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Wilderness Cabins & Abisko Aurora Nights

Break Available: December - March
4 Nights
Departures: On Request

£1795 (Incl UK Flights)

Combine the anticipation of seeing a fabulous Northern lights Display in Abisko with 2 nights of escapism at the Arctic Gourmet Wilderness Cabins.

Abisko has one of the highest incidences of witnessing the Auroras of any place on earth and we give you two unique experiences during your stay to witness them in amazing settings. The aurora sky station perched on a mountain with expansive views to the northern horizon and Abisko national park provide wonderful back drops for witnessing the famed northern lights.

The Arctic Gourmet cabins offer an exclusive low key retreat where you can enjoy the arctic wilderness, fine hospitality and food and 2 wonderful arctic experiences, snowmobiling and handing your own sled dog team.

Highlights

  • 2 Night in Abisko staying at Abisko Mountain Lodge
  • 2 Nights at the Arctic Gourmet wilderness cabins
  • Day Husky sled experience in pristine river valley
  • Day Snowmobile adventure on private trail to vantage point looking over Sweden’s tallest mountain
  • Visit to the famed Aurora Sky Station in Abisko
  • Capture the northern lights on camera on a guided evening in Abisko National Park
  • Visit the Original ICEHOTEL

Transfers and private options

Private Transfers

We can provide private meet and greet and transfers in Kiruna

Private Accommodation

With only 2 Cabins the Arctic Gourmet Retreat offers the maximum of 4 people a wonderfully authentic, cozy and private retreat.

Day by Day Itinerary
 
 
 
 
 

DAY 1:
Fly to Swedish Lapland. Transfer to Wilderness Cabins. Aurora Hot Tub & Gourmet Dinner

DAY 1:
Fly to Swedish Lapland. Transfer to Wilderness Cabins. Aurora Hot Tub & Gourmet Dinner

Fly to Kiruna in Swedish Lapland where you will be and transferred to the Arctic Gourmet wilderness cabins by one of our guides. Petri Tuominen our lead guide has worked with us since we started in Swedish Lapland 15 years ago and has entertained thousands of our clients over the years.

On arrival at the Arctic Gourmet wilderness cabins Johan and Malin, the owners, will meet and settle you into your cabin. After your travels the perfect tonic is to relax in the northern lights hot tub and soak up the arctic evening.

Dinner will be served in the cosy dining room adjacent to the cabin. Johan is a trained chef and his pride and joy is the ‘Chef’s table’. This has to be the smallest restaurant in Sweden with just 2 tables with views over the valley and a fitted kitchen where Johan will cook and serve your Gourmet evening meals!

Sit outside afterwards around the camp fire, take a soothing sauna or jump back into the outdoor hot tub and relax with the prospect of a Northern Lights display flashing above you.

Meals included: Dinner

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DAY 2:
Husky Wilderness Safari. Relaxing Evening at Arctic Gourmet Cabins

DAY 2:
Husky Wilderness Safari. Relaxing Evening at Arctic Gourmet Cabins

After breakfast your guide will pick you up for one of the highlights of your trip, driving a husky sled team in pristine arctic wilderness.

Ylva Forssén is one of a select group of accomplished ‘lady’ husky guides, whose kennels are deep into the valley from where she runs very personal sled dog experiences. She has a very unique relationship with her dogs and we always feel it is a privilege to spend time with her.

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 almost 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 with the family. You are welcomed right into the heart of Ylva and Peter’s home for lunch.

Either return to the cabins for some siesta time or why not extend your husky experience by taking another wilderness husky tour in the afternoon. You will also be able to assist with the ‘warming down’ of the dogs and learn a bit about kennel craft. ( see optional extra)

This evening enjoy dinner served by Johan and another night of relaxation around the outside fire or take a sauna or hot tub for a great sense of wellbeing.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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DAY 3:
Snowmobile Safari on Private Trails. Transfer to Abisko the Northern Lights Capital. Visit to the Aurora Sky Station

DAY 3:
Snowmobile Safari on Private Trails. Transfer to Abisko the Northern Lights Capital. Visit to the Aurora Sky Station

After breakfast experience a snowmobile trek through part of Europe’s last untouched wilderness. Driving out from Mattarahkka Lodge, run by our long term partner Andreas Mikko, the adventure takes you out in the wilderness following the guide’s own private snowmobile trails.

