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Northern Lights Special Holiday

Break Available: December - End of March
3 Night Break

Price: From £1,495 per person (Gatwick)

The Kiruna Abisko region of Swedish Lapland enjoys the reputation as one of the best places on earth for Northern lights holidays.

Weekend a la Carte were one of the original northern lights travel companies and we are experts in travel to Swedish Lapland including Abisko, widely regarded as one of the best places on earth for consistent sightings of the northern lights.

Highlights

  • 3 nights of hunting the Aurora
  • Stay in Exclusive Lodge Facing northwards towards the Abisko Alps
  • Snowmobile Safari with commanding views
  • Drive your own sled dog team in pristine wilderness
  • Authentic Sami Northern Lights Wilderness evening
  • Visit the original Ice Hotel
  • All Meals and Activities included
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Day by Day Itinerary
 
 
 
 

DAY 1
Fly to Swedish Lapland. Evening at Leisure

DAY 1
Fly to Swedish Lapland. Evening at Leisure

Fly to Kiruna in Swedish Lapland where you will be met by a guide and transferred to the exclusive Máttaráhkká Northern Lights Lodge. On arrival, lunch will be waiting for you after which you will be kitted out with our excellent quality Arctic Clothing, for your use during the whole of your stay.

You have the rest of the afternoon to try your hand at cross country skiing or take a walk in the scenic countryside around the lodge.

This evening have dinner at the lodge. The Northern Lights might well put in their first appearance after dinner!

If you want to experience something that extra bit special, why not book a private hot tub session at the lodge. Located on the roof this hot tub affords a wonderful panoramic view to the Abisko Alps, often lit up by the aurora. Please see our Optional Extras below.

Meals included: Lunch and Dinner

A la Carte Optional Extras

  • Dinner, Hot Tub and Northern Lights
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Dinner, Hot Tub and Northern Lights

A wonderfully relaxing evening hopefully seeing the Northern Lights at Mattarahkka Sami Lodge. After an excellent 3-course Lappish dinner spend time in the roof-top hot tub from where you can relax and enjoy the star filled night sky and with a little luck even see the Northern Lights dancing above you. Although the temperature outside is below zero, you will be really warm in the hot tub. If the 35-40 degree Celsius water isn´t enough enjoy a warm sauna in the special relaxation zone.

You get a 1 hour private use of the hot tub.

Price per person: £95 includes: sauna, hot tub , towel, robe and slippers

Northern Lights hot tub at Mattarahkka Northern Lights Lodge
Celebrating in the hot tub, Sweden
Sauna in Sweden

DAY 2
Snowmobile Adventure, Visit the Ice Hotel and Aurora BBQ

DAY 2
Snowmobile Adventure, Visit the Ice Hotel and Aurora BBQ

After breakfast simply walk out your front door and your snowmobiles & guide await to take you on a terrific adventure in the arctic wilderness around the lodge.

After your briefing set off following private trails into the wilderness. The scenery ranges from forest to frozen lakes, where the chances of seeing reindeer and moose in their natural habitat are high. From your vantage point near Mount Eatnamvárri gaze out over fantastic scenery – Miles and miles of untouched wilderness.

After lunch visit the original ICEHOTEL as well as the revolutionary ICEHOTEL 365 which opened last winter. Admire the spectacular individual Art Suites designed by leading artists from around the world, take a cocktail in the unique ice glasses at the sculptured Ice Bar and peep into the ice Chapel to see if a wedding ceremony is taking place! The original IceHotel is still the best!

Note: If you have an inclination that you would like to stay in the icehotel then take a look at our Complete Ice Hotel Break

This evening your northern lights holiday continues as you enjoy a BBQ on the aurora deck outside the lodge looking towards Abisko. The position of the lodge provides great views to the horizon and is a great place for witnessing the Northern Lights. If you would like to go out to try and photograph the northern lights then look at the option of  the Aurora Photo Chase below

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

A la Carte Optional Extras

  • Night in World Famous Ice Hotel
  • Aurora Photo Chase
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Night in World Famous Ice Hotel

Swedish Lapland is home to the original and most dramatic ICEHOTEL.

