Based in two small ‘home away from home’ lodges, this break is an action-packed adventure in scenic Swedish Lapland with northern lights experiences included.
Best of Both Aurora Chase
Combine the exclusive, intimate Máttaráhkká Northern Lights Lodge with the Abisko Mountain Lodge. Both properties are perfectly placed for northern lights sightings and enjoying winter activities in the stunning surroundings.
- 4 nights in two small lodges offering ‘home away from home’ hospitality
- Evening northern lights photo experience in Abisko National park
- Minivan aurora chase in the best viewing spots after a tepee dinner
- Snowmobile northern lights hunt
- Explore Abisko with a morning hike
- 4 nights in cosy lodge accommodation
- Northern Lights Aurora Photography Tour
- Northern lights snowmobile chase and daytime snowmobiling
- Morning hike in Abisko
- Transfers and guides
- All meals
- Arctic clothing loan
A note on flights
While flights are not included in the holiday price, our team will happily provide a quote and arrange them for you. Simply ask one of our Travel Experts for details of the available options.
Day by Day Itinerary
Fly to Swedish Lapland where on arrival you will be transferred to the exclusive Máttaráhkká Northern Lights Lodge, run by Andreas Mikko. This wonderful Lodge is situated with far-reaching views towards the Abisko Alps and with only seven rooms it has a ‘home away from home’ feel with excellent activities right from the doorstep.
One of the team will subsequently run through your itinerary and kit you out with your complimentary arctic clothing.
You then have a couple of hours to either relax or try your hand at cross country skiing or snow shoe walking on the picturesque trails behind the Lodge.
Northern Lights Snowmobile Chase
After dinner a guide will take you out on snowmobiles into the dark arctic night to a place where there is zero light pollution. You will be surrounded by mountains that are rising like mysterious shadows towards the night sky and drive the snowmobile through the snow-covered landscape with the stars above you. Make a few stops along the way for a hot drink and wait for the northern lights to show up and dance above you in the night sky. At the top of Mt. Ednavaara you have a 360-degree view over the mountain ranges around you.
Snowmobiling Trip and Northern Lights Hot Tub
Enjoy a full day on unique and well-executed snowmobile safaris cruising around Lapland.
By snowmobile, we take us above the tree line up to the top of Lapland viewpoint,. We try out some traditional ice fishing during the time to make some coffee over the crackling fire and have some Swedish Fika. Back at the lodge, we serve a 2-course lunch from the local kitchen.
What would be a great way to enjoy one of nature’s most amazing wonders – the Northern Lights? Well, in a hot tub on a rooftop with a 360° view over the night sky!
After Breakfast, transfer to Abisko, around a one hour journey. Check into Abisko Mountain Lodge, owned by Mina and Dick Johansson, and be issued with your Arctic clothing for the rest of your northern lights holiday. You can spend the afternoon exploring the surrounding area before enjoying some fantastic cuisine at the property.
You will then head out on the famous Ultimate Aurora Photography Tour which will not only teach you how to take photos of the northern lights, but also head out on a chase to try and find them for you.
After breakfast you can head out on a morning hike getting to really know the area you are based in before then stopping back at the lodge for some lunch. Take the afternoon to relax and perhaps have a sauna before having dinner on your final evening – fingers crossed the aurora will make an appearance too!
Your driver will then take you to the airport for your flight home, or alternatively, why not extend your northern lights holiday and see Stockholm, or spend a night at the world famous Icehotel.
Where You'll Stay
Máttaráhkká Northern Lights Lodge
We are proud to offer this small intimate lodge, run by one of our long standing partners, Andreas Mikko, for exclusive use by our clients.
This 7 room intimate lodge is situated in a super location on a slight elevation with magnificent views across the arctic tundra to the Abisko alps. The emphasis at the lodge is on two elements, Sami culture and ensuring you have the best chance of seeing the northern lights.
This small intimate lodge used to be a Sami handicraft centre until the owners had the idea to turn it into an exclusive retreat. With only 7 bedrooms and an open plan lounge and dining room, the emphasis is on relaxing in a cosy environment. The rooms have a downstairs en-suite room with a staircase leading to a loft sitting room.
If you are a group of 8 or more friends or family traveling together and wish to have the lodge privately please let us know. This is a great way of celebrating a big birthday or wedding anniversary
The lodge has a fabulous sauna and a very unusual northern lights hot tub on the roof where you can star gaze or hunt for the Aurora. (This carries an extra charge).
Other benefits of a stay here mean that you can snowmobile straight from your doorstep into the Arctic wilderness.
Evenings are focused on good food, relaxation and the Northern Lights so if you are looking for a ‘home away from home’ experience then look no further.
