Abisko - Auroras and the ICEHOTEL®
- Duration:4 nights
- Suitable for: Ages 15+. See our terms for further information
ALL OF THE ACTIVITIES AND SERVICES LISTED BELOW ARE INCLUDED IN THE HOLIDAY PRICE
- Flights: return between London and Kiruna (via Stockholm). Regional and non-UK departures available on request (flight routes 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: Husky safari (sit on sled), Aurora snowshoeing, ice fishing, Aurora photography, Sámi Siida Museum visit and 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
Every year, without fail, this is one of our most popular holidays. This is not only down to the famed reputation that Abisko has for Aurora hunting, but also, the wonderful combination of the warm welcome your receive, the fantastic food and the memorable activities. Furthermore, you get the chance to spend the night at the original ICEHOTEL®.
Abisko's reputation for Northern Lights stems from the micro-climate that affects the area. Combined with some highly favourable prevailing winds, the mountains surrounding Abisko serve to break up the cloud, making the firmament one of the clearest in Northern Scandinavia.
Your base is the Abisko Mountain Lodge which almost instantly makes guests feel at home with its welcoming hospitality, modern Swedish décor and hugely enthusiastic guides. The scenery here is wild and stunning and the Lodge's slightly elevated position has a mountainous backdrop and views across a huge frozen lake.
As this is categorised as one of our balanced itineraries, the schedule is designed to give you a relaxed introduction to some much loved arctic activities. During your stay, you will enjoy a morning of ice fishing, a thrilling ride on a husky safari across the snow-covered landscape and an evening snowshoe Aurora hunt. You will also enjoy a wonderfully unique evening in the company of a hugely talented Northern Lights photographer who will take you to a prospective viewing point. They will provide you with SLR cameras all set up and ready to capture an image, all you will need to provide is your SD card and you can take the images home with you. This is a fantastic activity which will hopefully provide you with a wonderful keepsake to remember your travels.Read more
We especially love Abisko for its Northern Lights record. Cloud cover is always the biggest concern for a prospective Aurora hunter but Abisko is well known for its clear skies. The Northern Lights can never be guaranteed but your chances here really are very good.
The welcoming Abisko Mountain Lodge is one of our favourite places to stay, not only do you instantly feel at home but the owners Dick and Mina, really do all that they can to make your stay as enjoyable and memorable as possible.
Our guests spend three nights at the lodge before enjoying their final night at the world famous ICEHOTEL® for a truly memorable end to their holiday. You can choose to remain at the lodge if you prefer to just enjoy a tour of the ICEHOTEL®, simply discuss this with your travel expert.
Many of our guests also like to take advantage of the fact that Abisko sits on one of the main railway lines in Sweden. This means that we can arrange for you to combine Abisko with another spectacular region of Sweden and a night in the world-famous Treehotel prior to arrival. Please speak to one of our travel experts for details.
Image credits: ICEHOTEL® & Chad Blakley, Lights Over Lapland, Lola Akinmade kerström.imagebank.sweden. se, Petros Dermatas, Ellie Souti, Tjasa Gusfors, David Andren, Anna Katrin Kraus, Hans Aesch, Anna Sofia Maag, Asaf Kliger, Luc Voisin, Mathieu Brison, Rob Harding, Timsam Harding
Day 1 Arrival and transfers
Whether you are arriving at the airport or at the train station (having stayed at the Treehotel) you will be greeted by a driver and transferred to your accommodation at Abisko. The lodge resides close to the borders of the Abisko National Park so your transfer will take you through some dramatic scenery before your warm welcome at the lodge.
After the chance to settle into your rooms you will enjoy a delicious dinner with the group, following which there will be an introduction from your hosts. In your room, you will be provided with the cold weather clothing that will be yours for the duration of your stay.
Your first evening has been left free for you to relax and enjoy your surroundings. One of the great advantages of the lodge’s location is that you don’t have to go far to witness an Aurora should the conditions be favourable. The remote location and minimal light pollution mean that quite often the Northern Lights can be seen simply by stepping outside the hotel.
For those who would like to add nocturnal excursion then we can arrange for you to enjoy a Northern Lights sleigh ride this evening in a snowmobile-pulled sleigh or to visit the world famous Abisko Sky Station. Please see the ‘Personalise’ section for details.
Day 2 Husky safari and Aurora snowshoe
One of the most popular activities with our guests is dog sledding as there is something inherently joyful in travelling in this time-honoured fashion that is seemingly appealing to all.