You will drive your snowmobile through the forest, over frozen lakes and the chance of seeing reindeer and moose in their natural habitat are always present.

Continue your excursion up to the mountain Eatnamvárri where fantastic scenery will display in front of you; miles and miles of untouched wilderness towards Kebnakaise, Sweden’s tallest mountain.

Back at the Lodge enjoy a traditional Sami lunch.

This afternoon transfer to Abisko, around a 1 hour journey. Check into Abisko Mountain Lodge, owned by Mina and Dick Johannson, and be issued with your Arctic clothing for the rest of  your Northern Lights holiday.

This evening enjoy the fantastic cuisine at Abisko Mountain Lodge as you partake in their traditional Lappish menu which includes Reindeer, Arctic Char and Cloudberries – 3 of the unique ingredients to the area (vegetarian options are available).

This evening after dinner in the Lodge, transfer to the Aurora Sky Station, widely regarded as the best place in the world to see the Northern Lights. Take the chairlift up Mount Nuolja to the observatory which offers visitors a panoramic view over Lapporten, the Abisko Alps and Tornetrask.

During the winter nights when it is dark, depending on the correct weather conditions, it is possible to see the Northern Lights dancing in the sky around you from this fantastic vantage point. The Aurora Sky Station has an exhibition about the Aurora Borealis, created by IRF, the Institute of Space Physics in Kiruna. Here you will learn more about the phenomenon before going out on the viewing deck to begin your night sky gazing. Journey down at around midnight and overnight at the Lodge.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

A la Carte Optional Extras

  • Upgrade to Abisko Mountain Lodge Superior Room
  • Upgrade to Exclusive Dinner at Aurora Sky Station
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A la Carte Optional Extras

Upgrade to Abisko Mountain Lodge Superior Room

2015 saw the addition of 4 superior rooms at the Lodge. Housed in a separate annexe across the courtyard these rooms add additional comfort and space. All are en suite and are for exclusive use by our clients.

This is a highly recommended upgrade for the marginal increase in cost

Cost: £48 per person per night subject to availability

Superior room At Abisko Mountain lodge
Superior room Abisko Mountain LODGE
Northern Lights above Abisko Mountain Lodge

Upgrade to Exclusive Dinner at Aurora Sky Station

Exclusive Dinner

Rather than having dinner at the Lodge experience the gourmet dinner at the iconic Aurora Sky Station, allowing you an extra 3 hours in the Sky Station.

Take the chairlift up Mount Nuolja to the observatory which offers visitors a panoramic view over Lapporten, the Abisko Alps and Tornetrask. Enjoy a delicious three course meal at the sky station prepared using the best local ingredients.

Your chances of seeing the aurora are good. Abisko is blessed with many long, dark nights. In addition, there is minimal artificial light. Abisko is situated 250km north of the Arctic Circle and has the most cloud-free sky in Sweden.

Price Per Person: £135 per person
Timing: 6pm – Midnight
Includes: Transfers, chairlift pass & exclusive 4 course dinner

This option is available for all of the options on this link.

The aurora Sky Station Dinner Abisko
Look out platform at Aurora Sky Station in Abisko
Gourmet food at Abisko Mountain Lodge

Day 4
Train trip to Norway or Explore Abisko National Park. Evening Northern Lights Photo Tour

Day 4
Train trip to Norway or Explore Abisko National Park. Evening Northern Lights Photo Tour

Enjoy the lodge breakfast before a day trip to Norway or exploration of Abisko National Park!

Take the train, which is weather dependent, from the station near the lodge and follow the famous iron ore railroad with beautiful mountain vistas, frozen waterfalls and stunning Arctic valleys. Once you cross into Norway enjoy the magnificent views and take photos before continuing up and over Björnfjell – a stunning Norwegian mountain dotted with small grass roofed cottages. Meander down the mountain, where small birch trees give way to large evergreens and dramatic mountains fall steeply down into the Norwegian Fjord.

