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The Best of Lapland Swedish Iconic Locations


Our expertise in Swedish Lapland enables us to create journeys that combine the very best this magnificent region has to offer and give our clients access to unique experiences.

If you are looking to go to Swedish Lapland once in your life we have two themed Best of Lapland journeys. This one focuses on iconic destinations in winter whereas the other provides an autumn programme visiting hidden gems!

These are the ‘Rolls Royce’ of Swedish Lapland Breaks. Quite simply they combine what we think are the best things to see and do with the best places that we know.

This break combines the Tree Hotel, the fabulous creation of Kent & Britta Lindvall with the original and best Icehotel. Enjoy a couple of nights at the fabulous Arctic Gourmet Cabins enjoying some fine cuisine before finally spending two nights in the Aurora Capital of Europe, Abisko, where the northern lights are witnessed more often than anywhere else in Sweden.

Location Sweden
Duration 7 Nights
Available dates Dec - Mar
Price per person (excl. flights)
from £4,200



  • 1 night at the Original Icehotel in an individually designed Art Suite
  • 2 nights in Sweden’s latest icon – the Tree Hotel
  • 1 night at Arctic Gourmet Wilderness Cabins
  • 2 nights in Abisko – widely regarded as the best place on earth for consistent sightings of the northern lights.
  • Daytime snowmobile adventure in the forest areas around the Tree Hotel
  • Drive your own husky team safari
  • Sampling some of the finest cuisine in Northern Sweden with your own private chef.
  • Aurora Photo Adventure from Abisko
  • Snowmobiling in Abisko National Park

What’s included

  • 2 nights at the Tree Hotel on a half board basis
  • 1 night at the Icehotel in an Art Suite on a breakfast basis
  • 2 nights at Arctic Gourment Cabin in cabin on a full board basis
  • 2 nights at Abisko Mountain Lodge in a Standard Room on a full board basis
  • Snowmobile safari with lunch from the Tree Hotel
  • Husky sledding with lunch from the Icehotel
  • Train journey from Boden to Kiruna crossing the Arctic Circle
  • The Ultimate Aurora Photo Adventure in Abisko
  • Panoramic Snowmobile Adventure in Abisko National Park
  • Transfers
  • Arctic outer winter clothing

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

Day 1

Fly to Lulea in Swedish Lapland, where you will be met and transferred to the iconic Tree Hotel located in the small hamlet of Harads and conceived and run by our long time partners and friends Kent and Britta Lindvall.

The Tree Hotel comprises eight unique themed Tree Rooms, created by six separate architects. These are the Mirrorcube, Bird’s Nest, Cabin, Blue Cone, Dragonfly, 7th Room, UFO and new since winter 2022 – the Biosphere. (Note: certain rooms like the Cabin, Dragonfly, Biosphere and 7th Room carry a cost supplement but can represent good value for groups or families of 4).

You have the rest of the afternoon at leisure and then dinner is served in the authentic restaurant a short walk from the tree cabins.

Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2

Breakfast at the Tree Hotel.

There are some pristine forest areas surrounding the Tree Hotel and you will venture out to explore these with a guide. With two people per snowmobile (we can arrange single snowmobiles for a supplement) this 2.5 hour adventure includes a Swedish fika stop.

Enjoy lunch at the TreeHotel where you can relax prior to dinner. There is a sauna that can be booked and paid for locally. If you are celebrating a special occasion why not look to book the fabulous Dinner on Ice. See optional extras below

You also have the option of switching rooms. Popular combinations at the Cabin and Mirror cube or the UFO or Birds Nest and the Blue Cone or Mirror Cube!

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 3

After breakfast, transfer to the station to catch the train that will take you to Kiruna in Swedish Lapland. This 4-hour journey crosses the Arctic Circle and gives you a great chance to see one of the last expanses of wilderness in Europe.
Upon arrival you will get a transfer to the Icehotel for check-in to your Art Suite.

Evening at leisure – we will make a restaurant reservation for you in one of the Icehotel’s two restaurants. These are both a la carte and are paid for locally.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 4

In the morning you can have a leisurely breakfast and explore a bit more of your surroundings, before taking part in a dog sledding activity which includes lunch plus the experience of getting to mush your own team of dogs. Then in the afternoon you will be transferred to the Arctic Gourmet wilderness cabins where you will be greeted by the owners, Johan and Marlin. Johan is a trained chef and his pride and joy is the ‘Chef’s table’ adjacent to the two cabins. This is the smallest restaurant in Sweden with just 2 tables with views over the river valley and a fitted kitchen where Johan will cook and serve your Gourmet evening meal!

You can sit outside afterwards around the campfire and soak up the silence of the Arctic night or jump in the outdoor hot tub and relax with the prospect of a Northern Lights display flashing above you.

Overnight in your private Cabin.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 5

Today you can get to explore your surroundings at the Arctic Gourmet Cabin. You can kickstart your day with sauna, and finish it with on too! There are options of activities you can do from the property that the team will be happy to discuss with you. Enjoy a relaxing evening with a four-course dinner prepared just for you – and maybe you’ll get a showing of the Aurora too!

