If you plan to go to Swedish Lapland just the once, with the objective of experiencing as much as you can while maximising your chances of seeing the northern lights, then this break is for you!
The Northern Lights Grand Slam
We have packed in everything that is great about a break to this fantastic area – including aurora hunting in what is regarded as one of the best regions on earth for consistent sightings.
Your chances of seeing the northern lights on a break of this length are in the region of 90% and even if you are unlucky, you will have truly experienced the best of Lapland!
Staying in cosy cabins and lodges, including the unique Arctic Gourmet Wilderness Cabins, and culminating in an individually designed art suite at the original Icehotel, this break is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Often booked by special occasion clients who are looking for something exceptional.
- 1 night in an individually designed Art Suite in the original Icehotel
- 2 nights in cosy ‘home away from home’ lodges
- 2 nights in Wilderness Cabin with private hot tub and chef
- 2 nights of aurora hunting in Abisko
- Fabulous drive your own husky experience
- Aurora hot tub and dinner
- Day time snowmobile adventure in pristine Arctic wilderness
- Day exploring Abisko National Park
- An Ultimate Aurora Photography Trip and Abisko Aurora Chase
- 7 nights
- 1 night at the Icehotel in an Art Suite on a Breakfast Basis
- 2 nights at Máttaráhkká Sami Northern Lights Lodge on a Full Board Basis
- 2 nights at the Arctic Gourmet Cabin gourmet dinner and Hot Tub on Half Board Basis
- 2 nights at the Abisko Mountain Lodge on a Full Board Basis
- Original Icehotel visit
- Northern lights excursions with dinner
- A Snowmobile safari with incredible views
- Northern lights dinner, sauna and hot tub evening
- Unique and special Husky Safari
- Ultimate Aurora Photography and Abisko Aurora Chase
- Explore Abisko National Park
- Loan of Arctic clothing
- All meals where listed
- All transfers
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
Transfer to the original Icehotel and overnight in a designer Art Suite
Arrive at Kiruna Airport and transfer to Jukkasjarvi, the home of the original and world-famous Icehotel.
Check-in and at leisure.
Take the resident’s tour of both the Icehotel 365 and the Original Icehotel. Admire the spectacular individual Art Suites designed by leading artists from around the world, sip a cocktail in the unique ice glasses at the sculptured Ice Bar, and peep into the ice chapel to see if a wedding ceremony is taking place!
This evening we will book a table reservation for you at the Icehotel restaurant – your meal is paid for locally.
Overnight in your Art Suite
Welcome to Máttaráhkká Sami Northern Lights Lodge and a Northern Lights Safari
Morning at leisure exploring the Icehotel before being transferred to Máttaráhkká Sami Northern Lights Lodge where you will be based for two nights.
Used exclusively by our clients, the lodge is situated on a slight elevation allowing views across the Arctic tundra to the Abisko Alps. 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 seven bedrooms, open plan lounge and a dining room, the emphasis is on relaxing in a cosy environment.
You will be provided with arctic clothing for the duration of your stay at the lodge.
This evening, enjoy an exciting northern lights adventure looking out for the aurora and enjoying a two-course dinner.
Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner
Snowmobile Safari and Aurora Hot Tub
Enjoy a full day on a unique and well-executed snowmobile safari cruising around Swedish Lapland.
You will head out on a snowmobile, where you will be taken above the tree line to the top of a perfect Lapland viewpoint. Here you will try out some traditional ice fishing while enjoying some coffee made over the crackling fire in preparation for some Swedish fika.
Back at the lodge, you will be served a two-course lunch from the local kitchen.
In the evening, enjoy a relaxing soak in the hot tub with 360° views for a great chance of seeing the aurora before then enjoying a delicious three-course dinner!
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
After a relaxing morning at the lodge, you will be transferred to 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 two tables with views over the river valley and a fitted kitchen where Johan will cook and serve your gourmet evening meal!
Check into your cabin where you will be based for the next couple of nights and enjoy some quality time exploring the surrounding area. The midway point of such an exciting and adventurous trip always needs a day of relaxation before more of the action begins.
