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The Northern Lights Capitals Aurora Odyssey

Break Available: December - End of March
8 Night Break

Price Per Person: From £3,275 person (Inc Flights)

On this extended break in Iceland and Swedish Lapland you have a very strong chance of seeing the famed Northern Lights.

By visiting both destinations you also get to experience the very best of all the varied activities that they both offer.

Combine a stay in one of our PRIVATE Wilderness Cabins in Iceland, with a stay at the small and personal Mountain Lodge at Abisko in Swedish Lapland for an incredible Northern Lights Capital experience!

Both locations have excellence incidence of Northern Lights Sightings so we would be amazed if you don’t see them during your break. We would expect you to see them more than once!

Between your Aurora Experiences in Iceland and Swedish Lapland you will stay in the bustling Icelandic capital Reykjavik renowned for its superb seafood restaurants, and in Stockholm where you will spend a night at the fun Rival Hotel (owned by Benny Andersson of ABBA fame).

This  is a fantastic Northern Lights holiday adventure!

Highlights

  • 9 Day Northern Lights Break in 2 of the world’s leading locations for Aurora
  • 3 Nights in private boutique wilderness cabin in Iceland – exclusively just for you!
  • 3 Nights in Abisko Mountain Lodge in one of the best areas on earth for northern lights hunting
  • Golden Circle Highlights 4WD Tour in Iceland; Gullfoss Waterfall, Geyser and Mt Hekla
  • SuperJeep Adventure: Eyjafjallajökull Volcano or Porsmork Valley
  • Dinner at Aurora sky station in Abisko, Swedish Lapland.
  • Aurora Photo evening with Lights Over Lapland in Abisko National Park
  • Snowmobile Adventure in Abisko National Park
  • Husky sled Adventure in Abisko
  • Visit to the Original IceHotel in Swedish Lapland
  • 1 Night Staying in Reykjavik, Iceland’s vibrant capital
  • 1 Night staying at the Rival in Stockholm, owned by Benny Andersson, the second “B” in ABBA!
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DAY 1
Fly to Reykjavik and Transfer to your Wilderness Cabin

DAY 1
Fly to Reykjavik and Transfer to your Wilderness Cabin

On arrival your transfer will be waiting to take you to take you to your wilderness cabin.

As this brand new house is situated in a secluded rural area there are excellent opportunities to view the Northern Lights without any light interference at night and also have wonderful views of the famous Eyjafjallajokull Volcano during the day. You will have the place exclusively  to yourselves and so this is a very special trip.

Tonight the guide will come and cook a bbq or 3 course meal for you at the cabin. We have had excellent feedback on the quality of his cooking with the bbq lamb from his family farm being particularly well rated.

Afterwards he will retire to leave you to relax and enjoy the peace and solitude of the cabin this evening and hopefully your first look at the Northern Lights.

The guide provides a wake up service if the Northern Lights should appear whilst you are asleep.

If you would prefer you can have your own self drive 4 WD vehicle.

Meals included: Dinner

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DAY 2
Golden Circle 4WD Tour

DAY 2
Golden Circle 4WD Tour

After breakfast your guide will take you on the Golden Circle Highlights 4WD Tour, famed for Strokur Geyser which erupts every 5 mins and the magnificent Gullfoss Waterfall which can totally freeze in the winter.

You will also see the beautiful area of Pjorsardalur behind Mount Helka. This area is full of waterfalls, including Háifoss, the tallest waterfall in Iceland.

Tonight you will cook for yourself and hopefully enjoy some Northern Lights. You will pre-choose your meal before you go so that your ingredients and recipe are waiting for you at the cabin.

Meal Included: Breakfast, Self Cooked Dinner

A la Carte Optional Extras

  • Northern Lights Hunt with Bonfire
  • Northern Lights on top of the Glacier
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Northern Lights Hunt with Bonfire

Tonight you will be picked up for a 3 hour adventure to hunt out the Northern Lights with one of the local mountain guides.

In a specially adapted 4WD super jeep you will be taken inland off-road to the back of the famed Mount Helka to try and see if you can find the Northern Lights. This volcanic area is near Tindfjallajökul Glacier whose cooling effect creates clear skies critical for spotting the Northern Lights. This area also has very few artificial lights to spoil your viewing as many of the farms in the area were abandoned due to a previous volcanic eruption.

The beauty of this tour is that the guide will take you to the best area based on the forecast to see the Northern Lights and so give you the best chance of seeing them.

