ALL OF THE ACTIVITIES AND SERVICES LISTED BELOW ARE INCLUDED IN THE HOLIDAY PRICE
- Flights: return flights from London to Luleå (via Stockholm) outbound and inbound from Kiruna to London (via Stockholm) Regional and non-UK departures available on request. Routeings are subject to change
- Transfers: return airport transfers, all destination transfers and train travel between Luleå and Abisko are included
- Accommodation: 3 nights winter cottage accommodation Brändön Lodge, 1-night Treehotel, 3 nights twin or double room at Abisko Mountain Lodge, 1-night ICEHOTEL® in an ice room. You can choose to upgrade your room at the ICEHOTEL® or spend your final night at Abisko (supplements/deductions apply)
- Meals: 8 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
- The following activities and equipment are included: Northern Lights hunt by snowmobile-pulled sled, ice fishing experience, snowmobile forest tour, two Northern Lights snowshoe hikes, husky safari and Aurora photography evening (the order of activities is subject to change)
- Cold weather clothing for the duration of your stay at Brändön Lodge, Abisko Mountain Lodge and the ICEHOTEL®
- Services of our expert local guides
The word 'ultimate' appears in the title of this holiday for good reason. This itinerary ticks so many bucket list boxes that it is hard to list them all here!
Starting at a lodge which looks out over the ice-bound archipelago around Lulea, you will head out on Northern Lights hunts as well as enjoy the delights of dog sledding and snowmobiling. You will stay in a winter cottage for your first three nights here and your fourth will be spent in a treetop room at the truly remarkable Treehotel, one of the most renowned architectural wonders in Sweden.Read more
A stunning train ride then takes you north to the Aurora Mecca of Abisko. Three nights at the famous Mountain Lodge here will allow you to hunt the Northern Lights and enjoy the stunning landscape as you take part in our Abisko - Auroras and the ICEHOTEL® holiday. This portion of the holiday will allow you to experience some of the Arctic highlights in a totally different environment. You will also enjoy an unforgettable Aurora photography evening, a favourite with all of our guests. Your holiday ends at the world famous ICEHOTEL® with an unforgettable night's stay.
Throughout this entire holiday, you will be in prime Aurora territory and many of your evenings will be dedicated to Northern Lights hunts with your expert guides.
This is an exceptional holiday which highlights the best experiences and adventures available in Swedish Lapland, all whilst providing outstanding Aurora viewing potential.
Image credit: ICEHOTEL, Rob Harding, Timsam Harding, Asaf Kliger, Peter Grant & Magnus Skoglöf & imagebank.sweden.se, Chad Blakley, Graeme Richardson, Pier Rynback
Flights, arrival and Northern Lights hunt via snowmobile-pulled sled
Upon arrival at the airport, you will be greeted by a driver who will transfer you to Brändön Lodge, your home for the next three nights.
You'll have some time to settle into your winter cottage before dinner in the main restaurant. We waste no time getting you out and about, though, so you will be straight out on your inaugural Northern Lights hunt.
Your guide will use all of their experience and knowledge as they lead you on an Aurora hunt using a snowmobile-pulled sleigh. Your destination will be chosen based on the weather and solar conditions and you will spend your first hours in the wilderness of Lapland awaiting a potential display of the Northern Lights.
This is an excellent way to start the holiday and, for many guests, it can feel a tad surreal. You will have started today in a bustling airport and will end it out in the wilderness and peace of Lapland. This is a great way to kick start your holiday in style.
Optional husky safari and ice fishing
Today has been left free for you to enjoy a leisurely morning and the stunning surroundings. We find that some guests love to simply relax or enjoy a stroll. If you rather be out and about we can arrange a husky safari for you. Trying your hand at dog sledding is an unforgettable experience. Details can be found in the 'Personalise' section of the holiday page.
This afternoon, you will enjoy the peace and quiet of the landscape during an ice fishing trip. This is a gentle way to spend some time absorbing your new surroundings and your guide will help you drill through the ice and drop your line into the waters below. Even if you do not land a catch, this is a delightful way to spend time in The Great Outdoors.
Dinner will be served back at the lodge tonight. As you head back to your cottage, ensure that you keep an eye on the sky above, you never know when the Northern Lights may start to dance above you.
Snowmobile tour of the forest, Aurora snowshoe and wilderness dinner
Today you will explore the forests surrounding the Luleå Archipelago on snowmobiles; an exhilarating experience.
