Weekend a la Carte have worked with both the Hotel Arctic Eden and Abisko Mountain Lodge for a number of years and both hotels played a major role during the visits.
The Arctic Council ministry lunch for almost 500 people, including US foreign Secretary John Kerry, was prepared by the chefs of the Arctic Gastro, the restaurant attached to the Arctic Eden hotel.
Not long after this Barbro Haggkvist , the manager of the Arctic Eden received a call from the royal palace in Stockholm saying that H.M. Konung Carl XVI Gustaf would like to come and haev dinner in the restaurant. Using the freshest home grown produce including ptarmigan, moose, Arctic Char, blueberries and the unique Shitake mushrooms grown in the landmark iron ore mine an exquisite banquet was produced. He liked dinner so much that he asked teh chefs if they would produce lunch for his party the following day in LKAB mine in Kiruna.
His Royal Majesty then proceeded for a trip to Abisko where Mina and Dick Johansson, owner managers of Abisko Mountain Lodge hosted the King who dined on 3 occasions in their restaurant.
I called Mina to get her reactions to this honour and to quote she said "This would probably not have happened 2 years ago but the northern lights fever that has spread throughout the world has so increased the profile of Abisko that not only are keen aurora hunters arriving en mass to see the northern lights, but member of the Royal family too!"
Being the first company in the UK to offer the Abisko sky station for aurora holidays this is hugely satisfying. For those looking for a great chance of seeing the Aurora Borealis in 2014 we would strongly recommend that you follow in the footsteps of royalty and head for Abisko.