Assuming you have not diverted to a different area to see the Aurora you will stop for a warm up by a bonfire and a hot drink in a cave whilst your guide tells you about both the Northern Lights Phenomenon and some of the folklore that surrounds them and local superstitions! Sometimes you are taken to the Black Volcanic Beaches where the Atlantic Crashes onto the Black Sands. The guide will take you to the best location for you to see the Northern Lights depending on the forecast.

Price per person: From £115

SuperJeep Northern Lights Hunt in Iceland with Aurora overhead
Northern Lights seen from the coast during a SuperJeep tour in Iceland
Lone horse under the Aurora spotted on a SuperJeep Northern Lights tour in Iceland

Northern Lights on top of the Glacier

We are very excited with this new offer which we have worked up with our “local man” on the ground near Hotel Ranga. Tonight he will take you up to 1600 M on top of the glacier on top of Eyjafjallajökull volcano in a SuperJeep to hunt the Northern Lights. The glacier cools the air creating clear skies which is what you need for the Northern Lights giving you an excellent chance of seeing them !

Even if they don’t show you will have an incredible evening gazing at thousands of stars above you – crystal clear in the darkness. The snow reflects the moonlight and the tiny lights of the villages can be seen well below you.

This is a 4 hour trip as it will take you 90 mins each way as you climb in your superjeep up the steep slope – an adventure in itself.

Price per person: £190 per person

Amazing sky filled Aurora in Iceland
Aurora and stars as seen on the Northern Lights SuperJeep hunt in Iceland
Stunning swirling Northern Lights in Iceland

DAY 3
Choice of SuperJeep Adventure Tours

DAY 3
Choice of SuperJeep Adventure Tours

We work only with local guides who have lived their whole life in this area, they are very experienced guides belonging to the Mountain Rescue Team, and all have fascinating stories to tell of their experiences during the 2010 eruption.

We always have fabulous feedback on this day and how much people enjoy the personalised, relaxed guided day they experience with these enthusiastic and local guides who try so hard to give you that extra special day.

Super Jeeps take up to 8 people but the norm is for 4 people. Note this is in sharp contrast to the coach tours that are available through other companies, and which also cannot access most of the area that we take you to. This is serious off-roading!

Today you have a choice of 2 Super Jeep adventures.

EITHER
Eyjafjallajökull’s volcano Tour

This tour will take you as close as is possible to the new large crater in Eyjafjallajökull volcano from the 2010 eruption and to places where no hire car can go.

We drive up the slopes of the glacier in a highly equipped Super-Jeep and on our way take in the astonishing view over the whole South coast of Iceland with it’s glaciers, and back across the Atlantic including the Westman-Islands.

This tour gives you the perfect glacier experience; an exciting Super Jeep drive in the snow, walk on the glacier and the magnificent view over the south. This is real adventure!

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Porsmork valley Tour

Your guide will take you up between the three glaciers; Myrdalsjokull, Eyjafjallojokull and Tindfjallojokull. In your specially adapted SuperJeeps you will have the thrilling drive of fjording glacial rivers and driving across the flood plain to see the lasting effects and landscape changes following Eyjafjallajökull’s 2010 eruption.

You will be surrounded by an imposing mountain ridge and see spectacular landscapes. We describe it as similair to a production set from Lord of the Rings when they go to Mordur with dramatic towering black volcanic cliffs. Stop at the stunning Seljalandsfoss waterfall , which you can walk behind and be mesmerised looking back through the falling water. If you wanted to see the “Raw Iceland” this is hard to beat!

Tonight you will cook for yourself and hopefully enjoy a final evening of Northern Lights. You will pre-choose your meal before you go so that your ingredients and recipe are waiting for you at the cabin.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Self Cooked Dinner

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DAY 4
Blue Lagoon and Transfer to Reykjavik

DAY 4
Blue Lagoon and Transfer to Reykjavik

This morning your guide will transfer you to the Blue Lagoon, one of Iceland’s most famous sites. Take an ‘in water spa treatment’ or simply bathe in the warm bright blue waters whose geothermal waters are known for their natural healing properties. Put Silica mud on your face or try out the Sauna and Steam rooms which are carved into the lava.

Spend a couple of hours at the Blue Lagoon before being dropped off in central Reykjavik, where you have the evening to explore Reykjavik’s capital city.

Overnight in Reykjavik.

