Sweden's Midnight Sun and the world famous ICEHOTEL®
- Duration:4 nights
- Midnight Sun Dates: 25th May - 19th July
- Transfers: Return transfers to Kiruna Airport
- Accommodation: 4 nights in an en-suite double/ twin room
- Meals: 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
- Activities: Hike to Kärkevagge, Midnight Sun hike, flora tour along Ridonjira, ICEHOTEL® visit (the order of activities is subject to change)
- Fully qualified wilderness guides and instructors for any activities
A note on flights: Flights are not included in the holiday price so that the best possible fares and schedule can be found at the time of booking. Please speak to our Travel Experts, who will happily provide a quotation.
In regions above the Arctic Circle, it is possible to witness the remarkable spectacle of the Midnight Sun, ensuring endless sunlight in the summer months.
Abisko’s location makes it the ideal spot from which to witness such a phenomenon and enjoy the long days. The scenery here is magnificent and you can make the most of Abisko National Park nearby - an area of pristine wilderness, forests and mountains. You will be staying at Abisko Mountain Lodge, a comfortable and modern base which is renowned for its high standard of food and enthusiastic guides.
Your days on this trip will be spent admiring the incredible nature that is on display here as you join groups from the nearby Mountain Station. You will head on two hikes into the neighbouring wilderness, where your guide will point out the flora and fauna and talk to you about the culture and history of the region as you take in the sunlit landscape and stunning mountain backdrops.
You will also get to visit the ICEHOTEL® where you can see their indoor ice factory and tuck into a delicious lunch. There will also be plenty of opportunities to relax and appreciate your surroundings as you relish a summer break.Read more
In the evenings, you will have the chance to see the phenomenon of the Midnight Sun if weather conditions permit. During one special night-time excursion, you will be led by a guide to the top of Nuolja Mountain, using the chairlift which goes most of the way to the top and hiking the remaining distance. At the top, you will have panoramic views of the Abisko National Park, lit by the briefly setting sun.
Overall this trip gives visitors a wonderful chance to get the most out of summer in Swedish Lapland and appreciate the array of activities which can be enjoyed on a long summer's day.
Image credits: Eddie Granlund & Sara Ingman & Katja Kristoferson & Folio, Imagebank.sweden.se & Swedish Lapland tourist board, ICEHOTEL, LightsOverLapland
Day 1 Arrival and transfer
You will be met at the airport before being transferred to your accommodation at Abisko Mountain Lodge. As you make your way here you will have your first chance to appreciate the beautiful and wild scenery of Abisko National Park.
Upon arrival at the hotel, there will be a chance to settle into your rooms before a delicious welcome dinner with the group. The lodge is known for its fantastic food and you will be served a range of excellent Swedish meals throughout your stay.
Day 2 Hike to Kärkevagge and Midnight Sun Hike
After breakfast, you will join a wonderful hike to the nearby valley of Kärkevagge, known for its fairytale-like scenery of giant boulders, rugged mountain terrain and flourishing meadows. This is an idyllic paradise for hikers so there will be plenty of chances to stop and take photos of the scenery and appreciate the beautiful idyll.
Your hike will then lead you through a birch forest and over clear bedrock outcrops reminiscent of ancient times. The path will then meander on through the valley and on towards Trollsjön where you can marvel at the glittering lake. Here you will enjoy a refreshing lunch before hiking back to the hotel.
Tonight after dinner you will head out with a group to seek out the incredible phenomenon of the Midnight Sun. Together with your guide you will take the chairlift part of the way up Nuolja Mountain and then hike to the top which is 1164 metres above sea level. From here you will have an incredible panoramic view over the beautiful scenery of Abisko National Park, the magnificent Lake Torneträsk and the mountains which surround the region. As well as offering magnificent scenery this is also the ideal spot from which to appreciate the Midnight Sun should conditions be suitable.
You can also go to the famous Aurora Sky Station and enjoy a warm drink before heading back to the lodge. You can choose to hike down with the guide or use the chairlift if you prefer.
