Stay at the world renowned Ice Hotel in Swedish Lapland and explore the Northern Lights during the dark polar nights. This tour includes a 1,5- hour dog sledding excursion and an evening visit at the famous Aurora Sky station in Abisko.
This tour can commence in: Kiruna
Arrival in Kiruna according to your own itinerary. Transfer from the airport or train station in Kiruna to the 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 early 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, including ice sculpting and 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. At 9:30 am you will depart for a 1,5 hour dog sledding tour in a comfortable sled pulled by 12 friendly huskies through magical winter landscape of snow-clad forests and frozen lakes. After lunch, you will transfer from the Ice Hotel to the train station in Kiruna for your 2 pm train towards Abisko (1,5 hrs train ride). 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 mountain 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.
Breakfast at the hotel. Your train back to Kiruna leaves around noon. On certain weekdays transfer can be done by bus directly to the airport if this corresponds with your flight. Please note that the flight from Kiruna via Stockholm and to your destination must be booked by yourself. Alternatively, spend the day in Abisko and catch the overnight train back to Stockholm in the early afternoon with arrival the next day at in the morning (please see add-ons).