Why Visit Luleå?
With Sweden’s most Northern city being located in Swedish Lapland, this is the gateway to festive fun including snowmobiling, raindeer spotting and visiting Santa’s grotto.
Although, the area is remote, Luleå is fast becoming one of Sweden’s most stylish cities: the nightlife is vibrant with excellent offerings to while away the long winter evenings. The Clarion Hotel Sense Skybar mixes cocktails with awesome views or why not cosy up in The Bishops Arms with a beer?
When your arctic adventures become tiring, the area has some fantastic hotels at excellent prices.
The Comfort Hotel franchise has a hotel here, providing traditional Swedish and individualistic accommodation.
The Elite Stadshotellet offers elegant and cosy rooms with great food at reasonable prices.
Don’t forget the unusual hotels that are also on offer here! Get back to nature at Harads Tree Hotel where you can stay in a birds nest or more bizarrely a UFO or The Mirror Cube! The ice hotel in Jukkasjarvi is also a must; check-out the chic art suites which are recreated every winter following the hotel melting by summer!
When should I visit?
Visit Hagnan Open Air Museum which charts Swedish social history from the 18th Century to 20th Century. Or, wrap up warm and go skating on the ice-track that circles the city each winter.
The city holds an annual film festival every September, which celebrates short features and documentary films produced from all over the world. Every month through the year I’ll a film jury judges different films with the winners of each category having their items screened at the festival alongside a question and answer session. Dish-out the popcorn!
In recent years SAS have remodelled themselves as more of a low-budget carrier; remember this is an airline based in Sweden where prices are higher.This rebrand means that on European routes they do not offer a business class cabin. Instead, SAS Plus is equivalent to Premium Economy on longer routes with fast-track security; lounge access; priority boarding; beverage service offered with snack dependent on flight length and free wifi onboard. Seating is at the front of the aircraft meaning you will disembark first. This still operates on shorter routes such as Luleå to Stockholm, and with prices as low as £105 on the late in the day flights, and with around a thirty pound difference between the SAS Go fare (Economy) which offers snacks and drinks to purchase it is a good deal as the lounge access with food and drinks as well as onboard service is included whereas you would have to buy these on top of the basic fare. Therefore, do your research on the fares offered in both cabins. Remember, currently SAS are offering no service onboard due to the epidemic, there is limited lounge access in Stockholm.
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