Abisko and Lofoten Islands Discovery Tour

Abisko & Lofoten Discovery 2018

27th March - 1st April 2018

Join our hosts from 'Lights over Lapland' as they guide you through some of the best scenery of Swedish Lapland and the Lofoten Islands on this fabulous discovery tour - perfect for exploring stunning scenery.

With the likelihood of good Aurora Borealis sightings (it's a little known fact that the Northern Lights are often more active towards the end of the season) and the bonus of superb scenery to enjoy and photograph by day, this really is a superb opportunity to see the best that the north of Sweden and Norway have to offer.

This is a group experience with a maximum of 8 guests (4 couples/pairs normally but solo travellers welcome) travelling together with our guide.

This trip takes in two different landscape experiences, that of the area around Abisko - famous for its Aurora Sky Station, stunning lake and fabulous vistas - and the Lofoten Islands which sit just off Norway's Norwegian Sea coast.

The latter was thrust into many people's consciousness following Joanna Lumley's documentary on her hunt for the Northern Lights. With it's Fjords and mountains, Lofoten provides a different perspective and also good prospects for sighting the Northern Lights.

The icing on the cake, so to speak, is your guide from Lights over Lapland, who will inspire pro and amateur photographers along the way with his insights into the best locations, light and settings.

Why Abisko?

Abisko is Sweden's northernmost town. Located on the shores of Torneträsk, one of Sweden's largest lakes, the town is a mecca for people travelling to view the Aurora Borealis.

The area is reputed to have one of the most stable weather patterns in northern Europe and Abisko claims to offer some of the clearest skies in Sweden - perfect for Northern Lights watchers.

Why Lofoten Islands?

Lofoten is known for a distinctive scenery with mountains and peaks, open sea and sheltered bays, beaches and untouched lands. Birds and mammals are populous in the area, and an abundant sea life provides an interesting contrast and superb photography opportunities.

Due to its location, and the impact of the Gulf Stream and North Atlantic Current, the Lofoten Islands benefit from average temperatures that rarely dip below freezing.

Is this trip for experienced photographers only?

Not at all!  Although it does help if you have some idea how to use a DSLR camera.

Our friends at Lights over Lapland are experienced at helping people take the most incredible images of the Aurora Borealis whether they are a total beginner or a pro.  What's more as Northern Lights photography generally requires a decent quality camera, lenses and a sturdy tripod, for your Aurora Experience on the first evening they even supply the kit you'll need. You just supply an SD card.

You are, of course, welcome to use your own camera and tripod.

Sample itinerary

DAY 1 - 27 March 2018 - Fly to Kiruna and Transfer to Abisko

Once you arrive in Abisko make your way to the lodge. Once at the lodge we will run through your schedule with you, answer any questions, help you check into the lodge and provide you with your outer arctic clothing.

Order a coffee or a glass of wine at the bar, read a magazine or spin a yarn about past travel adventures.

For those wanting to soothe the muscles there is a sauna.

This evening enjoy the fantastic cuisine at Mountain Lodge as you partake in their traditional Lappish menu which includes Reindeer, Arctic Char and Cloudberries – 3 of the unique ingredients to the area. The only thing that can interrupt your evening is the Aurora Call. Abisko Mountain Lodge is in a fantastic location for northern lights viewing so if they are out you may be tempted to step out the door and gaze skywards!

Overnight at Abisko Mountain Lodge.

Meals Included: Dinner

DAY 2 - Explore Abisko National Park and Aurora Photo Workshop in Abisko National Park

Abisko National park is one of the most scenic locations in Sweden and today offers you the opportunity to experience this pristine environment. We have also included a pass for the chairlift to the sky station in Abisko where you can enjoy breath-taking views over the frozen Tornetrask Lake, the amazing Laporten and Abisko alps, Sweden’s tallest mountains.

Optional Extras:

DOG SLEDDING ABISKO

This allows you to experience the sensation of being pulled through the snow by your enthusiastic sled dogs, admiring the beautiful landscape whilst your guide does all the work!