Abisko Mountain Lodge
Right in the small hamlet of Abisko, world renowned for the Northern Lights, lies a small welcoming Lodge run by our good friends Mina and Dick Johansson. Dick is one of the most qualified mountain guides in Sweden and looks after all the adventure whilst Mina can be described as a Skier, Creative CEO and ray of sunshine who lights up the Lodge.
Abisko Mountain Lodge offers genuine accommodation in an old-fashioned mountain hotel setting. The service is personal and the cuisine is centred on raw ingredients. It is accredited by the Sapmi Slow Food movement, an award which took 4 years to achieve. Chefs are dedicated slow-food addicts and produce wonderful nightly meals!
The 16 standard rooms in the low red ‘Swedish style house’ are all en-suite. Although basic they are warm and cosy. There are no televisions in the rooms as time is spent meeting guests around the bar or in the wonderful lounge area.
Additionally there are 4 new superior rooms added in early 2015. These four rooms are in a separate annexe and are used exclusively by Aurora nights.
Order a coffee or a glass of wine at the bar, read a magazine or spin a yarn about your arctic adventures and the magnificent aurora displays you have seen.
For those wanting to soothe the muscles there is a sauna.
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See what our clients say
Dear Abigail, We have safely returned from Iceland and we wanted to say a huge and sincere thank you for all the plans that you put into place to make this one of the most memorable holidays we have ever had. It was simply beautiful each and every day. The cabin was idyllic and so cosy and warm. The tour guides were so knowledgeable and friendly and the scenery was breathtaking. All the arrangements worked so well and we will remember the trip for a long time to come.
Thank you once again.
A fantastic short break which fulfilled all expectations. Well organised with a polished delivery, we could not have asked for more. The accommodation was perfect for us and the guides knowledgeable and helpful. Every day was packed with adventure, each lasting longer than scheduled but we were never rushed; the guides took pride in showing and explaining their beautiful country. We would certainly use Weekend a la carte again and recommend them to others.
1. Gourmet Cabins was excellent and Johan was a friendly and knowledgeable host. The food, cabins, hot tub and sauna were brilliant.
2. Dog sledge was a fantastic experience and we were given the opportunity to drive our own sledge
3. Snow Mobile – really got off the beaten track and into the spectacular mountains
4. Saw the Northern Lights twice in two days. There is no description that can really do them justice
My daughter and I had an amazing time on our trip, we didn’t want it to end! Everything went according to plan, each excursion was well organized and everyone involved with each activity, as well as everyone at the lodge was kind, friendly, positive and happy, which makes such a difference to your whole experience. The food at The Abisko Mountain Lodge was also incredibly good. Our room was large, comfortable and well-furnished. The bathroom too was also spacious and well-equipped. The outdoor clothing provided was of very good quality which kept us warm, and the staff members are happy to change items if they are not quite the right size for you. This is my second trip with Weekend a la carte and I’m sure there will be more as I have complete trust in them. I highly recommend Aurora Nights, it was fabulous.
A well organised trip which was tailored to our specific requests. The arrangements all ran perfectly and any queries prior to the holiday were handled very quickly and professionally. The standard of accommodation and organised tours was very high. I would use this company again and recommend them.
Thoroughly enjoyed the trip. The Abisko Mountain Lodge was fantastic, every member of staff was friendly welcoming and charming. Accommodation, upgraded room was excellent. The food in the lodge definitely deserves the high reviews. Good breakfast, great hime made lunch soups and extremely tasty evening dinners.
The included trips were great. The only let down was the camera night, couldn’t see the lights no one fault, but we were walked through thigh high snow to be left on a frozen lake for the duration of the trip. There was no warning of the difficult walk and we had a 91 year old with us and I have hip problems! That said the guide was great, as were the ones on the skimobile and husky rides. We went up to the sky station in a snow storm with high winds, added to the experience!
Would go back in a heart beat.
We had little communication with Weekend a la carte, no need as all communications were clear and contained all the information we needed. Very informative emails
Would use again if going back
Superb holiday to Iceland, well organised, advice regarding trips informative and far exceeded our expectations (Glaciers and ice Cave) run by South Coast. Hotel Ranga is a lovely hotel, perfect to see Northern Lights (which we did see on our 3rd night), very comfortable, food excellent, staff helpful and informative. SouthCoast Adventure tour company were excellent, guides knowledgeable, and clearly very experienced.
We had the most fabulous time and everything worked like clockwork. The guides were extremely knowledgeable and extremely competent. The food was excellent and the experiences, especially Husky Homes, were brilliant. We saw the aurora lights at the mountain top in Abisko where the photography tour will be an enduring memory of a wonderful time. I would very much recommend Weekend a la Carte as a proficient tour operator.