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 6

Mid-afternoon journey to Abisko Mountain Lodge (around 1 hour) where on arrival you will be briefed and provided with your Arctic clothing.

Mina and Dick Johansson, your hosts at Mountain Lodge run a really warm and friendly lodge, with a restaurant serving excellent meals using local ingredients.

This evening enjoy the traditional Lappish Meal at the Lodge which includes Reindeer, Arctic Char and Cloudberries – 3 of the unique ingredients to the area. The only thing that can interrupt your evening is the Aurora Call. Abisko Mountain Lodge is in a fantastic location for Northern Lights viewing so if they are out you may be tempted to step out the door and gaze skywards!

Day 7

In the morning you will enjoy some time to explore some of your surroundings at Abisko Mountain Lodge, then after lunch you will head out on a panoramic snowmobile adventure to explore further afield. In the late afternoon have a sauna before an early dinner, then in the evening you will be provided with one final opportunity to see and photograph the Aurora Borealis in the wilderness of Abisko National Park. Abisko is situated in a low precipitation zone and has the lowest levels of rain and snow in Lapland. What this means is lots of perfect nights for aurora watching! You will head out on The Ulimate Aurora Photo Adventure.

Day 8

Transfer back to Kiruna Airport from Abisko as your epic aurora adventure comes to an end. It doesn’t have to completely finish here though – there are options to extend your stay with visits to the capital city or other countries – let our aurora experts know if you want to extend your stay.

Where You'll Stay

The Treehotel

Dreamt up on a fishing trip in Kamchatka, Russia, but part of a living Boreal forest in Swedish Lapland, this is a hotel with a difference!

The Treehotel comprises 7 unique themed Tree Rooms, created by 7 separate architects. These are the Mirrorcube, Bird’s Nest, Cabin, Blue Cone, dragon fly, UFO and 7th Room!

In addition there is a sauna and relaxation area and nearby is the Brittas Pensionat where meals are served.

The rooms are set between 4-6 meters from the ground in pine trees and rooms are accessed by either a ramp or sturdy stairs. They can house between 2 and 4 people and the larger rooms, The Dragonfly and the 7th Room, have separate bedrooms.

Every Tree Room has its own living and sleeping area and is equipped with a state of the art eco-friendly incineration toilet and water efficient hand basin, which means there is no artificial plumbing.

The emphasis is on running the hotel consistent with values of low impact on the surrounding forest and every aspect of the operation compliments this aim.

The Original ICEHOTEL - Swedish Lapland

The Original ICEHOTEL is situated in Jukassjarvi Swedish Lapland and is a feat of engineering and artistic creation.  We recommend staying in an Art Suite to appreciate the full ICEHOTEL experience and our itineraries feature these rooms as standard. They cost a little more but add hugely to your appreciation of this Once in a Lifetime experience.

The ICEHOTEL consists of 2 structures – the temporary hotel is rebuilt each year from blocks of ice harvested from the Torne river which runs adjacent to the IceHotel. These blocks are stored for the summer in a huge warehouse and as the late Autumn temperature in Jukkasjärvi drops below zero ice artists arrive from all over the world to build this magnificent creation. They build the 4 levels of rooms, the ice chapel and the ice bar. Their art is created with imagination and hard work, only to melt away under the unforgiving rays of the spring sun.

The new ICEHOTEL 365 is a permanent ICEHOTEL and a feat of engineering which offers visitors the chance of staying the whole year round. It houses both Art suites and the Deluxe Art Suites  (which we offer as an upgrade)  with their luxury en suite bathrooms. It is also home to the celebrated ICEBAR.

You have your own private locker room where you can change and leave your bags whilst having access to the adjacent service block where there are saunas, toilets and showers.

Wake up to a hot Lingonberry juice served in your room prior to the very substantial ICEHOTEL breakfast served in the main restaurant.

For Dinner the ICEHOTEL  has 2 restaurants, one serving gourmet food, whilst the more informal Homestead restaurant serves hearty traditional food.

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.

Arctic Gourmet Wilderness Cabins

This is the inspiration of husband and wife team Johan and Malin who have developed a totally unique concept. They have 2 cosy wilderness cabins adjacent to the smallest restaurant in Sweden – where Johan acts as a private chef to our guests.

Arctic Gourmet Wilderness Cabins are new builds and combine wilderness with creature comforts not normally associated with a wilderness experience.

Situated in a picturesque valley they are perfectly placed for guests to combine both a northern lights and arctic adventure. For those of you that appreciate good food, meals prepared and served in the smallest restaurant  in Sweden are a delight.

There are two cosy double bedded cabins with large glass windows facing north towards the northern lights horizon. Modern styling includes satellite TV!

There is an adjacent toilet and shower block and an outdoor hot tub which guests are invited to use.

After dinner sit around the outdoor fire, gaze at the stars and hopefully the aurora, enjoy a hot drink or a whisky and appreciate how special it is to own a piece of Lapland for moment in time!

Being away from it all in your own private space with the auroras roaring overhead is simply breath-taking and the perfect special occasion retreat!

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