After a full safety briefing, you will follow your guide and traverse the snow-laden landscape, making some stops en route to enjoy the incredible scenery and a hot drink. Snowmobiles give you the chance to journey further afield and gain a sense of the scale of the landscape which other means of transport cannot provide. Travelling in pairs you will each get the chance to drive and travel as the passenger so you can experience all that this activity has to offer (all drivers need a full driving licence and must be over 18).
Your second Northern Lights hunt utilises snowshoes in order to give you access to remoter areas of the forest. Snowshoes allow you to walk on the deepest snow with greater ease and your guide will lead you to a prime Aurora viewpoint deep in the wilds. You will stop for dinner around a campfire which will be prepared expertly by your guide. You will sit on reindeer skins and soak up the very special atmosphere, hopefully, the Aurora will provide some post-dinner entertainment.
Night at the Treehotel
After three nights it is time to bid farewell to Brändön and, following a relaxed breakfast, you will be transferred to the awe-inspiring Treehotel.
The rooms at the hotel are all entirely unique and each is completely individual. The architects involved were given free reign to make their most fantastical ideas a reality amongst the trees and the results are spectacular, room choices include The Bird's Nest, The Mirrorcube or The UFO to name but a few.
The rooms are suspended amidst the treetops (some are closer to the ground than others so please ask our Travel Experts so they can advise on the ease of access to each room - all room options are subject to availability) and each offers something completely different and totally unforgettable.
Tonight's evening meal will be served in the traditional guesthouse a short walk away from the tree rooms.
Train to Abisko and free evening
This morning you will awake in amongst the trees and enjoy the views from your room. After breakfast at the guesthouse, it is time to head to the train station for your train journey north to Abisko.
After your transfer, you will board the comfortable train for the 400km trip through Swedish Lapland. It takes around six and a half hours to reach your destination but the stunning fell and forest scenery will certainly keep you entertained as you head towards your next adventure. Lunch is not included today but you can pick up a light lunch and snacks near to the station or onboard the train.
Upon arrival at Abisko, it's just a short hop to the lodge with your guide. You will check into your rooms before a welcome dinner in the restaurant.
You will receive a briefing from your guide who will also hand out the cold weather clothing.
There will be some time for you to relax and catch your breath this afternoon after a packed few days. The saunas at Abisko always provide a welcome retreat for guests and there is also a hot tub which can be booked privately (this must be arranged and paid for locally).
There is no specific Aurora activity tonight, however, the beauty of Abisko is that if the conditions are conducive to a display you won't have to venture far to catch a great view of the Northern Lights. If you would like to include an additional Aurora hunt then we can arrange for you to search for the Northern Lights in a snowmobile-pulled sleigh, or journey up the mountain behind the lodge via cable car to visit the Abisko Sky Station. Please see the 'personalise' section for details of the available options.
Husky safari and Aurora snowshoe
Dog sledding is so popular with clients that we felt it would be rude not to give you the chance for a second outing with the huskies.
Today's trip takes place in very different terrain to the previous safari and so today you will let someone else take charge of the sled as your expert musher shows you how it is done. The benefit of travelling in the sled is that it gives you the chance to enjoy the surroundings and capture the experience on camera if you wish to do so.
It is possible to arrange for guests to drive their own sleds during an alternative safari but this is subject to availability and a supplement (please see the 'personalise' section for more details). You do need to be in good physical shape in order to do this and your participation is always at the guide's discretion.
Tonight, you will head out in search of the Northern Lights on snowshoes once more. The guides here at Abisko are Northern Lights obsessed and will use all of the latest forecasts to determine the best possible route for tonight's hike. If conditions are favourable it is unlikely that you will have to venture too far to witness a display at its best.
Free day and Aurora photography
Today is yours to spend however you wish to do so. You can relax in the hot tub (this must be arranged and paid for locally) or enjoy additional activities. You may want to try your hand at ice fishing one more time or enjoy another thrilling snowmobile tour (see 'Personalise' section for more information).
This evening you shall be led on an unforgettable Aurora hunt in the capable hands of a talented Aurora photographer. We know how many people delight in the idea of capturing a display of the Northern Lights on camera and tonight will give you the best possible chance. You will be provided with excellent camera equipment, all set to photograph the Northern Lights, so all you have to do is provide an SD memory card on which to store the pictures.
Your guide will spend almost every night of the Aurora season out hunting the Northern Lights with their camera and so you really could not be in more expert hands.
After breakfast, you will head south to the world famous ICEHOTEL®.
