Northern Lights Special - Kiruna, Swedish Lapland

Northern Lights Special 2017/18

5th Dec 2017 to 31st Mar 2018

Check out this wonderful short break to Kiruna, inside the Arctic circle.  Highlights include 3 nights' accommodation at the Máttaráhkká Northern Lights Sami Lodge, snowmobiling, dog sledding.

Included in our Northern Lights Special:

  • Flights from Heathrow, Gatwick, Manchester*, Stockholm
  • 3 nights of hunting the Aurora
  • Stay in Exclusive Lodge Facing northwards towards the Abisko Alps
  • Snowmobile and Sled Dog day adventures
  • Authentic Sami Northern Lights Wilderness evening
  • Visit the original Ice Hotel
  • All Meals and Activities included

Sample itinerary

Your itinerary for our Northern Lights Special includes:

The following itinerary is an example - itinerary may be adapted to facilitate smaller groups.

DAY 1 - Fly to Swedish Lapland. Evening at Leisure

Fly to Kiruna in Swedish Lapland where you will be met by a guide and transferred to the exclusive Máttaráhkká Northern Lights Lodge. On arrival, lunch will be waiting for you after which you will be kitted out with our excellent quality Arctic Clothing, for your use during the whole of your stay.

You have the rest of the afternoon to try your hand at cross country skiing or take a walk in the scenic countryside around the lodge. 

This evening have dinner at the lodge. The Northern Lights might well put in their first appearance after dinner!

If you want to experience something that extra bit special, why not book a private hot tub session at the lodge. Located on the roof this hot tub affords a wonderful panoramic view to the Abisko Alps, often lit up by the aurora. Please see our Optional Extras below.

Meals included: Lunch and Dinner

DAY 2 - Snowmobile Adventure, Visit the Ice Hotel and Aurora Chase

After breakfast simply walk out your front door and your snowmobiles & guide await to take you on a terrific adventure in the arctic wilderness around the lodge.

After your briefing set off following private trails 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.

After lunch back at the lodge, transfer to the original IceHotel celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2015. Tour the individually designed art suites, wonder at the ice sculptures or perhaps enjoy a drink served in an ice glass in the Ice Bar.

This evening, enjoy an outdoor BBQ dinner at the lodge prior to venturing out on the aurora chase. This will mostly result in a trip to Abisko for the evening as this is one of the best viewing locations on earth for consistent sightings. 

Note: If you would like to visit the Aurora Sky Station in Abisko and enjoy the excellent dinner served in the observatory then that is an option (see below) instead of doing the aurora chase above

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

DAY 3 - Wilderness Husky Sled Safari and Sami Northern Lights

After breakfast you will be picked up from the Lodge and transferred to the kennels for what is for many a real highlight of a trip to the Arctic - driving your own sled dog team. With one Husky team between 2 people you can take turns driving over frozen lakes and through woods enjoying the beautiful snowy landscapes around you. Stop for a wilderness lunch in a Sami Tepee.

This evening Hakan, your Sami guide, will take you onto his land in Rautas. Learn about Sami life and see the Reindeer coral before taking an outing into the wilderness on a Snowmobile Sled.

Journey through the dark forest and glide over the frozen river in pursuit of the aurora borealis. Rautas is excellently sighted for viewing any northern lights activity over Abisko. At the end gather around the fire in the Sami Tepee to enjoy hot drinks and soup dinner. Hakan will give you great insight into the life of the Sami and their northern lights myths and legends.

Late evening drop back at the Lodge.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

DAY 4 - Airport Transfer and Flight Home.

Breakfast at Lodge and at leisure prior to direct transfer to the airport for your flight home after your action packed short break to Swedish Lapland.

Meals included: Breakfast

Optional extras  

Hot Tub experience at Máttaráhkká Lodge £65pp

Upgrade your Máttaráhkká Northern Lights Sami Lodge experience - enjoy a fabulous roof-top hot tub experience.  Kick back and enjoy the (hopefully) wonderfully clear skies and, with a bit of luck, you might even get to see the northern lights. You can also take advantage of a sauna if the tub isn't hot enough for you!

2 night Stockholm extension - from £250 per person, including transfers

Break your journey with a 2 night extension in Sweden's capital, Stockholm.  A typically northern capital, Stockholm plays host to a range of fascinating museums, including the Nobel Museum, some fabulous architecture and amazing cuisine.  Or maybe you'd just like to see the locations mentioned in the 'Millennium Trilogy' of books including 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo'.

One 'must see' is the new ABBA museum, which opened in May 2013.

Your break includes private driver transfers to and from Stockholm airport and 2 nights bed and breakfast at the ABBA Rival hotel owned by Benny Anderson. This fun hotel is centrally located and a short hop to all the major key sites.

What's included - summary

  • Flights
  • 3 nights at Northern Lights Lodge
  • Day Snowmobile safari
  • Day Husky safari
  • Sami Northern Lights & Reindeer Adventure
  • Northern Lights hunt
  • Sami Lodge dinner with aurora hunt
  • Ice Hotel Visit
  • Transfers and guides
  • All meals
  • Arctic Clothing loan

Departure Airports:

  • Heathrow, Gatwick. Manchester * or Stockholm.

* Manchester departures require night in Stockholm on outward journey.

If you have booked your own flights we can organise ground plans only.

Departure Dates:

  • 5th December 2017 - 31st March 2018

Costs:

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

Price per person - from £1,395

Departure Airports: Heathrow or Gatwick (Manchester subject to an additional night on the outward journey)

Accommodation

Máttaráhkká Northern Lights Sami Lodge

Northern Lights Lodge is a unique place to stay if you want to see the Northern Lights and experience beautiful surroundings and some great winter adventure.

The Lodge is away from any light pollution and faces north towards the Abisko alps, one of the best places in the world for northern lights hunting. It offers you a very warm, cosy and peaceful place to stay.

The Lodge has seven double rooms, each with a loft and en-suite bathroom. An open plan lounge with fireplace and comfortable chairs provides the perfect antidote to a day exploring the region. All meals are served in a dining room next to the lounge where at breakfast you can enjoy the panoramic view over the snow-covered mountains.

There is a relaxation area with a sauna where you can book an evening in the Northern Light hot tub situated on the Lodge roof with an excellent view over the night sky. Lie back, warm yourself with a cup of hot chocolate and gazing heavenwards in search of the Aurora.

You have free Wi-Fi, coffee, tea and biscuits and you can also borrow the snowshoes and cross-country skis for free, if you're feeling adventurous.

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Spectacular northern lights sightings
Enjoy a day snowmobile experience
Dog sledding is very relaxing
Stunning Aurora Borealis displays
The lights appear at a moments notice
Tour the IceHotel
Enjoy a drink at the IceBar