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Sami New Year & Magical Aurora Chase

Break Available: 28 December 2020 - 01 January 2021 - 4 Nights

Price Per Person: From £1,799 (Inc Flights)

One of our personal favourites and a break that sells out every year. This break is perfect if you are looking for a high impact new year  experience in a region famed for northern lights.

Máttaráhkká Northern Lights Lodge combines an energy to make sure you get to see the northern lights with traditional Sami Heritage. These fuse together to create a special energy and as the lodge only has 7 rooms this break is limited to a maximum of 14 people each year.

Enjoy a ‘home away from home’ lodge break and a magnificent selection of handpicked experiences with partners we have worked with for many year.

Bound to be a New Year break you will remember for a very long time!

Highlights

  • Sami New Year Celebration Dinner
  • Drive your own Sled Dog Team in pristine river valley setting
  • Sami Introduction day with reindeer sleds & lunch in Tepee
  • Wilderness Snowmobile Adventure on private trails
  • Northern Lights Chase to best viewing locations
  • Northern lights Snowmobile safari to view the northern horizon
  • Visit the original ICEHOTEL
  • Welcome Aurora dinner in Sami Tepee
Day by Day Itinerary
 
 
 
 
 

Day 1 - 28 December 2020
Fly to Kiruna. Transfer to Exclusive Máttaráhkká Northern Lights Lodge. Welcome Dinner

Day 1 - 28 December 2020
Fly to Kiruna. Transfer to Exclusive Máttaráhkká Northern Lights Lodge. Welcome Dinner

Fly from London Gatwick or Stockholm to Kiruna.

On arrival you will be met by Petri Tuominen and transferred to the exclusive 7 room Máttaráhkká Northern Lights Lodge run by  or Andreas Mikko where you will have a briefing on your New Year Northern Lights holiday and be kitted out with your arctic clothing.

This evening gather in the Sami Tepee for a welcome meal and introduction to your new year break. The lodge is in an elevated position looking out over vast open tundra towards the northern horizon and the Abisko Alps. The team are very focused on ensuring you get every chance to witness the magical auroras and are tracking the forecast. On at least one night, if the Northern Lights are predicted to be seen better elsewhere, you will venture out on a minibus to chase them.

After dinner relax by the fire in the lodge and enjoy a drink from the bar.

Meals included: Dinner

A la Carte Optional Extras

  • Aurora Hunt & Photography
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Aurora Hunt & Photography

This evening  after an outdoor BBQ on the aurora deck at Máttaráhkká Northern Lights Lodge venture out to hunt and photograph the Aurora Borealis.

The guides will track local aurora activity using the Northern Lights forecast and will have a minivan on hand in case you need to travel away from Kiruna to see them. In case of bad weather or a bad aurora forecast  Plan B will entail you  venturing out on a nighttime snowmobile adventure instead.

Our mission is to get you to see the aurora and manage your itinerary to achieve this goal.

Price per person: £98

Includes: Camera for use  (1 per couple) vehicle and guide. You need to take SD card with you.

Northern Lights photography in Lapland
Northern Lights display in Lapland
Aurora Hunt and photography in Abisko Lapland

Day 2 - 29 December 2020
Husky Safari with Ylva Forssén. Optional Northern Lights Hot Tub Evening.

Day 2 - 29 December 2020
Husky Safari with Ylva Forssén. Optional Northern Lights Hot Tub Evening.

Enjoy a full hot and cold buffet breakfast in the hotel / lodge prior to collection for your day time Husky Safari.

Ylva Forssén is one of a select group of accomplished ‘lady’ husky guides, who runs a lovely kennel in one of our favourite valleys near Kiruna. She has a very unique relationship with her dogs and it is always a privilege to spend time with her.

Your journey from the lodge to the kennel follows a scenic road that leads to Kebnekaise, Sweden’s highest mountain. During the car ride there are great opportunities to see moose, as this is their wintering ground. Once you arrive at the kennels get acquainted with the dogs and receive detailed instructions about how to drive a team. Harness the dogs and feel their excitement as you attach the sled. Head out into the frozen river valley where you will have opportunities to take turns in driving the team whilst making stops to take photos. The location is outside the major tourist areas and we can promise that you will enjoy pristine arctic nature alone.

You will be out for around 2 hours before heading back to base for a warming lunch in the family home.

Over the years we have had many requests for guests to stay longer at the Kennels, interact with the dogs and do another trip out into the magnificent countryside. If you would like to make a day of it please see the option of extending below.

To make it more exclusive we only take a maximum of 8 guests at the time.