Meals Included: Breakfast

A la Carte Optional Extras

  • Whale Watching
  • Northern Lights by Boat
  • Northern Lights Hunt - From Reykjavik
  • South Coast Super-Jeep Tour including the Secret Ice Cave
  • Snowmobiling on the Mýrdalsjökull glacier
  • Glacier Hiking on glacial tongue Seimajökull
  • Riding in Icelandic Countryside
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A la Carte Optional Extras

Whale Watching

Walk down to the harbour for your Whale Watching trip. The boats offer comfort, a warm interior and a large outside viewing deck. The captain and crew, point out where to spot the whales and give interesting information about the different kinds of whales and seabirds you can expect to see.

The guides also take specimens from the ocean on each tour and show them to our passengers on an on-board screen using special microscopes. Here the ocean comes to life as you get to see and feel objects such as baleen plates, whale teeth and whale bones.

Warm overalls are provided to keep you warm and dry and there is a bar where drinks and snacks can be purchased. The trip leaves at 13.00 and lasts @ 3 hrs.

Price per person: From £80

Northern Lights by Boat

Hunting the northern lights from the ocean is an amazing experience. Sail away from the coastline of Reykjavik and see the Aurora Borealis out on the North Atlantic ocean with beautiful mountains and the city lights in the background.

This 2-3 hour Northern Lights cruise includes warm overalls to wear, heated seating areas inside, expert guide on board to explain the Northern Lights.

Price per person: From £80

Northern Lights seen from the Boat tour in Iceland
Stunning aurora seen from the Northern Lights Boat tour in Iceland
Swirling Northern Lights as seen from the Boat tour in Iceland

Northern Lights Hunt - From Reykjavik

This evening you will be taken out from Reykjavik in a Super-jeep into the wilderness for a final search of the Northern Lights. Given cloudless skies sightings can occur from autumn to early spring. The elders say that the colder the nights the more vibrant & intense the colors will be. Swirling and swaying overhead, displays are usually greenish yellow but white, red and pink lights also frequently appear.

Please note the maximum number of passengers in the SuperJeep is 6 in order to give you a very personal and individual tour. This is in sharp contrast to the coach tours that are available through other companies, or the very large SuperJeep Tours with 12 people in.

Price Per Person: From: £155

Northern Lights seen on the SuperJeep hunt in Iceland
Northern Lights SuperJeep hunt in Iceland
Amazing swirling green and purple Northern Lights In Iceland

South Coast Super-Jeep Tour including the Secret Ice Cave

The south coast has many awe-inspiring features, including the beautiful waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss which you can walk behind, the dramatic thundering Skógafoss waterfall and the unique Black Sand Beach with it’s basalt columns.

The highlight of this guided tour though is the visit to the ice cave, known as ‘The Secret Ice Cave’. Here you can see black, white, and blue ice that is over 800 years old! Inside the cave there are high walls of ice that have been sculpted by glacial water throughout the centuries. Water drips all around and the air is cold and fresh. Helmets (and Crampons if conditions require) are supplied. The beauty of this cave it is not visited by hundreds of people unlike some of the others which means they don’t have the magical atmosphere of this secret ice cave.

This tour takes about 5 hours.

Price Per Person: From £190

On the way to the Secret Ice Cave in South Iceland
The Secret Ice Cave in South Iceland
The Secret Ice Cave in South Iceland
The Secret Ice Cave in South Iceland
Iceland - Seljalandsfoss Waterfall - you can walk behind this one!
Iceland - Reynisfjara near Vik - basalt columns on the black volcanic beach
Iceland - Skogafoss Waterfall
Iceland - Reynisfjara near Vik - basalt columns on the black volcanic beach
Iceland - Skogafoss Waterfall in the winter

Snowmobiling on the Mýrdalsjökull glacier

Head up in your hire car to the Snowmobile Meeting Point.

Here you will transfer to a SuperJeep to go on rough tracks up to the Snowline of the Mýrdalsjökull glacier to take an exhilarating hours snowmobile ride to a vantage point with superb views back down to the Atlantic Coast . This Glacier is on the top of Katla Volcano with dramatic views across to Eyjafjallajokull.

Whilst Katla is the next Volcano due to erupt it is extremely closely monitored and you will not be taken there at any hint of danger – but what a great story to tell when it does erupt that you actually snowmobiled on it!

Price Per Person: From £180

Amazing view whilst snowmobiling
Snowmobiling in the pristine snow
Snowmobile action shot

Glacier Hiking on glacial tongue Seimajökull

Join the small group visiting the magnificent frozen glacial tongue Seimajokull and hike on the glacier. Explore the crevasse riddled outlet glacier with its amazing ice formations, sinkholes and jagged ridges.

