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The Iconic ICEHOTEL & Abisko Explorer

Break available: December- March
Duration: 4 Nights

This break combines these two ‘Arctic Icons’ and gives you the opportunity to experience  not only the original and in our minds the best IceHotel , staying in an individually designed Art Suite, but also Abisko widely regarded as ‘ The Place’ for consistent sightings of the Aurora Borealis.

On a 4 night stay in this part of the world your chances of seeing the northern lights is close on 90% in the aurora season.

Highlights

  • 2 Nights at the ICEHOTEL with one in an individually designed Art Suite
  • 2 Nights in Abisko staying at Abisko Mountain Lodge
  • Husky and Snowmobile Wilderness Adventures
  • 4 nights of Northern Lights Hunting featuring:
    – Exclusive Dinner at The Aurora Sky Station in Abisko
    – Northern Lights Photographic Evening in Abisko National Park
  • Stunning Train Trip to the Norwegian Fjords
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Day by Day Itinerary
 
 
 
 
 

DAY 1:
Fly to Lapland. Overnight in an Art Suite at the ICEHOTEL

Fly to Kiruna in Swedish Lapland where on arrival you will be met  and transferred to the ICEHOTEL where you will be provided with the use of Protective Arctic Outdoor Clothing: Arctic Jacket, Trousers,  Snowboots,  Hat & Gloves.

Check into your Art Suite, one of the individually designed rooms created by an international Ice Artist  and take the residents tour which will give you an overview of how to make the most of your night in this amazing structure. The order of your stay can vary from Warm accommodation on the first night and vice versa depending on availability.

Tonight we will make a dinner reservation for you at the ice hotel restaurant, which is paid for locally.

Meals included: None

A la Carte Optional Extras

  • Upgrade to a Deluxe Art Suite at the ICEHOTEL
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Upgrade to a Deluxe Art Suite at the ICEHOTEL

The Deluxe Suites are  individually designed and sculpted thematic suites. The artists, perhaps from Sweden, Germany, UK or the US have been picked from over two-hundred applicants and invited to make the suite you’ll be sleeping in. Each suite is unique and has never been created before.

The room holds a temperature of -5 to -8 degrees Celsius. The suites have the same standard of bed but the big feature is that you have your own private heated bathroom and relaxation directly connected to the bedroom. The relaxation area also provides storage for your belongings. The suite has doors with locks for your privacy.

Upgrade Cost: From £150 per person  per night

Art Suite at IceHotel Sweden
Bathroom in feature suite at the ICEHOTEL Sweden

DAY 2:
Day Snowmobile Adventure. Overnight in Warm Accommodation at the ICEHOTEL

Enjoy the excellent IceHotel breakfast prior to pick up for your snowmobile adventure in the arctic wilderness.

After your briefing set off following your own private trail into the wilderness. The scenery ranges from forest to frozen lakes, where the chances of seeing reindeer and moose in their natural habitat are high. From your vantage point near Mount Eatnamvárri gaze out over fantastic scenery – miles and miles of untouched wilderness.

Back at the lodge enjoy a traditional Sami lunch before drop back at the ICEHOTEL. This evening switch to  warm accommodation at the Ice Hotel. We will make a dinner reservation for you.

Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 3:
Drive your Own Husky Sled Dog Team. Transfer to Abisko. Exclusive Dinner at Aurora Sky Station

After breakfast transfer to the small kennel in a picturesque river valley 30 minutes from the ICEHOTEL for what for many clients is a real highlight of a trip to Swedish Lapland – driving your own husky team through pristine wilderness.

Ylva Sievertsson runs the kennel with partner Peter and they offer a warm welcome with their dogs at their home. 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 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 in the traditional ‘Kota’ adjacent to the family home.

Early afternoon transfer to Abisko, where after check in at Abisko Mountain Lodge you are at leisure.

This evening enjoy the Exclusive dinner at the aurora sky station in Abisko, widely regarded as the best place in the world to see the Northern Lights. Located approx 100km north of Kiruna. Take the chairlift up Mount Nuolja to the observatory which offers visitors a panoramic view over Lapporten, the Abisko Alps and Tornetrask.

Enjoy the excellent 4 course dinner at the Sky Station

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.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

A la Carte Optional Extras

  • Upgrade to Abisko Mountain Lodge Superior Room
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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

DAY 4:
Train to Norwegian Fjords. Northern Lights Photo workshop

Enjoy the lodge breakfast before a day trip to Norway!

Take the train 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 to 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.

Once in Narvik you will have around 3 hours to explore town before the return trip. You have the opportunity to ascend to the observation deck of the Scandic Hotel and take coffee or lunch ( not included), do some souvenir shopping 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.

If you would prefer to explore Abisko today the lodge team can suggest some excellent walks to you.

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 the “Lights Over Lapland” 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 our 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

DAY 5:
Fly Home

After breakfast your driver will then take you to the airport for your flight home at the end of your northern lights holiday. Alternatively why not break your stay in Stockholm and see the capital of Scandinavia. We have a super 2 night break staying at the Rival Hotel owned by Benny Anderson from ABBA and always voted in the top hotels to stay in the city

Meals included: Breakfast

A la Carte Optional Extras

  • Extension to See Stockholm Scandinavia's Capital City
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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  £250- £290 Per Person ( Weekend vs Week Day )
Includes  2 nights in standard double room – bed and breakfast, private airport transfers to and from Arlanda airport

Harbour area, Stockholm, Sweden
Stockholm, Sweden
Hotel Rival Stockholm Sweden
Price: From £1,895 Per Person ( Gatwick)

What's Included?

