Multi-activity trip in remote Arctic Sweden
On the frozen shores of the Lulea Archipelago in the Gulf of Bothnia, lies Pine Bay Lodge, our home for a week of exciting winter activities. Our premium accommodation is a small boutique hotel in the classic Swedish Red Cottage style. In this region of Sweden the sea can freeze up to a metre thick, while the tidal currents of the Baltic Sea creates an exciting backdrop of broken pack ice, sometimes several metres high. During the week we will travel by snowmobile out into the bay to experience this amazing natural phenomenon. On other days we enjoy more traditional, Arctic activities including ice-fishing, a husky safari through the forest, and a snowshoe hike through pristine forests in search of the awe-inspiring northern lights. This is a perfect week of activities for those looking to get into a remote corner of this beautiful region of Sweden.
All breakfasts, 5 lunches and 6 dinners included. Breakfast will be a typical continental style, with fruit, cereals, eggs, cheese and cold meats. The lunches provided as part of the itinerary will be eaten outside or at the lodge; one example of lunch provided would be hot meatballs in mustard sauce with potatoes. Dinner is included every night and consists of two courses, you will be able to choose between, starter and main or main and dessert: *Sample Menu:* *Starters *Arctic platter – A mix of our own smoked fish-, game- and meat-products. Served with homemade sourdough bread, cheeses, dips and sauces Panko fried reindeer served with a fresh apple and herb salad and a mustard vinaigrette. Steamy hot mushroom soup served with smoked salmon crème fraiche and bread *Mains* Prime rib of reindeer braised in red wine and herbs. Served with a potato puree and butter tossed haricots verts Arctic char with a shellfish risotto and a fennel salad *Desserts* White chocolate pannacotta with arctic berries Dark chocolate mousse with candied pecan nuts and a salty caramel sauce Juice and water are included and wine and beer can be bought at the bar, expect to pay 69SEK for a local beer and 79SEK for a class of house wine.
Arrive at Luleå, via Stockholm. Transfer to Pine Bay Lodge, approximately 40 minutes. **
Winter in Swedish Lapland is made comfortable by learning how to dress and behave in the cold Sub-arctic climate. You will be provided with warm outdoor clothing and strap on snowshoes. Our guides will take you on a 3-hour journey into the nearby forests and lead you through an adventurous and educational excursion. Here you will learn how to make a fire and cook some coffee, before heading deeper into the forest to learn about the nature around us. We finish with a barbecue lunch near the lake. The afternoon is free for an optional excursion or you may choose to relax back at the lodge after a busy start to our trip. * *
Today we spend four hours on the glistening ice and the islands of the Luleå Archipelago on a snowmobile. Along the way, the guide will tell you about the surroundings and about life in the northern wilderness. Weather permitting, we will attempt to reach the island Brändöskär in the outermost archipelago, an idyllic fishing village dating from the 17th century. The chapel from 1774 and one of the fishing-huts will be visited. Right across the frozen Bothnian bay, we will see endless fields of pack ice and snow, sometimes as high as 10 metres, created by the heavy currents of the Baltic several metres below. This is a snowmobile trip like no other in the Nordic region. We enjoy lunch cooked on an open fire before heading back to Pine Bay Lodge where we enjoy a few hours free before tonight activity. This evening experience starts with a snowmobile transfer from your Lodge. On arrival to the Aurora Hideaway, you will be introduced and offered a drink of your choice. Wine, beer or a warm drink. Your guide will then serve a hot steamy soup as your first dish. The stove in the Aurora Hideaway has a sparkling fire roaring and the candles and tea lights create a magic atmosphere. You now have a chance to go outside to look for the Northern Lights or just enjoy the absolute silence and the stars in the sky. The guide prepares the main course over the outdoor fire. A relaxed evening is finished off with dessert and tea/coffee before returning to your Lodge.
Today we drive out to a local husky kennel for a fantastic adventure with these beautiful dogs. First, we learn to control the husky team (as they are known) before driving them out and do a long loop through the forest. You will drive the sledge yourself swapping with a partner halfway. We return to the lodge around 1pm for lunch followed by some free time for an optional excursion, before hopefully seeing the Northern Lights right outside. In the evening we also visit a local astronomer and will learn of his passion for stargazing and photography.
With a reindeer-hide over your shoulder we head out together on the big snowmobile sled with our guide for two hours of ice-fishing on the frozen sea near Pine Bay Lodge. We drill a hole in the ice, which is sometimes over a metre thick! We then start fishing, a normal catch would be perch or sometimes pike. Lunch is also included back at the lodge, but don't worry we'll provide extra if you don't catch 'the big one'! The afternoon is free for some optional excursions or some relaxation at the lodge and sauna. * *
Today is free for you to enjoy one of the longer excursions such as the popular Hovercraft Pack Ice Tour which involves a journey across the ice-covered landscape with the goal to reach the pack ice fields of the outer archipelago. Alternatively you may choose to relax at the lodge and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of this beautiful setting. In the evening, after dinner, we head out on snowshoes to try and catch the northern lights one last time; stopping for a hot beverage along the way to warm up. * *
After breakfast we will be transferred back to Luleå Airport. Flight time permitting, we will make a quick stiop in Gammelstad Church Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, consisting of 424 wood built houses dating back to the 15th century. Flights to London are via Stockholm. * *
* All breakfasts, 5 lunches and 6 dinners * All accommodation * Transfer for group flights * Arctic clothing * Free single supplement (limited availbility)
Accommodation at Pine Bay Lodge set on the shores of a frozen lake were excellent. I loved the fact that we were the only guests there. It was so quiet and peaceful. The meals were delicious and nicely presented. Most of the activities took place in the mornings so there was plenty of time to do some exploring ourselves.
This was our first time using Exodus travel and we recommend them 100%. The whole experience was positive from our first contact on the phone to Exodus to waving our fellow travellers off home at Heathrow at the end of the week. Pine Bay Lodge in Lulea was delightful, the guide for the week Eric was informative and helpful, the food was outstanding and all the activities were great fun. Perhaps the highlight was seeing the Northern Lights a rare but magnificent experience. We shared the week with like minded people whose company we throughly enjoyed and had a good laugh with. We have come home with heaps of brilliant memories.
A wonderful trip, a great introduction to winter activities at Pine Bay Lodge. The accommodation is warm welcoming and friendly, and has scope to dry any damp clothing. The equipment they supply is excellent, the food delicious, if almost too creamy!
This was my first time in Scandinavia and I absolutely loved it. The Swedes were fantastic, the food was excellent, the accommodation was of a very high standard and in a lovely setting by a frozen lake. The activities were all great fun (it's hard to pick my favourite between dogsledding and snowmobiling across the frozen sea!). There was still a good amount of relaxing downtime, but with something new to do every day. I enjoyed every minute of it and would unreservedly love to visit again.
This was a great way to experience northern Scandinavia for the first time. Pine Bay Lodge is in a beautiful setting next to a frozen lake and snow covered forest, with a big lounge for relaxing and a sauna a few yards away. It's very quiet and peaceful but with lots of things to do.
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