Tromso, Abisko and the Icehotel

Overview

Three Arctic beauties have been combined on this seven-night holiday to form an unforgettable northern lights adventure. Abisko National Park in Swedish Lapland steals the limelight as the ultimate aurora hotspot. You will also visit the super-cool Icehotel and far-flung Tromso – both full of aurora potential and exciting winter activities.

Highlights

  • Ride a chairlift to Abisko’s Aurora Sky Station in search of the northern lights
  • Spend a night sleeping on ice at Swedish Lapland’s world-famous Icehotel
  • Explore the charismatic Arctic city of Tromso on the coast of northern Norway
  • Enjoy optional excursions such as snowmobiling and husky sledding
  • Travel by coach and train through spectacular Lapland scenery

What's Included

  • Flights from Heathrow to Tromso and from Kiruna to Heathrow
  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • All breakfasts, 1 dinner at Abisko
  • Return chairlift to the Aurora Sky Station at Abisko

Full description

City sights and northern lights in Tromso

Hugging the shoreline of an island 350km north of the Arctic Circle, Tromso is known as the ‘Paris of the North’. As well as numerous cafés, bars and galleries, the city has an eye-catching cathedral and a Polar Museum celebrating Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen. Optional excursions include aurora-hunting trips in the surrounding mountains, away from the bright city lights.

Aurora watching in Abisko National Park

A scenic journey by coach and train takes you from Tromso to Abisko National Park in Swedish Lapland, passing the striking U-shaped valley of Lapporten.The Abisko National Park offers excellent Northern Light viewing opportunities with a stunning 360° lake and mountain landscape and vast open skies.
Staying at Abisko Mountain Station, you’ll take a chairlift up to the Aurora Sky Station – one of the world’s best spots for viewing the northern lights. With luck you will witness the aurora illuminate the night skies over Abisko – renowned for their clarity and lack of clouds.

Experience the magic of the Icehotel

Continuing by train to Kiruna, keeping watch for reindeer and moose, you’re then transferred to the Icehotel for a three-night stay. One night will be spent ‘sleeping on ice’, a once-in-a-lifetime experience, with the remaining two nights in chalet-style ‘warm’ accommodation. As well as exploring the Icehotel, admiring its stunning suites and raising an ice glass at the Icebar, you will have two full days to enjoy some of the numerous optional excursions available – from aurora hunting by snowmobile, horseback or husky sled to ice sculpting, and winter survival. For a spot of indulgence, we recommend the sauna ritual and starlit dinner.

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Prices & Dates

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

Departure Duration Twin Price (PP) Single Price
Dec 2018 - Apr 2019 7 Nights £1,715 £2,484

What's Included

  • Scheduled flights between London Heathrow and Tromso via Oslo and between Kiruna and London Heathrow via Stockholm
  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom except the night in an Ice Room with shared bathroom at the Icehotel
  • All breakfasts, 1 dinner at Abisko
  • Public coach between Tromso and Narvik
  • Train between Narvik and Kiruna via Abisko
  • Return chairlift to the Aurora Sky Station (additional clothing is also provided for your trip to the Aurora Sky Station)
  • Use of thermal suit, boots and gloves during your stay at the Icehotel
  • 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 Tromso or at Abisko or perhaps choose an alternative hotel in Tromso. 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: depart to Tromso

Fly to Tromsø and make your way to Tromsø city centre (payable locally) and spend 3 nights at the Scandic Ishavshotel. Other hotels are also available.

Days 2-3: Tromsø

Time at leisure to explore Tromsø, also known as the 'Paris of the North'. There are many optional excursions during the daytime and evening on offer.

Day 4: Tromsø - Abisko

Make your way to Tromsø bus station (payable locally) for an early departure and take the scenic coach journey to Narvik train station (4 hours). Then take the train and travel through the mountains to Abisko (1 hour and 45 minutes). The bus and train times do vary depending on the day of travel. Walk the short distance and check in at Abisko Mountain Station. After dinner take the chairlift (a 15 minute walk* from your accommodation) to Aurora Sky Station. It's advisable to wrap up as the temperature drops as you ascend - additional clothing or a blanket will be provided on the chairlift should you need it. After the 20 minute ride, step out onto the mountain top and look out for the aurora borealis which will hopefully be visible. Spectacular displays have been known to fill the entire sky here for around two hours but it must be remembered that this is a natural phenomena and therefore sightings cannot be guaranteed. Warm up in the summit café, take a look at the exhibition and enjoy being in the company of other eager aurora seekers. Take the chairlift down, head back to the hotel and perhaps enjoy a warming drink in the bar before retiring.

*The walk to the chairlift takes approximately 15-20 minutes and is slightly uphill, however the chairlift operates the entire evening, so you can join it at any time, should you wish to walk a little slower. Due to the nature of the Abisko Sky Station chairlift experience we do not recommended for children under the age of 12 years.

Day 5: Abisko - Kiruna - Icehotel

Travel by rail to Kiruna and transfer to Jukkasjarvi, home of the Icehotel. Check in for a 3 night stay (1 night in an Ice Room, 2 nights in a warm room). Take a guided tour of this amazing ice construction, designed and built every year, a concept that has been literally ‘wowing’ guests for over 20 years. You’ll also have time to get kitted out with your one piece thermal suit, boots and gloves which will be loaned to you for the duration of your stay at the Icehotel.

Days 6-7: at leisure

Participate in optional activities or simply enjoy the beautiful surroundings. To ensure availability it is advisable to book certain activities and excursions in advance.

Day 8: depart the Icehotel

Check out of the Icehotel and transfer to Kiruna Airport for your flight back home.

Notes

It is also possible to operate this itinerary in reverse.

Abisko Mountain Station

Sweden

Grade: Standard

Type: Hotel

Abisko Mountain Station is the only hotel located within Abisko National Park

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Thon Hotel Tromso

Norway

Grade: Standard

Type: Hotel

Thon Hotel Tromso is a comfortable city hotel with a modern Scandinavian design

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Icehotel Accommodation

Sweden

Grade: Superior

Type: Unique And Boutique

This inspiring and totally 'cool' hotel has to be seen to be believed!

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Scandic Ishavshotel, Tromso

Norway

Grade: Superior

Type: Hotel

Centrally located in Norway's 'Paris of the North' of Tromso, this hotel offers 214 guestrooms on the city's quay, which stretches out over the Tromso strait and offers magnificent views of the harbour.

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