In Narvik you have the opportunity to  take the Gondola up to a vantage point with extensive views out towards the Lofoten Islands, ascend the observation deck of the Scandic Hotel and take coffee or lunch (not included) or visit the newly built Peace Museum. This state of the art facility offers a glimpse of what life looked like in these majestic Fjords during the Second World War Nazi occupation.

Plan B, if weather prevents the train from running, is to explore Abisko National Park with its frozen rivers, lake and canyon. The lodge team have some excellent walks that include lunch at the STF and return transfer.

This evening enjoy the fantastic cuisine at Mountain Lodge as you partake in their traditional Lappish menu which includes Reindeer, Arctic Char and Cloudberries – 3 of the unique ingredients to the area. The only thing that can interrupt your evening is the Aurora Call. Abisko Mountain Lodge is in a fantastic location for northern lights viewing so if they are out you may be tempted to step out the door and gaze skywards!

After dinner join Chad Blakley or one of his team for their exclusive Northern Lights photo tour designed for Weekend a la Carte. This evening provides a great opportunity to see and photograph the aurora borealis in the wilderness of Abisko National Park.

Abisko is situated in a low precipitation zone and has the lowest levels of rain and snow in Lapland. What this means is lots of perfect nights for aurora watching.

Walk right out the lodge front door and a snowmobile transfer will take you to an exclusive location with commanding views over the mountains and the lake, both of which provide wonderful backdrops for aurora photos! You will have 2 guides, one to instruct you and the other to look after you and make drinks etc. We have a yurt set up with a fire so you can warm up if necessary.

You will be supplied with cameras preset for Aurora photography and spend the evening in Abisko National Park. Whether you are a Pro or never taken a picture in your life you have a great chance of going home after your Northern Lights holiday with some beautiful aurora photographs and memories that will last a lifetime!

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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Day 5
Visit Original Ice Hotel and Fly Home

Day 5
Visit Original Ice Hotel and Fly Home

After breakfast and prior to dropping you at the airport, visit the world famous and original ICEHOTEL. Its Art Suites are works of art and additionally there is the Icebar, Chapel and the excellent shop to visit. If you fancy staying a night and experiencing this unique hotel then we can arrange this.

Alternatively, why not consider extending your break by adding in our Aurora Addicts Extension into Norway, or another option is to take time out and see Scandinavia’s capital city, Stockholm.

Take a look at our other breaks that include Abisko

We have an extensive Northern Lights Information Hub if you need further information on anything from What are the Northern Lights? to Where can I see them? and when is the best time to see them?

Meals Included: Breakfast

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Accommodation

Where You'll Stay

Arctic Gourmet Wilderness Cabins

Arctic Gourmet Wilderness Cabins Kiruna Sweden
Johan preparing dinner at Arctic Gourmet Cabins in Kiruna Sweden
Out door fire at Arctic Gourmet Cabins Kiruna Sweden
Outdoor hot tub by the Wilderness Cabin, Sweden

Arctic Gourmet Wilderness Cabins

This is the inspiration of husband and wife team Johan and Malin who have developed a totally unique concept. They have 2 cosy wilderness cabins adjacent to the smallest restaurant in Sweden - where Johan acts as a private chef to our guests.

Arctic Gourmet Wilderness Cabins are new builds and combine wilderness with creature comforts not normally associated with a wilderness experience.

Situated in a picturesque valley they are perfectly placed for guests to combine both a northern lights and arctic adventure. For those of you that appreciate good food, meals prepared and served in the smallest restaurant  in Sweden are a delight.

There are two cosy double bedded cabins with large glass windows facing north towards the northern lights horizon. Modern styling includes satellite TV!

There is an adjacent toilet and shower block and an outdoor hot tub which guests are invited to use.

After dinner sit around the outdoor fire, gaze at the stars and hopefully the aurora, enjoy a hot drink or a whisky and appreciate how special it is to own a piece of Lapland for moment in time!

Being away from it all in your own private space with the auroras roaring overhead is simply breath-taking and the perfect special occasion retreat!

