Visit Stockholm, and travel by overnight train to Abisko where you have excellent chances of observing the Northern Lights from the Aurora Sky Station. Combine your adventure with a stay at the world's largest Ice Hotel with optional overnight safaris by either snowmobiles or husky dogs in Swedish Lapland.
This tour can commence in: Stockholm
Arrival in Stockholm according to your own itinerary. The Swedish capital has plenty on offer to its visitors. With its 750 year history and rich cultural life, Stockholm offers many well known places of interest such as the Royal Palace, Stockholm Cathedral, the City hall and Gamla Stan (Old Town) - one of the best preserved medieval city centers in the world. You will find everything from historical buildings to trendy bars and cafes, modern shopping malls to unique boutiques, from vibrant city life to the tranquility of the Stockholm archipelago. Stockholm is, with good reason, often referred to as "Beauty on Water". This is partly due to its location on 14 islands, but also because of its neighbour - the Stockholm archipelago with 24 000 islands. Accommodation in Stockholm.
Breakfast at the hotel. Spend the day exploring Stockholm, both by land and by sea. We recommend one of the optional sightseeing tours, i.e. the Stockholm Panorama which will give you a good impression of the city and its sights or perhaps try your skills at long distance ice skating on the numerous large and small lakes of Lake Mälaren. At 6 pm your overnight train to Abisko departs from Stockholm. Accommodation in a sleeping compartment onboard the train.
Around 13:00 hrs you will arrive at Abisko, which is considered to be one of the best places in the world to observe the northern lights. Here you will stay at Abisko Tourist Station, located only a few minutes’ walk from the chairlift going up to the Aurora Sky Station. Before travelling up to the station in the evening you will be provided with warm overalls and blankets. The sky station is an excellent location to observe the northern lights since there is no air pollution and the nearby lake Torne träsk, "the blue hole of Abisko” is said to keep the skies above the mountain station clear, even when fog covers other parts of Lapland. Upon arrival you will join a guided tour. At the Aurora Sky Station you will find a panorama café selling coffee, tea, cakes and sandwiches, a souvenir shop and look-out tower. There is also a northern lights exhibition, which emphasizes observing and understanding the northern lights. The observations are made with help of both radio receivers and northern lights cameras. Please note that for guests booking category 1, a 4-course dinner is included at the restaurant. Accommodation at Abisko Tourist Station.
At noon you will travel by train from Abisko to Kiruna. You will be met at the train station in Kiruna by an Ice Hotel representative and transferred to Sweden's Ice Hotel in Jukkasjärvi. The Ice Hotel is Scandinavia's original, as well as largest ice hotel in the world. Each year the ice hotel is built from ice from the Torne River, and artists from all over the world gather in the small village of Jukkasjärvi to create the Ice Hotel and all its art made of snow and ice. The interior is always between -5°C to -8°C, even when it gets up to -37°C outside. The Ice Hotel will open in December and some building work will continue into early January where guests can watch the creation of this masterpiece. Today we recommend joining one of the optional winter activities, such as snowmobile tours or rent your own cross country skies or snowshoeing equipment and head off on your own. In the evening, guests can dine at the Ice Hotel Restaurant, or at the authentic and charming Old Homestead Restaurant. There are also several optional northern lights tours on offer in the evening. Accommodation at the Ice Hotel, in rooms furnished with furniture made from ice and snow. You will sleep in a thermal sleeping bag on comfortable reindeer skins in a special bed built of snow and ice (please see hotel description for further details about the Ice Hotel and dining options).
In the morning you will wake up to a cup of hot lingonberry juice at your bedside. Take a walk to the sauna to warm up before breakfast is served at the restaurant.You could then join for some optional activities before departing. Transfer to Kiruna train station/airport is included. [Please note that the flight from Kiruna via Stockholm and to your destination must be booked by yourself].
Alternatively, spend the day at the Ice Hotel and catch the overnight train back to Stockholm at 3.59 pm with arrival the next day at 9:20 am (please see add-ons). You also have the option to extend your stay in Jukkasjärvi and join overnight safaris by either snowmobiles or husky dog sleds.