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Traditional Sami New Year & Magical Aurora Chase

Break Available: 27 December 2020 - 01 January 2021 - 5 Nights

Price Per Person: £1,895 (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 a desire 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 offers a real  ‘home away from home’ experience.

We have included a range of the best arctic experiences with guides we have worked with for well over a decade.

This is bound to be a New Year break you will remember for a very long time!

Highlights

  • 2 Dedicated Northern Lights Hunts – by snowmobile and minivan
  • Drive your own Sled Dog Team in pristine river valley setting
  • Sami Introduction day with reindeer sleds & lunch cooked on open fire in a Tepee
  • Wilderness Snowmobile Adventure on private trails with views to Sweden’s tallest mountain
  • Northern Lights Chase to best viewing locations
  • Northern lights Snowmobile safari to view the northern horizon
  • Visit the original ICEHOTEL
  • Traditional New Year Lappish Dinner
Day by Day Itinerary
 
 
 
 
 
 

Day 1 - 27 December 2020
Fly to Kiruna. Transfer to Exclusive Máttaráhkká Northern Lights Lodge. Welcome Dinner

Day 1 - 27 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.

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

Meals included: Dinner

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Day 2 - 28 December 2020
Husky Safari with Ylva Forssén.

Day 2 - 28 December 2020
Husky Safari with Ylva Forssén.

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 private Hot tub and Sauna evening at the lodge. This special addition includes an hour private use of the rooftop Aurora hot tub.

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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A la Carte Optional Extras

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

The roof top hot tub at mattarahkka northern lights lodge with the aurora overhead
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 - 29 December 2020
Ice Hotel Visit. Northern Lights Snowmobile Chase

Day 3 - 29 December 2020
Ice Hotel Visit. Northern Lights Snowmobile Chase

After breakfast visit the original ICEHOTEL as well as the revolutionary ICEHOTEL 365. Admire the spectacular individual Art Suites designed by leading artists from around the world, take a cocktail in the unique ice glasses at the sculptured Ice Bar and peep into the Ice Chapel to see if a wedding ceremony is taking place! This is the original IceHotel featured in many television programs and is still the best!

You can take lunch at the ICEHOTEL if you like

Return to the lodge early afternoon and at leisure.

Northern Lights Chase on snowmobiles

Mikko or one of his guides will take you out by snowmobile through the dark arctic night to a place where there is zero light pollution. You will be surrounded by mountains that are rising like mysterious shadows towards the night sky and drive the snowmobile through the snow-covered landscape with the stars above you. We will make several stops along the way, drink hot beverages and wait for the Northern Lights to show up and dance for us in the night sky. At the top of Mt.Ednavaara you have a 360-degree view over the mountain ranges around you.

Meals included: Breakfast and Dinner

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Day 4 - 30 December 2020
Sami Introduction day with Nils Håkan Enoksson. Tepee Dinner and Aurora Chase

Day 4 - 30 December 2020
Sami Introduction day with Nils Håkan Enoksson. Tepee Dinner and Aurora Chase

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  traditional meal around an open fire.

Return to the lodge to relax.

Northern Lights Chase with Dinner in Tepee

This evening enjoy dinner cooked over the fire in the tepee situated in the lodge’s grounds before embarking on an aurora chase with one of the guides. This minibus chase will take you to one of various viewing locations depending on the where the guides believe the best chances of seeing the lights are.

This evening could be moved to another night in your programme if the guides feel your chances of seeing the aurora are better served.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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Day 5 - 31 December 2020
Snowmobiling wilderness Trails. Lappish New Year Dinner.

Day 5 - 31 December 2020
Snowmobiling wilderness Trails. Lappish New Year Dinner.

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.

This evening, celebrate  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.

The Northern Lights Hot tub will be available  to use as will the sauna so you can welcome the New Year in a typically Swedish way!

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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Day 6 - 01 January 2021
Leisurely start and Flight Home

Day 6 - 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.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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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 Kiruna

Máttaráhkká Northern Lights Lodge

We are proud to offer this small intimate lodge, run by one of our long standing partners, Andreas Mikko,  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
Dinner, Hot Tub and Northern Lights
The roof top hot tub at mattarahkka northern lights lodge with the aurora overhead

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

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I just want to add to that by saying the service from A la Carte exceeded all of my expectations, you went above and beyond to deliver a fantastic holiday. We would definitely use you again and will point everyone planning a weekend trip in your direction!"

Cassandra

"Well, we've been back from Kiruna for just over a week, and are still telling everyone all about our fabulous holiday and 'Weekend a la Carte'! We had absolutely the best time, it was such a different experience. The Arctic Eden Hotel was great, especially as we were upgraded to Suites! Eric was a terrific host, in fact all the staff couldn't do enough for us".

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Price Per Person: £1,895 (Inc Flights)
What's included & departure airports

What's Included?

  • Flights (from the UK) with one hold bag per person
  • 5 nights Accommodation with breakfast
  • Snowmobile Day Adventure in pristine wilderness with great views
  • Drive Your Own Sled Dog Team in secluded River valley with wild moose in residence
  • Sami Introduction day with Reindeer sled ride and lunch in tepee
  • Northern Lights snowmobile Hunt to Guide’s vantage points
  • Aurora Mini Van Chase after dinner in  Tepee.
  • Visit Original IceHotel and new IceHotel 365
  • Lappish Meal at New Year
  • Meals as indicated
  • Transfers
  • Arctic Clothing Loan

Break Available:

27th Dec 2020 – 1st Jan 2021

Departure Airports:

  • Heathrow
  • Stockholm
  • If you wish to organise your own flights we can arrange ground arrangements only

 

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