Icehotel, Abisko and Lofoten

from £1767
including flights
7 nights Feb-Mar

Overview

Combine travel by train with self driving on this independent holiday through Swedish Lapland and Northern Norway. Experience the magnificent Icehotel and spend a night in Abisko National Park, a prime spot for aurora viewing. Enjoy two scenic rail journeys and drive around the stunning islands of Vesteralen and Lofoten. The longer daylight hours allow time to fully appreciate this incredible scenery, and the dark Arctic nights often play host to the surreal northern lights.

Highlights

  • Stay at the ultra-cool Icehotel
  • Visit the Aurora Sky Station for northern lights viewing
  • Explore the dramatic and spectacular Arctic islands
  • Enjoy a scenic rail journey across Lapland

What's Included

  • Flights from Heathrow to Kiruna and Evenes to Heathrow
  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • 1 night in an Ice Room with shared facilities
  • All breakfasts, 2 dinners
  • Train journey from Kiruna to Narvik
  • Car rental for 4 days

Full description

A stay at the Icehotel is a great way to begin your Arctic adventure. By day, choose from an exciting array of optional activities or excursions and by night, keep watch for the aurora. Continue by rail into the pristine wilderness of Abisko National Park, the domain of freely roaming reindeer. In the evening take a chairlift to the Aurora Sky Station, where sightings of the aurora under a vast expanse of sky are often some of the best in Lapland.

Venture further north by train, across the border into Norway to the coastal town of Narvik, then by bus to Evenes, where you collect your rental vehicle and head off towards Vesteralen. Excellent road and bridge connections between the islands mean driving here is simple and straightforward so relax, enjoy the scenery and some lovely little fishing villages.

Further south in Lofoten, you'll notice the horizon is dominated by the rugged Lofotenveggen mountain range, which forms the backbone of the islands. Charming Svolaer is where you spend your last two nights on this adventure. Swift weather changes here provide magnificent light conditions and, coupled with dramatic, awe-inspiring scenery, this place continues to inspire artists and photographers alike.

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Prices & Dates

Prices from per person based on two sharing, unless stated otherwise

Departure Duration Twin Price (PP) Single Price
Feb - Mar 2019 7 nights £1,767 £2,668

What's Included

  • Flight from London Heathrow to Kiruna via Stockholm
  • Flight from Evenes to London Heathrow (via Oslo)
  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom except the 1 night in an Ice Room with shared bathroom
  • All breakfasts, 2 dinners at Abisko Mountain Station
  • Visit to the Aurora Sky Station at Abisko
  • Transfer from Kiruna Airport to the Icehotel and Icehotel to Kiruna train station
  • Train from Kiruna to Abisko and Abisko to Narvik
  • Car rental for 4 days Avis Car Rental (Ford Focus or similar)
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee

Optional Accommodation Upgrades:

You may wish to add extra nights either in Lofoten or at Abisko or perhaps choose an alternative hotel in Lofoten. At the Icehotel you can upgrade from an ice room to an amazing Art Suite from £79 per person per night or a Deluxe Suite from £233 per person per night. Please contact us for the different options available and we’ll be happy to provide a quote.

Itinerary & Accommodation

Itinerary & Accommodation

Day 1 arrive Kiruna

Transfer to the Icehotel and check in for a 2-night stay, before taking a short guided tour. Spend one night in a warm room (hotel-style or cabin) and the other in an ice room to experience 'sleeping on ice', fuelled no doubt by a colourful vodka cocktail from the Icebar.

Day 2 at leisure

Enjoy one or more of the optional activities or explore Jukkasjarvi and its beautiful surrounds.

Day 3 Kiruna-Abisko

Travel by rail (around 1.5 hours) to Abisko. Abisko Mountain Station is a short walk away, next to frozen lake Torneträsk with a backdrop of high mountains, the most distinctive of which is U-shaped Lapporten, also known as the gateway to Lapland. Afternoon exploring the national park before dinner, then take the 20 minute chairlift to the Aurora Sky Station for northern lights viewing (cannot be guaranteed). Warm up at the Summit Café where you can see a small exhibition then return to the Mountain Station by chairlift and perhaps have a drink in the bar before retiring.

Day 4 Abisko-Narvik-Vesteralen

Travel by train to Narvik, then collect the rental car from the local office before driving to Vesteralen and the Hotel Sortland, your base for 2 nights.

Day 5 Vesteralen

Explore Langoya and Andoya, perhaps join a whale watching trip from Andenes or visit Nyksund, a once thriving fishing village that was left to ruin, now thankfully undergoing restoration. In Ringstad opt for a sea eagle safari or choose to kayak in the sheltered bay (dependent on weather conditions).

Day 6 Vesteralen-Svolvaer

Drive to Stokmarknes and visit the Hurtigruten Museum before continuing to Melbu. Take the car ferry to Fiskebol (additional cost) then continue to Svolvaer for a 2-night stay.

Day 7 at leisure

Explore Lofoten or join one of the optional excursions.

Day 8 depart Evenes

Return to Evenes Airport, drop off your vehicle and catch your flight home.

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