ICEHOTEL and Abisko short break, Swedish Lapland

IceHotel and Aurora Nights 2017/18

December 2017/January to March 2018

Swedish Lapland really does have stunning options for winter breaks - and not just for Northern Lights watchers.

This short Arctic break brings together two of the most outstanding options - the world-famous IceHotel and the opportunities around Abisko, including superb photographic opportunities. 

The IceHotel is an experience in itself. 

Your first night will be in one of the Art Suites - an individually carved room themed by one of the many, world renowned, artists who travel each year to create the unique structure in Jukkasjärvi. 

Your second night at IceHotel will be in one of the conventional chalet - warm accommodation which provides most of the comforts of home.

The IceHotel's main restaurant has recently been recognised as one of the best in Sweden Lapland - and the best in the Kiruna.

Upon moving to the Abisko Mountain Lodge, a world of Arctic activities lay before you including the Norwegian Fjords and photographic experiences with "Lights over Lapland's" team of experts. The Abisko National Park is on the doorstep and provides opportunities for Ice Fishing, Ice Climbing and more.

Sample itinerary

DAY 1: TUESDAY - Fly to Lapland. Overnight in an Art Suite at the ICEHOTEL

Fly to Kiruna in Swedish Lapland where on arrival you will be met by one of the guides and transferred to the ICEHOTEL for check into your Art Suite, one of the individually designed rooms created by an international Ice Artist. 

We will make a restaurant reservation for you in one of the Ice Hotel's 2 restaurants.

DAY 2: WEDNESDAY - Day Snowmobile Adventure. Overnight in a Cabin at the ICEHOTEL

Enjoy the excellent IceHotel breakfast prior to pick up for your snowmobile adventure in the arctic wilderness.

After your briefing set off following your own private trail into the wilderness. The scenery ranges from forest to frozen lakes, where the chances of seeing reindeer and moose in their natural habitat are high. From your vantage point near Mount Eatnamvárri gaze out over fantastic scenery - miles and miles of untouched wilderness.

Back at the lodge enjoy a traditional Sami lunch before drop back at the ICEHOTEL. This evening switch to one of the excellent cabins for the night.

Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 3: THURSDAY - Drive your Own Husky Sled Dog Team. Transfer to Abisko. Traditional Lappish Dinner

After breakfast transfer to the small kennel in a picturesque river valley 30 minutes from the ICEHOTEL for what for many clients is a real highlight of a trip to Swedish Lapland - driving your own husky team through pristine wilderness. 

Ylva Sievertsson runs the kennel with partner Peter and they offer a warm welcome with their dogs at their home. She has a very unique relationship with her dogs and it is always a priviledge to spend time with her.

Your journey from the lodge to the kennel follows a scenic road that leads to Kebnekaise, Sweden’s highest mountain. During the car ride there are great opportunities to see moose, as this is their wintering ground. Once you arrive at the kennels get acquainted with the dogs and receive detailed instructions about how to drive a team. Harness the dogs and feel their excitement as you attach the sled. Head out into the frozen river valley where you will have opportunities to take turns in driving the team whilst making stops to take photos. The location is outside the major tourist areas and we can almost promise that you will enjoy pristine arctic nature alone. 

You will be about for around 2 hours before heading back to base for a warming lunch in the traditional ‘Kota’ adjacent to the family home.

Early evening transfer to Abisko, where after check in at Abisko Mountain Lodge, 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! 

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

DAY 4: FRIDAY - Train to Norwegian Fjords. Northern Lights Photo workshop

Enjoy the lodge breakfast before a day trip to Norway!

Take the train from the station near the lodge and follow the famous iron ore railroad with beautiful mountain vistas, frozen waterfalls and stunning Arctic valleys. Once you cross into Norway enjoy the magnificent views and to take photos before continuing up and over Björnfjell – a stunning Norwegian mountain dotted with small grass roofed cottages. Meander down the mountain, where small birch trees give way to large evergreens and dramatic mountains fall steeply down into the Norwegian Fjord.

Once in Narvik you will have around 3 hours to explore town before the return trip. You have the opportunity to ascend to the observation deck of the Scandic Hotel and take coffee or lunch ( not included), doe some souvenir shopping or visit the newly built Peace Museum. This state of the art facility offers a glimpse of what life looked like in these majestic Fjords during the second World War Nazi occupation.

This evening enjoy the fine menu at Abisko Mountain Lodge prior to joining the “Lights Over Lapland” team for their exclusive northern lights photo tour designed for weekend a la carte. This evening provides a great opportunity to see and photograph the aurora borealis in the wilderness of Abisko National Park. 

Abisko is situated in a low precipitation zone and has the lowest levels of rain and snow in Lapland. What this means is lots of perfect nights for aurora watching.

Walk right out the lodge front door and a snowmobile transfer will take you to our exclusive location with commanding views over the mountains and the lake, both of which provide wonderful backdrops for aurora photos! You will have 2 guides, one to instruct you and the other to look after you and make drinks etc. We have a yurt set up with a fire so you can warm up if necessary. 

You will be supplied with cameras preset for Aurora photography and spend the evening in Abisko National Park. Whether you are a Pro or never taken a picture in your life you have a great chance of going home after your northern lights holiday with some beautiful aurora photographs and memories that will last a lifetime!

