Ah, Swedish Lapland. Snow-laden trees and frozen landscapes, Scandinavian design lodges, traditional saunas, winter sports and exceptional outdoor experiences. No wonder the allure of the Arctic is so hard to resist. This very special holiday, staying in seriously stylish lodges and unusual grown-up treehouse-style dens, lets you experience the very best of Swedish Lapland, from the romantic, intimate environment of a private cabin just for two, to a once-in-a-lifetime stay in a unique property, both with access to matchless adventures, encounters and maybe even the stunning Northern Lights. You'll also be treated to an included husky-sled tour.
Alternatively, why not travel during the summer, when the long days under the Midnight Sun allow you more time to explore? Try trekking, cycling and rafting, fish secret beats for Arctic char and finish your days soaking in a hot tub with a glass of something chilled, with the sun still high in the sky.
Having enjoyed a chauffeur-driven transfer to the airport and flight to Lulea, begin your holiday with a stay in the branch-hung pods of the Treehotel. You'll arrive by an included transfer, or, for extra style, opt to take a helicopter. The design-led Scandinavian rooms here, at the top of floating walkways or suspended high in the pines, may be lo-fi but the location and experience of sleeping in the trees is unbeatable. Take your pick from the Mirror Cube, Bird’s Nest, UFO and Blue Cone, feeling yourself reconnecting with your inner child at the delight of discovering your grown-up tree house for the first time.
Strike out into the wild on husky or horse-drawn sled rides, try trekking or snowshoeing through the forest, get close to moose and meet the traditional Sami reindeer herders. After a day exploring and enjoying exciting activities, spoil yourself with a real Swedish massage, tailored spa treatments or a session in the tree sauna before an evening of local delicacies dished up during a three-course culinary experience, and another chance to hunt the aurora.
Today, following breakfast at the Brittas Guesthouse, an included private transfer will see you swap to the intimacy of the luxurious Logger’s Lodge – a one-time wilderness cabin-cum-luxuriously cosy retreat just for two, found in the heart of Swedish Lapland. Here, you'll immerse yourself in the wilderness in an authentic way. Settle in to your timber-clad room, cosy up around the huge central fireplace and dip into the bar for a glass of champagne.
Then as dusk falls, feast on exceptional local dishes, from Sweden’s best caviar to Arctic char caught in the rivers nearby and melt-in-the-mouth moose steaks. See out the evening gazing across the tundra or up at the star-strewn skyscape from the Lodge’s private outdoor hot tub.
Spend the day exploring the unspoiled and wild wintery landscape, where nature is writ large. Put yourself in the hands of your private hosts and let them lead you on a husky-sled safari. Learn how to mush and take a turn driving the dogs before stopping in the wild to soak up the silence and enjoy the traditional Swedish ritual of fika, where you’ll drink thick coffee around a roaring fire as the stories flow. Other activities for you to try might include snowshoeing, snowmobiling or a moose safari. Meet the Sami at a reindeer farm or learn how to capture the elusive Aurora Borealis on film in a photography class.
Back at the lodge, make the snowy dash to the wood-fired sauna. After unwinding over another superb dinner consider making the short hike from your steps to a clearing in the pine forest that makes for a wonderful viewing point for the playful, surreal Northern Lights.
After a final indulgent breakfast, you might want some further time to explore before an included transfer whisks you to the airport and your flight home.
"This is the perfect mini-moon retreat for those who want to get away from it all and enjoy some solitude during their first steps into married life. I've paired Loggers Lodge with the Treehotel for unbeatable Scandi romance - at Loggers Lodge you will have complete privacy as the only residents there meaning that the Jacuzzi and sauna are all yours, and at the Treehotel it will feel as though the world is a million miles away as you sleep within reach of the stars. This is my idea of a fairy-tale getaway so I hope that it's yours too! "
Winter 2019 - 2020 from: £2,585 pp