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Ultimate Husky, Reindeer, Snowmobile & Northern Lights Break

Break Available: December 2022 - March 2023
4 Nights

Price Per Person: From £1,850 (Inc Flights)

This is one of our most popular Northern Lights breaks as it combines staying at the exclusive Máttaráhkká Northern Lights Lodge with an inclusive range of the best Arctic experiences. In a zone known for good northern lights sightings every night provides chances of seeing them!

4 days and nights of spectacular activities are complimented by staying in an authentic 7 bedroom boutique Lodge. Máttaráhkká Northern Lights Lodge is a real ‘home away from home’ experience which our clients appreciate for its laid back style and informality.

For a group of 12-14 family or friends having the lodge on a private basis is a true once in a lifetime experience

 

Highlights

  • 4 Nights in Exclusive Máttaráhkká Northern Lights Lodge
  • Drive your own Husky Sled Dog Team through pristine wilderness
  • Snowmobile Adventure on Private Trails with stunning scenery
  • Sami Introduction day with Reindeer encounter & Tepee lunch
  • Prime Location for Northern Lights Viewing
  • Dinner in Sami Tepee with Aurora photo Chase
  • Visit The Original IceHotel
  • Free use of cross country skis and snowshoes

Transfers and private options

Private Transfers

Through our Transfer service we can offer private airport transfers

Private Accommodation

Máttaráhkká Northern Lights Lodge can be exclusively booked for groups of 10-14 people.
It also has a deluxe room with Private Hot Tub for special occasions

Private Activities

We can offer Private Husky sledding and Snowmobile trips on request
There is a Northern Lights Hot Tub which can be booked on a private basis

Day by Day Itinerary
 
 
 
 
 

DAY 1
Fly to Swedish Lapland. Transfer to Máttaráhkká Northern Lights Lodge

DAY 1
Fly to Swedish Lapland. Transfer to Máttaráhkká Northern Lights Lodge

Fly to Swedish Lapland where, on arrival, Petri Tuominen will meet and transfer you to the exclusive Máttaráhkká Northern Lights Lodge run by Andres Mikko, a fantastic base for your Northern Lights holiday.

This wonderful Lodge situated with far reaching views towards the Abisko Alps is the perfect base for a short break. With only 7 rooms it has a ‘home away from home’ feel and has excellent activities right from the doorstep.

Mikko and his family will be your hosts and guides and go out of their way to make you feel comfortable. They will run through your itinerary and will act as your point of reference for the next 4 days.

You will also have complimentary Arctic Clothing issued to you for the whole of your stay at the lodge.

Settle in and have a relaxing start after your day of traveling. Dinner at the lodge

Meals included: Dinner

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DAY 2
Snowmobile Adventure in Pristine Arctic Wilderness. Visit the original ICEHOTEL .

DAY 2
Snowmobile Adventure in Pristine Arctic Wilderness. Visit the original ICEHOTEL .

After breakfast walk straight out your front door to join our knowledgeable and friendly guides on a snowmobile trek through part of Europe’s last untouched wilderness areas.

Follow the trails up to the mountains to marvel at the breathtaking views over pristine arctic landscapes towards Kebnekaise, Sweden’s tallest mountain. From your vantage point, enjoy a steamy cup of lingonberry juice to warm you up while you survey the vast landscape. Make sure you have a camera with you! An exhilarating experience for those seeking a true adventure.

Return for a welcome hot lunch served at Máttaráhkká Northern Lights Lodge.

After lunch visit the original ICEHOTEL as well as the revolutionary ICEHOTEL 365 which opened last winter. 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! The original IceHotel is still the best!

Note: If you are excited about the idea of staying a night in the Original Ice Hotel then we can add this in to your break. We normally do this on your last night. So you could do a 3 night break at the lodge and then spend your last night at the ICEHOTEL.

This evening your Northern Lights holiday continues as you enjoy dinner at the lodge. Depending on number of guests at the lodge this could be served in the Tepee  The position of the Lodge provides great views to the horizon and is a great place for witnessing the Northern Lights.

The Lodge has cameras and tripods which can be used by the guests to capture photos of the northern lights should they be out!

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 3
Drive Your Own Sled Dog Team. Evening at Leisure

DAY 3
Drive Your Own Sled Dog Team. Evening at Leisure

After breakfast enjoy what for many is the favourite day of a trip to Lapland – driving your own sled dog team.

Transfer to the kennel on the road to Nikkaluokta through a river valley where moose congregate in winter.

Ylva Forssén is one of a select group of accomplished ‘lady’ husky guides, whose kennel is in a remote valley from where she runs very personal sled dog trips. As you will discover she has a very special relationship with her dogs and it is a thrill to visit her kennel and spend time with her dogs.

Once you arrive at the kennels get acquainted with the dogs and receive detailed instructions about how to drive them. 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.

When you get back to the lodge relax by the fire, grab a drink from the bar or venture out on snow shoes for a walk.