For those of you that wish we will also find an Ice Wall on the Glacier and you can try your hand at ice climbing.

We will provide all the tools you need: ice axes, crampons and safety lines but you must wear Hiking Boots for the Crampons to fit onto.

Price Per Person: From £70

Glacier hiking in Iceland
Glacier hiking in Iceland
Glacier hiking in Iceland

Riding in Icelandic Countryside

A purebreed descendant of its Viking ancestors from the 9th century, the Icelandic horse is a product of isolation and a thousand years of breeding for good riding qualities, resulting in a gentle, friendly disposition and calm manner that make them a delight for anyone to ride. Whilst small in size they are hardy animals that have an unusual gait called a tolt. As fast as a trot it is much smoother- Indeed there are competitions where people hold full glasses of unspoilt beer as they ride the tolt!

You have a choice of a 1hr or 2 hr ride by Irafoss Waterfall, or a 3hr ride which takes you up steep tracks towards the Eyjafjallajökull Volcano. Here you will be able to enjoy a spectacular panoramic view of the glacier behind you and in front of you the Atlantic Ocean in all its glory.

Finally there is the option to take a 2 hour ride through farmland , followed by a choice of a Jacuzzi or Sauna and a light lunch.

Price Per Person: From £75 to £245 (Dependent on tour taken)

Riding Icelandic horses through the snow in Iceland
Icelandic horses crossing the river in Iceland
Icelandic horses grazing at the foot of a volcano in Iceland

DAY 5
Fly to Stockholm for afternoon at leisure

DAY 5
Fly to Stockholm for afternoon at leisure

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Stockholm.

Stockholm has a wealth of attractions such as the extraordinary Vassa Museum, The Nobel Museum and a lovely old city based around the harbour.

There is plenty to enjoy whilst staying at the Rival Hotel. This is a boutique hotel with its own movie theatre and bakery shop, owned in part by composer Benny Andersson, the second “B” in Abba!

Meals Included: Breakfast

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DAY 6
Fly to Swedish Lapland and transfer to Abisko. Lappish Welcome Dinner

DAY 6
Fly to Swedish Lapland and transfer to Abisko. Lappish Welcome Dinner

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Kiruna, in Swedish Lapland . On arrival you will be met and transferred to Abisko Mountain Lodge and after check in kitted out with your complimentary Arctic Clothing Loan.

This evening enjoy the fantastic cuisine at Abisko Mountain Lodge as you partake in their traditional Lappish menu which includes Reindeer, Arctic Char and Cloudberries – 3 of the unique ingredients to the area. The only thing that can interrupt your evening is the Aurora Call. Abisko Mountain Lodge is in a fantastic location for northern lights viewing so if they are out you may be tempted to step out the door and gaze skywards!

Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner

A la Carte Optional Extras

  • Upgrade to Abisko Mountain Lodge Superior Room
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Upgrade to Abisko Mountain Lodge Superior Room

Abisko Mountain Lodge has 4 superior rooms. Housed in a separate annexe across the courtyard these rooms add additional comfort and space with luxurious en suite bathrooms and stylish furnishings. This is a highly recommended upgrade for the marginal increase in cost

Cost: £48 per person per night subject to availability

Deluxe rooms at Abisko Mountain Lodge, Sweden
Deluxe rooms at Abisko Mountain Lodge in Sweden
Abisko Mountain Lodge

DAY 7
Snowmobile Adventure in Abisko National Park. Aurora Photo Evening

DAY 7
Snowmobile Adventure in Abisko National Park. Aurora Photo Evening

After breakfast Peter your Snowmobile guide will meet you at the Lodge and take you out for a 2 hour exploration of Abisko National Park.

As Abisko National Park surrounds Abisko Mountain Lodge you don’t have to go far to get some awe inspiring views of the frozen Lake Tornetrask and the unique glacial formation of Laporten, which rises like a beacon out of the white desert!

There are fewer more picturesque places to snowmobile in Swedish Lapland.

Return for lunch at the Lodge and an afternoon of relaxation.

This evening enjoy the fine menu at Abisko Mountain Lodge prior to joining the “Lights Over Lapland” team for their exclusive northern lights photo tour designed for weekend a la carte. This gives you fantastic opportunities to see and photograph the aurora borealis in the wilderness of Abisko National Park.

