Swedish Lapland: Northern Lights Short Break

5 Days & 4 Nights
  • Hunting for the Northern Lights in Abisko National Park
  • Enjoy a candlelit gourmet meal at the Aurora Sky Station on Mount Nuolja
  • Explore fairy-tale forests on snow-shoes or cross-country skis
  • Try your hand at husky sledding with the help of a friendly local guide
  • Relax in your cosy chalet, enjoying views of picturesque Lake Torneträsk
Enjoy a relaxing winter getaway on this Northern Lights short break. The village of Abisko is nestled deep in Sweden’s arctic circle. It enjoys its own micro-climate and in turn has some of the clearest skies in Sweden; the perfect place to increase your chances of seeing the elusive Aurora Borealis. Stay 4 nights in Abisko and spend an evening at the Aurora Sky Station, located 900m above sea level. Enjoy a gourmet 4-course meal here before setting off on a guided tour around the station, keeping your eyes peeled for the magical lights show. Take part in a number of optional activities; guided snow-shoe treks, husky sledding or even ice-climbing. There are also easy, waymarked snow-shoe and cross-country skiing trails around the national park, which can be followed without a guide. Or simply relax in your cosy chalet and soak up the peaceful wintry atmosphere of this unique wilderness.
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What To Expect

Swedish Lapland is often referred to as Europe’s last great wilderness and this trip is ideal if you are looking for a relaxing getaway, with a chance to spot the Northern Lights. It’s also an ideal opportunity to try your hand at new winter activities like husky-sledding, cross-country skiing and snow-shoeing with the help of a local guide.

Tour Style:

Independent Adventure | Mixture of self guided days to take at your own pace, benefiting from a guide on some days.

Activity:

All Multi-Activity

This trip is suitable for:

Multi-Generational, Mixed Abilities, Groups > 10, First Timers

Ideal if you have an interest in:

  • Foodie Adventures
  • National Parks & Trails
  • Special Occasions

Inspiration:

  • New

Activity Level & Terrain

We have graded this trip ‘easy’ all activities are optional. Most of the optional activities on offer are easy-going and all suitable for beginners (be it snow-shoeing, cross-country walking or husky sledding). More strenuous activities like ice-climbing are also on offer for those looking for more of a challenge.

Accommodations

4 nights accommodation in the Abisko Mountain Station is included in your trip. The Abisko Mountain Station has welcomed visitors for more than 100 years in its wonderful location 200km north of the Arctic Circle. Facilities include a sauna, shop where you can stock up on snacks, and a restaurant. You will be booked into a private chalet which consists of two floors; bedrooms can be found on the top floor and an open-plan living and fully equipped kitchen can be found on the ground floor. The chalets are cleaned and serviced daily. They have views to Lake Torneträsk and/or the Abisko mountain range. They are a real home away from home and make the perfect base for exploring the area. 

Single Rooms and Solo Walkers

This trip is not available to solo walkers, and single rooms are not available.

Meals

4 dinners, 4 breakfasts and 3 lunches are included in the cost of your trip. Food at the mountain and sky stations is made of locally sourced ingredients. So you can be sure that everything is deliciously fresh and authentic. Nordic cuisine is experiencing a well-deserved revival, with an emphasis on using local, natural and seasonal produce and mixing the traditional with the modern. Breakfast is a buffet and with plenty on offer, choose from various kinds of bread, cheese, salami, ham, porridge, eggs, bacon, coffee, tea etc. An example of typical lunch dishes includes; moose Bolognese, gnocchi, vegetarian Bolognese, and vegetable soup. One gourmet 4-course dinner is included at the Aurora Sky Station. This is a truly unique experience. Enjoy a luxurious meal lovingly made from locally sourced ingredients.Typical dishes include; dill and lemon cured arctic charm, creamy mushroom soup with pickled chanterelles, topside of moose served with butter potato purée, sautéed carrot, black kale and seas buckthorn sauce. 3 dinners are included at the mountain station. These will be 3 courses and an example of typical dishes includes; smoked reindeer stew, braised ox cheek, soups, sweet potato gratin, local vegetables and pickled local berries such as cloudberries, blackberries and lingonberries. Desserts includes items like ice –cream, cloudberry parfait, blackcurrant meringue, brownies and cakes. Vegetarians and other dietary requirements can of course be catered for, please let us know at the time of booking

Included
  • 4 nights in Abisko Mountain Station in a private chalet
  • 4 Breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners at the mountain station
  • 1 four course gourmet dinner at the Aurora Sky Station
  • Guided Sky Station tour
  • Information pack
  • 24/7 telephone support from our local partners and our UK office
Excluded
  • Travel to and from Abisko
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Travel insurance (required)
  • Mountain rescue/emergency assistance
Extras
  • Additional nights before, during or after the walk
  • Extra night in Kebnekaise to summit of Mt Kebnekaise (includes services of a local guide)
  • Upgrade to twin/double room in Abisko or Kebnekaise available on request on arrival - 1200 SEK per room

When To Go

This trip is available to start on any day of the week between the beginning of December and the end of March. Anytime within this period is a good time to travel.

Getting to the Start

Kiruna Airport is the closest airport to Abisko at the start of your walk. Flights are available via Stockholm (1h30). You can take the train or bus from Kiruna directly to Abisko Railway Station. The journey takes approx 1.5 hrs. See https://www.sj.se/en/home.html. We recommend you check the timetables and book your tickets in advance, as depending on the time of your flight into Stockholm, you may not always find a connecting train and will have to arrange a transfer from Kiruna Airport. An airport bus runs between Kiruna and Abisko. See http://www.ltnbd.se/ . Again we recommend you check the timetables and book your tickets in advance. Private Transfer: Private transfers can be arranged with VisitAbisko from Kiruna to Abisko. See http://www.visitabisko.com/location/how-to-get-here for information and to book tickets.

Getting from the End

At the end of your stay, use any of the options mentioned above to return to Kiruna airport. 

General Information

Activities: With the exception of husky-sledding, all activities can be booked and paid for locally. Husky sledding is by far the most popular activity in the area and there we recommend booking this in advance of your arrival to avoid disappointment. This can be done online through a company such as Arctic Peak. Prices for the activities range from approx. 230 SEK—775 SEK per person, and husky tours are more costly at approx. 1,500 SEK per person.

Equipment

Our pre-departure information pack has detailed advice and a kit list on what to take on the trip. This includes warm and waterproof gear, hats and gloves and good walking boots/shoes. Special warm overalls are provided for the Sky Station excursion and are included in the price.

Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Abisko Day 2 Day at leisure, evening excursion to the Aurora Sky Station Day 3 Day at leisure, optional activities Day 4 Day at leisure, optional activities Day 5 Onward Travel

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