor gear as needed and light fires in the tippee if free. Fabulous! It was clear one night and we saw
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    amazing stars but sadly no northern lights.
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  • The whole holiday was a wonderful experience 27 February 2018 by The Douglass Family

    The whole holiday was a wonderful experience - all the staff at Brandon Lodge were incredibly helpful and friendly. The location was breathtakingly beautiful, and the activities were fantastic fun. We were incredibly impressed with the quality of the food, both for adults and children. We had the best time!!

  • The most amazing adventure 02 January 2018 by The Cunningham Family

    The dog sledding was the most amazing adventure we have ever done.

  • The dog sledding was just brilliant fun! 20 February 2017 by The Colantoni Family

    The food provided was excellent and we really enjoyed it. There wasn't a 'choice' as such though - the chef provided us with whatever he was cooking that day. We loved each meal but perhaps if you were pickier with your food choices it may have been an issue for you. The dog sledging was just brilliant fun! We had a wonderful time and appreciated how quickly you responded to our request when one
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    of our activities was cancelled due to the weather.
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  • The huskies and the snowmobiles were amazing 18 December 2016 by The Heywood Family

    Everyone was so friendly and helpful, from the first phone call and throughout our trip. We really loved the fact the lodges / holiday were not commercialised, which made our trip more unique and special.


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