It’s fair to say that Sweden has something of a reputation for high-design. And, it doesn’t get much higher than the iconic Treehotel – a collection of art-installation treehouses, hidden in the forest canopy near the small Arctic town of Harads. On this winter itinerary, you’ll enjoy two memorable nights in the treetops, and a day of optional activities – there’s everything from husky sledding to fat bike rides – before swapping over to the new kid on the block – Arctic Bath. And, it’s a complete change of pace, as you swap snowbound adventure for unadulterated relaxation on edge of the frozen Lule river. It’s all showcased in indulgent spa treatments, traditional saunas and multi-course dining, inspired by the Lapland wilderness.
Kick off your Arctic adventure in style with an included chauffeur transfer from home, followed up with VIP airport lounge access. Feeling suitably refreshed, you’ll board a flight, via Stockholm, to Lulea in the southern reaches of Swedish Lapland. Then, on arrival, you’ll be met for a scenic transfer through the wilderness to the forested hills on the outskirts of Harads, home to the famous Treehotel. It’s a designer delight, comprising seven cabins suspended in the treetops, which range from the otherworldly UFO to a Blue Cone, which is actually red, and the aptly named 7th Room, whose floor-to-ceiling windows point north to views of the wilderness and, with luck, private displays of the Northern Lights.
Whichever you choose, you’ll be treated to the ultimate childhood fantasy of a night in the trees, enhanced further by included half-board dining, which begins with a dinner inspired by the region’s unique ingredients. Expect the likes of Arctic char and smoked reindeer served with forest-picked cloudberries – delicious!
Awake to magical views of the snow-dappled forest canopy before heading to breakfast to fuel up for a day in the wilds. And what a day it should prove to be, as you choose from Treehotel’s spectacular array of excursions, from classic husky safaris to wildlife photography tours and ice fishing trips. There’s the chance to dip into the local culture with a trip to a reindeer farm and Sami village, or to hike along forest trails on snowshoes in the company of an expert local guide. It all culminates with another superb dinner and the chance, once again, to catch the Northern Lights spiralling overhead.
Breakfast & Dinner included
With a free morning at Treehotel, you’ll have time for another optional excursions before checking out for the short transfer to the all-new Arctic Bath, suspended in ice above the frozen Lule River. It’s another fine example of Swedish design, with its centre-piece – a tribute to the region’s logging heritage – hosting a superb restaurant and spa. And, the rooms are just a spectacular, all pine wood features, high ceiling and floor-to-ceiling glass.
Best of all, however, is the chance to really relax, with an included two-hour spa ritual complete with amenity kit and full access to the saunas and baths, followed up by a five-course feast at the restaurant. It’s a fittingly sumptuous end to your time in Sweden’s Arctic North, as you savour dishes inspired by and created from the finest and freshest local ingredients.
Stay: Arctic Bath
Breakfast & Dinner included
Check out this morning and transfer back to Lulea, where you’ll board your flight home. On arrival, you’ll be met by your chauffeur for the journey home.
"I've put together this itinerary to showcase the very best in Swedish design and innovation, while also including plenty of arctic excitement. I've always loved Treehotel, with its unique combination of forest-canopy accommodation and full spread of adventurous winter excursions. But this tour goes one better, adding in a night at the all-new Arctic Bath which, with its location on the Lule River, offers a wonderful contrast in the form of chilled out sauna sessions and a spectacular five-course dining experience."
Low Season from: £1,710 pp
High Season from: £2,185 pp
*Cabin/Dragonfly & 7th room also available at a supplement