You can sit outside 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.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
A Full Day of Huskies
After breakfast, you will be collected for your Husky Safari.
Ylva Forssén is one of a select group of accomplished female kennel owners and husky guides. Her kennel is in Moose Valley about a 30-40 minute drive away. Ylva runs a very personal dog sled experience and she has a very unique relationship with her dogs, making it always feel a privilege to spend time with her.
This premium husky tour has you learn how the dogs are trained with the help of mindfulness. Your trained guides will introduce you to the art of the ‘Trust Technique’. Afterwards, you will head out with your own team of dogs, before learning how to give the dogs a well-deserved massage to reward them for all their hard work.
This is a husky trip like no other and extremely popular!
In the afternoon you will be dropped back at Arctic Gourmet for a well-deserved soak in the hot tub and a tasty three-course dinner.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Transfer to Abisko Mountain Lodge & Evening Aurora Photo Experience
Morning at leisure relaxing before you will be transferred to Abisko, one of the most celebrated locations on earth for seeing the Northern. Check into Abisko Mountain Lodge prior to partaking in their traditional Lappish menu which includes Reindeer, Arctic Char and Cloudberries – three of the unique ingredients to the area.
The only thing that can interrupt your evening is the Aurora Call. Abisko Mountain Lodge, owned by Mina and Dick Johansson, 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!
After dinner head out on the Ultimate Aurora Photo Adventure where you will discover THREE different ways to see the northern lights. Depending on the weather and aurora forecast you will hunt for the lights on foot, chase the lights in a modern 4×4, or ride on a cozy sleigh which is pulled behind a snowmobile to a wilderness camp in Abisko National Park.
You will be supplied with cameras pre-set for aurora photography and will head to the location where the guides think the best opportunity to see the lights is. Camps are set up in various locations but the most popular is the wooden hut out on the frozen expanse of Lake Tornetrask. To sustain you while you await the northern lights to appear, there will be hot drinks served around the fire.
Whether you are a pro or never taken a picture in your life, you have a great chance of going home after your northern lights holiday with some beautiful aurora photographs and memories that will last a lifetime!
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Explore Abisko National Park and head out Aurora Chasing
Enjoy the lodge breakfast before getting the opportunity to explore Abisko National Park.
Abisko National Park is sandwiched between picturesque mountains and the Lake Tornetrask – one of Sweden’s largest lakes, which freezes during winter. Your guide will meet you at the lodge and give you an easy walking tour of the lower part of the park. Be sure to take your camera to photograph some of the spectacular views.
After collecting all of the guests for the evening adventure, your professional aurora chasing guide will use their collective experience combined with local weather and aurora forecasts to make the best possible decision about where to look for the northern lights. During your evening together you will travel up to 90 KM to one of several spectacular locations with a proven track record and very high likelihood of success.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
After breakfast at Abisko Mountain Lodge, you will have a transfer from the property back to Kiruna airport for your flight home. Alternatively, why not extend your break to include a visit to Stockholm.
We have an extensive Northern Lights Information Hub if you need further information on anything from What are the Northern Lights? Where can I see them? When is the best time to see them?
Meals included: Breakfast
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.
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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See what our clients say
Thank you for arranging a fabulous holiday, we had a really enjoyable time and would love to return in the future. Hotel Ranga is a lovely place to stay and the owner greeted guests in the restaurant, which was an unexpected welcoming touch. We didn’t see the Northern Lights due to the weather and the trip to the Eyjafjallajokull glacier and volcano was substituted by an excursion to Thorsmork, also due to the weather, which we thoroughly enjoyed; the brochure description doesn’t do it justice. We found Iceland and the people there really charismatic. Although the wind and snow cut short the amount of travelling we could do, we still covered a reasonable amount of what we wanted to see and our appetites are whetted for a return, perhaps in Spring or Summer. We found a couple of great places to eat near the Hotel in Reykjavik. Messin does tasty fish dishes and the Icelandic Street Food restaurant was excellent, offering simple but hearty soups with refills included in the price – great value.
