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Duration
6 days
Activities
  • multi activity
Accommodation
Meals
  • 1 Dinner
  • 4 Breakfasts

Price

Adult$2680USD

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Overview

Trip Code: SWW

Trip highlights


  • journey by overnight train from Stockholm to Lapland in the Arctic Circle
  • dogsledding through a winter wonderland
  • stay at the ice hotel with option to upgrade to an 'ice' room
  • search for northern lights at night by snowmobile
  • learn about the Sami reindeer herding semi nomadic lifestyle

A true trip of a lifetime that ticks all the boxes for the ultimate Arctic Circle experience perfect for the whole family. Swedish Lapland in winter is astonishingly beautiful with a subtle mountain landscape interspersed with frozen rivers, lakes and snow blanketed forests. Arriving in this landscape by overnight train from Stockholm is an extraordinary experience. At Abisko National park, the low precipitation micro climate maximises your opportunity to view the Northern Lights, whilst the snow capped peaks and lake offer the perfect backdrop for winter activities. Hike along a small stretch of the Kungsleden trail, visit a Sami camp and ascend to the Aurora Sky Station at night. Travel by train to Kiruna where two nights are spent at the Ice Hotel, the original Ice Hotel whose seasonal rooms are created by artists each year. Travel by dog sled through the winter wonderland and learn about these friendly and affectionate huskies. On the final evening, hunt for the northern lights on snowmobiles with dinner in a rustic cabin, capping off a thrilling Lapland adventure.

Trip Grading

introductory

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On arrival in Stockholm, make your way to the joining hotel in central Stockholm. We recommend you purchase a Stockholm card which is a cost effective way of seeing the main sights of the city including a boat trip to the Archipelago, hop on hop off bus and boat, Vasa Museum, Skansen Open Air Museum etc. For more details, see https://tinyurl.com/y3oygm7o

Meals:  Nil

Continue your exploration of this wonderful city including the old town centre, the Royal Palace and the Abba Museum (not included on the Stockholm Pass - bookings recommended). You also have the option of using one of the hotel bikes to explore the viewpoints of the city further (subject to availability). Early evening, you walk to the main train station of Stockholm for your train to Lapland. The hotel is a 7 minute walk from the station. Use the information boards to locate the train. It is worth stocking up on food for the train at the station (or at a supermarket earlier in the day), although the train does have food and drinks available to purchase. You will be accommodated for the journey in a private cabin with linen and blankets included.

Meals:  B

The train is expected to arrive late morning at the Abisko Turistation. Before that enjoy the twilight scenes around you of vast snow fields, mountains and forests. On arrival, make your way to the hostel where you will spend the night. It is a short walk through the snow to reach the reception. In the afternoon visit the Sami Camp to learn how the indigenous people lived in the 1800's. Later in the evening join a group and walk with a guide to the base of the mountain to take the chairlift to the Aurora Sky Station. At the base you are provided with an outer shell perfect to keep you warm on top of the mountain, together with snow boots. The sky station offers ideal conditions for viewing the northern lights. A guide provides commentary on the phenomena and you can have snacks and warm drinks at the bar. If the lights don't show, lie on the snow and soak up the starry night and take in the expansive views to Abisko. In the event of poor weather, where the chairlift is not operational, an alternative activity will be offered (no refunds are available).

Meals:  Nil

Morning at leisure, before you walk with your luggage to the train station for your 1.5 hour train ride to Kiruna. On arrival you will be met and transferred to the Ice Hotel, a 30 minute drive. The remainder of the day is free to explore the area around the hotel. Tours of the hotel are available for all guests free of charge. The main restaurant serves gourmet meals with local specialties such as reindeer, moose and arctic char - bookings recommended.

Meals:  B

After breakfast, head out on a dog sled adventure (2 hours), learning on the way about the traditional transport used for centuries, the care and treatment of the dogs and the terrain of woods and frozen lakes. Travelling behind the wagging tales is an experience not to be missed. Enjoy Fika, traditional Swedish coffee where making the brew is all part of the experience. There are many other activities available to book at the Ice Hotel such as an Ice Sculpting class or you can walk 15 minutes up the road to visit Nutti Sámi Siida where you can feed reindeers and have a traditional Sami lunch. This evening, join with a guide and group on a snowmobile adventure with dinner at a countryside hut. With luck the skies will be dancing for you tonight!

Meals:  B,D

Following breakfast at the hotel, check out and perhaps a last visit to see the dogs or walk on the river, you are transferred to Kiruna airport where the trip concludes.

Meals:  B


Inclusions

  • 4 breakfasts - breakfasts are buffet style with a range of options including hot and cold dishes and beverages
  • 1 dinner - 2 courses in a rustic cabin on snowmobile excursion
  • 1 night in 4 star hotel on a quad share basis with ensuite including use of bikes and hotel activities such as yoga, movie's and table tennis (according to daily schedule), 2 nights Ice Hotel in a warm cabin with 2 bedrooms and ensuite (option to upgrade one night to a quadshare 'Ice' room - supplement applies), 1 night hostel in quadshare room with shared facilities, 1 night overnight train in quadshare of 6 berth cabin
  • information pack per room booked
  • emergency hotline
  • transfer from Kiruna train station to the Ice Hotel on day 4 and from the Ice Hotel to Kiruna Airport on day 6
  • Train ticket Stockholm/Abisko/Kiruna
  • 2 hour dog sled excursion
  • Evening snowmobile excursion
  • Aurora Sky Station excursion
  • Sami Camp Excursion

  • Travel to Stockholm and from Kiruna
  • lunches daily and dinners except on day 5, breakfast on day 3
  • activities and entrance fees not mentioned as included
  • drinks
  • Items of a personal nature such as phone calls, laundry etc.
  • travel insurance (mandatory)

Grading

introductory  

This trip is graded introductory and is suitable for people with good mobility and a reasonable level of fitness to comfortably complete all activities. You will need to carry your luggage from Stockholm hotel to the train station (450m) and through snow from Abisko Turistation to the lodge (350m), plus in and out of the train carriage. The activities are suitable for children from age 6 and above.


Departure dates

Daily from 15 Dec to 31 Mar

Notes

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price is based on 2 adults and 2 children. For different family groups, please ask us for a price.

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