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This short break has it all - a stay in a spectacular Icehotel, the opportunity to experience a range of thrilling winter activities and a night at the Abisko Mountain Station in Abisko National Park, one of the best places in the world for northern lights viewings. As Lapland winter breaks go this one is pretty hard to beat!
Who for? Those looking for a winter break with a difference
Abisko National Park
On this 3 or 4-night winter break you’ll spend one night in Abisko National Park, regarded as one of the best locations in the world to observe the aurora borealis. A natural occurrence in the behaviour of the prevailing winds in the area means that cloud rarely forms, creating ideal conditions for auroral appearances.
This anomaly in cloud formation also makes Abisko one of the driest places in Sweden, even though it is close to some of the country's top ski resorts which are the amongst the wettest! This break includes a 1-night stay at Abisko Mountain Station, the only hotel located within the national park, and a short walking distance from the chairlift up to the Aurora Sky Station. More about the aurora »
Aurora Sky Station - see the northern lights!
A trip on the chairlift to the Aurora Sky Station is included in this holiday. Once at the summit, you can keep watch for the aurora from the large outside deck area or warm up inside by a log fire. As an optional extra, you can choose to upgrade and include a 4-course dinner at the summit. We thoroughly recommend this option as you’ll get to enjoy delicious home-cooked Swedish cuisine whilst keeping a look out for the lights through the station’s enormous picture windows.
Stay at the famous Icehotel
Your holiday also includes two or three nights at the Icehotel (depending on your chosen itinerary) where you'll have ample opportunity to experience some of the many optional activities such as husky sledging, reindeer and moose safaris, and snowmobiling, as well as further northern lights excursions.
Make the most of your time away by flying direct to Kiruna on our exclusive 3½ hour flight from London Heathrow. Once at the Icehotel, you’ll further benefit from our dedicated Discover the World representative who will be available throughout your stay.
On the dates of our direct flights from Heathrow to Kiruna, we hold a substantial number of rooms at the Icehotel and Abisko Mountain Station, ensuring that our clients always receive the best availability and choice of rooms.
Day 1 Kiruna-Abisko Mountain Station fly from UK to Kiruna and transfer to the Abisko Mountain Station (journey time 90 minutes) for an overnight stay. After dinner take a 15 minute walk* to the base of the mountain, where you’ll be kitted out in warm clothing before a 20-minute ride on a chairlift to the Aurora Sky Station. Here you can learn more about the northern lights and hopefully spend time enjoying this amazing natural phenomenon before returning to your hotel.
Day 2 Abisko Mountain Station-Icehotel after breakfast transfer to the Icehotel for a 2 night stay (1 night in an Ice Room and 1 night in warm accommodation). Day at leisure to enjoy one or more optional excursions.
Day 3 at leisure at the Icehotel free for optional excursions or just soak up the beautiful surroundings.
Day 4 Icehotel-Kiruna transfer to Kiruna for the flight back to UK
(23, 30 Dec 2015 | 16 Feb & Easter 24 March 2016)
Day 1 Kiruna-Abisko Mountain Station fly from UK to Kiruna and transfer to the Abisko Mountain Station (journey time 90 minutes). After dinner take a 15 minute walk* to the base of the mountain, where you’ll be kitted out in warm clothing before a 20-minute ride on a chairlift to the Aurora Sky Station. Here you can learn more about the northern lights and hopefully spend time enjoying this amazing natural phenomenon before returning to your hotel.
Day 2 Abisko Mountain Station-Icehotel after breakfast transfer to the Icehotel for a 3 night stay (1 night in an Ice Room and 2 nights in warm accommodation). Day at leisure to enjoy one or more optional excursions.
Days 3-4 at leisure in the Icehotel free for optional excursions or just soak up the beautiful surroundings.
Day 5 Icehotel-Kiruna transfer to Kiruna for the flight back to UK.
*Please note the walk to the chairlift takes approximately 15 minutes and is slightly uphill, however the chairlift operates the entire evening, so you can join it at any time, should you wish to walk a little slower.
The itineraries above may also operate in reverse with the last night spent at Abisko, please speak to one of our team for more details. Please see our Christmas at Icehotel; New Year at Icehotel and Easter at Abisko the Icehotel packages for the full details of our festive and Easter breaks.
Sightings of the aurora borealis cannot be guaranteed. Should it not be possible to go to the Aurora Sky Station, an alternative viewing area will be chosen subject to local conditions.
Due to the nature of the Abisko Sky Station chair-lift experience we do not recommend this for children under the age of 12 years.
Please note the weather in Sweden 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 Sweden 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.
|£ per person||Dec 2015 - Mar 2016|
|London Heathrow to Kiruna direct||3 nights||4 nights
|£ per person||23 Dec 2015
|30 Dec 2015
|London Heathrow to Kiruna direct|
|4 nights||4 nights|
Festive meals at the Icehotel - please ask our travel specialist to make a table reservation for you for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day dinners, to ensure you have the meals at preferred times. One meal will be a traditional Swedish smörgåsbord and the other, a Christmas ICE menu. The meals are payable locally, directly to the ICEHOTEL.
|£ per person||24 March 2016|
|London Heathrow to Kiruna direct|
Prices include return direct flights between London Heathrow and Kiruna (with complimentary in-flight meal, beer, wine and soft drinks); 1 night at Abisko in twin bedded room with private facilities; 1 night in a Ice Room and 1 or 2 nights in a Kaamos Room at the Icehotel depending on trip duration; breakfast buffet throughout plus a 3-course set evening meal at Abisko; chairlift excursion to the Sky Station; all transfers and services of a Discover the World representative; airport taxes and a thermal one-piece suit, hat, boots and mittens to use while staying at the Icehotel and Northern Lights Bradt guide.
London-Kiruna | Flight time 3.5 hours
19, 23*, 27, 30* December 2015
23, 30 January 2016
06, 13 (limited availability), 16* (sold out), 20, 27 February 2016
05, 24* March 2016
* denotes 4-night trip
Please contact our team to book your place on one of our direct flights for winter 2015-2016.
17, 22*, 26, 29* December 2016
21, 28 January 2017
04, 11, 14*, 18, 25 February 2017
04, 11 March 2017
* Please note, departures on 22 & 29 Dec and 14 Feb are based on a 4 night duration.
Heathrow to Kiruna SK7896 Dep: 10.35 | Arr: 15.05
Kiruna to Heathrow SK7895 Dep: 14.30 | Arr: 16.55
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