- The legendary ICEHOTEL Plus
- The Abisko Sky Station & Bjorkliden
- Snowmobiling, Skiiing & Reindeer Sledding
- Northern Lights Bragging Rights
- Breakfasts throughout and 3 suppers
- Prices from £1995pp
A 6 Day holiday taking in Bjorkliden, Abisko & the ICEHOTEL with ski-ing, snow activities, Northern Lights & sleeping on Ice. Literally an Adventure packed with adventures every day, you'll spend 5 nights in and around the micro climate of the Abisko National Park credited with having one of the best record Northern Lights sightings in the world. Throw in ice cool cocktails, trad Swedish cuisine, Sami hospitality, the grandeur of the Laponia Mountain Gate this is an adventure where every day has a Highlight. And for skiers or adventurers is concertina like in flexibility :stay longer anywhere, add anything from heli skiing to overnight wilderness safaris .
Hotell Fjället forms the centrepiece of the Björkliden Mountain Resort and has a mix of single & twin rooms all re-furbished in 2012 and styled in muted browns & greys. The 14 sqm twin rooms all have WC/Shower, free Wi-Fi & TV. There is a bar (Rallaren) and the hotel's restaurant Lapporten serves up delicious local produce against a backdrop of incredible views over Torneträsk Lake.Close by is the Snöbaren open-air café for Fika and amazing, freshest ever cinnamon buns and grilled hotdogs.
The Abisko Mountain Station 195 km north of the Arctic Circle on the shores of Lake Torneträsk sits in the middle of Swedish Lapland's Abisko National Park with spectacular views over Lake Torneträsk and the surrounding mountains. More importantly, the area has its own micro climate with zero light pollution and frequent cloudless skies so when the aurora is visible you'll see it. Rooms are simple but comfortable enough and the restaurant with a large outside terrace has picture windows allowing unbroken views of the northern sky. The hotel has a lounge with large open fire; and the chair lift station leading up to the Aurora Sky Station is a 10-15 minute walk away.
Snow Rooms are built in the shape of a traditional igloo and sleep up to 4 people. There are generally only two or three of these built in any one year. Ice Rooms are slightly larger than Snow Rooms, typically designed with a double bed and some ice ‘furniture’ for decoration. Generally for two people although there are a limited number that can sleep 3.
Artcic Chalets are free-standing, sleep up to three people in two bedrooms (a double and a single) and have a small living room and bathroom with Shower/WC. The walls are faced in tongue & groove pine, furnished with dark slate fabrics and each chalet is equiped with a fridge, kettle, TV, WI-Fi and telephone. Kaamos rooms have a common entrance & hallway with clothes hanging space and their own entrance. They sleep 2 people in either twin or double beds and have a bathroom with Shower/WC. The walls are faced in tongue & groove white pine giving a light forest spring feel and each room is equiped with a fridge, kettle, TV, WI-Fi and telephone. Nordic Chalets are free-standing, sleep up to four people in two bedrooms (a double and one with bunk beds) and have a kitchenette, small living room and bathroom with Shower/WC. Walls are faced with white pine, furnished in light grey and each chalet is equiped with a fridge, kettle, TV, WI-Fi and telephone.
fly 150 kilometres North of the Arctic Circle to Kiruna in Swedish Lapland and then by train along the Ore Rail Line past snow capped mountains and over rivers to Bjorkliden for 2 nights at the Bjorkliden Fjallet. Check in to your room and take dinner in the hotel restaurant.
after breakfast take your pick from some of the most exciting mountain snow activities you can do: for ski touring there's more than 60 peaks in the area ranging from easy orange touring to jet black alpine skiing expeditions, off piste & heli-skiing along with snow boarding. If skiing's not your thing then there's dog sledding, snowmobiling and even snow golf. Or you can just watch the day go by.
at lunchtime its time to hop on the train again for the 10 minute trip to Abisko, a mountain village with a population of just 85 where the Scandes mountain range ends. Spend the afternoon as you will and in the evening take the chairlift to the Aurora Sky Station. Keep watch for the aurora from the Station's outside deck area whilst popping back inside every so often to warm up by the roaring log fire. Enjoy a home style 4-course dinner in the Station's restaurant with its ginormous picture windows giving unfettered views of the night sky so as not to miss the Aurora when she shows.
after a lie in and a leisurely breakfast board the train for Kiruna where you'll arrive just before two o'clock and be met by your local guide who'll transfer you to the ICEHOTEL. Check in, collect your thermal gear and at around 4, take a guided tour of the ICEHOTEL. In the early evening set off on a search for the Northern Lights either by snowmobile or on horseback. On your return try a 'Northern Lights','Wolf's Paw' or 'Czarina' in the ICEBAR to set you up for your night on Ice in an Ice Room.
wake up to a mug of hot lingonberry juice, warm out your bones with a sauna and take breakfast in the ICEHOTEL restaurant. Spend today with huskies on either a short morning mush or a longer stretching into the afternoon with a wilderness lunch and time at the kennels or, if you fancy something more testosterone charging, then a snowmobile safari might be the thing with ones lasting anywhere between 3 hours or overnight to a wilderness camp. (Modern Polaris 4 stroke machines with their low centre of gravity are easy and safe to drive, controlled for acceleration and braking from the handle bar, and have a 'kill switch' to shut down the engine in emergencies). You can also visit Sami reindeer herder, Nils Torbjorn Nutti who keeps a herd in Saarivuoma. Overnight in an Arctic Chalet/Kaamos Room or Nordic Chalet.
take breakfast and take a look around the village with its collection of wooden buildings and at, the dead end Marknadsvagen, Jukkasarvi’s red ochre wooden church with its colourful triptych. Parts of the building date back to the 17th century and hidden under the nave are the mummified remains of villagers preserved from the 18th. Then transfer to Kiruna airport for your return flight to the UK via Stockholm.
Return scheduled flight(s) from the UK to Kiruna via Stockholm (Arlanda).
All passenger service charges and airport departure taxes
Carriage of luggage (1pc Cabin & 1 pc Checked)
Complimentary beverages & Pay on Board in flight food service
Airport/rail station/Ice Hotel return transfers in Swedish Lapland (Kiruna)
Accommodation at Bjorkliden Fjallet (2 nights)
Lodging in twin room with private WC/Shower
Accommodation at Abisko Tourist Station (1 night)
Lodgings in superior twin room with private WC/Shower
Snow Room at ICEHOTEL (1 night) Kaamos Room at ICEHOTEL (1 night)
5 Buffet breakfasts & 3 Dinners as per itinerary
Wake up Berry Juice & Sauna on Day 5
Guided tour of ICEHOTEL Protective thermal clothing (thermal onesie, hat, boots and mittens) for duration of stay at ICEHOTEL).
Daily January 3rd - April 13th
Guide Price £1995pp
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