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Rating:
5 out of 5
We had the most wonderful trip and it was a very magical experience.
I am very pleased to say that we thought everything about the trip was excellent and so pleased to have travelled with Weekend ala carte . Bjorn at Rival was a great host for our first night and the hotel was in the best location. In a very short time in Stockholm we visited the attractions and ate too much choclate and cake. After a good nights rest we headed for Kiruna. What a magic place to arrive with snow everywhere and a very warm welcome from the folks at Mattarahkla. We had a big welcome from our main guide and two others on training so felt very welcomed at the airport. The lodge and everyone there were so good that I can't describe it. AWESOME! The food and activities were so much better then we could have hoped for.. The magic moments of the trip were the lights on the first night,the huskies,snowmobiles ( although Peter did fall into water and had to be taken back to de-ice at the lodge) and the magical tour with the Sami guide. The Ice Hotel was a unique experience.( beer was not a good idea) and had the best nights rest I have had for a long time. The folk at the lodge looked after us so well and please pass our very late note of HUGE gratitude to them. We would love to go back again and hopefully they shall have us. Gary
Rating:
5 out of 5
Enjoyed every minute of it! Would highly recommend to anyone looking for the 'Northern Lights' with zero stress. We met great people, stayed in great locations, ate great food, and had altogether, a great time. We feel very lucky and spoiled as we had 7 amazing nights of viewing the lights, some of them being quite spectacular. We would like to thank the staff at Weekend A La Carte - Aurora Nights - for their wonderful service and help to make this an amazing experience possible, especially our guides and the photographers on the sites - Fredrick and Oliver whom we spent time with. Without the assistance from them with our camera, we would not have been able to capture the wonderful photos that we took. Thanks also to Kevin for his polite and prompt correspondence and help in organising our trip. I definitely recommend Weekend A La Carte to anyone planning a trip to Sweden. Tim
Rating:
5 out of 5
Thank you. We had a great trip. Both hotels were excellent with everything we wanted. The super jeep tour was fantastic. The weather prevented us from going up the volcano but the Thorsmork tour was the perfect alternative. Our knowledgeable guide Smori took us to places we would not have found or have been able to reach by ourselves. We followed the suggested itinerary to Vik where we experienced first hand the famous Icelandic changeable weather! Warm sunshine one minute and a raging blizzard the next. We had hoped to go earlier in the season but it turned out that we picked the perfect time. Hours of daylight in which to see the stunning scenery and enough darkness for a chance of seeing the lights, which we did. Helen Frankish
Rating:
5 out of 5
I was absolutely delighted with the service offered: friendly, efficient, professional, knowledgeable and unbiased. Even managed my concerns and frequent calls to double check particulars in a supportive manner. Would highly recommend Weekend a la carte. Thank you all, especially Abigail.Izzy Poyntz
Rating:
5 out of 5
From first contact with Kevin, until writing the review, the whole experience has been very positive & memorable. Flight times were excellent throughout, and little time was wasted. Thomas was the perfect 'meeter& greeter' at Lulea Airport. He was welcoming, friendly & conversational...the perfect introduction to any holiday...and much appreciated! Food & accommodation at Pine Bay Lodge was first class...so too the setting & the staff. Goran was the perfect guide for our hovercraft trip across the frozen sea.....great company! The dog-sledding was certainly an adrenaline rush and not for the faint-hearted...eight dogs and a tree trunk/low branch infested course to negotiate.....no easy introduction. Special thanks to Camilla for producing a beautiful meal for two on our last night! The train journey north to Abisko was magical...huge vistas of snow & forest opened up...the views got more expansive...the landscape rose as we travelled northward...and the trees shrank accordingly. Another great 'meet-and-greet' at Abisko...and wonderful accommodation in the new block. Meals were excellent!...and loads of hot drinks available throughout the day. The trip to Narvik was spectacular...helped along by Chad, our convivial guide/driver and the company of amiable fellow travellers!...followed by...an evening of aurora 'waiting', again with Chad...who spread himself evenly amongst all the group, photographers or not. The chance to be shown how to use good cameras and take aurora shots, and come away with a camera card of your efforts, was a real plus! There is not a lot to be done in Abisko National Park, if not signed up for activities. Walking outdoors in winter is not an option. Only snowmobile tracks provide firm trails...and Swedish signage on trails leaves a lot to be desired...and...the Park Centre doesn't open until 2pm! Probably best to sign up for an activity at the Lodge or Park rather than waste 1/2 day - 1 day. The trip to the Sky-Station was sensational...from the ski lift to get you there, to the exceptionally good meal and the outstanding aurora show that night...just brilliant! Lack of TV in rooms is a welcome development...it prompts travellers to meet up, mix and talk. Unfortunately, widespread Broadband allows some fellow-guests to remain self-absorbed in their own worlds and uncommunicative. Whilst Abisko was memorable for the quality of good company...Pine Bay Lodge was not...the downside of "social media". A few days in Stockholm was the perfect way to round-off a unique and memorable trip. Thanks for all the hard work Kevin, much appreciated! Chris & Sue Potter