Walk right out the lodge front door and a snowmobile transfer will take you to our exclusive location with commanding views over the mountains and the lake, both of which provide wonderful backdrops for aurora photos! You will have 2 guides, one to instruct you and the other to look after you and make drinks etc. We have a yurt set up with a fire so you can warm up if necessary.

You will be supplied with cameras preset for Aurora photography and spend the evening in Abisko National Park. Whether you are a Pro or never taken a picture in your life you have a great chance of going home after your northern lights holiday with some beautiful aurora photographs and memories that will last a lifetime!

Overnight at Abisko Mountain Lodge.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch, Dinner

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DAY 8
Husky Sledding in Abisko National Park. Night Visit to the Aurora Sky Station in Abisko

DAY 8
Husky Sledding in Abisko National Park. Night Visit to the Aurora Sky Station in Abisko

This is without doubt our most popular activity in Swedish Lapland. Enjoy a morning being driven on by sled dog team through spectacular Abisko National Park, you will see incredible views with Torneträsk in the background.

This evening after dinner at the lodge take the 20 minute spectacular chairlift ride up Mount Nuolja to the Aurora sky station. From this vantage point you have one of the best locations on earth for viewing the Northern Lights if they are out.

You have the option of extending your stay by 3 hours at the sky station by upgrading to their gourmet dinner. See optional extra below

Transfer down to Abisko Mountain Lodge around midnight.

Meals included: Breakfast and Light Lunch, Dinner

A la Carte Optional Extras

  • Upgrade to Exclusive Dinner at the Aurora Sky Station
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Upgrade to Exclusive Dinner at the Aurora Sky Station

This evening rather than having dinner at the Lodge experience the gourmet dinner at the iconic Aurora Sky Station, allowing you an extra 3 hours in the Sky Station.

Take the chairlift up Mount Nuolja to the observatory which offers visitors a panoramic view over Lapporten, the Abisko Alps and Tornetrask. Enjoy a delicious three course meal at the sky station prepared using the best local ingredients.

Your chances of seeing the aurora are good. Abisko is blessed with many long, dark nights. In addition, there is minimal artificial light. Abisko is situated 250km north of the Arctic Circle and has the most cloud-free sky in Sweden.

Price Per Person: £125 per person
Timing: 6pm – Midnight
Includes: Transfers, chairlift pass & exclusive 3 course dinner

The Aurora Sky Station Abisko, Sweden
The chairlift to the Aurora Sky Station in Abisko
Gourmet meal in Sweden with Arctic Char

DAY 9
Visit the Original Ice Hotel prior to Flight Home

DAY 9
Visit the Original Ice Hotel prior to Flight Home

After breakfast transfer to the airport via the original ICEHOTEL now in its 28th year. Spend a couple of hours exploring the beautiful Art Suites, the chapel and the Icebar or do some last minute souvenir shopping.

You will then be dropped off at the airport for the flight home after your Northern Lights holiday to Iceland and Swedish Lapland.

You have the option of extending your holiday to do one of the following:

  • Stay a night in an art suite at the Icehotel
  • Do our Aurora Addicts Extension into Norway

Meals Included: Breakfast

A la Carte Optional Extras

  • Aurora Addicts Extension into Norway
  • Night in World Famous Ice Hotel
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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

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
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Where You'll Stay

Eyjafjallajokull Wilderness Cabin

Northern Lights over the Wilderness Cabin in Iceland
Interior of Wilderness Cabin, Iceland
Dining area of Wilderness Cabin, Iceland
Snow covered Wilderness Cabin in Iceland

Eyjafjallajokull Wilderness Cabin

This new boutique cabin is available for your exclusive use and is set alone on the prairie with a clear view to Eyjafjallajökull and Vestmannaeyjar. The area is known for pristine Northern Lights viewing.

What makes this place unique is the outdoor scenery and the open view in all directions. The house is designed to capture this, with big windows, minimalistic architecture and a lot of daylight. The isolation and lack of external lighting makes it a great place for Northern Lights viewing, and our clients have named it "Little House on the Prairie". Your hosts are nearby to cook dinner for you.

There are 4 bedrooms, 3 doubles and 1 single. There is wifi and mobile connection.

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Saeli Icelandic Cabin

Summer at the Saeli Icelandic Cabin, Iceland
saeli-icelandic-cabin-bedroom, Iceland
Living room of Saeli Cabin, Iceland
Snowy exterior of the Saeli Icelandic cabin, Iceland

Saeli Icelandic Cabin

This small cosy log cabin is well located with mountain views to the north, and the famed Eyjafjallajökull Volcano that erupted in 2010, and is in a great place to see the Northern lights.

