This has to be our favourite location for Arctic experiences including Northern Lights hunting.
Our 4 night break packs in a range of activities including:
Abisko is one of the most northerly villages in Europe. Surrounded by mountains and bounded by Lake Torneträsk, the village is a fascinating insight into life inside the Arctic Circle.
Due to its location, inland and surrounded by mountains, the weather in the area around Abisko is exceptionally stable (reportedly the area experiences the least amount of precipitation of anywhere in Sweden, whilst just a few kilometres away is the highest levels).
Principally, clear skies! Because the weather tends to push around rather than over Abisko.
Combine that with tiny levels of light pollution and the chances of being in the right place at the right time for Aurora spotting is very high.
Fly to Kiruna in Swedish Lapland where a guide will meet and transfer you to Abisko Mountain Lodge (1 hour), the base for your Northern Lights holiday. After check in kit yourselves out with the complimentary arctic clothing we provide.
Mina and Dick Johansson, your hosts, run a really friendly and warming Lodge, with a restaurant serving excellent meals using local ingredients.
This evening enjoy the excellent 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 visible you may be tempted to step out the door and gaze skywards! There is also the opportunity to wander out for a night walk in one of the best locations on earth for aurora watching.
Meals Included: Dinner
Abisko National Park is one of the most scenic locations in Sweden and today offers you the opportunity to be driven ' Alaskan Trapper' style by your Musher through this pristine environment.
As the dogs joyously pull you through fresh snow trails enjoy the contrasting beauty of Lake Tornetrask on one side, which totally freezes in Winter and the mountains shielding the National Park on the other. A truly spectacular way to spend a few hours!
Lunch will be enjoyed back at the lodge.
This evening after dinner at the lodge take the spectacular 20 minute chairlift ride up Mount Nuolja to the Aurora sky station. From this vantage point you have one of the best locations on earth for viewing the Northern Lights. If the aurora are out and lighting up the sky you will no doubt be outside gazing heavenwards in awe of this dazzling phenomenon.
If you would like to consider having the exclusive dinner at the Aurora Sky Station in Abisko see our optional extras below.
Transfer back to your hotel at around midnight.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Today you have two options which are dictated by weather and the train schedule.
Option 1 – Train Trip to Narvik
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 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.
In Narvik, where you have the opportunity to ascend to the observation deck of the Scandic Hotel and take coffee or lunch (not included), do 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.
Option 2: Explore Abisko National Park
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.
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 guests staying at Abisko Mountain Lodge. This gives you fantastic opportunities to see and photograph the aurora borealis in the wilderness of Abisko National Park.
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, Picnic Lunch and Dinner
After breakfast, Peter your Snowmobile guide, will meet you at the lodge and take you out for a 2 hour exploration of Abisko National Park.
As Abisko National Park surrounds Abisko Mountain Lodge you don't have to go far to get some awe inspiring views of the frozen Lake Tornetrask and the unique glacial formation of Laporten, which rises like a beacon out of the white desert!
There are few more picturesque places to snowmobile in Swedish Lapland.
For those of you who wish to really get out there we offer a 4 hour tour for a £60 per person supplement Our standard snowmobiling option is for 2 people sharing a snowmobile. Single snowmobile upgrade at £50pp.
Return for lunch at the lodge and an afternoon of relaxation.
This evening enjoy dinner at the Lodge prior to aurora hunting from one of the many vantage points at the lodge. A relaxing way to spend the last night of your northern lights holiday in Abisko
Overnight in Lodge
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
After breakfast and prior to dropping you at the airport, visit the world famous and original ICEHOTEL. Its Art Suites are works of art and additionally there is the Icebar, Chapel and the excellent shop to visit. If you fancy staying a night and experiencing this unique hotel then we can arrange this.
Alternatively, why not consider extending your break by adding in our Aurora Addicts Extension into Norway, or another option is to take time out and see Scandinavia’s capital city, Stockholm.
Meals included: Breakfast
What we include, and price
- Flights (from the UK) with one hold bag per person
- 4 nights at Abisko Mountain Lodge
- Night visit to the Aurora Sky Station in Abisko
- Northern Lights Photo Evening in Abisko National Park
- Day trip to Norwegian Fjords or National Park Adventure
- Husky Day Time Excursion
- Snowmobile adventure in Abisko National Park
- Ice Hotel Visit
- All meals, Transfers, Guides & Arctic clothing
Departure Airports: Heathrow, Gatwick, Manchester (limited) or Stockholm.
For clients wishing to travel from the USA, Australia and Asia we can advise of best options
Departure Dates: 01 December 2018 - 19 December 2018 / 03 January 2019 - 31 March 2019
Price £1,680 per person
Prices are based on flight from Heathrow, and conditional on two people sharing a twin or double bedroom at Abisko Mountain Lodge. Please call for single occupancy supplements.
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.
The recent addition of 4 superior rooms at the Lodge has been welcomed by our clients. Housed in a separate annexe across the courtyard these rooms add additional comfort and space. All en suite these rooms are for exclusive use by our guests during the Northern Lights Holiday Season
Take a day trip into the mountains and beyond into Norway and the beautiful fjord city of Narvik on-board one of our comfortable vehicles. Heading off along the shore of scenic Lake Torneträsk – the sixth largest and second deepest lake in Sweden – the tour slowly follows the famous Navvy Trail, giving a 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.
The tour continues up and over Björnfjell – a stunning 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. The beach is the next stop where you will have the opportunity to take in the spectacular vistas across the open water flanked by massive mountains on either side. Finally you will arrive in Narvik where you will enjoy a fish lunch and explore the city.
This beautiful journey to Narvik includes an entrance ticket to the newly built Narvik War Museum and Narvik Visitors Centre. This state-of-the-art facility, completed in June 2016, offers a glimpse of what life looked like in these majestic Fjords during the Nazi occupation of World War II.
During your time in Narvik you can also choose to wander through the streets of the city and discover your own adventure, enjoy a visit to the local shopping mall and come home with a souvenir from your visit. Don’t miss this beautiful journey to the fjords of Norway!
This evening rather than having dinner at the Lodge experience the gourmet dinner at the iconic Aurora Sky Station, allowing you an extra 3 hours in the Sky Station.
Take the chairlift up Mount Nuolja to the observatory which offers visitors a panoramic view over Lapporten, the Abisko Alps and Tornetrask. Enjoy a delicious three course mealat the sky station prepared using the best local ingredients.
Your chances of seeing the aurora are good. Abisko is blessed with many long, dark nights. In addition, there is minimal artificial light. Abisko is situated 250km north of the Arctic Circle and has the most cloud-free sky in Sweden.