Price from £1,535pp
All prices include: flights, transfers, accommodation, meals, guided activities and cold weather clothing; all as listed.

Key facts

  • Duration:4 nights
  • Pace:Active
  • Suitable for: Ages 18+. Please see our terms for further information
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  • Flights: Return flights between London and Kiruna (via Helsinki). Regional and non-UK departures available on request. Routings are subject to change
  • Transfers: Return airport transfers
  • Accommodation: 3 nights' accommodation in a twin room at Abisko Mountain Lodge and 1 night in an Ice Room at the ICEHOTEL®. You can choose to upgrade your room at the ICEHOTEL® or spend your final night at Abisko (supplements/deductions apply)
  • Meals: 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
  • The following activities and equipment are included in the price: Aurora snowshoe trek, ice climbing, husky safari, snowmobile safari, Aurora photography, Sámi culture, guided tour of the ICEHOTEL® (the order of activities is subject to change)
  • Cold weather clothing is provided for the duration of your stay
  • Services of our expert local guides

Our Abisko Level 2 trip is perfect for those looking for exciting activities, fantastic Aurora prospects and a warm, welcoming lodge. Abisko resides in a bowl of mountains with prevailing winds which help to break up the clouds, helping to maintain clear skies; ideal for viewing the Northern Lights. Combine this Aurora potential with the chance to spend the night at the world famous ICEHOTEL® – an architectural wonder of snow and ice – and there is little wonder this is one of our most popular destinations.

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Staying at Abisko Mountain Lodge is a wonderful experience. Your hosts Dick and Mina are true outdoor addicts and the lodge is their passion. This small lodge offers delicious food and a bright and modern interior. It’s the location however, which really steals the show, as Abisko is surrounded by the rugged mountains of Swedish Lapland and the Abisko National Park is just a short distance away.

The activities make the most of the remarkable landscape with ice climbing up a frozen waterfall, snowmobiling through the wilds and enjoying a thrilling husky safari all being included. This is the only holiday we feature where guests are provided with their own team of dogs and their own snowmobile for the activities meaning that you can venture further into the wilderness and experience these activities in all their glory.

Evenings will be focused on Aurora hunting; with hunts using snowshoes as well as a wonderful evening with a Northern Lights photographer.

Your holiday culminates in a stay at the staggering ICEHOTEL® for a tour and your choice of room type for the night (subject to supplements and availability).  If you do not want to spend the night then you can choose to return back to the lodge following lunch and a tour of this awe-inspiring accommodation.

This trip is one of our most active trips and with activities such as ice climbing included you will need to be reasonably fit in order to make the most of the experiences. You will find that the huskies and the snowmobiles do the majority of the hard work for you during the other activities, so you should still see this as a holiday!

If you would like to experience another of Sweden’s accommodation wonders then we can also arrange pre-tours staying at the Treehotel – where incredible concept rooms (the UFO and Bird’s Nest amongst them) are suspended or built within the trees. Details of all of the options available can be found in the ‘personalise’ section of the holiday page.

Image credits:  Tjasa Gusfors, David Andren, Anna Katrin Kraus, Hans Aesch & Asaf Kliger, ICEHOTEL® & Klas Tigerstrm & Paulina Holmgren, Chad Blakley Lights Over Lapland & Lola Akinmade Åkerström & 

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  • Aurora Sky Station

    From £95pp

    The Aurora Sky Station is a wonderful Northern Lights viewing base located on Mount Nuolja, 900 metres above sea level in Abisko. To reach the summit you will travel via chairlift and, on a clear night, you can enjoy spectacular views across the mountainous landscape.

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    At the station guests can enjoy a lookout tower with panoramic windows, in addition to a Northern Lights exhibition, a café and a souvenir shop.

    Abisko, as an Aurora Zone location is renowned for its frequently clear night skies, as the prevailing winds and surrounding mountains help to break up cloud cover. This should hopefully ensure that should conditions be right, you will enjoy a wonderful view of the sky, given the minimal light pollution at the station.

    Guests should be aware however that the chair lift to get to the station is not covered (you will be provided with warm overalls) so should the weather be unfavourable then the lift will not operate. On these occasions you will remain in the Aurora Lounge at ground level and enjoy a Northern Lights film and talk.

    The popularity of the Sky Station means that we would strongly advise you to book your visit in advance to ensure availability. Please note however that once your date is booked it cannot be cancelled or rearranged should the Aurora and weather conditions be poor.

    Image credit: Katie Lane

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    Abisko Aurora Sleigh ride

    From: £85pp

    An excellent addition for those who want to really maximise their time at Abisko and spend another evening enjoying an Aurora excursion.