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Abisko Mountain Lodge

Northern Lights above Abisko Mountain Lodge
Lounge area at Abisko Mountain Lodge
Superior room At Abisko Mountain lodge
Typical room at Abisko Mountain Lodge

Abisko Mountain Lodge

Right in the small hamlet of Abisko, world renowned for the Northern Lights, lies a small welcoming Lodge run by our good friends Mina and Dick Johansson. Dick is one of the most qualified mountain guides in Sweden and looks after all the adventure whilst Mina can be described as a Skier, Creative CEO and ray of sunshine who lights up the Lodge.

Abisko Mountain Lodge offers genuine accommodation in an old-fashioned mountain hotel setting. The service is personal and the cuisine is centred on raw ingredients. It is accredited by the Sapmi Slow Food movement, an award which took 4 years to achieve. Chefs are dedicated slow-food addicts and produce wonderful nightly meals!

The 16 standard rooms in the low red 'Swedish style house' are all en-suite. Although basic they are warm and cosy. There are no televisions in the rooms as time is spent meeting guests around the bar or in the wonderful lounge area.

Additionally there are 4 new superior rooms added in early 2015. These four rooms are in a separate annexe and are used exclusively by Aurora nights.

Order a coffee or a glass of wine at the bar, read a magazine or spin a yarn about your arctic adventures and the magnificent aurora displays you have seen.

For those wanting to soothe the muscles there is a sauna.

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Optional Extras
Upgrade to Abisko Mountain Lodge Superior Room
Superior room At Abisko Mountain lodge

2015 saw the addition of 4 superior rooms at the Lodge. Housed in a separate annexe across the courtyard these rooms add additional comfort and space. All are en suite and are for exclusive use by our clients.

This is a highly recommended upgrade for the marginal increase in cost

Cost: £48 per person per night subject to availability

Upgrade to Exclusive Dinner at Aurora Sky Station
The aurora Sky Station Dinner Abisko

Exclusive Dinner

Rather than having dinner at the Lodge experience the gourmet dinner at the iconic Aurora Sky Station, allowing you an extra 3 hours in the Sky Station.

Take the chairlift up Mount Nuolja to the observatory which offers visitors a panoramic view over Lapporten, the Abisko Alps and Tornetrask. Enjoy a delicious three course meal at the sky station prepared using the best local ingredients.

Your chances of seeing the aurora are good. Abisko is blessed with many long, dark nights. In addition, there is minimal artificial light. Abisko is situated 250km north of the Arctic Circle and has the most cloud-free sky in Sweden.

Price Per Person: £135 per person
Timing: 6pm – Midnight
Includes: Transfers, chairlift pass & exclusive 4 course dinner

This option is available for all of the options on this link.

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Reviews & Feedback

Superbly organized aurora and arctic activities agenda
The tour organizers, Kevin (owner) and Jan, provided a lot of personalized attention, including some fine tuning of the agenda to meet our desires. This tour is really a managed agenda, with accommodations, dining, transportation and activities arranged and coordinated. This isn’t a group tour, with a lot of fellow travelers and a lot of bus time. Weekend à la Carte knows the good places to stay and eat, and fun ways to spend the daylight hours in the arctic. Everyone we met along the way was charming, upbeat and helpful. While there were activities planned each day, there was also a nice amount of unscheduled time for relaxation.

David Bylund

The trip was simply the best and more! The beauty of the Lapland scenery, the exhilaration of Husky sledging with such beautiful dogs, and to top it all, fantastic food. And then the bonus - the Northern Lights put on a display.

Rosamund Pritchard

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What's included & departure airports

What's Included?

  • Flights (from the UK) with one hold bag per person
  • 2 nights at Arctic Gourmet Cabins Dinner, bed and Breakfast
  • 2 Nights at Abisko Mountain Lodge – Full Board
  • Night visit to the Aurora Sky Station in Abisko
  • Northern Lights Photographic Evening in Abisko National Park
  • Historic Train trip to Norwegian Fjords or National Park Adventure
  • Husky  sled dog  Excursion in pristine wilderness
  • Snowmobile adventure through Scenic landscapes
  • Visit the Original ICEHOTEL
  • Transfers, Guides & full Arctic clothing loan.

Break Available:

1st-19th December, 3rd January -25th March

  • Departure Airports:
  • Heathrow
  • Manchester (limited)
  • 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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