As of 18 December 2020, a new SAS (Scandinavian Airlines) flight into the Arctic will make Christmas and other winter adventures around coastal Luleå in northern Sweden more accessible. And as well as saving on travel time and hence allowing visitors more time to experience the Northern Lights, activities such as dog-sledding, culture and jaw-dropping landscapes, the new twice-weekly flights are said to be 18-20% more carbon efficient than current flights via Stockholm.
Luleå – which has one of Europe's first net-zero airports for carbon emissions - is an outdoor playground where families can enjoy everything from wilderness activities to immersive encounters with Samí inhabitants and their unique heritage and traditional lifestyle. This is also a great place to learn new skills and hobbies, including, dog-sledding, ice-sculpting, snowmobiling, photography and local cookery.
Luleå is also the gateway to frozen Bothnian Bay, the Lule and Råne river valleys and the Arctic north. Among the incredible places to stay in this region are the iconic, eco-friendly Treehotel with its suspended Mirror Cube and other cabins (including the sci fi inspired UFO), the cool new floating hotel Arctic Bath.
Read our guide to family holidays in Lapland.