SWEDEN

Icehotel, Abisko and Lofoten

Abisko winter, Lapland
from £1720 7 nights | Feb - Mar Inc. flights See price details
  • Departs:
  • Feb - Mar

Overview

Combine travel by train with self driving on this independent holiday through Swedish Lapland and Northern Norway. Experience the magnificent Icehotel and spend a night in Abisko National Park, a prime spot for aurora viewing. Enjoy two scenic rail journeys and drive around the stunning islands of Vesteralen and Lofoten. The longer daylight hours allow time to fully appreciate this incredible scenery, and the dark Arctic nights often play host to the surreal northern lights.

Highlights

  • stay at the ultra-cool Icehotel
  • visit the Aurora Sky Station for northern lights viewing
  • explore the dramatic and spectacular Arctic islands
  • enjoy a scenic rail journey across Lapland

A stay at the Icehotel is a great way to begin your Arctic adventure. By day, choose from an exciting array of optional activities or excursions and by night, keep watch for the aurora. Continue by rail into the pristine wilderness of Abisko National Park, the domain of freely roaming reindeer. In the evening take a chairlift to the Aurora Sky Station, where sightings of the aurora under a vast expanse of sky are often some of the best in Lapland. More about the aurora »

Venture further north by train, across the border into Norway to the coastal town of Narvik, then by bus to Evenes, where you collect your rental vehicle and head off towards Vesteralen. Excellent road and bridge connections between the islands mean driving here is simple and straightforward so relax, enjoy the scenery and some lovely little fishing villages.

Further south in Lofoten, you'll notice the horizon is dominated by the rugged Lofotenveggen mountain range, which forms the backbone of the islands. Charming Svolaer is where you spend your last two nights on this adventure. Swift weather changes here provide magnificent light conditions and, coupled with dramatic, awe-inspiring scenery, this place continues to inspire artists and photographers alike.

Itinerary & Accommodation

Day 1 arrive Kiruna
Transfer to the Icehotel and check in for a 2-night stay, before taking a short guided tour. Spend one night in a warm room (hotel-style or cabin) and the other in an ice room to experience 'sleeping on ice', fuelled no doubt by a colourful vodka cocktail from the Icebar.
Day 2 at leisure
Enjoy one or more of the optional activities or explore Jukkasjarvi and its beautiful surrounds.
Day 3 Kiruna-Abisko
Travel by rail (around 1.5 hours) to Abisko. Abisko Mountain Station is a short walk away, next to frozen lake Torneträsk with a backdrop of high mountains, the most distinctive of which is U-shaped Lapporten, also known as the gateway to Lapland. Afternoon exploring the national park before dinner, then take the 20 minute chairlift to the Aurora Sky Station for northern lights viewing (cannot be guaranteed). Warm up at the Summit Café where you can see a small exhibition then return to the Mountain Station by chairlift and perhaps have a drink in the bar before retiring.
Day 4 Abisko-Narvik-Vesteralen
Travel by train to Narvik, then collect the rental car from the local office before driving to Vesteralen and the Hotel Sortland, your base for 2 nights.
Day 5 Vesteralen
Explore Langoya and Andoya, perhaps join a whale watching trip from Andenes or visit Nyksund, a once thriving fishing village that was left to ruin, now thankfully undergoing restoration. In Ringstad opt for a sea eagle safari or choose to kayak in the sheltered bay (dependent on weather conditions).
Day 6 Vesteralen-Svolvaer
Drive to Stokmarknes and visit the Hurtigruten Museum before continuing to Melbu. Take the car ferry to Fiskebol (additional cost) then continue to Svolvaer for a 2-night stay.
Day 7 at leisure
Explore Lofoten or join one of the optional excursions.
Day 8 depart Evenes
Return to Evenes Airport, drop off your vehicle and catch your flight home.
Notes
  • This tour is based from February to April when the weather conditions are more favourable for travelling.
    To avoid disappointment we strongly recommend you book your activities and excursions prior to departure. If you cannot decide, our expert team will be happy to offer recommendations.
  • The weather can be unpredictable and therefore can cause substantial delays which can result in the need to re-arrange or extend your holiday itinerary. Whilst we and our contacts in country will do everything possible to minimise any disruption, it is important that you check the details of your travel insurance and allow for some flexibility in your plans.