This evening enjoy a leisurely dinner or alternatively chose the Hot tub and Sauna evening at the lodge. This special addition includes an hour private use of the rooftop Aurora hot tub and the use of the sauna.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

A la Carte Optional Extras

  • Dinner, Hot Tub and Northern Lights
  • Extend Your Husky Sledding Experience
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Dinner, Hot Tub and Northern Lights

A wonderfully relaxing evening hopefully seeing the Northern Lights at Mattarahkka Sami Lodge. After an excellent 3-course Lappish dinner spend time in the roof-top hot tub from where you can relax and enjoy the star filled night sky and with a little luck even see the Northern Lights dancing above you. Although the temperature outside is below zero, you will be really warm in the hot tub. If the 35-40 degree Celsius water isn´t enough enjoy a warm sauna in the special relaxation zone.

You get a 1 hour private use of the hot tub.

Price per person: £95 includes: sauna, hot tub , towel, robe and slippers

Enjoy a hot tub under the Northern Lights at Mattarahkka Lodge, Sweden
Dinner at the Arctic Gourmet Cabin
Northern Lights above the hot tub at Mattarahkka, Sweden

Extend Your Husky Sledding Experience

Many of our clients return from their holiday and feedback to us that they would like to have spent more time with Ylva and her dogs.  So we have arranged for you to have this opportunity.

After your morning tour and lunch in the family home embark upon an afternoon husky sled adventure in this magical part of Swedish Lapland. This will also allow you to get to know the dogs better and build a rapport with these incredible animals. You will also be able to witness at closer quarters the special relationship Ylva has with the dogs. If you have been to a husky kennel before you will know just how calm and unique Husky Home is!

This certainly make the most of this day of your holiday and will leave you with a host of memories.

 

Cost £ 120 per person

Includes: Your own sled dog team for 2 people. Return transfer to your lodge /hotel

Ylva Forssen with Kevin Collins of weekend a la carte at Husky Home Kennel Kiruna Sweden
Ylva Forssen at Husky Home Kennel Kiruna Sweden
Husky adventure in Swedish Lapland

Day 3 - 30 December 2020
Sami Introduction day with Nils Håkan Enoksson. Optional Northern Lights Snowmobile Tour

Day 3 - 30 December 2020
Sami Introduction day with Nils Håkan Enoksson. Optional Northern Lights Snowmobile Tour

After breakfast at the lodge transfer to the Sámi village of Rávttas, 20 minutes west of the lodge to meet with Nils Håkan Enoksson. Nils Håkan can trace back his family roots several hundred years and has interesting insights into how life has changed in this period.

This experience will give you a glimpse of the traditional lifestyle of the Sámi people and affords the opportunity to get up close with Lapland’s most iconic creature – the reindeer.

During the visit you will have an opportunity to feed the reindeer and absorb the magical relationship between the Sámi and their most prized resource. Your visit includes a ride on a traditional ‘Reindeer powered sled’, the means by which the Sami people traversed the arctic for centuries.

To end the encounter Hakan will invite you into his traditional Sámi lavvu (teepee) where you will be served a delicious traditional meal around an open fire.

Return to the lodge to relax by the fire prior to dinner.

If you wish to fill every moment of your trip then after a dinner take the optional northern lights snowmobile adventure into the wilderness around the lodge. Feel the stillness of the arctic night as you search for the magical northern lights. ‘Mikko’ has a number of good vantage points that are excellent for gazing out over wide vistas towards the northern horizon.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

A la Carte Optional Extras

  • Northern lights hunt by snowmobile
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Northern lights hunt by snowmobile

Join in on an exciting hunt for the northern lights by snowmobile. From  Camp Ripan or Máttaráhkká Northern Lights Lodge ride out into the polar night to get a glimpse of the mythical  light phenomena. During the trip take a break out in the wilderness and enjoy a light snack  and hot drink.

Duration: 2 hours

Price:  £130 – £150 per person (2 people/snowmobile)

Includes: Guide, appropriate warm clothing, coffee/tea, home made cake and sandwich

Additional charge for one snowmobile per person  £90 per person

Northern Lights by snowmobile
Snowmobiling beneath the Northern Lights in Swedish Lapland
snowmobile on frozen waters of the Lulea Archipelago Sweden

Day 4 - 31 December 2020
Snowmobiling wilderness Trails. Visit the Original ICEHOTEL. Sami New Year Dinner & Northern Lights Hunt.

Day 4 - 31 December 2020
Snowmobiling wilderness Trails. Visit the Original ICEHOTEL. Sami New Year Dinner & Northern Lights Hunt.

After breakfast Mikko, your snowmobile guide, will meet and transfer you to Máttárahkká Northern Lights Lodge (if you are not staying there) for your adventure along one of his private snowmobile trails. The beauty of being based at Máttárahkká is that you can snowmobile straight from the front door!