It is perfect for a family or two couples with a separate living/eating area and two main bedrooms and an attic bedroom which kids will love. There are two separate bathrooms, one with a shower and one with a bath.

This has been refurbished very recently and is a wonderful place to relax and look out for the Northern Lights after the excitement of the day adventure Superjeep tours. A brand new hot tub has just been added outside which comfortably fits 6 people.

There is wifi and mobile signal, TV with very limited channels (probably in Icelandic). The beds are set up as a double in one room, a double with a combined single bunk bed above and then the attic has a mattress on the floor. We would therefore suggest it is perfect for 4 adults and 2 children.

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Hotel Reykjavik Centrum

Hotel Reykjavik Centrum Hotel, Iceland
Double standard room at Hotel Reykjavik Centrum, Iceland
Dining at Hotel Reykjavik Centrum , Iceland
Dining at Hotel Reykjavik Centrum , Iceland

Hotel Reykjavik Centrum

The hotel is in the heart of Reykjavik and located in one of its oldest streets. The hotel renovated in 2005 dates to 1764, though it also spreads into new buildings constructed in the style of 1900 buildings.

During its construction, the remains of a Viking longhouse from the Settlement Period were found - now on display. Among the finds excavated at the site were Iceland’s oldest human remains, dating from approximately 870 AD.

The hotel has 89 rooms, each fitted with modern amenities and all rooms have an ensuite bathroom.

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The Rival in Stockholm

Rival Hotel in Stockholm
Rival Hotel in Stockholm
Rival Hotel in Stockholm
Rival Hotel in Stockholm

The Rival in Stockholm

For those clients wishing to stay in Stockholm overnight we recommend the Rival Hotel. This is owned in part by composer Benny Andersson, the second 'B' in ABBA and often rated the best hotel by Trip Advisor reviewers.

Located at the Mariatorget Park on the South Island within short walking distance from the Old Town and 3 stops on the subway from the Central Railway Station.

When opening a decade ago the Rival was widely hailed as Stockholm’s first boutique hotel.

The hotel has 7 floors of comfortable rooms. Birch panelling keeps decoration light although in contrast to many other Scandinavian boutique hotels the Rival uses colours and heavy fabrics in a stylish Art Deco-way. The furniture consists mostly of design classics from well-known names such as Claesson and Erik Gunnar Asplund. Portraits of movie stars adorn the comfortable guestrooms. All rooms have 32-inch plasma TV, DVD, iPod dock and and Wi-Fi.

Little touches are evident throughout the decor and with its cafe and restaurant, we think its the best hotel to offer our guests!

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Abisko Mountain Lodge

Northern Lights above Abisko Mountain Lodge
The lounge at Abisko Mountain Lodge, Sweden
Standard rooms at Abisko Mountain Lodge, Sweden
Deluxe rooms at Abisko Mountain Lodge, Sweden

Abisko Mountain Lodge

Right in the small hamlet of Abisko, world renowned for the frequency of northern lights sightings, lies a small welcoming lodge run by our good friends Mina and Dick Johansson. Dick is one of the most qualified mountain guides in Sweden and looks after all the adventure while Mina can be described as a Skier, Creative CEO and ray of sunshine who lights up the hotel.

Abisko Mountain Lodge offers genuine accommodation in a traditional mountain hotel setting. The service is personal and the cuisine is centred on raw ingredients and is accredited by the Sapmi Slow Food movement, an award that took 4 years to achieve. Chefs are dedicated slow-food addicts and produce wonderful nightly meals!

The 16 twin rooms in the low red 'Swedish style house' are all en-suite. Although basic in the Scandinavian style they are warm and cosy. There are no televisions in the rooms as time is spent meeting guests around the bar or in the wonderful lounge area.

Additionally there are 4 new double superior rooms added in early 2015. These four rooms are in a separate annex and are used exclusively by Weekend a la Carte.

Order a coffee or a glass of wine at the bar, read a magazine or spin a yarn about your arctic adventures and the magnificent aurora displays you have seen.

For those wanting to soothe the muscles there is a sauna.

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Optional Extras
Northern Lights Hunt with Bonfire
SuperJeep Northern Lights Hunt in Iceland with Aurora overhead

Tonight you will be picked up for a 3 hour adventure to hunt out the Northern Lights with one of the local mountain guides.