    Travelling in a snowmobile-pulled sleigh, your guide will lead you on a hunt for the Northern Lights during a safari lasting around two and a half hours.

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    This is a relaxing activity, as all you have to do is sit back and keep a close watch on the sky for any potential sight of the Aurora. Your guide will select a spot, deep in the mountains, where the light-free skies are ready to provide the perfect backdrop to any potential display of the Northern Lights.

    Warm drinks will be enjoyed as you all await the Aurora.

  • Husky safari, Abisko

    Drive your own husky team

    From: £135pp

    Dogsledding is the ultimate Nordic activity, and this option allows you to control your own team of bounding huskies. You will ride around the tranquil landscape near Abisko, taking in a host of natural sights. Huskies live to run, and their irresistible energy will definitely carry you along. It is immensely rewarding to drive a dogsled for yourself, just like the locals do.

    Total duration: Approximately 2hrs

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    ICEHOTEL® Northern Lights Suite or Art Suite upgrade

    From: £50pp

    With an overnight experience in the ICEHOTEL® being a 'bucket list' item for a lot of guests we have given our visitors the option to spend the night here on the last night of their stay. The standard upgrade is to one of the wonderful ice rooms but if you really want to splash out there are two styles of suites for you to upgrade to.

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    The first is a Northern Lights Suite, all of which are designed to reflect the magnificent spectacle of the Aurora Borealis. In each room, the bed is enveloped inside a sweeping sculpture of snow and ice which is complemented with a light projection of the Aurora onto the ceiling.

    The second option is one of the hotel's famed Art Suites – the height of sophistication in ice design. Each season, artists, designers, architects and engineers from around the world submit designs for these suites, with only a handful winning a commission to make their dream a reality. In the past these designs have been strikingly bold and beautiful, showcasing incredible talent with themes such as forest fairies, polar bears, dragons, origami and time.

    Please bear in mind that the popularity of the ICEHOTEL® in combination with the small number of available upgrades means that we would strongly advise you to book in advance should you opt for one of these suites as availability can be limited.

    Please note: The ICEHOTEL® opens gradually in several phases. The first phase is completed mid-December and each week a new section will open. More suites and rooms will be available each week until mid-January when the construction of ICEHOTEL® is completed in full.

    A stay at the ICEHOTEL® does not include dinner and therefore your holiday will include one meal less than stated in the 'What's included' section of the holiday page. 

    Image credit: Paulina Holmgren & THE ICEHOTEL®

  • Stockholm Old Town Christmas Market, Credit: Jeppe Wikström

    Stockholm Christmas Markets

    When Christmas comes to Stockholm, its historic islands and bridges are filled with the twinkle of decorative lights and bathed in the fragrance of ‘glögg’, or ‘mulled wine’. Plunge right into the heart of this festive environment with a visit to the city’s wonderful Christmas markets.

    We’ll arrange for you to stay in full comfort at a central hotel. You will be a short transfer away from all the stalls, sounds and seasonal activity. There are two Christmas markets which we would particularly recommend:

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    Old Town Christmas Market

    Appropriately, the Old Town Christmas Market is the oldest in Stockholm, tracing its roots back to 1523. Since 1915, it has been annually run in Stortorget, the charming ‘Great Square’ of the city’s Gamla Stan area. You will find plenty of glögg to go around here, as well as a tempting variety of traditional sweets, smoked reindeer meat and sausages, local handicrafts, and lovely ornaments.

    Running daily from 21 November to 23 December 2015

    Skansen Christmas Market

    As the oldest open-air museum in the world, Skansen lets its visitors experience living Swedish history. It’s also home to one of Stockholm’s finest Christmas markets, which was first held on-site in 1903. In addition to sweets, mulled wine and handicrafts, the Skansen Christmas Market also offers mouth-watering Swedish dishes like grilled herrings and savoury pancakes. You will be able to take part in craft workshops, listen to an advent concert and meet Nordic animals.

    Open from 10:00 to 16:00 every weekend in Advent: 28-29 November, 5-6 December, 12-13 December and 19-20 December 2015

    Image credit: Jeppe Wikström, Maria Johansson
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    Pre-tour to the Treehotel

    From: £495pp

    Many of our guests look to extend their time in Swedish Lapland and so we have created the opportunity for you to do so, whilst at the same time, having the chance to stay in one of the most unique hotels in Sweden!

    The Treehotel near Luleå is a wonderful example of world-renowned Swedish architecture at its best and allows you to sleep in spectacular concept rooms constructed high in the trees. The rooms offer dazzling views of the rivers and forests that stretch as far as the eye can see.