The hotel has two editions:

Permanent ICEHOTEL 365.  (open all year)

This revolutionary design has allowed visitors from around the world to experience the ICEHOTEL all year round. Through a unique cooling system the designers have built all the features of the original icehotel into this amazing structure. Art suites and deluxe art suites are housed in 365

Temporary ICEHOTEL  (open Mid December – End March)

This hotel is rebuilt from blocks of ice harvested from the Torne river. As the temperature in Jukkasjärvi drops below zero Ice Artists arrive from the world over to build this magnificent creation. They build the 4 levels of rooms, the ice chapel and ice bar. Their art is created with imagination and hard work, only to melt away under the unforgiving rays of the sun come spring.

We offer all categories of room from cabins to  Art Suites and the new en suite deluxe art suites in ICEHOTEL 365.

We will make a reservation in the restaurant for you so you can experience some of the region’s best cuisine  (a la carte menu paid for locally)

From £120 per person bed and breakfast  (cabin) – £480 per person   (deluxe art suite) depending on room choice including arctic clothing in winter and transfers to the airport at the end of your stay.

Mind the Gap, Art Suite Icehotel Sweden
Icehotel Art Suite in Sweden
Northern Lights at ICEHOTEL Sweden

Aurora Photo Chase

This evening  after the  outdoor BBQ on the aurora deck at Máttaráhkká Northern Lights Lodge venture out to hunt and photograph the Aurora Borealis,

The guides will track local aurora activity using the Northern Lights forecast and will have a minivan on hand to take you out in pursuit of the best sightings. This is likely to take you in the direction of Abisko an area with extremely high levels of sightings.

Our mission is to get you to see the aurora and manage your itinerary to achieve this goal.

Price per person: £96

Includes: Camera for use  (1 per couple) vehicle and guide. You need to take SD card with you.

Northern Lights Photo Evening Abisko National Park
Northern Lights Photo Evening Abisko National Park
Northern Lights Sweden

DAY 3
Wilderness Husky Sled Safari and Sami Northern Lights

DAY 3
Wilderness Husky Sled Safari and Sami Northern Lights

After breakfast transfer to the kennel on the road to Nikkaluokta through a river valley where moose congregate in winter.

Ylva Sievertsson is one of a select group of accomplished ‘lady’ husky guides, whose kennel is in a remote valley from where she runs very personal sled dog trips. As you will discover she has a very special relationship with her dogs and it is a thrill to visit her kennel and spend time with her dogs.

Once you arrive at the kennels get acquainted with the dogs and receive detailed instructions about how to drive them. Harness the dogs and feel their excitement as you attach the sled. Head out into the frozen river valley where you will have opportunities to take turns in driving the team whilst making stops to take photos. The location is outside the major tourist areas and we can almost promise that you will enjoy pristine arctic nature alone.

You will be out for around 2 hours before heading back to base for a warming lunch in the traditional ‘Kota’ adjacent to the family home.

This evening spend some time with Ida Maria Svonni who is a descendant from a local Sami Family. The Sami people, Indigenous to Lapland, are still reliant on their centuries old reindeer herding.

Visit  the Sámi Museum for your first step into Sámi culture . See the traditional Sámi clothes and listen to the story of a nomadic people’s lifestyle before moving on to Ida Maria’s Tepee where you will hear the fascinating story of Sami Life and how the annual calendar is geared around the 8 seasons dedicated to managing the Reindeer herd.

Before dinner visit the  reindeer Corral and feed them with lichen before having a traditional dinner cooked and served in the Tepee using local ingredients and is served with your own baked  traditional Sámi flatbread and coffee.

To end the evening walk down to the Mystical Torne River, the source for the Ice that is used to build the ICEHOTEL and gaze up into the north sky for hopefully a northern lights display in the Arctic Sky before heading back to your lodge.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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DAY 4
Airport Transfer and Flight Home.