Explore forests and frozen lakes where the chances of seeing reindeer and moose in their natural habitat are good. Continue your excursion up to Mount Eatnamvárri a real vantage point from where you have spectacular views in front of you. Miles and miles of untouched wilderness stretch out before you on one side of the mountain and on the other side, Kiruna nestles between the Loussavaara and Kirunavaara mountains.

On arrival back at the  Lodge enjoy a cooked lunch prior to a visit to the original world famous ICEHOTEL where you can spend a couple of hours touring the hotel, seeing the incredible Art Suites, The Ice Church or having a drink in the Ice Bar. There is also an excellent shop if you wish to do a bit of souvenir hunting.

If you have always wished to spend a night at this unique hotel we can arrange for you to do so. See optional extra below

This evening, celebrate the New Year Sami Style at Máttaráhkká Northern Lights Lodge, where on arrival you will be served a pre-dinner drink before your 3 course traditional Sami dinner.

At around 11pm travel to the vantage point near the ski slope where locals from Kiruna gather to toast in the New Year and watch the firework displays over the town. If you are lucky the Northern Lights will be blazing above! At midnight have a champagne toast prior to returning to the Lodge and overnight.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

A la Carte Optional Extras

  • Night in World Famous Ice Hotel
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Night in World Famous Ice Hotel

Swedish Lapland is home to the original and most dramatic ICEHOTEL. Now in its 30th edition.

The hotel has two editions:

Permanent ICEHOTEL 365.  (open all year)

This revolutionary design has allowed visitors from around the world to experience the ICEHOTEL all year round. Through a unique cooling system the designers have built all the features of the original icehotel into this amazing structure. Art suites and deluxe art suites are housed in 365

Temporary ICEHOTEL  (open Mid December – End March)

This hotel is rebuilt from blocks of ice harvested from the Torne river. As the temperature in Jukkasjärvi drops below zero Ice Artists arrive from the world over to build this magnificent creation. They build the 4 levels of rooms, the ice chapel and ice bar. Their art is created with imagination and hard work, only to melt away under the unforgiving rays of the sun come spring.

We offer all categories of room from cabins to  Art Suites and the new en suite deluxe art suites in ICEHOTEL 365.

We will make a reservation in the restaurant for you so you can experience some of the region’s best cuisine  (a la carte menu paid for locally)

From £120 per person bed and breakfast  (Kamoos room or cabin) to £480 per person  (deluxe art suite) depending on room choice and season of travel. This includes arctic clothing in winter and transfers to the airport at the end of your stay.

Feature Art Suite at Ice Hotel Sweden
IceHotel doorway, Sweden
Art Suite at the ICEHOTEL Sweden

Day 4 - 01 January 2021
Leisurely start and Flight Home

Day 4 - 01 January 2021
Leisurely start and Flight Home

After the New Year celebrations enjoy a leisurely start to the day and breakfast before a late morning transfer to the airport for your flight home at the end of your traditional Sami New Year and Northern Lights New Year holiday in Swedish Lapland.

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Where You'll Stay

Máttaráhkká Northern Lights Lodge

Snow covered Mattarahkka Lodge, Sweden
Northern Lights above Mattarahkka Lodge, Sweden
Sleeping area in a typical room at Mattarahkka Lodge, Sweden
Dining area at Mattarahkka lodge Kiruna

Máttaráhkká Northern Lights Lodge

We are proud to offer this small intimate lodge for exclusive use by our clients.

This 7 room intimate lodge is situated in a super location on a slight elevation with magnificent views across the arctic tundra to the Abisko alps. The emphasis at the lodge is on two elements, Sami culture and ensuring you have the best chance of seeing the northern lights.

 

This small intimate lodge used to be a Sami handicraft centre until the owners had the idea to turn it into an exclusive retreat. With only 7 bedrooms and an open plan lounge and dining room, the emphasis is on relaxing in a cosy environment. The rooms have a downstairs en-suite room with a staircase leading to a loft sitting room.

If you are a group of 8 or more friends or family traveling together and wish to have the lodge privately please let us know. This is a great way of celebrating a big birthday or wedding anniversary

The lodge has a fabulous sauna and a very unusual northern lights hot tub on the roof where you can star gaze or hunt for the Aurora. (This carries an extra charge).

Other benefits of a stay here mean that you can snowmobile straight from your doorstep into the Arctic wilderness.

Evenings are focused on good food, relaxation and the Northern Lights so if you are looking for a 'home away from home' experience then look no further.

 

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Optional Extras
Aurora Hunt & Photography
Northern Lights photography in Lapland

This evening  after an outdoor BBQ on the aurora deck at Máttaráhkká Northern Lights Lodge venture out to hunt and photograph the Aurora Borealis.