  • Flights (from the UK) with one hold bag per person
  • 4 nights Accommodation with breakfast
  • Snowmobiling Tour on pristine trails with great views
  • Husky Safari in remote river valley
  • Exclusive Dinner at the Aurora Sky Station in Abisko
  • Train trip to Norwegian Fjords
  • Aurora Photography Workshop in Abisko National Park
  • Explore Abisko National Park
  • 3 lunches &  2 dinners
  • Transfers, Guide & Arctic clothing loan.

Departure Airports

  • Gatwick
  • Heathrow
  • 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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Where You'll Stay

Entrance to the IceHotel, Sweden

The Original ICEHOTEL - Swedish Lapland

The Original ICEHOTEL is situated in Jukassjarvi Swedish Lapland. It is a feat of engineering and artistic creation and still one of the most impressive and unusual places to stay.

The hotel has 2 restaurants, one serving gourmet food, whilst its more informal Homestead restaurant serves hearty traditional food.

From 2015 The ICEHOTEL consists of 2 structures - the temporary hotel is rebuilt each year from blocks of ice harvested from the Torne river which runs adjacent to the IceHotel. These are stored for the summer in a huge warehouse and as the late Autumn 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 the ice bar. Their art is created with imagination and hard work, only to melt away under the unforgiving rays of the spring sun.

The new ICEHOTEL 365 is a permanent ICEHOTEL and a feat of engineering which offers visitors the chance of staying the whole year round. It is an all suite hotel and also house the celebrated ICEBAR. On request we can ask for the luxury suites which have adjacent bathrooms. These carry a supplement.

You will leave your luggage in an adjacent service block where there are saunas and showers, whilst all you will take into the hotel is you and your thermal arctic sleeping bag!

Wake up to a hot Lingonberry juice served in your room prior to the very substantial ICEHOTEL breakfast served in the main restaurant.

 

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IceHotel cabins with northern lights
Northern Lights over Nordic Chalets Ice Hotel Sweden. Copyright Graeme Richardson
Kaamos Room at the IceHotel Sweden - copyright Johan_Broberg

Original ICEHOTEL warm accommodation

Situated within the ICEHOTEL complex are three accommodation options that offer both comfort and warmth!

Kaamos Rooms - Perfect for couples these rooms are spacious and comfortable with a calm feel. Natural materials are complemented by organic shades of white, grey and brown that tone into the colours of Lapland.  Kaamos have 2 beds side by side, desk and a seating area with two armchairs and a small coffee table.  The hallway and en-suite tiled bathroom have heated stone floors. Each room has two floor-to-ceiling corner windows that let in plenty of light and overlook spruce and birch growing wild

Nordic Chalets - these apartments have two bedrooms, a kitchenette and a simple lounge area, ideal for family or friends sharing. The décor is calm and classic Scandinavian, with white-washed wooden panel walls, birch wood details, heated tiled floors and shades of natural shades of grey, white and brown.

The apartment is spacious with two bedrooms, one with a double bed and one with a bunk bed, and sleeps four. There is also a small lounge and kitchenette and heated tiled flooring in the hallway, lounge and bedrooms.
Our Arctic Chalets are traditionally Scandinavian with natural materials and colors. Rustic, simple and comfortable, this two bedroom apartment is decorated in natural materials and organic shades of dark blue, white and brown.

Arctic Chalets have a rustic character, with pine wood paneled walls, tiled floors and birchwood details complemented by shades of dark blue, grey and white.

New is that the master bedroom is furnished with a comfortable Carpe Diem Bed (160 x 200 cm). There is also one single bedroom, a small lounge, kitchenette and a bathroom with shower.

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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 that 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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Hotel Rival Stockholm Sweden
Hotel Rival Stockholm Sweden
Hotel Rival Stockholm Sweden
Hotel Rival Stockholm Sweden

Hotel Rival Stockholm

For those clients wishing to stay in Stockholm overnight we recommend the Rival Hotel. The Rival has its own cinema built 1937 where film previews, concerts and other events are held.

Located at the Mariatorget park on the South Island within short walking distance from the Old Town and 3 stops on the subway from the Central Railway Station.

When opening a decade ago the Rival was widely hailed as Stockholm’s first boutique hotel. Some things have changed since but Rival continues to exude charm and often takes the top spot on Tripadvisor.

The hotel has 7 floors of comfortable rooms. Birch panelling keeps decoration light although in contrast to many other Scandinavian boutique hotels the Rival uses colours and heavy fabrics in a stylish Art Deco-way. The furniture consists mostly of design classics from well-known names such as Claesson and Erik Gunnar Asplund. Portraits of movie stars adorn the comfortable guestrooms. All rooms have 32-inch plasma TV, DVD, iPod dock and Wi-Fi. The front desk has a large collection of DVDs available free to guests.

Little touches are evident throughout the decor and with its cafe and restaurant we think its the best hotel to offer our guests!

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Testimonials

"Accommodation was great, exceeded expectations, particularly in Abisko; food was of a high standard; transfers ran smoothly; trip was well organised; friendly helpful guides"

Gillian

"We thoroughly enjoyed our holiday with a difference, particularly the dog sleigh ride and the snow mobile night, all topped off with a fortunate, excellent, view of the Northern Lights. Thank you for organising a great trip"

John and Lydia

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