DAY 4
Airport Transfer and Flight Home.

Breakfast at Lodge and at leisure prior to direct transfer to the airport for your flight home after your action packed short break to Swedish Lapland. Alternatively why not extend your stay and visit Scandinavia’s capital city Stockholm or extend your break to include our Aurora Addicts extension to Abisko, Narvik and Tromso including 3 sky station aurora hunts!

Meals included: Breakfast

A la Carte Optional Extras

  • Aurora Addicts Extension into Norway
  • Extension to See Stockholm Scandinavia's Capital City
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Aurora Addicts Extension into Norway

This fantastic 4 night extension to your break enables you to extend your holiday into Norway and visit 3 dramatic sky station locations in search of the northern lights.

DAY 1

Morning at leisure before lunchtime transfer to Abisko, widely regarded as one of the best places one earth for aurora hunting. Settle into your room at Abisko Mountain lodge before enjoying their excellent cuisine at dinner. Afterwards transfer to the Aurora Sky Station for their nightly aurora hunt.

DAY 2

Catch the train from Abisko to Narvik traveling on an historic rail journey with great scenery. In Narvik check into the Grand Hotel. Visit the war museum this afternoon. Tonight enjoy dinner at the Hotel before pick up for a night of Northern Lights hunting. From Narvik town, you will be lifted up to the top of Narvik Fjellet by gondola to a stunning newly renovated lodge to search for Northern Lights alongside an expert Aurora guide. Amazing views over the Fjords and hopefully an aurora display await

DAY 3

Catch the bus via the Polar Park to Tromso. The Polar Park is home to many of the indigenous wildlife of the region. Wolves, bears, Moose and lynx are just a few. On arrival in Tromso check into your hotel the Scandic Ishavshotel your base for the next 2 nights. Tonight enjoy dinner at the hotel

DAY 4

Explore Tromso, ‘Paris of the North’. We include entrance to the Polar Musuem and a visit to the Arctic Cathedral. Tonight finish your holiday with a final northern lights hunt and dinner as you Experience Tromsø’s best view! The cable car runs from Solliveien up to the mountain ledge in just four minutes. From the viewing platform and restaurant at the upper station enjoy spectacular panoramic views of Tromsø, surrounding islands, mountains and fjords and hopefully the Northern Lights!

DAY 5

At Leisure until flybus transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Price: From £995 per person

Includes: 4 Nights accommodation with Breakfast, 4 dinners, trains, buses and transfers, 3 sky station experiences as described, entrance to Polar Park and museums in Narvik and Tromso.

The Northern Lights Gondola in Narvik Norway
Wildlife at Polar Park Norway

Extension to See Stockholm Scandinavia's Capital City

Stockholm is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and always rates in the top 10 most desirable cities in the world to live in. It is also the perfect contrast to a break in the arctic.

The old town in Stockholm is very picturesque and compact and can be done in a full day. Your time will be spent exploring some fascinating landmarks. The VASA museum is world class, the Nobel museum of local interest and for ABBA fans; new in 2013 is the ABBA interactive museum.

Also in December Stockholm has many Christmas markets so a break can allow you to do some shopping and get into the Christmas spirit.

You will stay in the Rival Hotel owned by Benny Anderson of Abba fame. The hotel is an excellent 4* hotel in a quiet square but within walking distance of the old town.

Cost From:

£230 per person for Standard room (weekend rate).

£278 per person for Superior room  (weekend rate)

£332 per person for Deluxe Room (weekend rate)

Includes:  2 nights in standard double room – bed and breakfast, private airport transfers to and from Arlanda airport

Stockholm in Sweden
Stockholm in Sweden
Rival Hotel in Stockholm
Accommodation

Where You'll Stay

Mattarahkka Northern Lights Sami Lodge

Mattarahkka Northern Lights Lodge in Kiruna, Sweden
Mattarahkka Northern Lights Lodge in Kiruna, Sweden
Dining room at Mattarahkka Lodge, Sweden
Mattarahkka Northern Lights Lodge Kiruna, Sweden

Mattarahkka Northern Lights Sami Lodge

We are proud to offer this small intimate lodge for exclusive use by our clients.

