Family Break in Lapland
Swedish Lapland is a properly magical experience that will fuel kids' imaginations and give them memories of adventure and fun to last a lifetime.
Itinerary at a Glance:
- Fight each other (not literally!) to be the first to catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights
- Play with and enjoy a fun filled sleigh ride courtesy of a pack of lovely huskies
- Learn how to ice fish and (hopefully) catch something for dinner
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Day One: Lulea
Arrive into Lulea international airport via a domestic flight from Stockholm's Arlanda.
Once you have cleared customs you will be met by your guide, who will pick you up and drive you approximately an hour along the Rane River Valley to your home for the next few days, Sorbyn Lodge. Sorbyn Lodge is a comfortable hotel that has a few accommodation options. For your family group, we suggest one of the hotel's timber cabins that has two cosy bedrooms and a kitchenette. The lodge is located on the edge of a very pretty lake, though of course it will be completely frozen when you visit. Once you have checked in, there will be time for a delicious dinner at the hotel's excellent restaurant, Kallkällan, before settling down early to get ready for the busy days of activities to come. Don't forget to keep your eyes open for Aurora Borealis sightings at all times though - first one to spot them wins a prize (disclaimer: prize supplied by Mum and Dad…)!
- Arrive at Sorbyn Lodge
Day Two: Lulea
Get up bright and early (well, early anyway as it'll definitely still be dark) and wolf down some hearty breakfast to set you up for the day. Then, after wrapping up thoroughly in your special artic romper suit-type outfits, you will be collected at the hotel and head out on a husky adventure.
First step is meeting the real stars of this part of the world - the huskies. The dogs are beautiful, pure-bred Siberian huskies and are calm and quiet even prior to the start of a tour (although you can tell how excited they are to get going!). You'll have time to learn a bit about the dogs - see how many of their names you can remember - their lives and which are the lazy ones in the pack! Make sure you take lots of selfies with your favourite. You will all be passengers on one dog sled with your musher, Richard, who it really is clear that the dogs have immense respect and love for. The sled tour heads off into the forest and across frozen lakes - it is the best way to see the landscapes and it is a really magical experience for your first day in Lapland. As you whoosh along the frozen wastes, make sure to enjoy the calm, silent environment. Even the dogs are silent after they get doing what they love most - running (well, and eating of course).
- Sled tour
- Moose watching
- Northern Lights Safari
Day Three: Lulea
Leave the warmth of the lodge armed with fishing equipment as you are about to spend the day doing ice fishing.
Next morning it's an early breakfast again - sorry! After you've filled your boots and undergone the by now familiar ritual of dressing in about 20 layers, you'll be picked up by your guide and head out to the River Rane. Your guide will teach you how to look for the best spots, make the hole safely in the ice, the importance of keeping as quiet as possible and….patience! Have a break for lunch around a campfire, which for obvious reasons will not be on the ice itself! Then it's back to manning the fishing rods and hoping to get a bite. If you do get lucky, your guide will bring your fish back to the chef at Sorbyn who will happily prepare and cook it for you that evening. As the light fades in the early afternoon, as well as keeping an eye on your fishing rod, remember to keep one eye on the skies for one last glimpse of the Northern Lights.
- Ice fishing
- Snowshoe walks
- Cross-country skiing
- Cooking class
Day Four: Home
This morning it's time to pack up, hand back your artic gear and head home - and probably wipe away a few reluctant to leave tears.
You'll be picked up by your driver and whisked back to Lulea airport in good time for your flight to Stockholm's Arlanda airport, and then from there it's onwards to your own beds.
Francesca is our expert for this itinerary and, as a seasoned traveller, has the inside track on the most memorable adventures.