Arctic Sweden Winter Holiday
Experience the best Swedish Lapland has to offer during the winter season from the coast to the mountains in 8 days, crossing the Arctic Circle. Enjoy unique winter activities, where you have the chance to see the magical Northern lights in the evenings. During this holiday you will be well taken care of from arrival until departure and will stay overnight in one of the most extraordinary accommodation possible in the TreeHotel.
This unique trip starts in Luleå, the largest city of Swedish Lapland. Located on the coast, 150km south of the Arctic Circle. From December, Luleå is a frozen wonderland of snow and ice trails, where you can ski, skate, walk and sled across the bay directly from the city centre. Between February and April, you can even drive your car across the ocean, with some roads even stretching all the way to the surrounding archipelago’s islands.
Crossing the Arctic Circle
From Luleå you will travel by train through the endless snow-covered forests towards the northernmost town in Sweden, Kiruna. Enjoy Aurora Spa, visit the world famous ICEHOTEL and learn more about the indigenous Sámi culture during a visit to a Sámi settlement.
From Kiruna the journey proceeds into the alpine surrounding of the Abisko National Park. About 200km north of the Arctic Circle. The famous hiking trail Kungsleden (the King’s Trail) and several other trails and nature paths traverse the park.
Iconic winter activities
With this 8 days winter package you will experience some of the most iconic winter activities. Dog sledding, Snowmobiling, Northern Lights Safari, feeding reindeers etc. Furthermore, you will visit the Aurora Sky Station one of the best places on earth to watch the magical Northern Lights.
Arctic Sweden Winter Holiday | 8 days / 7 nights
Day 1 – Arrival day
Arrival at Luleå airport based on your flight schedule, you will be warmly welcomed by our local guide. On the short drive (9km) to your hotel in the city centre, you already get a good impression from the impressive Luleå river as you will cross the bridge which connects Luleå with the southern mainland. Check into your comfortable 4 star hotel. In the evening you will go on a Northern Lights tour. You will be taken off the beaten track to the best places to spot most thrilling natural phenomena the world has to offer. Return around 23:00 and a good night sleep.
Day 2 – Meet a Moose and UNESCO World Heritage
Enjoy the fresh nip in the air, get rosy cheeks and take your cheer outside. Just wrap yourself up in warm clothing, hat and gloves before you spend the morning outdoors meeting Moose and visiting the UNESCO World heritage site Gammelstad. This district’s main cultural symbol is more than 400 years old and it has he best preserved church town in Scandinavia. During the midday you have free time to explore the vibrant city of Luleå on your own. Luleå is an exciting city with an interesting culture-life and a wide variety of restaurants. You can also choose from optional activities like snowshoe walking, ice fishing or fatbiking.
Day 3 – Dog sledding and TreeHotel
After your breakfast you will be picked up for the transfer to the nearby Husky kennel. Going on a dog sledding tour is a unique experience in many ways. The dog sledding tour will go over frozen rivers and through wild forests, offering a great opportunity to see wildlife on the way. The experience is about 2 hours in total and it is sure to leave you with some fantastic memories. By return in the city, you will pick up your luggage from the hotel and get transferred to the world’s famous Treehotel. The Treehotel is an extraordinary destination where nature and luxury meet. An experience like no-other, where you will stay in one of the unique designed tree rooms like: UFO, Mirror Cube, Bird Nest, Blue Cone or The Cabin. To complete the Swedish living experience use of the Tree Sauna is included.
Day 4 – Crossing the Arctic Circle and Aurora Spa
Today your winter holiday continues by train to the city of Kiruna. This unique journey across the Arctic landscape will bring you in a comfortable way far above the Arctic Circle. You will spend the night by a family-owned hotel who are passionate about highlighting everything that makes the northernmost part of Sweden so fantastic. After arrival you can enjoy the Aurora Spa, which has been recently rewarded with the World’s Luxury Spa Awards. Relax and melt away as you pamper yourself with a relaxing sauna bath and a refreshing dip in the outdoor pool.
Day 5 – ICEHOTEL and Sámi Culture
During the morning you will join a guided tour to the charming village of Jukkasjärvi, where the world’s first ICEHOTEL situates. Here you can see the fantastic sculptures and the ice rooms in peace on your own. The tour continues with a visit to a “Sámi Church” from 1607. The Old Homestay with its atmosphere and old timber houses gives an impression of the early settlers lifestyle in this arctic environment, and the interaction with the Sámi people and their culture. The tour ends with a visit to a Sámi settlement Nutti Sámi Sidda. This is a unique place to learn more about the Sámi culture, get close to reindeers and experience typical Sámi food. After lunch the tour will head back to the hotel Camp Ripan.
Day 6 – Kiruna and Aurora Sky Station
This morning is of your choice to explore the city of Kiruna, or maybe just having a laid-back morning taking the time for your hotel breakfast. You may explore the city of Kiruna by either joining one of the signature city tours to learn about this mining city. Or you may be possible to visit the world’s biggest underground iron-ore mine. After lunch your holiday continues further Northwards to the small mountain village of Abisko.
Day 7 – Snowmobile safari
Waking up after a good night sleep, enjoying breakfast and get ready for your next adventure! A snowmobile safari which will bring you further into the wilderness and higher up in the mountain areas. Through the frozen landscape it is not uncommon to encounter the “King of the Forest”, the majestic moose. Before making your way back to hotel, you will stop for a break and the guide will make a fire where you will be able to enjoy a hot beverage together with the magnificent views. If you would like to discover more in the Abisko surroundings , we can easily arrange additional activities as ice fishing and snowshoe walking for you. Just tell us your preferences and we can customise your holiday to your wishes!
Day 8 – Departure Day
After all experiences during this Sweden winter holiday it’s time to travel homewards. Maybe you have some time left to relax or do an activity in the area. But if you have an early flight then it’s time to get ready and checkout of your hotel room. You will be picked up from the lobby of the Abisko Mountain station, the transfer to Kiruna Airport takes about 1.5 hour.