In a specially adapted 4WD super jeep you will be taken inland off-road to the back of the famed Mount Helka to try and see if you can find the Northern Lights. This volcanic area is near Tindfjallajökul Glacier whose cooling effect creates clear skies critical for spotting the Northern Lights. This area also has very few artificial lights to spoil your viewing as many of the farms in the area were abandoned due to a previous volcanic eruption.

The beauty of this tour is that the guide will take you to the best area based on the forecast to see the Northern Lights and so give you the best chance of seeing them.

Assuming you have not diverted to a different area to see the Aurora you will stop for a warm up by a bonfire and a hot drink in a cave whilst your guide tells you about both the Northern Lights Phenomenon and some of the folklore that surrounds them and local superstitions! Sometimes you are taken to the Black Volcanic Beaches where the Atlantic Crashes onto the Black Sands. The guide will take you to the best location for you to see the Northern Lights depending on the forecast.

Price per person: From £115

Northern Lights on top of the Glacier
Amazing sky filled Aurora in Iceland

We are very excited with this new offer which we have worked up with our “local man” on the ground near Hotel Ranga. Tonight he will take you up to 1600 M on top of the glacier on top of Eyjafjallajökull volcano in a SuperJeep to hunt the Northern Lights. The glacier cools the air creating clear skies which is what you need for the Northern Lights giving you an excellent chance of seeing them !

Even if they don’t show you will have an incredible evening gazing at thousands of stars above you – crystal clear in the darkness. The snow reflects the moonlight and the tiny lights of the villages can be seen well below you.

This is a 4 hour trip as it will take you 90 mins each way as you climb in your superjeep up the steep slope – an adventure in itself.

Price per person: £190 per person

Whale Watching

Walk down to the harbour for your Whale Watching trip. The boats offer comfort, a warm interior and a large outside viewing deck. The captain and crew, point out where to spot the whales and give interesting information about the different kinds of whales and seabirds you can expect to see.

The guides also take specimens from the ocean on each tour and show them to our passengers on an on-board screen using special microscopes. Here the ocean comes to life as you get to see and feel objects such as baleen plates, whale teeth and whale bones.

Warm overalls are provided to keep you warm and dry and there is a bar where drinks and snacks can be purchased. The trip leaves at 13.00 and lasts @ 3 hrs.

Price per person: From £80

Northern Lights by Boat
Northern Lights seen from the Boat tour in Iceland

Hunting the northern lights from the ocean is an amazing experience. Sail away from the coastline of Reykjavik and see the Aurora Borealis out on the North Atlantic ocean with beautiful mountains and the city lights in the background.

This 2-3 hour Northern Lights cruise includes warm overalls to wear, heated seating areas inside, expert guide on board to explain the Northern Lights.

Price per person: From £80

Northern Lights Hunt - From Reykjavik
Northern Lights seen on the SuperJeep hunt in Iceland

This evening you will be taken out from Reykjavik in a Super-jeep into the wilderness for a final search of the Northern Lights. Given cloudless skies sightings can occur from autumn to early spring. The elders say that the colder the nights the more vibrant & intense the colors will be. Swirling and swaying overhead, displays are usually greenish yellow but white, red and pink lights also frequently appear.

Please note the maximum number of passengers in the SuperJeep is 6 in order to give you a very personal and individual tour. This is in sharp contrast to the coach tours that are available through other companies, or the very large SuperJeep Tours with 12 people in.

Price Per Person: From: £155

South Coast Super-Jeep Tour including the Secret Ice Cave
On the way to the Secret Ice Cave in South Iceland

The south coast has many awe-inspiring features, including the beautiful waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss which you can walk behind, the dramatic thundering Skógafoss waterfall and the unique Black Sand Beach with it’s basalt columns.

The highlight of this guided tour though is the visit to the ice cave, known as ‘The Secret Ice Cave’. Here you can see black, white, and blue ice that is over 800 years old! Inside the cave there are high walls of ice that have been sculpted by glacial water throughout the centuries. Water drips all around and the air is cold and fresh. Helmets (and Crampons if conditions require) are supplied. The beauty of this cave it is not visited by hundreds of people unlike some of the others which means they don’t have the magical atmosphere of this secret ice cave.

This tour takes about 5 hours.

Price Per Person: From £190

Snowmobiling on the Mýrdalsjökull glacier
Amazing view whilst snowmobiling

Head up in your hire car to the Snowmobile Meeting Point.