The guides will track local aurora activity using the Northern Lights forecast and will have a minivan on hand in case you need to travel away from Kiruna to see them. In case of bad weather or a bad aurora forecast  Plan B will entail you  venturing out on a nighttime snowmobile adventure instead.

Our mission is to get you to see the aurora and manage your itinerary to achieve this goal.

Price per person: £98

Includes: Camera for use  (1 per couple) vehicle and guide. You need to take SD card with you.

Dinner, Hot Tub and Northern Lights
Enjoy a hot tub under the Northern Lights at Mattarahkka Lodge, Sweden

A wonderfully relaxing evening hopefully seeing the Northern Lights at Mattarahkka Sami Lodge. After an excellent 3-course Lappish dinner spend time in the roof-top hot tub from where you can relax and enjoy the star filled night sky and with a little luck even see the Northern Lights dancing above you. Although the temperature outside is below zero, you will be really warm in the hot tub. If the 35-40 degree Celsius water isn´t enough enjoy a warm sauna in the special relaxation zone.

You get a 1 hour private use of the hot tub.

Price per person: £95 includes: sauna, hot tub , towel, robe and slippers

Extend Your Husky Sledding Experience
Ylva Forssen with Kevin Collins of weekend a la carte at Husky Home Kennel Kiruna Sweden

Many of our clients return from their holiday and feedback to us that they would like to have spent more time with Ylva and her dogs.  So we have arranged for you to have this opportunity.

After your morning tour and lunch in the family home embark upon an afternoon husky sled adventure in this magical part of Swedish Lapland. This will also allow you to get to know the dogs better and build a rapport with these incredible animals. You will also be able to witness at closer quarters the special relationship Ylva has with the dogs. If you have been to a husky kennel before you will know just how calm and unique Husky Home is!

This certainly make the most of this day of your holiday and will leave you with a host of memories.

 

Cost £ 120 per person

Includes: Your own sled dog team for 2 people. Return transfer to your lodge /hotel

Northern lights hunt by snowmobile
Northern Lights by snowmobile

Join in on an exciting hunt for the northern lights by snowmobile. From  Camp Ripan or Máttaráhkká Northern Lights Lodge ride out into the polar night to get a glimpse of the mythical  light phenomena. During the trip take a break out in the wilderness and enjoy a light snack  and hot drink.

Duration: 2 hours

Price:  £130 – £150 per person (2 people/snowmobile)

Includes: Guide, appropriate warm clothing, coffee/tea, home made cake and sandwich

Additional charge for one snowmobile per person  £90 per person

Night in World Famous Ice Hotel
Feature Art Suite at Ice Hotel Sweden

Swedish Lapland is home to the original and most dramatic ICEHOTEL. Now in its 30th edition.

The hotel has two editions:

Permanent ICEHOTEL 365.  (open all year)

This revolutionary design has allowed visitors from around the world to experience the ICEHOTEL all year round. Through a unique cooling system the designers have built all the features of the original icehotel into this amazing structure. Art suites and deluxe art suites are housed in 365

Temporary ICEHOTEL  (open Mid December – End March)

This hotel is rebuilt from blocks of ice harvested from the Torne river. As the temperature in Jukkasjärvi drops below zero Ice Artists arrive from the world over to build this magnificent creation. They build the 4 levels of rooms, the ice chapel and ice bar. Their art is created with imagination and hard work, only to melt away under the unforgiving rays of the sun come spring.

We offer all categories of room from cabins to  Art Suites and the new en suite deluxe art suites in ICEHOTEL 365.

We will make a reservation in the restaurant for you so you can experience some of the region’s best cuisine  (a la carte menu paid for locally)

From £120 per person bed and breakfast  (Kamoos room or cabin) to £480 per person  (deluxe art suite) depending on room choice and season of travel. This includes arctic clothing in winter and transfers to the airport at the end of your stay.

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What's Included?

  • Flights (from the UK) with one hold bag per person
  • 4 nights Accommodation with breakfast
  • Traditional Sami New Year Dinner with Aurora Chase
  • Snowmobile Day Adventure in pristine wilderness with great views
  • Drive Your Own Sled Dog Team in secluded Moose valley
  • Sami Introduction day with Reindeer sleds
  • Northern Lights snowmobile Hunt to Guide’s vantage points
  • Visit Original IceHotel and new IceHotel 365
  • All Meals
  • Transfers
  • Arctic Clothing Loan

Break Available:

29th Dec 2019 – 1st Jan 2020

Departure Airports:

  • Gatwick
  • Stockholm
  • For clients wishing to travel from the USA, Australia and Asia we can advise of best options
  • If you have booked your own flights we can organise ground plans only

 

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