Today you will be transferred to meet the enthusiastic dogs and chat with the mushers about their lives and work in the region. You will then be seated in a sled with the guide leading the dog team across the magnificent landscape. This activity lasts between two and three hours depending on conditions (including transfers).
If you would prefer to drive your own team of dogs then a shorter activity is available on request using a different route - please ask one of our team for details.
This afternoon is left free for you to set your own agenda. You may wish to relax or hire snowshoes from the hotel and explore your surroundings independently.
Tonight you will be heading out on your first nocturnal excursion with your guide should the conditions be suitable. This will be a gentle snowshoe walk to a nearby vantage point where hopefully the Northern Lights will be visible. The guides here are all exceptionally knowledgeable and passionate about the Aurora and will be happy to answer any questions you may have whilst you are waiting for a prospective display. Snowshoeing is great fun, allowing you to explore areas of deep snow with ease.
Day 3 Ice fishing and Aurora photography
Today you will be able to try your hand at a traditional Scandinavian pastime as you head out to enjoy ice fishing. Primarily developed as a means of food gathering in the long dark winter months, ice fishing today is a much-enjoyed hobby and many locals stock up their freezers with their catch.
After breakfast, your guide will lead you to the nearby Lake Torneträsk where all that stands between you and the fish-filled waters below is around two metres of ice. Using a traditional hand drill to break through the ice you then simply drop a line down and wait. The fun is in the anticipation, but hopefully, you will also catch a fish to supplement your evening meal (common fish found here include Arctic Char and Grayling). Even if you are not lucky enough to get a bite this is still a wonderfully relaxing way to sit back and enjoy the peaceful beauty of your wilderness surroundings.
After dinner, you will enjoy a very special activity as you set out to try and capture the Northern Lights on film. Under the guidance of a hugely talented Northern Lights photographer, you will be led to a local vantage point. The guides knowledge and expertise is beyond compare and they will provide you with an SLR camera perfectly set to photograph an Aurora. All you need to take is an SD memory card on which to store the images and you have the perfect souvenir of your holiday.
Day 4 Sámi culture and the ICEHOTEL®
After breakfast, you will bid farewell to the lodge and transfer to the ICEHOTEL®.
During your transfer down to Jukkasjärvi and the ICEHOTEL® you will have a brief stop off to visit a small Sámi information centre. Here you can explore the informative exhibits independently, purchase local handicrafts and see reindeer up close. Then it is onwards to the world famous ICEHOTEL®.
Upon arrival you will join a guided tour of this remarkable monument to snow and ice architecture and be able to witness the spectacle of the ice sculptures, the ICEBAR®, the wedding chapel (unless it is in use!) and best of all, the amazing and intricately carved Art and Winter Suites and sculpture hall. The hotel is redesigned each season and grows in scale and fantastical design with every incarnation. You will enjoy lunch in the warm restaurant here before checking in for your night in an Ice Room.
We can arrange for you upgrade to a Deluxe Suite or an Art Suite should you wish (all subject to availability). The ICEHOTEL® gets extremely popular so if you would like to upgrade your room type please book as early as possible. Dinner is not included and our guests principally choose to enjoy an á la carte meal at the ICEHOTEL’s ® restaurants but, if you wish to include one of the stunning five or seven-course taster menus, we can book this in advance to guarantee availability. All of the room and menu options available can be found in the ‘Personalise’ section of the holiday page.
For those of you who would rather enjoy the warm beds at Abisko for one more night, your transfer will get you back in time for another delicious meal and another evening of Aurora potential.
Day 5 Depart or extend your stay
This morning you will enjoy breakfast at either the lodge or the ICEHOTEL® before being transferred to the airport for your flights home.
En route home, we can arrange for you to stop off in the fabulous city of Stockholm - it may be a contrast to Lapland, but it is a wonderful and vibrant city to explore and enjoy. Details are shown in the 'Personalise' section of the holiday page.
Included in price
Abisko Mountain Lodge
Residing 100km from Kiruna, the small and friendly Abisko Mountain Lodge can be found in the wilderness of Swedish Lapland, offering mountain views and a warm welcome. Your hosts, Dick and Mina Johansson are so passionate about the environment in which they live and have made a huge success of this very special lodge.
The lodge is around 4km from Abisko National Park, famed for its hiking trails in the summer and ski trails in the winter. The beautiful natural scenery of Northern Sweden is just a short walk away.