Rating:
5 out of 5
We just returned from a 4-night Weekend a la Carte Aurora Nights trip. It was one of our best trips ever! We do not normally book tours, but this suited us perfectly, because the groups were very small (many times just my husband and me and our friends travelling with us), and everything was arranged so we did not have to figure out what to do and how to get there... I believe we would have missed out on much if we had tried to go this trip on our own. The Abisko Mountain Lodge was very comfortable and the food was great. We were housed in one of the 4 "deluxe rooms" that have been built in the former meeting center. The room was large, comfortable, and well-equipped. Bring soap and shampoo, though! All of our activities were great. We spent two evenings with Chad and his team from Lights Over Lapland, enjoyed a dogsledding adventure with Lina from Abisko Dogsled (wonderful!), a night snowshoe walk with Tim of Abisko Guide with a wonderful Aurora viewing, a visit to a Sami reindeer farm and a chance to learn about the lives of modern-day Sami reindeer herders, dinner at the Abisko Sky Station during a snow storm, a visit to the Ice Hotel with lunch, and a trip to Narvik in Norway. All went well. If we'd had more time, I would have liked to take a daytime snowshoe walk with Tim. Our main purpose in taking the trip was to view the Aurora. We had only faint viewings our two photography nights, and our night at the Sky Station was a total white-out snow storm (other-worldly coming down on the chair lift with no visibility!). We were glad to have a good Aurora viewing before and during our snow shoe adventure with Tim on our last night. However, the trip would have been wonderful even without that last night's viewing. Thank you, Kevin, and Weekend a la Carte! I highly recommend this trip.
Rating:
5 out of 5
I have just returned from a 3 night Abisko Aurora Nights break booked through Weekend A La Carte. Kevin was extremely helpful at the booking process ensuring that we booked the right trip for ourselves and it really couldn't have been any better. The booking pack contained all of the information that we could have wanted on our itinerary, contact details and what to pack. We had a fabulous room at the Abisko Mountain Lodge (we had a cabin opposite the main building) which was clean, modern and very warm. The food at the Abisko Mountain Lodge was fantastic - high end restaurant standard and included local arctic char, reindeer and moose! The surrounding area is breathtakingly beautiful and you can walk directly into the mountains or across the frozen lake from the Lodge, both of which are highly recommended. The husky dog sledding was great fun and was run by a young and friendly young couple who obviously cared greatly for their dogs. We were able to unharness the dogs and feed them ourselves after our ride. Our trip to Narvik with Chad was 'chadtastic!!' What an enthusiastic, passionate and knowledgeable guide! The scenery was stunning and we were lucky enough to spot a harbour porpoise as we picnicked and paddled on the shore of the arctic ocean at Narvik in the spring sunshine. The photo evening with Chad was again excellent as was our trip to the Sky Station where we were lucky enough to have a fabulous aurora display. I would thoroughly recommend a break to Abisko - the beauty and tranquillity of the place are beyond words. It is food for the soul! A huge thank you to everyone who contributed to making our trip such a memorable one. Samanthana Filmer Cox
Rating:
5 out of 5
The short break we went on to Sweden was initially disrupted by an airline strike but the sterling efforts of Kevin and the staff at Weekend A La Carte meant the we still made it to the arctic circle for what can only be described as a fabulous holiday. The lodges we stayed at were fabulous, the guides for the various events were genuninely nice people and made the experiences a fantastic way to see the region and take part in snowmobiling, husky dog sledging and many other events. To top it all off we got some fantastic displays of the northern lights and captured some amazing pictures thanks to the excellent camera course arranged as part of the tour. Would I go again? - Most definitely. Would I go again with Weekend A La Carte? - Not a moments hestiation in saying yes. Kevin Shaw
Rating:
5 out of 5
Fabulous 4 days. The hotel was really good and comfortable and lovely spot. Our view from bedroom window was spectacular. Watching the Northern Lights (sadly only white variety!) as I fell asleep and then a beautiful sunrise next morning - could not be bettered. All travel arrangemnets worked well apart from an unfortunate delay on our way home from Heathrow to Glasgow. Thanks to Vladi for or jeep trip. Snowstorm/white out when driving back from Gullfoss was exciting!(?) Plus a beautiful morning for the eclipse. Spectacular. Christine Hopwood