Accommodation Options

Abisko Mountain Station

  • Grade: Standard
  • Type: Hotel

Exclusive to Discover the World in the UK, Abisko Mounta…

Icehotel Accommodation

  • Grade: Superior
  • Type: Unique and Boutique

This inspiring and totally 'cool' hotel provides both wa…

Sortland Hotel

  • Grade: Standard
  • Type: Hotel

Found in the city centre of Sortland, close to restauran…

Svinoya Rorbuer, Svolvaer

  • Grade: Superior
  • Type: Unique and Boutique

A collection of cabins and suites located on i…

Excursions

Cross-country Skiing (Icehotel)

A skill that is not nearly as challenging as it appears.

Daily Life of the Sami (Rensjon)

Experience the everyday life of a reindeer herding family a…

Daily Life of the Sami with a Reindeer Sleigh Ride (Rensjon)

Experience the everyday life of a reindeer herding family a…

Evening Husky Sledging (Icehotel)

Relax while being pulled through the silence of the forest.…

Explore Abisko National Park (Abisko)

Abisko: Abisko National Park lies 200km north of the Arctic…

Husky Sledding (Icehotel)

There are more dogs than people in Jukkasjärvi and its sur…

Ice Climbing at Abisko Canyon (Abisko)

Abisko: Ice climbing is considered as one of the most excit…

Ice Sculpting (Icehotel)

Many visitors are tempted to try their own hand at this uni…

Moose Safari by Snowmobile (Icehotel)

Head into moose heartland travelling by snowmobile.

Moose Safari on Horseback (Icehotel)

Be on the lookout for moose from your eager Icelandic horse…

Nordic Skiing (Abisko)

Abisko: You will be guided around Abisko National Park at a…

Northern Lights Photography (Icehotel)

Join this nightly excursion that will take you out into the…

Northern Lights Snowmobiling (Icehotel)

A guided snowmobile tour through snow-clad forests.

Northern Lights Tour on Horseback (Icehotel)

The sure-footed Icelandic horse will be your mount for the …

Overnight Husky Safari (Icehotel)

An excursion for those who wish to get well into the wilder…

Overnight Snowmobile Tour (Icehotel)

Travel deeper into the forest and scenic surroundings of Ju…

Sami Camp Experience (Abisko)

Visit a reconstruction of a traditional Sami camp.

Sauna Ritual (Icehotel)

Feel refreshed and invigorated on this classic sauna experi…

Snowmobile Adventure (Icehotel)

Explore the surrounding wilderness by snowmobile.

Snowshoe Hike (Abisko)

Abisko: Join an exciting snowshoe hike in the wild Abisko N…

Starlit Dinner at the Wilderness Camp (Icehotel)

Few things are as memorable as dinner under the stars.

The Ultimate Husky Sledding Tour (Icehotel)

Enjoy an exhilarating day exploring the husky trails.

Transfer by Husky Sledge (Icehotel)

A journey by husky sled really is the best way to travel.

Wildlife Photography (Icehotel)

As the Arctic day breaks, you will head into the wilderness…

Winter Survival Skills (Icehotel)

Learn the basics of winter survival in the wilderness aroun…

Prices & Dates

Per person prices fromFeb to Mar (2018-19)
Twin £1,767
Single £2,668


Twin price is based on 2 adults sharing a twin/double room. Child prices on request

Price includes flights from London Heathrow to Kiruna (via Stockholm) and Evenes to London Heathrow (via Oslo); 2 nights at the Icehotel (one in warm room and 1 in Ice Room); 1 night at Abisko Mountain Station; 2 nights at the Sortland Hotel and 2 nights at Svinoya Rorbuer; breakfast throughout and dinner at Abisko Mountain Station; visit to the Aurora Sky Station at Abisko; transfer from Kiruna Airport to the Icehotel and Icehotel to Kiruna train station; train from Kiruna to Abisko and Abisko to Narvik; 4 days car rental of category C vehicle with Avis Car Rental (Ford Focus or similar) including unlimited mileage, CDW and airport taxes.

Price excludes: meals other than those mentioned; car hire one-way fee between Narvik and Evenes airport (approximtely £100) - all car extras to be paid locally; petrol; personal expenses.

Why not upgrade your accommodation at the Icehotel in the Cold room. Upgrade to a Art Suite from £79 per person per night and to a Deluxe Suite from £233 per person per night.

Note: Alternative hotels in Svolvaer are available on the last 2 nights. Please ask our sales team for more details.

Airfares are based on the lowest available fare – if this is unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement will apply. All holidays and prices are subject to availability.

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