Sitting comfortably on a large sled, not dissimilar to the old mail sleds used in Alaska over 100 years ago, learn to understand why dog is man's best friend and appreciate the power and endurance these magnificent animals can generate in the tough Arctic climate.

This is a musher guided sled experience lasting 2 hours

Price: £155 per person Duration: 2 Hours

SNOWMOBILING ABISKO

Abisko National Park surrounds Abisko Mountain Lodge so you don’t have to go far to get some awe inspiring views of the frozen lake and mountains. The wonderful Tornetrask glacial formation is a beacon rising out of the white desert!

Venture out on snowmobiles (2 persons per snowmobile) and explore this beautiful area. A spectacular way to spend half a day.

Price Per Person: £135 - 2hrs snowmobiling includes guide, warm clothes and hot beverages provided.

This evening enjoy another fine dinner at Abisko mountain lodge prior to your first of 3 aurora photo workshops with your Lights over Lapland private Guide

Photography Northern Lights Evening

At around 7.30 join “Lights Over Lapland” photographer Chad Blakley or one of his team for an opportunity to see and photograph the aurora borealis in the wilderness of Abisko National Park. Due to clear skies and virtually no light pollution, Abisko is one of the greatest places in the world to see the Northern Lights.

You will be provided with a high quality camera & lens and teach you the skills that you will need to find and photograph the magical aurora borealis. Even if you have never used a camera before you have an extremely high chance of going home with some beautiful aurora photographs and memories that will last a lifetime! Small groups ensure a very personal and genuine experience.

His base is a tepee in Abisko National Park which forms a great meeting place for the evening where stories are told and hot drinks are served.

Pick up/Drop off: Hotel Reception area

Includes: Camera, tripod, warm overall, warm drinks, guiding services, 3-4 hours searching for and photographing the aurora in Abisko National Park

Not Included: You must bring your own SD card. We will advise you if you are unclear about the right equipment.

Day 3 - Guided Norwegian Fjords Tour. Visit the Polar Park and overnight in Lofoten islands

Enjoy the lodge breakfast before your Lofoten islands adventure begins. Your Lights over Lapland guide will pick you up from Abisko Mountain Lodge.

Head along the shore of scenic Lake Torneträsk – the sixth largest and second deepest lake in Sweden. Slowly driving through the dramatic mountain scenery, following the famous railway, you will get the chance to see beautiful mountain vistas, frozen waterfalls and stunning Arctic valleys before stopping at the border to enjoy the magnificent views and to take photos.

After crossing the border the tour will stop at one of the first large scale battles of World War II, The Battle or Narvik. Fought between April and June in 1940 you will get to experience a real sense of what it must have been like for the soldiers fighting is such tough mountain conditions, whilst your guide tells you some of the stories and facts about this famous battle.

The journey continues up and over Björn Fjell – a Norwegian mountain dotted with small grass roofed cottages, before meandering down the mountain, where small birch trees give way to large evergreens, and dramatic mountains fall steeply down into the Norwegian Fjord. At the perfect spot you will stop for an opportunity to photograph the incredible view below.

Arrive at the Polar Park late morning. Enjoy a packed lunch before spending a couple of hours at the Park. Besides having a complete range of arctic animals from Moose to Lynx, Brown Bears to Musk - the most famous and thrilling experiences is getting up close to the resident pack of wolves! Some fantastic photo opportunities await.

Depart around 2pm and continue to Svolvaer stopping a few times along the way for breaks/pictures. Arrive in Svolvaer early evening and check into you log cabin at BaseCamp Lofoten, relax and enjoy dinner in their atmospheric restaurant.

Evening at leisure to enjoy your surroundings. Dinner included.

