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Swedish Lapland at Christmas

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Discover Swedish Lapland in all its Christmas finery

High above the Arctic Circle lies a land of myths, legends and phenomenal natural light displays. Discover Swedish Lapland in all its Christmas finery, home to the gravity defying Ice Hotel, frozen seas and some of the best spots in the world to be entranced by the Northern Lights.

Highlights
  • Evening at Brändön Lodge
  • Ice breaker safari
  • Time to explore Luleå
  • Gammelstad Old Town
  • Visit to the original Ice Hotel in Jukkasjärvi
  • Traditional Sami experience
  • Talk from Northern Lights expert Chad Blakley
  • Northern Lights photo safari
  • Aurora Sky Station
What’s Included
  • Standard Class Rail
  • 4* Hotel Accommodation
    Breakfast Every Day
    Evening Meals
  • Return Scheduled Flights

Swedish Lapland at Christmas 2017Tour Details

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Day 1 Flights
Flights

London to Luleå

Following a flight to the Swedish capital, we connect with our direct, internal flight to Luleå where we transfer to our hotel for the next two nights, the 4-Star Clarion Hotel Sense.

Includes:
  • Dinner
Days 2-3 Kiruna
Kiruna

Ice breaker safari and Kiruna

This morning we transfer by coach to Piteå, taking to the waters of the Piteälven River on a specially adapted craft that breaks through the ice that forms further out to sea. We return to Luleå this afternoon where you have some free time to look around.

Tonight we set out by coach for Brändön Lodge, a cosy hideaway that makes a Northern Lights sighting all the more possible. A drink on arrival and an array of local snacks, served in one of the Sami style tents surrounding the property, ensures a warm welcome, and before a buffet dinner is served there is time to meet the resident reindeer.

We board the train to Kiruna on Day 3, travelling up to ninety miles north of the Arctic Circle. Our home for two nights is the 4-Star Camp Ripan where we enjoy a welcome drink and sit down to four-course menu inspired by the Northern Lights.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Brandon Lodge
Days 4-5 Northern Lights
Northern Lights

Sami Experience and Abisko National Park

We begin today's explorations with a visit to the famous Ice Hotel, the first of its kind located, just outside of Kiruna in Jukkasjärvi. After lunch here we enjoy a 'Sami experience'. We catch the direct train to Björkliden on Christmas Eve, Day 5, a destination famed as one of the best places in Europe to see the Northern Lights.

After a festive film, dinner and a talk by Aurora photographer and expert Chad Blakley, one of his colleagues will escort half of us out onto the snowy tundra for a chance to capture the lights themselves. The other half of the group will visit the Aurora Sky Station in Abisko National Park, enjoying this photographic experience tomorrow.

Includes:
  • Day 4 - Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Day 5 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Sami Experience
  • Northern Lights
Days 6-7 Aurora Sky Station
Aurora Sky Station

Christmas at the Aurora Sky Station

Christmas Day is at leisure to until tonight, when we feast on a traditional turkey dinner before setting our for the Aurora Sky Station to observe the huge expanse of sky visible from the panoramic windows. Free from light pollution, this is another wonderful opportunity to see the Northern Lights. Day 7 is at leisure for you relax in the hotel or perhaps head out for a winter walk.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Traditional Christmas Dinner
  • Aurora Sky Station
Day 8 Flights
Flights

Homeward bound

We return to Kiruna airport today by coach for our flight back to London via Stockholm.

Includes:
  • Breakfast
Guest Speaker Guest Speaker
Guest Speaker

Chad Blakley

After moving unexpectedly to Abisko National Park with his wife a little over five years ago, Chad made the area his home after one magical winter inspired him to make chasing, photographing and helping visitors discover the magical Northern Lights his life's work.

A professional photographer since his teenage years, Chad's passion for the art form makes him the perfect guest speaker to help us begin to capture the best possible images of the Aurora. Note: If Chad is unavailable, one of his guides will deliver the talk.

Departure Times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

What’s included
What's Included

An escorted experience and all travel arrangements

  • The services of a professional UK Tour Manager from start to finish
  • Flights from London to Luleå and from Kiruna to London, via Stockholm
  • Standard Class rail travel throughout

Comfortable accommodation in your destination

  • 7 nights' hotel accommodation including 2 nights at the 4-Star Clarion Hotel Sense in Luleå, 2 nights at the 4-Star Camp Ripan Hotel in Kiruna and 3 nights at the 4-Star Hotel Fjället in Björkliden

Delicious meals included

  • 15 meals including 7 breakfasts, 1 Christmas lunch and 7 dinners, including a 4-course dinner in Kiruna and a Christmas turkey dinner

Exciting excursions and free time to explore

  • Evening at Brändön Lodge
  • Ice breaker safari at sea departing from Piteå
  • Time at leisure to explore Luleå including the church and Gammelstad Old Town
  • Visit to the original Ice Hotel in Jukkasjärvi
  • Traditional Sami experience including a delicious, authentic feast and storytelling
  • After dinner talk from Northern Lights expert Chad Blakley
  • Northern Lights photo safari with experts
  • Chair lift ride to the Aurora Sky Station
Not Included
  • Cancellation & Travel Insurance is not included in the price of the tour but can be arranged.
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