ICEHOTEL and Abisko short break, Swedish Lapland

IceHotel and Aurora Nights 2018/19

December 2018/January to March 2019

This break combines these two ‘Arctic Icons’ and gives you the opportunity to experience not only the original, and in our minds the best, IceHotel staying in an individually designed Art Suite, but also Abisko widely regarded as ‘the Place’ for consistent sightings of the Aurora Borealis.

On a 4 night stay in this part of the world your chances of seeing the Northern Lights is close on 90% in the Aurora season.

Highlights include

  • 2 Nights at the ICEHOTEL with one in an individually designed Art Suite
  • 2 Nights in Abisko staying at Abisko Mountain Lodge
  • Husky and Snowmobile Wilderness Adventures
  • 4 nights of Northern Lights Hunting featuring:
    • Night Visit to the Aurora Sky Station in Abisko
    • Northern Lights Photographic Evening in Abisko National Park
  • Exploration of Stunning Abisko National Park

Sample itinerary

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

Fly to Kiruna in Swedish Lapland where, on arrival, you will be met and transferred to the ICEHOTEL where you will be provided with the use of Protective Arctic Outdoor Clothing: Arctic Jacket, Trousers, Snowboots, Hat & Gloves.

Check into your Art Suite, one of the individually designed rooms created by an international Ice Artist and take the residents tour which will give you an overview of how to make the most of your night in this amazing structure. The order of your stay can vary from Warm accommodation on the first night and vice versa depending on availability.

Tonight we will make a dinner reservation for you at the IceHotel restaurant, which is paid for locally.

Meals included: None

DAY 2: Day Snowmobile Adventure. Overnight in Warm Accommodation at the ICEHOTEL

Enjoy the excellent IceHotel breakfast. Mikko, your snowmobile guide, will meet and transfer you to Máttárahkká Northern Lights Lodge  for your adventure along one of his private snowmobile trails. The beauty of being based at Máttárahkká is that you can snowmobile straight from the front door!

Explore forests and frozen lakes where the chances of seeing reindeer and moose in their natural habitat are good. Continue your excursion up to Mount Eatnamvárri, a real vantage point from where you have spectacular views in front of you. Miles and miles of untouched wilderness stretch out before you on one side of the mountain and on the other side, Kiruna nestles between the Loussavaara and Kirunavaara Mountains.

Back at the Lodge enjoy a traditional Sami lunch before dropping back to the ICEHOTEL. This evening switch to  warm accommodation at the Ice Hotel. We will make a dinner reservation for you.

Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 3: Wilderness Drive your own Husky Adventure. Evening at World Famous Aurora Sky Station in Abisko

After breakfast enjoy what for many is the favourite day of a trip to Lapland – driving your own sled dog team.

Transfer to the kennel on the road to Nikkaluokta through a river valley where moose congregate in winter.

Ylva Sievertsson is one of a select group of accomplished ‘lady’ husky guides, whose kennel is in a remote valley from where she runs very personal sled dog trips. As you will discover she has a very special relationship with her dogs and it is a thrill to visit her kennel and spend time with her dogs.

Once you arrive at the kennels get acquainted with the dogs and receive detailed instructions about how to drive them. 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 out for around 2 hours before heading back to base for a warming lunch in the traditional ‘Kota’ adjacent to the family home.

To make it more exclusive we only take a maximum of 8 guests (4 sled dog teams) at the time.

After the tour you will be dropped at Máttaráhkká Northern Lights Lodge, where you will be picked up from for the 1 hour transfer to Abisko.

Check into Abisko Mountain Lodge run by our long standing partners Dick and Mina Johansson. The 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!

This evening  after diner at the lodge  visit the Aurora Sky Station in Abisko, widely regarded as the best place in the world to see the Northern Lights which is 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.

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 4: Explore Stunning Abisko National Park. Northern Lights wilderness Photo workshop

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 and provide a transfer. Visit Abisko canyon with its frozen waterfall and possibly watch  ice climbers ascending the crevices!

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!

After dinner join 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: Fly Home or Extend your Stay to See more of the region

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 Andersson from ABBA and always voted in the top hotels to stay in the city.

Another option is to consider extending your break by adding in our Aurora Addicts Extension into Norway.  We have a range of other breaks that include staying at the Original ICEHOTEL  or combining it with the Unique TREE HOTEL and other Swedish Lapland gems!

Meals included: Breakfast

What we include:

  • Flights (from the UK) with one hold bag per person
  • 4 nights Accommodation with breakfast
  • Snowmobiling Tour on pristine trails with great views
  • Husky Safari in remote river valley
  • Night Visit to the Aurora Sky Station in Abisko
  • Self exploration of Abisko National Park (transfer included)
  • Aurora Photography Workshop in Abisko National Park
  • Explore Abisko National Park
  • 3 lunches & 2 dinners
  • Transfers, Guide & Arctic clothing loan

Departure Airports: Heathrow or Gatwick

Available for select dates between December and March, excluding Christmas and new year.

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.

Accommodation

ICEHOTEL

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

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