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    Crafted amongst the trees, the rooms are accessible via ladder or bridge and have been designed to be welcoming and comfortable, whilst showcasing cutting edge design.

    The Bird's Nest reflects its name, hanging high in the trees and clad in hundreds of branches so as to appear virtually hidden. The Cabin is a sleek and modern capsule overlooking the valley, with large windows. The Mirror Cube is one of the hotel's most beautiful sights from the outside, subtly camouflaged amongst the trees as its mirrored glass exterior reflects the surrounding forest. The Blue Cone is closer to the ground and has been designed around simplicity and stability. Finally the whimsical UFO will give you the joyful feeling of a spaceship hideout.

    Any of these rooms can be requested in advance during your stay but please be aware that all are subject to availability. Due to ladders, there are certain rooms we wouldn't advise to those with accessibility concerns but our Travel Experts are be happy to discuss your options with you.

    Your stay at the Treehotel will also include breakfast and dinner at the nearby Britta's Guesthouse. After your night at the Treehotel you will travel by train to begin your stay at Abisko or Tärendö.

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    Stockholm City break

    With our trips to Swedish Lapland primarily connecting thorough Stockholm, guests have the perfect excuse to stop for a night and enjoy this wonderful capital city.

    Frequently described as one of the most beautiful cities in the world, the cityscape is unparalleled and consists of 14 islands and islets that are connected by over 50 bridges.

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    The bright elegance of the city is a combination of its old town (Gamla Stan) with its narrow medieval alleyways and sturdy cobbled streets, its harbour side locations, and its central metropolis complete with bustling commercial heart.

    Accommodation is varied and plentiful in the city and we can arrange accommodation of all styles and to suit all budgets so please contact our Travel Experts for their recommendations and suggestions on where to stay.

    There is much to enjoy here. For a taste of history and culture guests can visit the Nobel Prize Museum which showcases previous recipients or visit Drottningham Palace, the grand homestead of the Swedish Royal family. The UNESCO listed Woodland Cemetery (Skogskyrkogården) is also a recommended architectural attraction as is the island of Bjorko which is an important trading centre dating back to the Viking era.

    Stockholm is an easy city to walk around and relax in, with over 30% made up of waterways and another 30% made up of green spaces. The city also has remarkably efficient public transport – the Metro which opened in 1950 is well known for its decorated stations and is often referred to as the longest art gallery in the world.

    When it comes to food and drink visitors can sample traditional Swedish food (Husmanskost) such as meatballs and reindeer but can also sample some of the modern trend of nouveau Nordic cuisine which is featured in several unique restaurants throughout the capital.

    This is a vibrant capital city and it is well worth dedicating some time to enjoying all it has to offer.

    Image credit: Helena Wahlman & imagebank.sweden. se

We include more, no hidden costs

On each of our holidays you will see a clear outline of exactly what's included in the price of your holiday. We never use 'headline' or 'lead-in' prices like so many tour operators, as we prefer to include as much as we can, rather than see our clients incur considerable additional costs in our destinations.
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Departure dates between
Tue 01 Dec 2015
to Sun 20 Dec 2015
Adults£ 1,595 Single Adult£ 1,745 Enquire
Fri 01 Jan 2016
to Sun 10 Jan 2016
Adults£ 1,565 Single Adult£ 1,715 Enquire
Mon 11 Jan 2016
to Sun 31 Jan 2016
Adults£ 1,535 Single Adult£ 1,685 Enquire
Mon 01 Feb 2016
to Sat 13 Feb 2016
Adults£ 1,615 Single Adult£ 1,765 Enquire
Sun 14 Feb 2016
to Sun 21 Feb 2016
Adults£ 1,695 Single Adult£ 1,845 Enquire
Mon 22 Feb 2016
to Mon 29 Feb 2016
Adults£ 1,615 Single Adult£ 1,765 Enquire
Tue 01 Mar 2016
to Thu 31 Mar 2016
Adults£ 1,615 Single Adult£ 1,765 Enquire

For our full booking terms and conditions please click here

Group sizes and minimum numbers

Most of our holidays require a minimum number of participants to operate. Minimum numbers are detailed on each holiday page and are always approximate. Group sizes for tailor made holidays will vary for each of the activities. For private departures you may also be joined by other guests during the activities unless you have discussed specific private activities with us.

If your selected date has not yet reached minimum numbers you will be informed at the time of booking. In the unlikely event that your chosen date has not reached the required minimum numbers nine weeks before your scheduled departure date we will contact you and discuss the various options available to you. We will always do all we can to operate a holiday and in some cases we may be able to operate the holiday by combining your itinerary with that of other guests for some activities (this may mean that the maximum group size is increased but this will be discussed in full with you).

