Aurora Nights reflects my passion for the Arctic and in particular Swedish Lapland and Iceland.
10 Years ago we decided to launch Weekend a la Carte with the view to creating a series of once in a lifetime short breaks. Over the years the northern lights holidays we offer have grown and we feel that they deserve to be able to stand alone under the aurora nights banner.
We have pioneered many breaks over the years and were the first company to approach the Aurora sky station in Abisko with a view to opening it up to the UK traveller. Over the years we have had thousands of people travel with us to this destination and the vast majority have been fortunate to see the Aurora Borealis - One of Nature's true spectacles!
We we are different to many companies in the depth of content of our itineraries. We believe in offering complete holidays where you are ensured of a great break even if you are the unlucky one who does not see the aurora.
We travel extensively through the region and have worked with many of our partners for a decade. We know the region inside out and are confident that you will not be able to get better advice on travel to the destinations we offer.
We look forward to assisting you realise your dream of seeing the northern lights.
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Northern Lights Holidays
We have 4 main regions that we concentrate our Northern Lights Holidays in:
A destination that we feel passionate about due to its unique micro climate Abisko has more clear nights than any other region in Lapland and is not called the northern lights capital for no reason. The statistics bear this out and we offer many breaks to this destination.
Our relationship with Mina and Dick Johansson at Abisko Mountain Lodge and the team at the aurora sky station enable us to offer our clients the very best opportunities for a once in a lifetime viewing of the aurora.
The Ice Hotel and Kiruna
The region has a lot to thank the IceHotel for. When it opened its doors 24 years ago it was so unique that people wondered if it would work. It has now become a design icon and each year is rebuilt from scratch with 2 never being the same. With its success numerous other experiences have flourished around it and Kiruna is now one of the best areas in Lapland to base an arctic holiday in. We have worked with the IceHotel since we started and use the excellent Hotel Arctic Eden and Máttárahkká Northern Lights Lodge for our guests. The quality of snowmobile, sled dog and sami experiences in the region make it a great base for a first time visit. With Abisko only an hour away many itineraries include a visit.
One of the most beautiful corners of Lapland and a complete contrast to the fells around Kiruna and Abisko. It is an emerging area with a host of boutique experiences. From the Tree Hotel in Harads to the Aurora Camp in Sorbyn and Pine Bay Lodge right at the edge of the frozen sea the possibilities for the adventurous traveller are limitless. Being so small scale the personal nature of the experience is half of the enjoyment. Whilst the aurora are common place nature, experience and the lack of tourists are the main attractions. We encourage you to look at some of our longer journeys combining Lulea with the IceHotel or Abisko. These are some of the best journeys available in Lapland.
Iceland is the quintessential and original northern lights destination. A large part of the country falls within the auroral zone and it offers a complete contrast to a break in Lapland. Rather than traditional arctic experiences you can witness some of the country's magnificent geo thermal and volcanic wonders. The Blue Lagoon, The Geysir and the notorious Eyjafjallajokul volcano all await discovery on a northern lights break. We offer wonderful locations in Southern Iceland and a very personal guiding experience. Iceland is also excellent as an Autumn Aurora destination with the months of October and November often being the best months.<< Hide details
Weekend a La Carte is headed up by Kevin and Abigail Collins.
Our philosophy is that life is an adventure to be experienced through travel. We are supported by a small team of highly motivated and experienced individuals who care greatly about giving you a once in a lifetime experience!.
The values of our small family-run company permeate through everything we do; Personable, Caring, Conscientious and Approachable with a strong service ethos where no question is too much and we go the extra mile.
These values are underpinned with professionalism and a rapid speed of response. Based on the level of client feedback our efforts seem to be appreciated.
I started weekend a la carte in 2004 with a view to providing real once in a lifetime experiences. Sweden and Iceland have become favourite destinations and ones that i feel a very stromg connection with. We have made many life long frienships working with our partners in the region and they in turn have taken excellent care of our clients. My favourite memory of seeing the aurora goes right back to the very first time i saw them. i was out in a snow storm at night, which when it abated revealed a full sky of multi coloured aurora pouring towards earth. Simply breathtaking and an experience that inspired me to bring this opportunity to as many clients as possible.
Abigail has spent 20 years in Marketing and Product Development, and over 25 years avidly travelling around the globe. Iceland is Abigail's Northern Lights focus destination and is a favourite destination for her as it brings to life all her Geography learning from University. Volcanoes, Geysers, Rift Valleys, Glaciers, Lava Fields, Fault Lines....the list is endless. Abigail also really enjoys how friendly & welcoming the Icelanders are.
Hannah has travelled widely, and learning about the local culture is a key part of travel for her. Her highlight has been her visit to Swedish Lapland where her love of dogs went into overload as she stayed on a husky farm. Hannah enjoys sharing her knowledge of the Swedish Lapland area with our clients, and has many a useful tip when it comes to photography for which she has a great passion for.
Jan lived in Hong Kong and Cyprus during her childhood as part of an RAF family which inspired the travel lust which has taken her to Iceland, Europe and Swedish Lapland in the last year!
Most of her working life has been spent in administration including time with the MOD but the prospect of travel (and seeing the Northern Lights) was too hard to resist joining us in 2014.
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Weekend a la Carte Ltd is an ATOL bonded travel operator, ATOL NO: 6578. Most firms who sell air travel in the UK are required by law to hold such a bonded licence with the Civil Aviation Authority. ATOL protects you from losing money or being stranded abroad when a tour operator goes out of business.
ATOL is a protection scheme for flights and air holidays managed by the Civil Aviation Authority (CCA). £2.50 per passenger is added onto the cost of your trip and is paid into the ATOL insurance protection scheme
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