Day 3 Free day
Finishing breakfast, you will have a free day to relax or enjoy additional activities. The lodge has a sauna and hot tub on-site (which you can book and pay for locally), both of which will be welcome after yesterday's hike.
Alternatively, you may choose to further explore the area. There are many walking routes nearby and your hosts will happily provide details if you would like to hike independently.
Lunch and dinner will be served at the lodge so you can plan your day accordingly.
Day 4 Flora tour along Ridonjira
Abisko National Park is home to some of the richest flora in the mountain region. After breakfast, you will join an excursion with a knowledgeable local guide who will discuss the vast array of plants with you.
You will once again head up Nuolja Mountain on the chairlift, taking in stunning vistas of the surrounding mountains. From the top you will walk down the nature trail enjoying views of the mountain tops, using the flora books provided to identify various orchids and species like Lapland rosebay and rock speedwell. Lunch will be had near the Ridonjira creek which will provide a bubbling background to your meal. The tour will then return to Abisko Mountain Station.
Dinner will be served at Abisko Mountain Lodge.
Day 5 Departure and ICEHOTEL®
Once breakfast is done, you will be transferred to the airport. On the way, you will stop at Jukkasjärvi, the site of the world-famous ICEHOTEL®. While it is not standing at this time of year, you can visit the huge warehouse which has examples of the ice suites that they will build come winter time. This is an incredible architectural creation that is built anew each season, taking designs from artists across the world.
You will also enjoy lunch in the restaurant here before being transferred to the airport.
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Abisko Mountain Lodge
Residing 100km from Kiruna, the small and friendly Abisko Mountain Lodge can be found in the wilderness of Swedish Lapland, offering mountain views and a warm welcome. Your hosts, Dick and Mina Johansson are so passionate about the environment in which they live and have made a huge success of this very special lodge.
The lodge is around 4km from Abisko National Park, famed for its hiking trails in the summer and ski trails in the winter. The beautiful natural scenery of Northern Sweden is just a short walk away.
- The lodge consists of one main building and a handful of smaller outer buildings. In the main building, you will find 20 rooms, the reception lounge, restaurant and the bar area
- The chefs here take great pride in the food, making great use of local and seasonal produce and traditional Swedish recipes. Breakfast is served buffet style, whilst lunch and dinner are set menus (lunch can also be provided to take with you on your daytime excursions)
- The lounge area in the lodge offers comfortable seating and a TV; perfect for socialising and relaxing in the evening. The bar area is located nearby, serving a range of beers, wines and spirits
- In one of the outer buildings, guests can make use of the sauna which is heated daily.
- Free Wi-Fi is available throughout and there is also a drying room for guests to store outdoor clothing
- There is a grocery store within walking distance which sells a small selection of items and also has a little pharmacy and off-licence
There are 20 rooms in total at Abisko which are simple and modern, providing twin beds, en-suite shower room and clothes hooks. There are only two double rooms at the lodge with the remaining rooms offering twin beds only (it is not possible for these beds to be made up as double due to the shape of the room). There are no televisions in the rooms as all guests are encouraged to gather in the communal areas in the evenings.
The lodge also has a small collection of superior rooms, which are located opposite the main lodge building, only a short walk away. The superior rooms are larger and slightly more modern in style, enjoying all of the same amenities as the standard double or twin rooms, as well as tea and coffee making facilities. Superior room upgrade prices are available on request.
The Mountain Lodge also has four cottages which guest can book. These are a short walk from the main building and are simply furnished. Each has a mezzanine sleeping level which sleeps up to four people and there is also a double sofa bed downstairs as well as a kitchenette and sitting area. The cottages have a toilet and a sink, but no shower facilities. Guests staying in the cottages have access to the showers in the nearby sauna building. These are open to all guests and not private to those staying in the cottages.
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Approximately 2 – 20 people. However, please note that for the Aurora Centre Wilderness Yurt, the maximum capacity is 120 people.
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