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

DAY 5: SATURDAY - Explore Abisko National Park. Exclusive Dinner at Aurora Sky Station

After breakfast the team at the lodge can advise and help with guiding you to some of the National Park's beauty spots on a self guided walking tour.

Abisko National Park is sandwiched between picturesque mountains and Lake Tornetrask one of Sweden’s largest and which freezes during winter. The team at Abisko Mountain Lodge will provide information on trails you can explore. Alternatively from Mid Feb –Mid March you can take the chairlift up mount Nujola to view the spectacular landscapes from 300 meters up! 

This evening enjoy the Exclusive diner at the aurora sky station in Abisko, widely regarded as the best place in the world to see the Northern Lights. Located approx 100km north of Kiruna. Take the chairlift up Mount Nuolja to the observatory which offers visitors a panoramic view over Lapporten, the Abisko Alps and Tornetrask. 

Enjoy the excellent 4 couse dinner at the Sky Station 

During the winter nights when it is dark, depending on the correct weather conditions, it is possible to see the Northern Lights dancing in the sky around you from this fantastic vantage point. 

The Aurora Sky Station has an exhibition about the Aurora Borealis, created by IRF, the Institute of Space Physics in Kiruna. Here you will learn more about the phenomenon before going out on the viewing deck to begin your night sky gazing.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

DAY 6: SUNDAY - Fly Home

After breakfast your driver will then take you to the airport for your flight home at the end of your northern lights holiday.

Alternatively why not break your stay in Stockholm and see the capital of Scandinavia. We have a super 2 night break staying at the Rival Hotel owned by Benny Anderson from ABBA and always voted one of the top hotels to stay at, in the city 

Meals included: Breakfast 

What we include:

  • Flights
  • 5 nights Accommodation with breakfast
  • Snowmobiling Tour on pristine trails with great views
  • Husky Safari in remote river valley 
  • Exclusive Dinner at the Aurora Sky Station in Abisko
  • Train trip to Norwegian Fjords
  • Aurora Photography Workshop in Abisko National Park
  • Explore Abisko National Park
  • 4 lunches & 3 dinners 
  • Transfers, Guide & Arctic clothing loan

Departure Airports: Heathrow, or Stockholm*

Price per person: from £1795

Prices are based on 2 people sharing a twin or double room.  Prices will be subject to confirmation at time of booking.

  • December 2017 - 5, 12
  • January 2018 - 9, 16, 23, 30
  • February 2018 - 6, 13, 20, 27
  • March 2018 - 6, 13, 20

Superior room upgrade for Abisko Mountain Lodge, additional cost £POA per person

* please contact us about departures from Stockholm.

Accommodation

ICEHOTEL

The Ice Hotel in Swedish Lapland ranks as one of the most unusual places to stay.

2014/15 saw the IceHotel celebrate its 25th edition, and each year the artwork is unique. 

As the temperature in Jukkasjärvi drops below zero Ice Artists descend from all over the world to build the hotel. Using only frozen water from the, neighbouring, Torne River, their art is created with imagination, only to melt away under the unforgiving rays of the sun come springtime. All that remains are your impressions, memories and photographs.

Ice Hotel Art Suite

To sleep in an Art Suite is a unique experience. Your individually carved room includes a bed of ice, wood, a mattress and some wonderfully soft (and warm) Reindeer skins.  Onto this add your Arctic sleeping bag to aid you in keeping warm overnight.  

Your luggage in stored in an adjacent service block where there are saunas and showers, whilst all you will take into your Art Suite is your thermal Arctic sleeping bag!

Wake up to hot Lingonberry juice served in your room prior to the very substantial IceHotel breakfast buffet, swerved in the main restaurant.

The Ice Hotel has 2 restaurants, one serving gourmet food, whilst the more informal Homestead restaurant serves hearty traditional food

Ice Hotel Warm Chalet Accommodation

Spacious and modern and perfect after a night in the ICEHOTEL.

Having spent a night in the IceHotel you deserve to get back into warm accommodation! The IceHotel has a range of warm accommodation ranging from chalets to hotel rooms.

The Chalets at the Ice Hotel are well appointed with 2 rooms (one with double and one with bunk beds). They can sleep up to 4 people so are perfect for families travelling together.Each chalet has a central lounge with bathroom off to one side.

The Kamoos rooms are more a-kin to hotel rooms at a 4 star level. Better appointed and with a full en-suite bathroom they are good alternative to the chalets. Subject to availability, Kamoos rooms will be at a surcharge to the price shown.

Abisko Mountain Lodge

Based in the Northern Lights capital of Europe and run by a wonderful and entertaining couple, Abisko Mountain Lodge is a secluded base for some very special experiences.

The lodge is a single low, red house that lies hidden away at the foot of the mighty mountains. The restaurant serves fabulous locally sourced meals (fish, reindeer and moose feature prominently) and there is a relaxing sauna.

Dick is one of the most qualified mountain guides in Sweden while Mina is described as a Skier and 'ray of sunshine' who lights up the hotel. There is a helicopter landing pad behind the hotel for some of the best Heli-skiing in Europe.

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Lights over Lapland
Entrance to the IceHotel
Northern Lights experience
Lighting up the sky
Enjoy the aurora
Dog sledding
Snow mobiles
IceHotel is unique