Discover the delights of Swedish Lapland and northern Norway on this seven-day holiday, brimming with opportunities to see the northern lights.
Start in Kiruna in Swedish Lapland and enjoy the charms of Camp Ripan, a lovely hotel whose spa was nominated among the best spas in the world in 2019, before travelling along the arctic circle railway line to Abisko National Park for a two night stay.
Continue the stunning train journey across the Norwegian border and into Narvik. This rail journey offers incredible views as it winds its way through the mountains and alongside the snowy fjord.
*With thanks to Christian Kruse for all train images © C.Kruse / arctic-photography.com
Fly from the UK to Kiruna in Swedish Lapland, and transfer to Camp Ripan to check in for a two-night stay. The remainder of the day is at leisure to explore the beautiful area or to book onto an optional excursion.
The morning and afternoon are free to book optional excursions. There are a lot of activities available in the area from snowmobiling to cross country skiing. Speak to your Sweden specialist to learn more. This evening, indulge in a sauna spa ritual complete with a personal sauna bucket. Relax and enjoy applying the treatments in between trying out the various saunas, steam room, indoor pool and outdoor hot tub. (B)
Take the train along the Arctic Circle railway line bound for Abisko National Park, one of the world's top rated places for watching the northern lights. Enjoy the beautiful scenery aboard the train and keep an eye out for moose and reindeer. In the evening, take the chairlift up the mountain for an exclusive, three-course meal at the atmospheric Aurora Sky Station. Join a guided walk after dinner to search for the northern lights, before returning down the mountain. (B,D)
Today is free to explore the beautiful national park. Perhaps opt to take a walk along the well trodden path down to the frozen lake or head out on one of the many exciting winter activities in the area. Snowmobiling is very popular, as is ice climbing, snowshoeing and cross country skiing. Speak with your Sweden specialist to find out more. (B)
Travel the rest of the way along the Arctic Circle railway line to Narvik. The scenic journey passes through the little ski village of the area and across the border into Norway. This half of the journey is the most impressive and offers sweeping views through the mountains and along the stunning side of the fjord. Make your own way to your hotel and check in for a two-night stay. (B)
This afternoon, head out on an exciting dog sled tour deep into the forest of Gratangen. Then, warm up in a lavvu tent and sip ceremonial tea, learn about the relationship the Sami people share with nature and the northern lights and experience a traditional northern lights ceremony led by a Sami shaman. Afterwards, an early dinner of traditional stew will be served with hot drinks and cake. (B,D)
Take the airport bus to Harstad/Narvik Airport, located approximately an hour away in Evenes to catch the flight back to the UK. (B)