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Traditional Northern Lights New Year in Lapland

Break Available: 29 December 2019 - 01 January 2020
3 Nights

Price Per Person: From £1,695 (Inc Flights)

One of our personal favourites and a break that sells out every year. This break is perfect for the first time visitor to the region who wishes to visit at New Year and experience the best the region has to offer.

Action-packed and fun with experiences done in small groups with the culmination being a dinner on New Year’s Eve (hopefully beneath the Northern Lights!).

Highlights

  • Sami New Year Celebration
  • Drive your own Sled Dog Team in pristine arctic scenery
  • Wilderness Snowmobile Adventure
  • Visit the original ICEHOTEL
  • Aurora BBQ
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Day 1 - 29 December 2019
Fly to Kiruna. Transfer to Hotel or Exclusive Lodge. Aurora Chase.

Day 1 - 29 December 2019
Fly to Kiruna. Transfer to Hotel or Exclusive Lodge. Aurora Chase.

Fly from London Gatwick or Stockholm to Kiruna.

On arrival you will be met and transferred to your choice of hotel, either the Hotel Arctic Eden or the exclusive 7 room Mattarahkka Northern Lights Lodge where you will have a briefing on your New Year Northern Lights holiday and be kitted out with your arctic clothing.

This evening gather for a BBQ on the Aurora deck outside Mattarahkka Lodge, looking towards Abisko. The position of the Lodge provides great views to the northern horizon making it a good place to look for the Northern Lights.

The team at the Lodge are always keeping an eye towards the Aurora Forecast and offer a photo hunt as an optional extra -see below

Meals included: Dinner

A la Carte Optional Extras

  • Aurora Hunt & Photography
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Aurora Hunt & Photography

This evening  after the  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 - 30 December 2019
Husky Safari. Optional Northern Lights Hot Tub Evening.

Day 2 - 30 December 2019
Husky Safari. 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 Sievertsson 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 traditional ‘Kota’ adjacent to the family home.

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
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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

Day 3 - 31 December
Snowmobiling wilderness Trails. Visit the ICEHOTEL. Sami New Year Celebration.

Day 3 - 31 December
Snowmobiling wilderness Trails. Visit the ICEHOTEL. Sami New Year Celebration.

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 Máttárahkká Northern Lights 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.

This evening, celebrate the New Year Sami Style at Máttaráhkká Sami Lodge, where on arrival you will be served warm beverages before gathering around the open fire for storytelling and a few winter games.

Afterwards settle in the lounge and enjoy 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 Máttárahkká Lodge.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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Day 4 - 01 January 2020
Leisurely start and flight home

Day 4 - 01 January 2020
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.

A la Carte Optional Extras

  • Night in World Famous Ice Hotel
  • Extension to See Stockholm Scandinavia's Capital City
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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

Extension to See Stockholm Scandinavia's Capital City

Stockholm is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and always rates in the top 10 most desirable cities in the world to live in. It is also the perfect contrast to a break in the arctic.

The old town in Stockholm is very picturesque and compact and can be done in a full day. Your time will be spent exploring some fascinating landmarks. The VASA museum is world class, the Nobel museum of local interest and for ABBA fans; new in 2013 is the ABBA interactive museum.

Also in December Stockholm has many Christmas markets so a break can allow you to do some shopping and get into the Christmas spirit.

You will stay in the Rival Hotel owned by Benny Anderson of Abba fame. The hotel is an excellent 4* hotel in a quiet square but within walking distance of the old town.

Cost From:

£230 per person for Standard room (weekend rate).

£278 per person for Superior room  (weekend rate)

£332 per person for Deluxe Room (weekend rate)

Includes  2 nights in standard double room – bed and breakfast, private airport transfers to and from Arlanda airport

Stockholm, Sweden
Harbour area, Stockholm, Sweden
Hotel Rival Stockholm Sweden
Accommodation

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, Sweden

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, widely considered to be the best location on earth for northern lights holidays.

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.

New for Winter 2019/20. The end room at the lodge, with the most commanding views over miles and miles of arctic expanse towards the Abisko Alps is being converted into a luxury room with its own hot tub from which you can relax, enjoy a drink and just stare out over beautiful arctic wilderness and at night the Northern Lights.

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 the  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

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.

Extension to See Stockholm Scandinavia's Capital City
Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and always rates in the top 10 most desirable cities in the world to live in. It is also the perfect contrast to a break in the arctic.

The old town in Stockholm is very picturesque and compact and can be done in a full day. Your time will be spent exploring some fascinating landmarks. The VASA museum is world class, the Nobel museum of local interest and for ABBA fans; new in 2013 is the ABBA interactive museum.

Also in December Stockholm has many Christmas markets so a break can allow you to do some shopping and get into the Christmas spirit.

You will stay in the Rival Hotel owned by Benny Anderson of Abba fame. The hotel is an excellent 4* hotel in a quiet square but within walking distance of the old town.

Cost From:

£230 per person for Standard room (weekend rate).

£278 per person for Superior room  (weekend rate)

£332 per person for Deluxe Room (weekend rate)

Includes  2 nights in standard double room – bed and breakfast, private airport transfers to and from Arlanda airport

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What's Included?

  • Flights (from the UK) with one hold bag per person
  • 3 nights Accommodation with breakfast
  • Traditional Sami New Year Celebration
  • Snowmobile Day Adventure in pristine wilderness with great views
  • Drive Your Own Sled Dog Team in secluded Moose valley
  • 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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