If we are unable to operate the holiday then you will be offered the chance to transfer to an alternative holiday or date (subject to availability). If the alternative is more expensive you will be asked to pay the difference, if it is cheaper then you will be reimbursed. You will also be offered the option to cancel and receive a full refund of all monies paid.

See our booking conditions for further information.

Order of activities

The order of activities is always subject to change and you will be provided with your final itinerary upon arrival at your destination

Medical History and advice

If you or any member of your party is pregnant or has any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday or has any special requirements as a result of any medical condition or disability (including any which affect the booking process), please tell us before you confirm your booking so that we can assist you in considering the suitability of the arrangements and/or making the booking. In any event, you must give us full details in writing at the time of booking and whenever any change in the condition or disability occurs. You must also promptly advise us if you become pregnant or any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday develops after your booking has been confirmed.

See our booking conditions for further information.

Experience and fitness

We offer a vast choice of holidays which range from 'relaxed' to 'active' so there really is something for everyone and our holidays can be filtered by how active they are. Regardless of the chosen holiday, all activities will include tuition from a beginner's lever and no prior experience is assumed.
If you are unsure about the physical demands of a particular holiday please contact us and our expert team will be happy to help.
See our booking conditions for further information.

Guides and safety

It is absolutely essential when partaking in any activity that you listen very closely to, and abide by, the instructions provided.

If there is anything that you are unsure of during a safety briefing or that you would like to clarify with the guides please make this clear to them immediately before starting the activity.

Our guides' word on activities is always final and your safety is their principal concern at all times, please respect their decisions. By following their instructions, your safety and enjoyment during each activity will be greatly enhanced.

See our booking conditions for further information.

Booking activities locally

In almost all of our destinations you can book and pay for additional activities locally. Please note that we cannot be held responsible for any injury or loss that occurs through any activities that are booked in your destination (see our terms and conditions for further details).

Please always ensure that your safety is your primary concern when arranging any such activity.

Fitness: You do not need to be Ranulph Fiennes to enjoy this holiday but being active will help to improve your enjoyment and guests should ideally have a reasonable level of fitness to participate. This is principally to ensure that you can make the most of the experiences. Whilst dogs and snowmobiles do most of the hard work during some activities, these are still real wilderness trips in mountainous terrain and therefore can be tiring. 

  • It is hard to choose as the whole trip was amazing 02 January 2015 by Natalie Tomlinson

    It is hard to choose as the whole trip was amazing but the husky trip was something that we will never forget. We were fortunate enough to be the only two on the trip which meant we spent the whole day in the national park learning everything we wanted to know about the area, the huskies and the way of life. The guide cooked a delicious lunch of reindeer and we sat and watched the sun go down. To
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    top it off as we were coming home we saw the Northern Lights and managed to get some great pictures with the husky dogs. We had a trip of a lifetime and everything was very well organised.
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  • Amazing Sweden 2014 31 March 2014 by Novia Lim Jingwei

    Snowy ride of a lifetime, dog sledding, ice climbing, reindeer feeding, ICEHOTEL and breathtaking Auroras for three nights. 

  • An awesome experience 04 February 2014 by Mai Wakatsuki

    Overall an unforgettable experience and has inspired me in lots of different ways. Abisko Mountain Lodge - fantastic hostess Mina. She is friendly, personable and efficient. Good briefing and allocation of warm clothes. Food is impressive. All bread rolls, cookies and crackers are home baked and tea and coffee facilities available 24/7. Really nice touches too when we walk in from the cold.
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    Homemade home picked fish, vegetables make it taste delicate and fresh. Excellently presented food. Accommodation is basic, although warm and functional. The common space of the reception area was particularly cosy, sat around talking to other guests with feet on the table and blankets around to have a snooze! Made some nice friends and shared experiences. Husky safari was very special - knowledgeable guide whose life is devoted to looking after the dogs. Ice climbing was energetic and as a complete novice, I felt safe with the equipment and the instructor. He supplied extra warm jackets so we didn't get cold at all at -25 and standing around! The snowmobile trip took us into the national park and covered distances that we couldn't have done on foot. Lovely, lovely, lovely. Awe-inspiring scenary. Walking along to the frozen lake at 9pm and witnessing a two hour Aurora show was staggeringly beautiful and left me speechless (take loads of disposable hand and feet warmers, silk glove liners and fleece neck tube). Trip to the Sámi reindeer farm was also special - bought a reindeer skin which was half the price of what it would be at the ICEHOTEL and third of the price at the airport! ICEHOTEL - what can I say? Absolutely phenomenal breathtakingly elegant, simple, beautiful place. It is touristy, but after 6pm when the day guests leave, it is pretty quiet and beautiful. We ate at the Homestead restaurant but walking along the frozen Torne River to get there was also special. The night was comfortable, as long as one knew how to zip up the sleeping bag correctly to stop any air going in and out of the bag. Don't share a double sleeping bag, which I heard caused a lot of marital disharmony in the night! Breakfast and lunches were fabulous at the ICEHOTEL with lots of nice nuts and berries as well as the fry-ups if you fancy them. We are so impressed with the holiday. Abisko seems to have a good reputation of having clear nights and I would recommend anyone who wishes to see the Northern Lights and to do other activities to choose this holiday.
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  • Excellent trip to Abisko and the ICEHOTEL 29 April 2013 by John Kerr

