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Northern Lights over Swedish Lapland

(Tour code: SLW17)A land of myths, legends and phenomenal natural light displays

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

Tour Highlights
  • Luleå
  • Ice breaker boat trip
  • Gastronomic experience in Kiruna
  • Visit to Jukkasjärvi’s Ice Hotel
  • Traditional Sami experience including dinner and folk tales
  • After dinner talk from Chad Blakley
  • Northern lights photography safari in Abisko National Park
  • Visit to the Aurora Sky Station
What’s Included (Full details)
  • Standard Class Rail
  • 7 Nights' Hotel Accommodation
  • Return Scheduled Flights

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Departure Times

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Flights from london
Day 1

London to Luleå

We begin our adventure into Swedish Lapland aboard a flight from London to Stockholm. On arrival in 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 or Elite Hotel (dependent on your departure date). Located in the heart of this coastal city, this modern hotel is within easy walking distance of many of Luleå's most popular landmarks. After some time to settle in and enjoy dinner together, your evening is at leisure.

  • Scheduled flights
Gammelstad Old Town Sweden
Day 2

Ice breaker safari

This morning we are driven the 45 minutes to Piteå by coach. Here we embark on a boat trip unlike any other as we take to the waters of the Piteälven River on a specially adapted craft that forges its way steadily through the ice that forms further out to sea. As we start to break into the thick open water ice shelf that is main feature of winter in this part of the world, the moment is marked with a satisfying crunch and a creak as our vessel successfully breaks through the frozen elements. We plough onwards, the hull slowly churning up broken chunks of the Gulf of Bothnia until we reach a point at which we can climb down onto the ice itself, enjoying a hot drink at the same time to help keep the chill weather at bay. We return to Luleå this afternoon where you have some free time to look around. Perhaps make a visit to the church or make your way to Gammelstad Old Town. Being a named a UNESCO World Heritage site due to its status as a well preserved 'church village', Gammelstad is home to a collection of traditional wooden houses that were once a common sight across Scandinavia.

Tonight we set out by coach for Brändön Lodge, a cosy hideaway beside the Bothnian Sea that looks out over the Luleå' archipelago. This traditional chalet style hotel enjoys a secluded spot, making 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 inside the lodge, there is time to meet the resident reindeer and admire the traditional art and crafts on display.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Kiruna Cathedral
Day 3

Onwards to Kiruna

After check out this morning, we make our way to the railway station. Saying goodbye to Luleå we board the train to Kiruna, setting out underneath a low-slung winter's sky. Travelling ever further northwards we are treated to sweeping snow-laden Swedish vistas as we near the country's northernmost town, positioned ninety miles north of the Arctic Circle. On the quiet outskirts, we find our home for two nights, the 4-Star Camp Ripan. We are treated to a special dinner tonight, sitting down to a creative four-course menu inspired by the Northern Lights. We also enjoy a spellbinding slide show on Aurora Borealis before returning back to the hotel.

Day 4

Ice Hotel and Sami Experience

We begin today's explorations with a visit to the famous Ice Hotel, the first of its kind, located just outside of Kiruna in the village of Jukkasjärvi. Since 1989, every winter the snow and ice here has been transformed into a life-size work of art in which the entire structure of the hotel is a blank canvas for artists who sculpt their work from the frozen waters of the Torne River. Each spring the structure melts when the warmer weather arrives, making each season's creation a complete one-off. In the late afternoon we enjoy a 'Sami experience', discovering the lives and culture of Sweden's indigenous people. We travel to a Sami village where we meet the reindeer, enjoy a traditional Sami feast in a 'lavvu' (Sami tent) and listen to local folk tales.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Northern Lights
Day 5

Northern Lights photo safari in Abisko National Park

After checking out of our hotel, we head to the train station where we catch the direct service straight to Björkliden. An outstanding resort located amongst the mountains of Swedish Lapland and 250 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle, this is a destination famed for it's world-class skiing, but also for being one of the best places in Europe to see the Northern Lights. After checking into our accommodation, the Hotel Fjället where we enjoy a three night stay, we can look forward to our evening's expedition out into the wintry wilderness. Firstly however comes dinner followed by a fascinating talk by Aurora photographer and expert Chad Blakley. After revealing some of his secrets about the best way to capture the image of the gamboling lights that might appear in the sky tonight, one of his experienced colleagues will escort us out onto the snowy tundra for a chance to put our new found skills to the test. From our viewpoint in the heart of Abisko National Park, renowned as one of the best spots in the world from which to spot this magical light show because of very specific weather conditions that mean clouds here are a rare occurrence, we wait in anticipation for the performance of a lifetime.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Aurora Sky Station
Day 6

Aurora Sky Station

Your day is at leisure to relax and soak up the beauty of our surroundings until after dinner when we wrap up warmly and set our for the Aurora Sky Station, an observation centre that forms part of the research facility here. We travel by coach out into the park, and after an exhilarating ride to the summit on a traditional two-seater ski lift, we have time here to look out on the huge expanse of sky visible from the panoramic windows. Free from light pollution, this is another priceless opportunity to hopefully see this incredible natural phenomenon from one of the world's best vantage points.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7

Free time in Björkliden

Today you might like to unwind at the hotel, perhaps taking advantage of the on-site sauna, or restaurant with views stretching out over Torneträsk Lake. Alternatively, you might like to step back out into a land of adventure with an optional husky dog sledding experience taking you into some of the National Park's most beautiful settings. One of the most unique forms of transport in the world, it is thought to have been developed in Mongolia around 30,000 years ago and is still practiced widely in areas such as Lapland where it is one of the only ways for members of rural communities to get around during the intense cold of an Arctic winter. Tonight we enjoy a final group meal together back at the hotel.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Homeward bound flights
Day 8

Homeward bound

We return to Kiruna airport today by coach. From here we board our first flight of the journey, which delivers us to Stockholm where we join our connecting flight back to London.

  • Scheduled flights
  • Breakfast

Please note

Please note that while every departure of this tour features the same excursions, they may not necessarily be in the order listed above.


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