- The lodge consists of one main building and a handful of smaller outer buildings. In the main building, you will find 20 rooms, the reception lounge, restaurant and the bar area
- The chefs here take great pride in the food, making great use of local and seasonal produce and traditional Swedish recipes. Breakfast is served buffet style, whilst lunch and dinner are set menus (lunch can also be provided to take with you on your daytime excursions)
- The lounge area in the lodge offers comfortable seating and a TV; perfect for socialising and relaxing in the evening. The bar area is located nearby, serving a range of beers, wines and spirits
- In one of the outer buildings, guests can make use of the sauna which is heated daily. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout and there is also a drying room for guests to store outdoor clothing
Guest room types
Double or twin rooms
There are 20 rooms in total at Abisko which are simple and modern, mainly providing twin beds, en-suite shower room and clothes hooks. There are only a handful of double rooms at the lodge with the remaining rooms offering twin beds only (it is not possible for these beds to be made up as double due to the shape of the room). There are no televisions in the rooms as all guests are encouraged to gather in the communal areas in the evenings.
The lodge also has a small collection of superior rooms, which are located opposite the main lodge building, only a short walk away. The superior rooms are larger and slightly more modern in style, enjoying all of the same amenities as the standard double or twin rooms, as well as tea and coffee making facilities. Superior room upgrade prices are available on request.
The Mountain Lodge also has four cottages which guest can book. These are a short walk from the main building and are simply furnished. Each has a mezzanine sleeping level which sleeps up to four people and there is also a double sofa bed downstairs along with a kitchenette and sitting area. The cottages have a toilet and a sink, but no shower facilities. Guests staying in the cottages have access to the showers in the nearby sauna building. These are open to all guests and not private to those staying in the cottages.
Located on the banks of the magnificent Torne River in the village of Jukkasjärvi, the ICEHOTEL® is the world's original ice accommodation. Now in its 26th year, the concept began when a Swede by the name of Yngve Bergqvist built a small igloo to display locally designed art. Some of the guests asked if they could spend the night and it was from these small beginnings that this concept began, rapidly growing in scale each season.
The hotel now boasts ICEHOTEL 365, a permanent structure, allowing it to be a year-round destination to it many visitors who travel across the world to sleep in a room of ice and snow. Containing deluxe rooms, art suites, an ice bar and a sculpture hall, this environmentally sustainable building is a construct of glass, metal and concrete, but with the same incredible standard and visual design of snow and ice on the inside, with cooling tubes to keep it at a temperature of around -5 at all times.
Alongside this is the classic ICEHOTEL® building, constructed purely of ice and snow and carefully crafted each December, utilising blocks from the nearby Torne River.
Home to ice rooms, winter suites and a chapel the structure is a marvel to see and, come summer, simply melts back into the river from which it came. Each year, architects, designers and artist submit designs for the hotel's features and a handful are chosen to go forward with their theme.
The hotel consists of several buildings including the main ice building and ICE HOTEL 365. We cannot guarantee which area our guests will stay in.
The rooms which are contained within the ice and snow building will not be available until after the 10th December.
- The reception is in the main warm building which also houses the lounge area, warm bar, dressing room, restaurant and gift shop which sells a selection of ICEHOTEL® themed gifts and locally sourced handicrafts
- Guests who are on a guided tour of the ICEHOTEL® will also visit the large warehouse where you can learn about how the hotel is constructed each season
- The restaurant serves breakfast lunch and dinner which include some wonderful Swedish favourites. Dinner reservations can be booked in advance with us
- As an alternative, guests can eat at the Homestead Restaurant which is a smaller, rustic restaurant a short walk from the hotel
- The classic ICEHOTEL® building is connected to a warm building which houses the toilets, showers and sauna. There are also lockers in here in which to store your valuables and clothes overnight
- The warm building also has a small number of bunk beds in case you decide your ice room is not for you
Guest room types
THE COLD ROOMS
The inside of the cold rooms is kept at around -5°C but you will be equipped with arctic grade thermal sleeping bags so you will stay surprisingly warm!
Please take note that the cold rooms are accommodated in two separate buildings. ICEHOTEL 365 is a permanent building constructed of metal, glass and concrete with an ice and snow interior kept cool via cooling tubes. Some rooms are also in the classic ice building which is made wholly of ice and snow and constructed afresh each winter season. We cannot guarantee which area you will stay in.
