- 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
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.Included Meals: Dinner
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.Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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.Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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.Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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.Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
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Dates & Prices
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Next season’s pre-sale dates and prices
To secure your holiday for next season, you can make a pre-reservation by paying only £50pp. The provisional departure dates, prices and itineraries remain subject to change. We will contact you when the final dates, prices and itineraries are confirmed and you will have 14 days to decide if you would like to go ahead. Should you wish to proceed then a further deposit (typically of £150pp) will be payable at this stage. If you decide not to travel, we will refund your initial £50pp payment. Our Travel Experts will happily provide you with full terms and a complete quotation.
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Holiday group size (approximate)
Approximately 2 – 20 people. However, please note that for the Aurora Centre Wilderness Yurt, the maximum capacity is 120 people.
We always try to provide an approximation of the group size you can expect to be with for the duration of each of our holidays. It may be that you are joined by others for parts of your holiday (such as transfers and particular activities) but the above number reflects those you can normally expect to be with from beginning to end. If group size is something which is particularly important to you, please speak to our Travel Experts and they can suggest the best holidays for you.
Tailor-made holiday group sizes will vary for all activities as will the group size for any additional activities you book.
Minimum numbers required for a holiday to operate
Some of our holidays require a minimum number of participants to operate (as listed in the ‘Group Size’ section). If your holiday departure has not yet reached the minimum number, you will be told at the time of booking. In the unlikely event that your chosen date is not guaranteed by nine weeks before your scheduled departure date, we will contact you to discuss the available options as per our booking conditions.
The minimum age for this holiday can be found in the dates and prices section of the holiday page, under ‘Terms’.
Unless otherwise stated in the dates and prices section of the holiday page, under ‘Terms’, the minimum age for participation in an Artisan holiday is typically 8 years old (there may be younger children in some destinations who have booked with other companies). If an adult-only environment
is important to you, then please contact our Travel Experts and they will advise on the best dates and destinations for you. If you are looking for a holiday designed specifically for families then please see our sister company www.activitiesabroad.com
Please note that some of our holidays may incur a single supplement. Please speak to one of our Travel Experts who will provide you with a quotation.
Medical history and advice
We want our holidays to be accessible as they can be and will do our best to accommodate any special requests and requirements where possible. We have a wide range of holidays and destinations and so our travel experts will help find the best holiday for you.
In order to give us the best possible chance to do this we ask that if you or any member of your party has any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday or has any special requirements, that you tell us at the time of enquiry or booking. You must also promptly advise us if any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday develops after your booking has been confirmed. You may need to provide a doctor’s note and proof of insurance in some cases as the health and safety of our clients is absolutely paramount.
In providing this information you are allowing us to work with our expert local partners to ensure that your whole party can enjoy the holiday. By letting us know in advance we can discreetly work with you to adapt any part of the holiday which may potentially be challenging. Being able to prepare for this in advance makes an incredible difference to what we can offer and minimises any impact on your party and the rest of the group.
Unfortunately, if you choose not to share this information with us in advance then it may limit some or all of the itinerary you have booked, and we cannot be held accountable for any additional costs or missed activities resulting from this.
Insurance is not included in your holiday, but it is a pre-requisite to travelling with us. You will need to ensure that you have cover for all the activities that you will be participating in during your holiday.
It is extremely important that you take out a suitable travel insurance policy at the time of booking. Plans do sometimes change, and you will need this policy should you need to cancel your holiday.
If you are struggling to find a suitable policy then details of our preferred provider, who will cover you for all the activities we offer, can be found on our website by clicking here. Please note that this policy is available to EU residents under the age of 75 only.
If you have a reduced level of mobility, then please contact our Travel Experts to discuss the suitability of this holiday in relation to your requirements.
Experience and fitness
Any activities included in your itinerary are all designed for beginners. Full instruction and tuition are provided for all activities and you do not need to have any previous experience. For example, you need never have set foot on a pair of skis of any kind before a cross-country ski tour. We have adults of all ages and fitness levels taking part in our holidays.
We do highlight certain itineraries where an increased level of fitness is required. If you have any questions at all with regards to fitness levels please get in touch and talk to one of our experts. You can find further details in our trip preparation section online. You must inform us at the time of booking if any of your party has a disability, medical or behavioural conditions which could affect their own participation in the holiday or indeed that of the other people on the holiday.
Guides and safety
It is essential when partaking in any activity that you listen very closely to, and abide by, the instructions provided. Nobody knows the environment better than our activity providers who work here almost every day.
Consequently, their knowledge and experience are unsurpassed. If there is anything that you are unsure of during a safety briefing or that you would like to clarify with the guides, please make this clear to them immediately before starting the activity.
There may be rare occasions when our guides consider local conditions unsuitable for a certain activity. Hence, your itinerary may be subject to change at short notice, but we will always endeavour to firstly find a replacement on the day and secondly, to provide the cancelled activity later in your stay whenever possible. Very occasionally it proves impossible to provide the activity in which case you will be refunded when you return home.
Our guides' word on activities is always final and your safety is their principal concern at all times, please respect their decisions. By following their instructions, your safety and enjoyment during each activity will be greatly enhanced.
You must inform us of any medical conditions that may affect your participation in an activity at the time of booking.
