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Swedish Lapland holidays

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Ragnar TH Sigurdsson

Northern lights watching, husky sledding, snowmobiling, cool places to stay, pristine landscapes of frozen lakes and snow-covered forests... a holiday in Swedish Lapland takes you to the ultimate winter wonderland.

For 35 years we have been at the forefront of creating unforgettable holidays in Swedish Lapland. With their first-hand knowledge of the region, our expert Travel Specialists can tailor make the best holiday to suit your needs.

Our experience and long-standing partnerships with local operators throughout the Nordic countries will ensure you maximise your precious time exploring this extraordinary corner of Arctic Europe.

Fly Direct to Swedish Lapland

Our exclusive direct flight from Heathrow to Kiruna takes you straight to Swedish Lapland in just 3.5 hours. It's the quickest way to get you husky sledding or aurora watching and by far the best way to plan a short break at the Icehotel and Abisko Mountain Station.

The Original Icehotel

Just 20 minutes from Kiruna, the village of Jukkasjarvi is home to the world-famous Icehotel.

Forged using thousands of tonnes of ice from the frozen River Torne, the seasonal Icehotel is reborn each winter. Sculptors transform its interior into exquisite ice art – the fabulous suites enchanting guests for a few months before the unique creation melts back into the river. A spectacular new addition, Icehotel 365 is a permanent ice experience with an ice bar, ice gallery and ice suites. 

We fell under the spell of the Icehotel when it was first created in 1990. Now, 27 years later, Discover the World is proud to be its leading worldwide partner. Not only can we can get you there quicker and in more comfort than any other operator (thanks to our exclusive direct flights), but our special partnership also means we can guarantee accommodation during busy periods.

As well as the source of the Icehotel, the frozen River Torne also inspires adventure. Driving husky teams or snowmobiles along the wide, sinuous ribbon of ice, spending a night or two in a wilderness lodge, is one of the pure and simple pleasures of Swedish Lapland.

Our Travel Specialists can advise you on the choice of rooms at the Icehotel, including the stunning ice suites and the various options for warm accommodation. We can also tailor make an action plan for you so that you arrive at this iconic place, travelling independently but fully prepared to experience its magic, with a Discover the World representative available to make sure everything runs smoothly for you.

Abisko National Park

With no light pollution and frequent cloudless skies, this mountain wilderness is renowned for its displays of the aurora borealis – and makes a perfect partner with the Icehotel. The Abisko Mountain Station has grand views across Lake Tornetrask and surrounding fells, while a chairlift ride to the Aurora Sky Station puts you on top of the world when the northern lights are blazing away.

Our special partnership with Abisko Mountain Station – the only hotel in the national park – means we can offer you exclusive accommodation during the northern lights watching season.

Abisko is also great in the autumn, when the birch trees turn a vibrant range of golds and yellows. In October and November, autumn colours are replaced by glistening frosts and the first snowfalls of the season.

Why is Abisko so good for northern lights watching?

For starters, Abisko is right in the middle of the auroral oval at 68 degrees north, but it also lies in a rain shadow which means there are fewer clouds and more nights of clear skies. Being a national park means there is no artificial light pollution, while the Aurora Sky Station puts you in the perfect spot for gazing at the night sky.

Recommended Holiday: Northern Lights, Abisko and Icehotel | See all Abisko Holidays 

Lulea

Huddled around bays and inlets on Sweden’s Gulf of Bothnia, Lulea is the gateway to a beautiful, undiscovered corner of Swedish Lapland. We offer a range of holidays to the Lulea archipelago and forest areas further inland, staying in a hand-picked selection of outstanding lodges.

Brandon Lodge & Pine Bay Lodge

When the Gulf of Bothnia freezes over, the Lulea archipelago becomes icebound and on one island, Brandon Lodge becomes a wilderness retreat buzzing with winter activities. Our four-night Winter’s Dream at Brandon Lodge includes a husky safari, snowmobiling trip and northern lights sled tour. Brandon’s sister property, Pine Bay Lodge is located on the mainland shore and offers intimate accommodation with just 10 guest rooms.

Recommended Holiday: Winters Dream at Brandon Lodge

Treehotel

Ingeniously designed and exquisitely crafted, seven treehouses seem to float through the forest at this contemporary wilderness retreat, about 90km from Lulea. They include the Bird’s Nest (a tangled ball of branches blending into the trees), the gravity-defying capsule of the Cabin and the Mirror Cube – camouflaged by reflective walls. The newest addition, the two-bedroom 7th Room, has a lounge area with large picture windows for aurora gazing. Activities range from husky sledding to a soak in a wood-fired outdoor bathtub at the Forest Spa.

Recommended Holiday: Brandon Lodge & Treehotel

Sorbyn Lodge

A red cedar property tucked into pine trees around tranquil Lake Vittrasket in the Rane River valley, Sorbyn Lodge is renowned for its friendly atmosphere and fine dining. Accommodation includes eight Scandinavian-style hotel rooms and traditional timber cabins that are ideal for couples and families. A gastronomic treat, the Kallkallan restaurant uses organic produce from the local area to produce Nordic cuisine with a modern twist.

Recommended Holiday: The Treehotel & Sorbyn Lodge

Stora Sjofallet National Park

Iconic frozen waterfalls plunge from cliffs in this Arctic national park in Laponia World Heritage Site. Home to lynx, wolverine and moose, the park’s primeval forests are also grazing grounds for the reindeer of Lapland’s Sami people. Combine a stay here with an amazing Sami glamping experience.

Recommended Holiday: Stora Sjofallet National Park & Sapmi Nature Camp

Watch: Discover Winter in Lapland

 


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