Dinner will be had at the lodge tonight

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

A la Carte Optional Extras

  • Extend Your Husky Sledding Experience
  • Northern lights hunt by snowmobile
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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

Northern lights hunt by snowmobile

Join in on an exciting hunt for the northern lights by snowmobile. From  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:  £165 per person (2 people/snowmobile)

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

Additional charge for one snowmobile per person  £100 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
Sami Introduction Day & Reindeer sled ride. Aurora Chase with Dinner in Sami Tepee

DAY 4
Sami Introduction Day & Reindeer sled ride. Aurora Chase with Dinner in Sami Tepee

Transfer to the Sámi village of Rávttas, 45 minutes east of Abisko to experience the traditional lifestyle of the Sami people. Hakan Enoksson’s family have farmed this land for generations and have maintained the reindeer herding life despite massive changes to the surrounding region.

Your experience includes a freshly cooked lunch in a Sami Lavu and a short ‘drive your own’ reindeer sled tour in the Corral.

return mid afternoon to the lodge

Northern Lights Chase after Dinner in Sami 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.

Meals Included: Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner

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DAY 5
Airport Transfer and Flight Home or Extend Break to Visit Stockholm

DAY 5
Airport Transfer and Flight Home or Extend Break to Visit Stockholm

Enjoy breakfast before your airport transfer. Fly home after your action packed 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 Andersson 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 place to ‘top or tail’ your break to see the northern lights.

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 ABBA interactive museum.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.

We make it easy by including private return airport transfers in the package!

Costs:

£255 per person for Standard room ( weekend rate)  £50 (supplement for week days)

£298 per person for Superior room  (weekend rate)   £60 (supplement for week days)

£395 per person for Deluxe Room (weekend rate)    £65  (supplement for week days)

Includes:  2 nights – 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 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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The Original ICEHOTEL - Art Suites

northern lights over the ICEHOTEL in Jukkasjarvi Sweden
Spruce woods Art Suite Ice Hotel Sweden
Mind the gap art suite at the Original ICEHOTEL in Jukkasjarvi Sweden
Enjoy a drink at the IceHotel bar, Sweden

The Original ICEHOTEL - Art Suites

The Original ICEHOTEL is situated in Jukassjarvi Swedish Lapland and is a feat of engineering and artistic creation.  We recommend staying in an Art Suite to appreciate the full ICEHOTEL experience and our itineraries feature these rooms as standard. They cost a little more but add hugely to your appreciation of this Once in a Lifetime experience.

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 blocks are stored for the summer in a huge warehouse and as the late Autumn temperature in Jukkasjärvi drops below zero ice artists arrive from all over the world 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 houses both Art suites and the Deluxe Art Suites  (which we offer as an upgrade)  with their luxury en suite bathrooms. It is also home to the celebrated ICEBAR.

You have your own private locker room where you can change and leave your bags whilst having access to the adjacent service block where there are saunas, toilets and showers.

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

For Dinner the ICEHOTEL  has 2 restaurants, one serving gourmet food, whilst the more informal Homestead restaurant serves hearty traditional food.

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Hotel Rival Stockholm

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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Optional Extras
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.

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  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:  £165 per person (2 people/snowmobile)

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

Additional charge for one snowmobile per person  £100 per person

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 place to ‘top or tail’ your break to see the northern lights.

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 ABBA interactive museum.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.

We make it easy by including private return airport transfers in the package!

Costs:

£255 per person for Standard room ( weekend rate)  £50 (supplement for week days)

£298 per person for Superior room  (weekend rate)   £60 (supplement for week days)

£395 per person for Deluxe Room (weekend rate)    £65  (supplement for week days)

Includes:  2 nights – bed and breakfast, private airport transfers to and from Arlanda airport

 

 

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Reviews & Feedback

Testimonials

Fantastic trip from start to finish, we couldn’t have asked for more. We had a wonderful stay at Mattarahkka, the food was delicious, our guides made us feel extremely welcome and activities were superb. The weather was amazing, and we were incredibly lucky to have been able to experience the northern lights twice, the first of which was an outstanding display! My 50th birthday trip was truly one I will never forget.

Jane Ashworth

Our Weekend a la carte Aurora Night adventure was a rousing success. We were thrilled by all aspects of our journey from the flight to Kiruna to our return to Stockholm. The accommodations at both lodges were spectacular with great comfort and staff that was always nearby to care for our every need. The guides were well - trained, personable, and shared very interesting information about the area and the way of life in Lapland. The food was delicious and plentiful. I especially enjoyed the dog sledding driving and meeting their wonderful trainer, Ylva. Bjorn was a wonderful guide at Mattarahka. Our Sami experience was a terrific night of learning about the life of the reindeer herders in that area. Thank you to all our hosts and guides, and especially to Weekend a la Carte for such a well - planned, seamless program to make our adventure of a lifetime a great success!

Cheryl Davies

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Price Per Person: From £1,850 (Inc Flights)
What's included & departure airports

What's Included?

  • Flights (London Heathrow from the UK) with one hold bag per person
  • 4 nights at the boutique Máttaráhkká Northern Lights Lodge
  • Daytime Husky adventure with Ylva Forssen in pristine river valley
  • Daytime snowmobile adventure using private trails around the lodge
  • Visit to the original Ice Hotel
  • Day time Sami Introduction with Hakan Enokson including reindeer ride
  • Northern Lights Chase and dinner in Sami Tepee
  • All Meals
  • Arctic Clothing Loan                                                           

Break Available

December – March

Departure Airport is London Heathrow only.

For our international Clients we can link into your Inter continental flights, provide domestic flights Sweden or just offer you the ground plans freeing you up to book your own flights.

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