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Northern Lights Over Abisko

(6 days / 5 nights)

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Discover the beauty of the aurora borealis this winter

This 6-day winter break in Swedish Lapland gives you adventures by snowmobile and dogsled, a guided tour of the ICEHOTEL (with optional overnight), gourmet Arctic dining and a number of opportunities to see the main attraction—the northern lights. Enjoy cosy accommodations in Kiruna and the mountain resort village of Abisko, considered one of the world’s best places for aurora sightings.

Type

Partially Guided

Interest

Active, Best Seller, Cottages, Dog Sled, Northern Lights, Snow Shoe Walk, Snowmobiling

Season

11 Dec - 31 Mar

Departure

Daily

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Itinerary

A day-by-day plan to guide your Swedish road trip.

  • Day 1: Arrival & Northern Lights

    Arrive at Kiruna airport, where a driver will be waiting to greet you and take you to your hotel. After settling in, enjoy the first Arctic adventure of your holiday—a guided snowmobile safari into the wilderness to see the northern lights! * Two people share one snowmobile and take turns in driving. After a delicious dinner, your guide will return you to the hotel .

    Spend the night in Kiruna.

    * Please note that the northern lights are a natural phenomenon and sightings cannot be guaranteed. 

    Regarding flights to/from Kiruna: Please note that there are no flights to/from Kiruna on December 24th, 25th and 31st. We can however add extra nights to your preferred package if needed.

     

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  • Day 2: Snowmobiles & the ICEHOTEL

    Begin the day with another thrilling snowmobile ride, this time to the famous ICEHOTEL in Jukkasjärvi. Every winter, this unique hotel is completely rebuilt by artists from all over the world using mainly snow and ice chunks from the local Torne River. Two people share one snowmobile and take turns in driving. Here, you will enjoy an informative guided tour of the premises, followed by some coffee, sandwiches and other Lappish delicacies served in a hut around an open fire. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon and evening at your leisure.

    Spend the night in Kiruna. 

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  • Day 3: Huskies & Aurora Sky Station

    Today you get to try a different form of Arctic transportation—dog-sledding! After a brief lesson by an experienced musher, you get to hit the trails with your own sled and team of energetic huskies.* During the break, enjoy coffee and a light lunch around a fire.

    In the early evening, you are taken by minibus to Abisko for an unforgettable evening of natural beauty and gourmet cuisine. This amazing evening begins with a chair-lift ride to the Aurora Sky Station through the peaceful darkness of the Abisko National Park, offering an unspoilt view of the stars above. At the restaurant, indulge in a delicious, Nordic-inspired four-course dinner, hopefully accompanied by a dazzling northern lights show, and then take part in a guided tour to learn more about the aurora borealis and how to find it. ** Later on, return by mini-bus to your hotel in Abisko. 

    Spend the night in Abisko.
     
    * Two persons sharing a dog sled, taking turns with driving.
    ** Please note that the northern lights are a natural phenomenon and sightings cannot be guaranteed. 

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  • Day 4: Abisko National Park

    Enjoy this day at your leisure. Your hotel offers a variety of activities during the week, such as ice climbing, snow shoe trekking and cross country skiing—great ways to explore your surroundings and get some fresh air.* You can also rent skis or snow shoes and head out on your own. However you choose to enjoy the great outdoors, don’t forget to take advantage of the hotel sauna afterwards! 

    Spend the night in Abisko.

    * Please contact us for which activities on available during your day in Abisko. We recommend booking them in advance.

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  • Day 5: Train to Kiruna 

    Take the train back to Kiruna, and enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure.

    Spend the night in Kiruna.


    OPTIONAL UPGRADE: Overnight at the Icehotel
    Make the most of your last night in the Arctic with a stay at the ICEHOTEL! The temperatures inside are around -5°C to -8°C, but no worries, you will have your own thermal sleeping bag to keep you toasty as you snooze on a soft layer of reindeer skins. In the morning, wake up to a cup of hot lingonberry juice at your bedside followed by a refreshing trip to the sauna and a hearty breakfast at the on-site restaurant.

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  • Day 6: Departure

    Transfer to Kiruna airport. If you leave in the afternoon you might want to take some time to explore Kiruna on your own and do some last minute souvenir shopping.

Map

Here’s a map of Sweden, to help put things in perspective.

Reviews

We don’t like to brag, so we’ll let our happy customers do it for us.

Paddy, New Zealand

Northern Lights Over Abisko, January 2015

Inside the Artic Circle at Kiruna

We booked through Nordic Visitor and they organised the activities with Kiruna Tourism and we had an amazing trip, meet at the airport -23 C, deck out in clothing which we kept for the 4 days, transported around, good hotel and had great guides who were welcoming, knowledgeable and communicative. Couldn't ask for anything more, Went snow walking, dog sledding, visited Abisko viewing station, Ice hotel and Sami Village.

Irene and Sarah

Northern Lights Over Abisko, January 2013

A more beautiful place would be hard to find

We have just got back home after probably the best holiday we have ever had! Everything was superbly planned and the guys at Kiruna Guidetur were fantastic. In fact everyone we met was friendly and so helpful. The hotels were excellent and the food really great - especially at the Abisko Tourist Station and when we went up to the Aurora Sky Station the girl who did the dinner there was world class, especially when she had to prepare the meal in such cramped conditions,
 
The activities were wonderful - the snowmobiles, the husky sleds, the horse and sleigh ride, cross country skiing and snowshoeing. The Ice Hotel was fantastic too. It is such a magical place - the snow, the clear air - all absolutely wonderful. A more beautiful place would be hard to find. Thank you so much for organising the holiday for us. I have been on the phone this morning urging all my friends to go there!

Accommodation

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Everything about this tour

Regarding flights to/from Kiruna
Please note that there are no flights to/from Kiruna on December 24th, 25th and 31st. We can however add extra nights to your preferred package if needed.
 
Prices for arrivals 22 Dec - 6 Jan
Please note that for this package, arrivals between 22 December and 6 January have higher prices due to the Christmas and New Year's holidays.
 
Single supplement
All guided excursions require a minimum of 2 adult participants, though for excursions that already have other confirmed participants we may be able to offer solo travellers a better price. Please contact us for details.
 
50% deposit required: This package requires a deposit payment of 50% of the total price at the time of booking since it contains certain travel arrangements. See details
 
Snowmobile
The driver of a snowmobile must be at least 18 years of age with a valid driver’s license.
 
Weather & What to pack 
• During the peak travel season, December to February, the Lapland region experiences an average temperature range of about - 16 °C (3 °F) to 3 °C (37 °F) depending on location. More information on climate and daylight in Lapland.
• Warm clothing is required for this tour, however additional outerwear is provided locally where required depending on weather conditions. Some of the activities are dependent on weather conditions. In the unlikely event that an activity is cancelled due to weather, an alternative will be offered at no additional charge. More information on what to pack for Lapland.
 
Other 
Please note that the ICEHOTEL does not open until the middle of December.  
 
Currency rate
All bookings are charged in Euros (EUR). Prices displayed in other currencies are indicative only and based on the daily exchange rate. Therefore, conversions from EUR to other currencies will fluctuate from day to day.
 
After booking with Nordic Visitor
After booking your package with Nordic Visitor, you will be contacted within two working days by one of our travel consultants, who will serve as your dedicated contact person for all of your travel needs before, during and even after your holiday. Your travel consultant will provide you with details about your booking and your remaining payment (if not paid in full). You will also receive more information about what to expect during your holiday.
 
* Due to limited availability during the peak travel season, we urge you to book your package first and then wait for confirmation from us before booking your flights.

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