Here you will transfer to a SuperJeep to go on rough tracks up to the Snowline of the Mýrdalsjökull glacier to take an exhilarating hours snowmobile ride to a vantage point with superb views back down to the Atlantic Coast . This Glacier is on the top of Katla Volcano with dramatic views across to Eyjafjallajokull.

Whilst Katla is the next Volcano due to erupt it is extremely closely monitored and you will not be taken there at any hint of danger – but what a great story to tell when it does erupt that you actually snowmobiled on it!

Price Per Person: From £180

Glacier Hiking on glacial tongue Seimajökull
Glacier hiking in Iceland

Join the small group visiting the magnificent frozen glacial tongue Seimajokull and hike on the glacier. Explore the crevasse riddled outlet glacier with its amazing ice formations, sinkholes and jagged ridges.

For those of you that wish we will also find an Ice Wall on the Glacier and you can try your hand at ice climbing.

We will provide all the tools you need: ice axes, crampons and safety lines but you must wear Hiking Boots for the Crampons to fit onto.

Price Per Person: From £70

Riding in Icelandic Countryside
Riding Icelandic horses through the snow in Iceland

A purebreed descendant of its Viking ancestors from the 9th century, the Icelandic horse is a product of isolation and a thousand years of breeding for good riding qualities, resulting in a gentle, friendly disposition and calm manner that make them a delight for anyone to ride. Whilst small in size they are hardy animals that have an unusual gait called a tolt. As fast as a trot it is much smoother- Indeed there are competitions where people hold full glasses of unspoilt beer as they ride the tolt!

You have a choice of a 1hr or 2 hr ride by Irafoss Waterfall, or a 3hr ride which takes you up steep tracks towards the Eyjafjallajökull Volcano. Here you will be able to enjoy a spectacular panoramic view of the glacier behind you and in front of you the Atlantic Ocean in all its glory.

Finally there is the option to take a 2 hour ride through farmland , followed by a choice of a Jacuzzi or Sauna and a light lunch.

Price Per Person: From £75 to £245 (Dependent on tour taken)

Upgrade to Abisko Mountain Lodge Superior Room
Deluxe rooms at Abisko Mountain Lodge, Sweden

Abisko Mountain Lodge has 4 superior rooms. Housed in a separate annexe across the courtyard these rooms add additional comfort and space with luxurious en suite bathrooms and stylish furnishings. This is a highly recommended upgrade for the marginal increase in cost

Cost: £48 per person per night subject to availability

Upgrade to Exclusive Dinner at the Aurora Sky Station
The Aurora Sky Station Abisko, Sweden

This evening rather than having dinner at the Lodge experience the gourmet dinner at the iconic Aurora Sky Station, allowing you an extra 3 hours in the Sky Station.

Take the chairlift up Mount Nuolja to the observatory which offers visitors a panoramic view over Lapporten, the Abisko Alps and Tornetrask. Enjoy a delicious three course meal at the sky station prepared using the best local ingredients.

Your chances of seeing the aurora are good. Abisko is blessed with many long, dark nights. In addition, there is minimal artificial light. Abisko is situated 250km north of the Arctic Circle and has the most cloud-free sky in Sweden.

Price Per Person: £125 per person
Timing: 6pm – Midnight
Includes: Transfers, chairlift pass & exclusive 3 course dinner

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.

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.

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Price Per Person: From £3,275 person (Inc Flights)
What's included & departure airports

What's Included?

  • Flights (From the UK) with one hold bag per person
  • 8 nights Accommodation with breakfast (Wilderness cabin, Hotel Reykjavik Centrum, Abisko Mountain Lodge, The Rival Hotel)
  • 1 Super-jeep Tour & 1 4WD Tour in Iceland
  • Exclusive Dinner at Aurora Sky Station in Abisko
  • Husky Adventure in Abisko National Park
  • Northern Lights Photo evening in Abisko
  • Snowmobile Adventure in Abisko National Park
  • Original Ice Hotel Visit
  • Airport transfers
  • 6 dinners ( 2 self cooked) & 2 lunches

Departure Airports

  • Heathrow
  • Gatwick
  • Manchester

For our international Clients we can link into your Inter continental flights, provide domestic flights in Iceland and Sweden or just offer you the ground plans freeing you up to book your own flights.

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Your service was excellent-the whole trip was absolutely amazing and went like clockwork…Northern Lights on display and the activities were made even more perfect by the friendly guides and the very small groups. We will definitely be using your services again"

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