SWEDEN

Northern Lights, Abisko and Icehotel

Aurora over Abisko National Park, Lapland
from £1,303 3 & 4 nights | Dec - Mar Inc. flights See price details
  • Departs:
  • Jan
  • Feb
  • Mar
  • Dec

Overview

Combine a stay at Swedish Lapland’s legendary Icehotel with Abisko National Park – rated by Lonely Planet as the best place in the world for experiencing the northern lights. As well as a visit to the Aurora Sky Station, this superb short break also has plenty of opportunities for trying exciting winter activities like husky sledding, snowmobiling, ice-sculpting and Nordic skiing.

Highlights

  • Fly direct to Lapland on our exclusive flights between Heathrow and Kiruna
  • Spend a night at Abisko Mountain Station in the heart of ‘aurora country’
  • Ride a chairlift to the Aurora Sky Station to search for the northern lights
  • Stay two or three nights at the Icehotel with an opportunity to ‘sleep on ice’
  • Be as active as you like, with everything from snowmobiling to saunas available
  • Enjoy delicious food, including an optional four-course meal at the Sky Station

 

Aurora watching in Abisko
On this three- or four-night winter break you’ll spend one night at Abisko Mountain Station, the only hotel in the national park. It’s a short walk from the chairlift that whisks you up to the Aurora Sky Station. Once at the summit, large balconies provide a perfect vantage for northern lights watching. Inside the Sky Station there’s a cosy log fire and, as an optional extra, we can arrange for you to enjoy a four-course dinner of delicious home-cooked Swedish cuisine.

Stay at the famous Icehotel
Your holiday also includes two or three nights at the Icehotel. One of these will be ‘sleeping on ice’, tucked up in thermal sleeping bags on thick mattresses. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience – many guests claim to have their best night’s sleep ever! You will also have plenty of time to explore the Icehotel, marveling at the stunning ice sculptures and enjoying a drink at the Icebar. Your remaining night or two will be spent in nearby chalet-style ‘warm’ accommodation.

Things to do at the Icehotel
Click on Excursions above to browse the wide range of activities available. Optional excursions at the Icehotel include husky sledding, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, ice-sculpting, moose safaris, horse riding, winter survival and northern lights photography, as well as special treats like a sauna ritual and starlit dinner.

 

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Icehotel Break

Experience the magic of one of the world’s most iconic hotels, enjoying optional activities like ice sculpting and aurora hunting by snowmobile.

Aurora Nights at Abisko

Based at Abisko Mountain Station, choose from activities like snowshoeing  and enjoy evenings seeking the northern lights from the Aurora Sky Station.

I can honestly say I have never spent a weekend somewhere quite like that, it was beautiful.

Clare Hasler, Icehotel

After our evening meal we went up the chair lift to the Abisko sky station to wait for the Northern Lights and saw an amazing display - we couldn't have asked for anything more!

Susan Day, Tromso, Abisko and Icehotel

Itinerary & Accommodation

3 Night Itinerary

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
4 Night Itinerary

Departures on 14 February 2017.

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
Today is 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.
Notes
  • 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 and New Year at Icehotel packages for the full details of our festive breaks.
  • Sightings of the Northern Lights 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.
  • 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.

Accommodation Options

Abisko Mountain Station

  • Grade: Standard
  • Type: Hotel

Exclusive to Discover the World in the UK, the 16-room A…

Icehotel Accommodation

  • Grade: Superior
  • Type: Unique and Boutique

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

Excursions

Cross-country Skiing (Icehotel)

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

Daily Life of the Sami (Icehotel - Rensjon)

Experience the everyday life of a reindeer herding family a…

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

Experience the everyday life of a reindeer herding family a…

Evening Husky Safari (Icehotel)

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

Husky Sledding (Icehotel)

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

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…

Northern Lights Photography (Icehotel)

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

Northern Lights Snowmobile Tour (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…

Sauna Ritual (Icehotel)

Feel refreshed and invigorated on this classic sauna experi…

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.

Wilderness Snowmobile Tour (Icehotel)

Explore the surrounding wilderness by snowmobile.