As the lodge is away from town the skies are dark and being situated on a slight elevation the views out across the arctic tundra to the Abisko alps are expansive.  This small intimate lodge used to be a Sami handicraft centre until the owners had the idea to turn it into an exclusive retreat. With only 7 bedrooms, open plan lounge and dining room the emphasis is on relaxing in a cosy environment. The rooms are all ensuite.

The lodge has a fabulous sauna and a very unusual northern lights hot tub on the roof where you can star gaze or hunt for the Aurora (this carries an extra charge).

Other benefits of a stay here mean that if you are doing husky and snowmobile adventures they are both on your doorstep! Evenings are focused on good food, relaxation and the Northern Lights so if you are looking for a 'home away from home' experience then look no further.

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Optional Extras
Dinner, Hot Tub and Northern Lights
Northern Lights hot tub at Mattarahkka Northern Lights Lodge

A wonderfully relaxing evening hopefully seeing the Northern Lights at Mattarahkka Sami Lodge. After an excellent 3-course Lappish dinner spend time in the roof-top hot tub from where you can relax and enjoy the star filled night sky and with a little luck even see the Northern Lights dancing above you. Although the temperature outside is below zero, you will be really warm in the hot tub. If the 35-40 degree Celsius water isn´t enough enjoy a warm sauna in the special relaxation zone.

You get a 1 hour private use of the hot tub.

Price per person: £95 includes: sauna, hot tub , towel, robe and slippers

Night in World Famous Ice Hotel
Mind the Gap, Art Suite Icehotel Sweden

Swedish Lapland is home to the original and most dramatic ICEHOTEL.

The hotel has two editions:

Permanent ICEHOTEL 365.  (open all year)

This revolutionary design has allowed visitors from around the world to experience the ICEHOTEL all year round. Through a unique cooling system the designers have built all the features of the original icehotel into this amazing structure. Art suites and deluxe art suites are housed in 365

Temporary ICEHOTEL  (open Mid December – End March)

This hotel is rebuilt from blocks of ice harvested from the Torne river. As the temperature in Jukkasjärvi drops below zero Ice Artists arrive from the world over to build this magnificent creation. They build the 4 levels of rooms, the ice chapel and ice bar. Their art is created with imagination and hard work, only to melt away under the unforgiving rays of the sun come spring.

We offer all categories of room from cabins to  Art Suites and the new en suite deluxe art suites in ICEHOTEL 365.

We will make a reservation in the restaurant for you so you can experience some of the region’s best cuisine  (a la carte menu paid for locally)

From £120 per person bed and breakfast  (cabin) – £480 per person   (deluxe art suite) depending on room choice including arctic clothing in winter and transfers to the airport at the end of your stay.

Aurora Photo Chase
Northern Lights Photo Evening Abisko National Park

This evening  after the  outdoor BBQ on the aurora deck at Máttaráhkká Northern Lights Lodge venture out to hunt and photograph the Aurora Borealis,

The guides will track local aurora activity using the Northern Lights forecast and will have a minivan on hand to take you out in pursuit of the best sightings. This is likely to take you in the direction of Abisko an area with extremely high levels of sightings.

Our mission is to get you to see the aurora and manage your itinerary to achieve this goal.

Price per person: £96

Includes: Camera for use  (1 per couple) vehicle and guide. You need to take SD card with you.

Aurora Addicts Extension into Norway
The Northern Lights Gondola in Narvik Norway

This fantastic 4 night extension to your break enables you to extend your holiday into Norway and visit 3 dramatic sky station locations in search of the northern lights.

DAY 1

Morning at leisure before lunchtime transfer to Abisko, widely regarded as one of the best places one earth for aurora hunting. Settle into your room at Abisko Mountain lodge before enjoying their excellent cuisine at dinner. Afterwards transfer to the Aurora Sky Station for their nightly aurora hunt.