Lunch will be served in the warm restaurant before you are shown around the suites and communal areas in this stunning snow and ice construction. Make sure you have a good camera at the ready to capture the ice sculptures, the ICEBAR®, the wedding chapel and the real highlight, the amazing and intricately carved Art Suites.
This holiday includes a night in an Ice Room and we can arrange room upgrades if you wish to spend your last night in Sweden in one of the suites, please see the 'personalise' section of the holiday page for details. Although dinner is not included we can arrange a table reservation for you at one of the nearby restaurants, please see the 'accommodation' section for details.
If you would prefer to spend your last day and night at Abisko Mountain Lodge instead this can be arranged for you.
Depart or extend your stay
Following this epic Swedish adventure, it's time to transfer to the airport and catch your return flights home.
If you want to add one more experience to your list then we can also arrange for you to spend some time in Stockholm on your way home. This city has much to offer visitors and is a cosmopolitan contrast to Lapland and details can be found in the 'Personalise' section of the holiday page.
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Personalise this tour
Abisko - Aurora sleigh ride
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 Station
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
Brändön husky safari
You will head out for a two-hour safari (approximate duration), which will take you through snow-covered forests and across frozen lakes, offering stunning views all around. At the kennels, you will meet with the expert mushers and after a safety briefing, you will be assigned your team of enthusiastic dogs.
Travelling two people per team, you will then head out onto the trails. Back at the kennels, there will be plenty of time to make a fuss of the dogs and take photographs.
Abisko - snowmobile safari
One of the many highlights of Abisko is that it is surrounded by spectacular and untouched wilderness and one of the best ways to explore is to set off by snowmobile. These thrilling machines let you cover a great deal of ground more quickly.Read more about this activity
Before departure, you will be given full instructions and a safety briefing on how to handle the snowmobiles before setting of two people per snowmobile across frozen lakes and along wide mountain trails.
You will need a full driving licence and to drive a snowmobile and should be over 18. You can swap between driver and passenger during the trip.
Image credit: Lindsay Correa (client)
Abisko - ice fishing
Ice fishing is a much loved Scandinavian pastime in this region and has developed from a food-gathering necessity into a very enjoyable sport.
On this excursion, you will be led to the nearby Lake Torneträsk which can be topped with frozen ice up to a metre thick. Your guide will assist you in drilling through the ice with a traditional hand drill and then all you need do is drop down a line and wait.Read more about this activity
Patience is the key here, but a highlight of the activity is being out in the open wilderness and enjoying the serene beauty of your surroundings as you wait for a fish to bite.
The frozen sea is a sight to behold. A vast, thick sheet of shimmering white, stretching out far into the distance, it is hard to believe that the ocean lies below. The ship then cuts through the ice with apparent ease and suddenly the water is revealed. Shards of Ice surround the boat and you would be forgiven for wondering whether you are on an expedition to Antarctica. The title of the ship ‘Arctic explorer’ conjures up images of historic voyages and when you get out onto the open ocean it is difficult not to feel a sense of adventure.Read more about this activity
You will take a 35-minute transfer to Luleå from your accommodation at Brändön Lodge or Pinebay Lodge, before picking up a second transfer from Luleå to Piteå, which takes approximately 50 minutes. Following an introduction and safety briefing by the ship’s captain, the journey will begin in Pitsundskanalen, which is where the mouth of the river Piteälven meets the open sea. A mere 100 yards ahead of this point, the ocean opens out and there is a seemingly endless display of ice, which is easily broken by the ‘Arctic Explorer’. The ship leaves a trail of ocean behind and this makes it possible to bathe in the freezing water.
You will be given survival suits which will provide protection from the cold and also prevents you from getting wet. Following this, you will have the opportunity to float on the water. It is an invigorating experience, and when you are lowered into the ocean you may have feelings of trepidation, but this soon replaced by delight. You can also experience walking upon the thick Ice of the frozen sea, which is a surreal experience, particularly if you imagine the contrast of a summer’s day, where the water is flowing freely.
The cruise will last for approximately 2 hours. A hot drink and survival suits are included.
ICEHOTEL® - upgrades
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.
The first is a Deluxe Suite which resides in the ICEHOTEL 365 building, a permanent structure with an ice interior.Read more about this activity
These offer a wonderfully luxurious stay with an ice bed topped with extra thick mattress and reindeer skins alongside a private warm ensuite shower room and toilet with sauna.
The second option is one of the hotel's famed Art Suites in their classic ice building - 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.
Image credit: Paulina Holmgren & THE ICEHOTEL®
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Holiday group size (approximate)
Minimum 2 and maximum 24 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.
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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.