Wildlife Photography (Icehotel)

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

Winter Survival Introduction (Icehotel)

Learn the basics of winter survival in the wilderness aroun…

Prices & Dates

London Heathrow to Kiruna direct

Per person prices from3 nights4 nights
Two sharing £1,303 £1,372
Additional Adult* £1,119 £1,126
Single* £1,530 £1,635

Festive Departures (on our direct flight)

 Per person prices from

22 Dec 2016

Christmas (4nts)

29 Dec 2016

New Year (4nts)

Two sharing £1,417 £1,836
Additional Adult* £1,166 £1,505
Single* £1,668 £2,147

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.

*Additional information

Please note the following:

*Additional adult price - for 3rd and 4th adult sharing the accommodation at the Icehotel (except Kaamos room) then having single / twin rooms at Abisko.

Parties of 3 or more will require a Arctic or Nordic Chalet at the Icehotel.


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 or 2 nights in a Kaamos Room (depending on trip duration) and 1 night in a Ice Room at the Icehotel; 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.

 

  • Christmas departure also includes a torchlight procession and a carol concert.
  • New Year departure includes a New Year's Eve gala dinner.

Direct Flight - Departure Dates

London-Kiruna | Flight time 3.5 hours

Winter 2016-2017

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, 14 Feb are based on a 4 night duration.

Please contact our team to book your place on one of our direct flights for winter 2016-2017.

Heathrow to Kiruna SK7896 Dep: 10.35 | Arr: 15.05
Kiruna to Heathrow SK7895 Dep: 14.30 | Arr: 16.55

Upgrade options

  • Premium Class Flight Upgrade

  • Accommodation Upgrades

  • Dinner Upgrade at Abisko 
    Why not upgrade to a four course dinner served in the cosy restaurant at the Aurora Sky Station. You will travel up by chairlift earlier than other guests and enjoy the peaceful Abisko National Park in darkness. As your eyes become more accustomed to the light conditions, you will see more and more as you gaze up at the night sky, the bright stars twinkling above you.

    Feast on a meal inspired by local Nordic cuisine and after dinner, there will be the chance to learn more about the fascinating Northern Lights and of course the opportunity to head outside to do some aurora watching of you own. (Spaces are limited so book early to avoid disappointment!)

    Adult £89 per person

    Please note, should it not be possible to visit the Aurora Sky Station (due to weather/climate conditions or technical reasons), an alternative viewing area will be chosen subject to local conditions. If you have pre-booked the upgraded dinner at the Sky Station this will be provided at the Abisko Mountain Station instead.
Please contact our team of Travel Specialists team to discuss these upgrade options.
 

Fly via Stockholm from £1,004

£ per person from

Dec 2016 - Apr 2017 - 3 nights
Twin £1,034
Additional Adult* £816
Single* £1,197

*Additional information - please note the following:

  • Additional adult price - for the 3rd and 4th adult sharing the accommodation (not applicable to Kaamos rooms)
  • Single - single traveller in a Ice Room combined with a Kaamos Room

NB Prices are based on lowest available airfare, should this not be available at the time of booking, a supplement will apply.

Price includes return flights between London Heathrow and Kiruna via Stockholm; 1 night at Abisko in twin bedded room with private facilities; 3-course set evening meal at Abisko; chairlift excursion to the Sky Station 1 night in a Kaamos room and 1 night in a Ice Room; morning sauna; breakfast buffet; Icehotel to Kiruna airport transfers; taxi transfer from Kiruna airport to Kiruna train station; return train travel from Kiruna to Abisko; transfer from Kriuna train station to Icehotel; airport taxes and a thermal one-piece suit, hat, boots and mittens to use while staying at the Icehotel.


Departures and Flight Times

Flights between London Heathrow and Kiruna via Stockholm are operated by Scandinavian airlines. The departure days and flight timings can vary depending on season, so please contact our Travel Specialists for the latest information and availability. The flight time can vary between 5-9 hours, subject to flight connections in Stockholm.

Other Information

Getting There

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.

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