Rating:
5 out of 5
Five stars really isn't enough. We went on the Best of Lapland tour for our honeymoon and even though we had to wait nearly a year after our wedding to go at the best time of the year it was completely worth it. From the very beginning Weekend A La Carte and specifically Kevin were absolutely fantastic at helping us plan and sort out the holiday. We added on the extension of 2 nights in Stockholm before we travelled further up north and it was well worth it. The Rival Hotel is beautiful, the design is gorgeous, the food outstanding and the cocktails delicious. We ate at both the Bistro and the Cafe and the food at both was amazing although it is quite pricey it's definitely worth it. Next we flew to Lulea and were picked up by Thomas our private transfer to the Tree Hotel. Thomas was so helpful and gave us a bit of history about the area we were now in as well as answering our questions about Swedish culture and lifestyle. The Tree Hotel is truly spectacular, we stayed in the Blue Cone and the calm and simplicity of the surroundings were exactly what we needed after a hectic few days in Stockholm. We were treated to dinner on the frozen river in our own heated tepee. This was a truly magical experience and so romantic... After an early morning of watching the sunrise from the large window in the Blue Cone we headed off on our Sami day with our guide Penny, unfortunately there was a mix up with the arrangements and Lars wasn't available to do the tour. Penny however was brilliant about the situation and came up with an alternative plan for us. We were transferred early to the Aurora Safari Camp where we met up with Fredrik and his team. These guys were brilliant, they took us ice fishing (unfortunately we didn't catch anything!) and prepared a delicious lunch and later dinner for us. The camp itself is basic but comfortable, it's your responsibility to keep your fire going through the night (which we failed to do!) but it's a really great experience and you can go and sit down on the river to watch the northern lights or just look at the stars. After the Safari Camp we transferred by train up to Kiruna and the Ice Hotel. We had two nights here, one in a cold room and one in a warm cabin. The cold rooms are cold (a constant -5) but don't let that put you off. Once you're in your sleeping bag it's surprisingly warm and you can get a good night's sleep. The warm cabins are homely and comfortable, and after a night in the cold room you'll be glad for the warmth and soft beds. The food at the Ice Hotel is delicious, we ate at both the Ice Hotel restaurant and the Old Homestead, both are highly recommended. Breakfast is also extremely substantial, offering everything you could possibly want. Whilst staying at the Ice Hotel we had both a trip out on snow mobiles and a trip husky sledding. Both were so exhilarating! You shared a snow mobile or sleigh which meant you could take turns driving whilst the other could appreciate the view for a while. Both these activities are definitely recommended. We transferred up to the Abisko Mountain Lodge after the Ice Hotel, which is a cosy lodge where the staff (especially Ziss I believe that's how you spell it!) and guests are all friendly. We had one of the superior rooms outside which was really lovely and spacious. We had a dinner planned up at the Aurora Sky Station however a snow storm and high winds meant that this was cancelled, fortunately we manage to get this rebooked for another night. Kevin was a superstar at getting this sorted for us, so thank you to him! The tour to Narvik was a nice change of pace, doing a bit of sightseeing and appreciating the view was relaxing and what was needed after busy days of doing activities. We had the bonus of being able to see the eclipse as well, a special treat. In the evening we had the photography masterclass with the very talented Julian (who had also been our guide to Narvik). Words cannot fully describe how amazing this experience is. To begin with there wasn't much aurora showing but Julian kept us entertained with hot lingonberry juice, toasted marshmallows over the camp fire and a lesson on how the aurora works. Following this we had a bit of fun with the cameras taking photos in front of the tepee before the most spectacular explosion of lights occurred. Julian was brilliant at letting us stay out a tad later than we were supposed to due to the amazing display that was in front of us. He encouraged us to try different view points and angles, to move around to get a wide variety of shots and was always on hand to help. Our final morning in Abisko was spent doing a snow shoe walk, honestly, we would have been happy to have a lie in but out in the fresh air we were given a new lease of life and the sun was shining which helped. The snow shoes are super easy to walk in, you just have to walk normally and they help you along. You can take things at your own pace and just enjoy the surrounds and the beautiful views over the mountains and the village itself. Overall our honeymoon was magically, we are so happy with went with Weekend A La Carte and we cannot recommend them or the tour enough. We have some amazing memories and met some of the nicest people on our travels. Thank you to Kevin and the team for making us smile and giving us this fantastic experience. Brent Serrao
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