Booking activities locally and equipment hire
Additional activities can be booked locally in almost all our destinations. However, as per our booking conditions, we cannot be held responsible for any injury or loss incurred through participation in activities which are booked at your destination outside of our holiday itinerary (see our ‘Terms and Conditions’ for further details).
When arranging any such activity please always ensure that safety is your primary concern.
In some of our destinations, you can borrow or hire equipment for use in your free time. You do so entirely at your own risk. You must ensure that you are properly prepared, have the necessary equipment and knowledge (maps, etc) and ensure that where applicable, you follow marked routes. We recommend discussing your plans with the local teams who will be able to advise on the most suitable options for you.
Always let the reception/guide know where you are planning to go and take a torch and mobile phone (with the hotel/guide’s phone number stored). It is also a good idea to leave your contact number and the time you expect to return to the hotel should the hotel need to contact you.
The order of activities is always subject to change and guests will be provided with their final itinerary upon arrival.
If your trip includes car hire the named driver must have a credit card registered in their name which they can present when they collect their car along with their driving licence, as a deposit will be held on the credit card. Please see your trip dossier for full details.
Travel Safety and Foreign Office Advice
Our clients’ safety is at the centre of everything we do, and our operations team continually assesses and monitors the destinations we feature. We carry out thorough risk assessments and work closely with all of our suppliers to continually follow best practice. For up to date travel advice the UK government offers its Travel Aware website as well as the advice detailed below.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office Advice
We receive all updates from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) with regards to travel advice and we always ensure that we follow this advice in our operations. The FCO issues travel advisories for countries based on a very wide range of factors. They may provide notification about things as simple as a football match and crowds, or they may go so far as to advise against all travel to a region. We ask all our clients to refer to the relevant Travel Advice by Country for the destinations they are visiting in order to make an informed decision on the safety of the destination based on the details provided. It also provides vital information regarding entry requirements, embassy information, local laws and customs as well as specific safety and health. Guests should take responsibility for keeping themselves up to date with this advice. Please also ensure that, if you are transiting through another country, you have read the advice and meet the entry requirements for that destination too.
The FCO travel advice is applicable to British Passport Holders. Most governments will issue their own travel advice for a region and, if you are not a UK resident then you can find some helpful links below:
Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/ New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade http://www.safetravel.govt.nz/ Canadian Consular Affairs Bureau http://voyage.gc.ca/ The U.S. Bureau of Consular Affairs http://travel.state.gov/content/travel/english.html
If the FCO deems that there is an unacceptable level of risk for UK citizens then, together with the government, they may issue an advisory against all travel to a region or country. If such an advisory is published, then we will act accordingly, and this may require the cancellation, curtailment or amendment of a holiday itinerary. These decisions are made on the basis of ensuring our clients’ safety and will affect all clients on the holiday, regardless of their nationality.
If one of our local experts suggests an amendment due to a situation which develops locally then we may also take the decision to amend an itinerary appropriately.
If we have to cancel your holiday prior to departure you will be offered the option of an alternative trip (where any price difference will either be refunded to or covered by you) or a full refund of the monies paid.
If we have to curtail a holiday, then you will be refunded for any costs for the elements we have been unable to deliver, where we have been able to secure a refund from our suppliers. If we must reroute a holiday, then any basis for refund is determined on a case by case basis and dependent on whether the central holiday experience was provided or not.
Flight schedule changes and connecting transportation
On your documentation, we will confirm your flight schedule. Sometimes the flight number, routing and timings might change prior to your departure. If the change is classed as a significant change then we will contact you to discuss this. Please see our booking conditions for details.
Flight schedule changes can impact on your pre and post-holiday travel arrangements if these have been booked separately to your holiday. We strongly recommend that you do not book transport (such as trains or transfers), car parking or non-connecting flights to the departure point for your holiday until you have received your final confirmed travel times when your final travel documents are issued. We are not responsible for the effect of any schedule change on your pre or post travel arrangements. We strongly recommend that you do not purchase non-flexible or non-refundable tickets to avoid cancellation and penalty charges.
Booking your own flights - cancellation disclaimer
If you have chosen to book your own flights, then you will need to wait until we confirm to you that the holiday departure has met the minimum numbers required to run (if applicable to your chosen holiday). Once the holiday is guaranteed to run, you will be informed and you can then make your arrangements.
If transfers are included in your holiday, please ensure that any potential flights will be met by our standard transfers (speak to one of our Travel Experts for advice) otherwise private transfer supplements may be applicable. Once your flights are booked, please send us a copy of your detailed flight itinerary.
Please be aware that most tickets are non-refundable in the case of cancellation. For this reason, we strongly advise you check the rules of the ticket and check the limitations of your cancellation insurance before booking. We cannot be held liable, in the unlikely eventuality that we should be forced to cancel or amend your trip, for losses incurred relating to any flight booking you have made.
Please note that the following cancellation terms supersede those mentioned in section 7 of our general booking terms and conditions.
- More than 63 days prior to departure - Loss of deposit (including the full cost of flights or other services where paid at the time of booking)
- 63 to 43 days prior to departure - 40%
- 42 to 32 days prior to departure - 60%
- 31 or less days - 100%