An excellent holiday which was enjoyed by all. The super jeep ride on the second day to the Eyjafjallajokull volcano was memorable and thanks to our driver Margaret who proved to be a really good guide. We thoroughly enjoyed the facilities in the hotel Ranga. The staff were very helpful and we managed to see the Northern Lights. The Hotel Reykjavik Centrum was very nice with amazingly helpful staff. All in all, the whole holiday was brilliant.
Fantastic trip with great hosts & made even more special by seeing the Northern Lights twice!!
Cannot thank this company enough. Our break to Iceland was the second time we’ve let them organise everything for us and once again they didn’t disappoint. Everything ran seamlessly and the organised tours were wonderful. This company knows what they are doing. If you want to experience the geysers, the volcano, the northern lights and all the other exciting things that Iceland has to offer then this is the company to use.
Hotel Ranga was perfect, with amazing food. It is in the middle of nowhere, very quiet and with the weather being bad there wasn’t the possibility of leaving the hotel in the evening so mightn’t suit all for that reason. Super Jeep tour we thoroughly enjoyed with 2 lovely guides.
Hotel Borg was in the perfect location. For us, one night in Reykjavik would be ample.
Blue Lagoon was a wonderful experience only heightened by the appearance of the northern lights on our walk home from dinner. All in all we had the best holiday and we plan to return to Iceland hopefully sooner rather than later.
We had a fantastic 4 nights that included glaciers, waterfalls, geysers, the aurora borealis and more! Lovely hotels, especially Hotel Ranga. We filled every moment and felt thoroughly invigorated on our return.
We enjoyed both the hotels that were arranged by weekend a la Carte Aurora nights. The Porsmork trip was very enjoyable, both guides were fantastic and informative.
The Northern Light hunt trip out of Reykjavik with Superjeep was an adventure and we got to see the lights, worth braving the cold at -6.
This vacation has without without doubt, has been the best experience we have ever had. The organisation from the minute we landed in Kiruna until we departed at the close of our trip was second to none. The transition between hotels was always seamless and punctual. Everywhere we stayed was beautifully clean and the meals were top quality. Every driver was polite, entertaining and very knowledgeable, furnishing us with invaluable information about Sweden and the activities in which we were to participate. The snowmobiling was wonderful giving access via our guide, to stunning panoramic views of the mountain whilst viewing reindeer in their natural habitat.
Our guide demonstrated how to use the snowmobile safely he was pleasant and informative. When visiting the reindeer on the Sami reservation; we found the brother and sister team who hosted lovely. Again they were so hospitable and helpful and feeding the reindeer up close was a wonderful experience.
They provided additional activities for us to try and we were treated to a traditional Sami lunch in their hut. They provided us with invaluable information appertaining to their culture and caring for their reindeer. The reindeer were in superb condition and happy in their environment. Similarly, when out with the dog sleds the experience was magical. Two hours of beautiful scenery, and frozen lakes, finishing with a one-on-one experience massaging the dogs. Magic! We were so impressed with the care that was placed upon ensuring the dogs were comfortable, well-nourished and so loved by their owners/handlers.
Now to the photographic experience. A large group of us were treated to a demonstration of how to operate some serious camera equipment with tripod. Each of us was loaned the camera and given assistance setting up the camera on a frozen lake in preparation for the appearance of the Northern Lights. We were taken to this lake on large wooden sleighs pulled by a snowmobile. We cannot speak too highly of the two young men who accompanied us on this experience. They could not do enough for us. They were there to offer assistance with our cameras throughout the two-plus hours we were on this beautiful lake.
They advised where to position the camera and when the Lights appeared, what a performance. We had a two-hour display of this most breathtaking phenomenon. We were so fortunate to be able to experience this once-in-a-lifetime occurrence for which we are so grateful. We will never forget this memorable holiday and cannot thank you and everyone who assisted in making a lifetime dream come true. Karen & Andrew Adamson