DAY 2

Catch the train from Abisko to Narvik traveling on an historic rail journey with great scenery. In Narvik check into the Grand Hotel. Visit the war museum this afternoon. Tonight enjoy dinner at the Hotel before pick up for a night of Northern Lights hunting. From Narvik town, you will be lifted up to the top of Narvik Fjellet by gondola to a stunning newly renovated lodge to search for Northern Lights alongside an expert Aurora guide. Amazing views over the Fjords and hopefully an aurora display await

DAY 3

Catch the bus via the Polar Park to Tromso. The Polar Park is home to many of the indigenous wildlife of the region. Wolves, bears, Moose and lynx are just a few. On arrival in Tromso check into your hotel the Scandic Ishavshotel your base for the next 2 nights. Tonight enjoy dinner at the hotel

DAY 4

Explore Tromso, ‘Paris of the North’. We include entrance to the Polar Musuem and a visit to the Arctic Cathedral. Tonight finish your holiday with a final northern lights hunt and dinner as you Experience Tromsø’s best view! The cable car runs from Solliveien up to the mountain ledge in just four minutes. From the viewing platform and restaurant at the upper station enjoy spectacular panoramic views of Tromsø, surrounding islands, mountains and fjords and hopefully the Northern Lights!

DAY 5

At Leisure until flybus transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Price: From £995 per person

Includes: 4 Nights accommodation with Breakfast, 4 dinners, trains, buses and transfers, 3 sky station experiences as described, entrance to Polar Park and museums in Narvik and Tromso.

Extension to See Stockholm Scandinavia's Capital City
Stockholm in Sweden

Stockholm is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and always rates in the top 10 most desirable cities in the world to live in. It is also the perfect contrast to a break in the arctic.

The old town in Stockholm is very picturesque and compact and can be done in a full day. Your time will be spent exploring some fascinating landmarks. The VASA museum is world class, the Nobel museum of local interest and for ABBA fans; new in 2013 is the ABBA interactive museum.

Also in December Stockholm has many Christmas markets so a break can allow you to do some shopping and get into the Christmas spirit.

You will stay in the Rival Hotel owned by Benny Anderson of Abba fame. The hotel is an excellent 4* hotel in a quiet square but within walking distance of the old town.

Cost From:

£230 per person for Standard room (weekend rate).

£278 per person for Superior room  (weekend rate)

£332 per person for Deluxe Room (weekend rate)

Includes:  2 nights in standard double room – bed and breakfast, private airport transfers to and from Arlanda airport

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Reviews & Feedback

Reviews & Feedback

We had an amazing bucket list holiday and it was relaxed and well organised. I can honestly say I was really impressed with the teams that work at the venues and therefore I am confident Weekend a la carte take time to really consider the guest experience. We never felt in a rush or part of a cattle herd of a group. Our experience was unique and intimate which added to the experience. All the adventures we had booked and the people we meet were memorable. I will definitely be recommending to others and booking another special holiday with the team. thank you for making us feel special.

Nichola

The excursions which were organised by the company were really good and the hosts were brilliant at making us feel welcome and ensuring we achieved what we wanted to get out of the day.
The Lodge which we stayed at was also very homely and ensured we always had access to water and hot drinks. The slippers were a lovely touch!
The hotel we stayed at in Stockholm exceeded our expectations and the bar was great!

Jillian
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What's included & departure airports

What's Included?

  • Flights (from the UK) with one hold bag per person
  • 3 nights at the boutique Máttaráhkká Northern Lights Lodge
  • Daytime Husky adventure in pristine river valley
  • Daytime snowmobile adventure using private trails
  • Visit to the original Ice Hotel
  • Night time Sami Culture and northern lights Hunt
  • Aurora BBQ
  • All Meals
  • Arctic Clothing Loan

Departure Airports

  • Heathrow
  • Gatwick
  • Stockholm.
  • Manchester  (limited)
  • For clients wishing to travel from the USA, Australia and Asia we can advise of best options
  • If you have booked your own flights we can organise ground plans only

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