ICE ROOMS (in classic ice building) (only available after 10 December)
The ice rooms are the simplest designed rooms which are usually booked as standard. These are made of ice and snow and each contains a mattress topped with reindeer skins and also some ice furniture and carvings. They are closed off from the corridors via thick curtains as opposed to doors, but the thick walls of ice and snow allow for great sound insulation. There are usually around 15 rooms available for guests.
ART SUITES (in classic ice building) (only available after 10 December)
These are uniquely and beautifully designed by chosen artists around the world each year so offer a wide variety of themes and include intricate sculptures and carvings to reflect this. As with the ice rooms, these have curtains instead of doors and there are around 15 in total for guests to book.
DELUXE SUITES (in permanent ICEHOTEL 365 building)
The unique and enchanting Deluxe Suites 365 are individually themed and hand carved by artists commissioned throughout the world. To spend a night amidst the life like and exquisite carvings is a surreal and magical experience. You are awoken by sparkling colours which reflect from the ice and cup of hot lingonberry juice at your bedside table. A sauna session then awaits you before you enjoy a delicious breakfast. The Deluxe Suites are part of the new concept ICEHOTEL 365, available all year round thanks to a new specially designed building which is run on solar power. There are three different types of Deluxe suite available.
Deluxe Suite Hilla: Hilla Suites are beautifully decorated suites available throughout the year. They contain a bathroom, two comfortable armchairs, a shower and a sauna, which is directly connected to the bedroom. A comfortable bed decorated in reindeer hides and inclusive of a thermal sleeping bag lies at the centre. The design is a mixture of local culture and history created by Marjolein Vonk and Pia Sandgren. A heated relaxation area is available which provides storage for your belongings.
Deluxe Suite Jáuvre: These majestic suites are furnished with comfortable Carpe Diem beds covered in reindeer hides and inclusive of a thermal sleeping bag. Inside the room, there is a bathroom, two comfortable arm chairs, a shower, sauna and a bathtub. Similarly, to the other suites, the Jáuvre suites are designed with a combination of local culture and history by Marjolein Vonk and Pia Sandgren and they have a heated relaxation area from where you can store all your belongings.
Deluxe Suite Johka: This spacious suite contains a comfortable double bed, a connecting bathroom, two comfortable armchairs and double waterfall showers, which are directly connected to the room. The design features a combination of local culture and history and was created by Marjolein Vonk and Pia Sandgren. A heated relaxation area provides storage for your belongings.
ART SUITES 365 (in permanent ICEHOTEL 365 building)
These offer the same amenities as the art suites in the classic ice building but being part of the permanent building allows them to have a proper door. Each is independently and artistically designed by chosen artists and architects to reflect new carefully chosen themes each year. There are 12 art 365 suites in total.
THE WARM ROOMS
For those less keen on sleeping in low temperatures, the ICEHOTEL® also has a number of warm accommodation options:
KAAMOS HOTEL ROOM: Light and airy, these ensuite rooms have modern décor and furnishings. Each has a double bed or twin beds and TV.
NORDIC HOTEL CHALET: These are designed to accommodate up to four people. Each has one double/twin bedroom and one room with bunk beds, making them ideal for families or small groups of friends. Each has an ensuite bathroom with shower, small living room with fridge and kettle and TV.
ARCTIC CHALET: These have a double and a single room so are best suited to three people. Each chalet is en-suite and has a shower room, small living area, fridge, kettle, TV and telephone.
Please note: Prices are based on you spending the first or last night of your holiday in this unique accommodation and not keeping your original accommodation. If you would like to do this on any other night during your holiday you will need to keep your accommodation and supplements will apply.
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Abisko - Aurora sleigh rideFrom £108pp
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.Read more
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.
Aurora Sky StationFrom: £110pp
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.Read more about this activity
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
Stockholm City break
With our trips to Swedish Lapland primarily connecting through 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.Read more about this activity
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 harbourside 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 trends of nouveau Nordic cuisine 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
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Holiday group size (approximate)
Minimum 2 and maximum 16 people (approximately)
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
If your trip includes car hire the named driver must have a credit card registered in their name which they can present when they collect their car along with their driving licence, as a deposit will be held on the credit card. Please see your trip dossier for full details.
The minimum age for participation in our itinerary is 15 years old, however, for some activities and shared transfers, our guests may be joined by others and these may include those of a younger age. Any younger participants will be fully supervised by an adult and the guides will ensure that they are only able to participate if there will be no effect on the activity experience. None of the hotels we feature have a minimum age and so there may be families staying at them with younger children, especially during the holiday periods.