    Our trip to Abisko and the ICEHOTEL was excellent. Dick, Mina and their team at Abisko Mountain Lodge were wonderful hosts, the accommodation is warm and comfortable and the food was excellent. The various activities were great fun - snowmobiling and husky sledging were both exciting - though at least we felt the huskies knew what they were doing, even if we didn’t. Ice climbing was challenging
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    - not a huge height (thank goodness) and very safe, but it certainly got the adrenalin going and it was a great feeling of achievement to reach the top. The Aurora appeared briefly on our first night but a couple of nights later, after a fruitless trip up to the Aurora Sky Station, we arrived back at Abisko Mountain Lodge and had a last look at the sky before going in. We spotted some colour in the sky, quickly shouted to everyone to come out, and enjoyed over an hour enthralled by the Aurora sweeping and swirling across the sky. A truly amazing sight. The ICEHOTEL was another 'experience' we stayed in one of the new Northern Lights Suites, which was great fun. The restaurant was excellent and the Ice Bar great fun with lots of cocktails themed on the various Art Suites. Not our best ever night’s sleep, but not one of our worst either! Well worth the visit - the ice sculptures are amazing. John and Frances Kerr
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  • My 30th Birthday present to myself 25 February 2013 by Melissa Bridge

    Here are just a few of my favourite snaps of my wonderful dream come true holiday....  Staying at the Abisko Mountain Lodge was lovely, great owners and friendly staff, food amazing and the guides to the activities chosen were excellent.  Sampled dog sledging, (scary but great fun), snowmobling though the wilderness and ice rock climbing up a frozen waterfall...  We were fortunate
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    enough to see the Northern Lights on our first night and a bit on the second, but just to see them was a dream come true and the icing on the cake was to stay at the world famous ICEHOTEL. Best four days in a long time and never to forget.
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  • Truly great experience 18 December 2012 by Beatrice Bouju

    A truly great experience. Abisko Lodge was a great surprise, warm and welcoming, with excellent food. Very accomodating, friendly, clean. Mina has the perfect personality and manegement skills. The pastry chef/baker is excellent. The program was well balanced and organised. All activities were superb. 

  • Outstanding holiday experience 13 March 2012 by Brian Neat

    Quite simply an outstanding holiday experience!!.....If we had not got to see the Aurora on this trip, it would still have been a fantastic holiday....our time at Abisko was brilliant, thanks to Dick, Mina and their staff. The food was delicious and the guides on the activities were outstanding. We did get to see three spectacular nights of Aurora activity, each one different and if only
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    my photography skills could have made a better job of capturing it!!!
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  • Overall the best holiday I have had 16 December 2010 by Clare Ledger

    Everyone was so friendly and calm, the food was amazing though of course the ICEHOTEL dinner was expensive but that's a given plus it was excellent service, presentation and atmosphere. I couldn't ask for better guides at Abisko. Overall the best holiday I have had.....and my parents say so too and that's saying something!

  • The most extraordinary holiday I have ever experienced 23 February 2010 by Carly Wilkinson

    Having returned last night, I just wanted to say a huge THANK YOU for organising what has possibly been the most extraordinary holiday I have ever experienced. Up in Abisko - I saw the most spectacular Northern Lights display (although I appreciate this was luck!) and also the activities were absolutely excellent. The place was beautiful, the ICEHOTEL a really wonderful experience, the people were
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    lovely, the group was nice and small - I literally cannot fault a single thing. I will be recommending this company to anyone who will listen in the future! Thank you again, so so much.
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  • I cannot rate your company enough 08 December 2009 by Peter Maddison

    I cannot rate your company highly enough. Barry was very helpful, thoughtful and reassuring. I had confidence we were being told the truth and I completely trusted his advice. I am telling everyone about the holiday - and your company. 

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