Day 4 - Visit Viking Museum and Aurora Photography

After breakfast head to Lofoter viking museum, housed in a perfect reconstruction of the original found on the site and dating back to the 5th century. Spend the morning here before enjoying your picnic lunch at a suitable dramatic location. This afternoon relax and spend some time exploring Svolvaer village.

This evening enjoy dinner prior to an evening out at one of the guide’s favourite northern lights viewing and photographic spots.

Overnight in your log cabin.

Day 5 - Explore the Lofoten Islands. 2nd Aurora Photo Workshop in Lofoten

After breakfast your guide will take you out for an exploration of the Lofoten Islands. Taking a picnic lunch with you this will be enjoyed on one of the stops. With cameras with you there will be plenty of opportunity or fabulous photos and advice from your ‘Lights over Lapland’ guide

Overnight in your log cabin.

Day 6 - Airport Transfer & Flight Home

After Breakfast the guide will take you to the airport hotel in Evenes for your lunch time flight home at the end of your amazing northern lights holiday to Abisko and the Lofoten islands, Europe's leading destinations for consistent sightings of the northern lights.

What's Included in your Abisko and Lofoten Photo Discovery Tour

  • Flights
  • 2 nights at Abisko Mountain Lodge
  • 3 Nights at Svinøya Rorbuer
  • All meals
  • Photo aurora hunt in Abisko national Park
  • 3 day privately guided journey to the Lofoten islands with Lights over Lapland, camera equipment supplied (1 camera and tripod kit per two persons travelling together) 
  • Visit the Polar Park
  • Day pass for the Sky Station in Abisko
  • Transfers, Guides & Arctic Clothing Loan
  • Your ATOL insurance protection. 

Departures: Heathrow only

Tour dates: 27th March - 1st April 2018

Price per person £1980

Price shown is based on two people travelling together and sharing a twin or double room.

Single traveller? Please call for single occupancy rates.

Upgrade to Abisko Mountain Lodge Superior Room

2015 saw the addition of 4 superior rooms at the Lodge. Housed in a separate annexe across the courtyard these rooms add additional comfort and space. All rooms are en suite.

Cost: £45 per person per night subject to availability

Accommodation

Abisko Mountain Lodge

Right in the small hamlet of Abisko, world renowned for the frequency of northern lights sightings, lays a small welcoming lodge run by our good friends Mina and Dick Johansson. Dick is one of the most qualified mountain guides in Sweden and looks after all the adventure while Mina can be described as a Skier, Creative CEO and ray of sunshine who lights up the hotel.

Abisko Mountain Lodge offers genuine accommodation in a traditional mountain hotel setting. The service is personal and the cuisine is centred on raw ingredients and is accredited by the Sapmi Slow Food movement, an award that took 4 years to achieve. Chefs are dedicated slow-food addicts and produce wonderful nightly meals!

The 16 twin rooms in the low red 'Swedish style house' are all en-suite. Although basic in the Scandinavian style they are warm and cosy. There are no televisions in the rooms as time is spent meeting guests around the bar or in the wonderful lounge area.

Additionally there are 4 new double superior rooms. These 4 rooms are in a separate annex and are used exclusively by our guests. 

For those wanting to soothe the muscles there is a sauna and outdoor hot tub.

Svinøya Rorbuer - Base Camp Lofoten

 

A delightfully located base camp comprising original cabins designed to preserve the character and authenticity of Svolvaer's fishing village heritage

All 30 original and the more recently-built rorbu cabins are of high standard. Each cabin has one to three double bedrooms, a well-equipped kitchen-cum-lounge, and a modern bathroom with shower and toilet.

Considerable emphasis has been placed on maintaining the authenticity of the rorbu cabins. The timber and time-honoured craftsmanship have been preserved to convey the feeling of what a rorbu cabin was like in the old days, when the fishermen harvested the seas of Lofoten with the help of oar and sail. The rorbu cabins are idyllically located between the fish landing station, quayside buildings, fish racks, and other traditional, local buildings. There is the sea on one side, and the spectacular Lofoten mountains on the other.

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