To drive a snowmobile you must have a full driving licence and be over 18 years old.
Difficult to improve on it really! 01 February 2017 by Derek and Marlene Baker
We’ve just returned and just wanted to thank you and say how brilliant everything was! The package basically ‘did what it said on the tin’! Absolutely brilliant. We had spectacular views of the Northern Lights (our main reason for going) and all of the activities were excellent. Everything went to plan, the staff at the hotel were very welcoming and friendly, the cuisine was first class. Difficult to improve on it really!
The whole holiday was really excellent 17 January 2017 by Rachel Miller and Daniel Maughan
The whole holiday was really excellent, all transfer arrangements were seamless and the activities really informative with very knowledgeable guides. The Abisko Mountain Lodge staff were incredibly friendly and we felt very looked after. The husky sledding was really good fun. A perfect pace of activities and definitely good to have the ICEHOTEL on the last night to acclimatize first!
A truly memorable holiday 18 February 2016 by Helen Coombs
Fantastic holiday! Loved every minute. (Most enjoyable activity?)...Photography because the Aurora was amazing the night we were out. Husky sledding- we were blessed with the most beautiful weather, which made it an exhilarating way to spend a morning in stunning surroundings. (Improvements?)...If possible, better internet connection at the Mountain Lodge. We had to come into the main living area if we needed to go online. This did not in any way spoil the holiday, and I would still stay at the same location if I went again. A truly memorable holiday.
Amazing Abisko 22 January 2016 by Lindsay Correa
Thank you for a fabulous trip - great staff, great service and great food make up for otherwise basic accommodation. Organised trips were fun, expertly guided and memorable. I would recommend a visit to the Abisko Sky Station, and the dog sledding experience is not to be missed. Overall a very enjoyable trip... not affected by the cloudy skies and poor visibility for Aurora viewing. We did see them once...
Abisko & the Icehotel Level 1 21 January 2016 by William Tompkins
My trip to the Northern Lights 24 March 2015 by Christopher Rastrick
Fantastic holiday. All trips, transfers and flights went perfectly, no delays. Accommodation at Abisko was adequate, meals were first class, staff brilliant; could not do enough. The ICEHOTEL was unique but would advise just one night stay in ice room! Overall brilliant; hoping to go again.
Well-considered and carried out 06 March 2015 by Judy Bridgeman
As a non-meat eater, (though I do eat fish), I felt the staff at the lodge did really well to provide me with tasty alternatives. I certainly felt I ate well! Joint most enjoyable were the Aurora photography and the dog-sledding. I was lucky enough to see a (3/10) Aurora on the night I was booked to do the photography, so benefited hugely by the knowledge and expertise of our photographer. The dog-sledding was such a pleasure. It was a delight first to see and hear the dogs' enthusiasm to get to work before we got going, and then their focused quiet concentration once we got on the move. And the peace and tranquility of the park as we travelled through it were absolutely wonderful. It was also so interesting to hear all about dog-sledding from Tommas. I thought you had got it organised perfectly. Brilliant location, really helpful and friendly staff both at the Lodge and leading the activities, and all aspects of logistics (travel/advance info such as Sweden dossier etc/transfers etc) well-considered and carried out.
Fantastic trip 06 March 2015 by Anne Dean
This was an absolutely fantastic trip - we loved just about every minute of it. We saw the Aurora Borealis in truly splendid form, and the dog sledding, ICEHOTEL and the area itself were absolutely mind-blowing.
The husky dog trail was magical! 03 February 2015 by Jane Parkin
The husky dog trail was magical! The snowshoe trail was so interesting with our guide Tim as he showed us the animal tracks and the constellations and talked about the local folklore. We were the luckiest couple that week because we saw one of the best Auroras that evening. Overall we had a wonderful holiday. The ICEHOTEL was a unique experience. The Aurora Borealis, the husky dog trail, supping reindeer soup in a tepee - they were once-in-a-lifetime experiences.
Watching the Aurora was the most enjoyable 30 January 2015 by Linda Hooper
Watching the Aurora was the most enjoyable. We saw it on three nights out of four, which was wonderful. Each night was completely different, and one night was so spectacular we were completely stunned. It was so close we could almost reach up and touch it!
Fabulous holiday 30 January 2015 by Jane Carr
Fabulous holiday thanks to the amazing help and advice received from Barry when choosing and booking the trip!!!!!!! The whole trip was amazing and we have recommended it to friends and family.
The guidance, advice and enthusiasm from your company was invaluable 02 January 2015 by Teifi Gale
Most enjoyable activity: Snowshoe trek for two reasons: an amazing Aurora display on our very first night and Tim, our guide, who was knowledgeable, passionate and took excellent care of us. Least enjoyable: Nothing! It was an amazing trip, the trip of a lifetime! The guidance, advice and enthusiasm from your company was invaluable.
I really enjoyed the team and the support I had 02 January 2015 by Ederson da Conceicao Jesus
I really enjoyed the team and the support I had. The flights worked pretty well, and we had great support from people in Abisko and Kiruna. The staff at the Abisko Mountain Lodge were polite, and very willing to help. I had a simple, but still wonderful lodging. The food was incredible and it has been a while since I ate so well. I think that our guide, Tim Nordström, also did a great job with Aurora "hunting" and ice fishing. I have no complaints. Definitely, this is a holiday I would recommend to everyone. Definitely, the most enjoyable activity was looking for the Aurora since that was my primary goal. I was downhearted at first because the weather was really bad in Kiruna and it remained so until we got to Abisko. When we got there, the weather shifted completely to clear skies and we were able to see the Aurora the same night. This reminded me of the fame of Abisko regarding the changes to see the Aurora there. In any case, we were really lucky since others were there for several days and could not see it. We were able to see it well for at least two nights. We had a show for about two hours on our first night and only half an hour on our second night. The third night was really cloudy and we could not see much, otherwise, it would have been incredible, since the cameras were able to detect the lights behind the clouds. I enjoyed all activities.
Hugely impressed with everything 07 April 2014 by Mary Wheal
Hugely impressed with everything; great organisation and information beforehand and whenever I phoned Aurora Zone with concerns or questions, I always received a patient and informative response. As for Abisko and the Mountain Lodge ... we were blown away by the beauty of the area, the wonderful people and the absolutely stunning food.
We had the most fantastic and memorable time 17 February 2014 by Fiona Wellings
We had the most fantastic and memorable time and have just arrived back from Stockholm. I have to say I was rather dreading the trip as it is more my husband's 'thing' than mine but I am now talking about doing all again!! Marvellous!!
Trip exceeded our expectations and really was a trip-of-a-lifetime 26 April 2013 by Mandi Farinacci
In February, my partner and I did the Abisko trip... it had been my lifelong dream to see the Aurora. This trip exceeded our expectations and really was a trip of a lifetime. The Swedish people really are a fantastic, friendly race of people who are welcoming, helpful and have a great humour. Abisko really is a very, very beautiful place and a perfect break from the craziness of working life in London!! Each activity was well organised with great guides who have great knowledge. The lodge was a relaxed and homely place to stay. Silka the husky (belonging to one of the guides) melted everyone's hearts!! The ICEHOTEL is even more incredible than I thought could be possible...we chose a 'warm room' and it was a really beautiful room with a lovely view. We saw our best Aurora standing in the middle of the frozen river here...magic! I even discovered that I was allowed to ice skate on the ice rink behind the local school - two minutes from The ICEHOTEL (which is open and free for anyone who wishes to use it), ...I'd taken my skates in the hope I'd find somewhere..absolutely brilliant! Aurora Zone had it all planned with no hitches...I can't recommend this holiday or this company enough!! Thank you!
Thank you so much for making our holiday memorable 07 January 2013 by Katie Lane
Thank you so much for making our holiday memorable - we had an amazing time and were thrilled it went so smoothly - fantastic organisation! I've attached some of our pictures - if they come in use for your next brochure that would be great!!!! I've recommended you to everyone!!!!
Lucky enough to see the Northern Lights 02 January 2013 by Richard Lee
Thoroughly enjoyable and we were lucky enough to see the Northern Lights.
Very well looked after 22 March 2012 by Elaine Wright
Dick and Mina at the Abisko Mountain Lodge, together with all their staff and the guides, are excellent. They are all so professional yet caring and treat you as an individual, not as 'just another tourist passing through'. We felt very well looked after.
Our trip to Abisko & the ICEHOTEL was excellent 22 February 2010 by Wayne Coe
Everything about the holiday was excellent from start to finish. We both enjoyed the husky sledding very much. The thrill of driving your own team of dogs over such a glorious landscape was unforgettable.