Discover the delights of Swedish Lapland and northern Norway on this six-day holiday, packed with opportunities for northern lights viewing. Start in Kiruna in Swedish Lapland and enjoy the charms of Camp Ripan, a superb hotel whose spa was nominated among the best spas in the world in 2019, before boarding the Arctic Circle Train. This train offers some simply incredible views as it winds its way to Björkliden, where you’ll spend the night, and then on to Narvik over the border in Norway.
*With thanks to Christian Kruse for all train images © C.Kruse / arctic-photography.com
Fly from London to Kiruna (via Stockholm) in Swedish Lapland. From here, you will be transferred to Camp Ripan to check in for your two-night stay. The remainder of the day is at leisure for you to explore the beautiful area or to book onto an optional excursion.
The morning and afternoon are free for you to book an optional excursion. Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing are both excellent ways to explore the arctic wilderness, orr for something a bit more fast-paced, snowmobiling and dog sledding activities are also excellent choices. Speak to your Regent Lapland Specialist about adding one of these exciting outdoor activities to your holiday.
Later, enjoy a special aurora spa experience complete with your very own sauna bucket. Relax and enjoy applying the treatments at your own pace. Gently massage your face and hands with the aromatic coffee scrub and treat your feet to a foot bath while massaging them with iron pellets. Exfoliate with a body scrub of newly-sprouted birch leaves and finish off with a soothing, pine-scented body oil. If you are lucky the magical northern lights will be dancing across the velvet sky above you, visible through the spa's windows.
Check out of Camp Ripan and make your own way to the train station to board the Arctic Circle Train bound for the ski resort area of Björkliden. You have a hop-on-hop-off ticket for the train, so you can choose to alight at any of the stops along the way. Once you reach Björkliden make your own way to Hotell Fjället to check in for your one-night stay.
This evening, you will be picked up from your hotel and driven to Abisko National Park where you will take the chairlift to the top of the mountain for a special dinner before setting out on a guided northern lights tour. This is one of Europe's oldest national parks and during mid-winter it's one of the world's best places for watching the northern lights.
Re-board the Arctic Circle Train and continue the scenic journey, passing through Riksgränsen and past the Swedish/Norwegian border to the Norwegian town of Narvik. Make your own way to your hotel and check in for your two-night stay.
Embark on a majestic dog sledding tour where you will get to drive your own team of dogs deep into the forests of Gratangen. Along the way, a photo stop will be made and hopefully the spectacular northern lights will dance in the sky above you. Then, head into the warm Lavvo tent where you will get to try chaga tea (regarded by the Sami as sacred) and a Sami shaman will teach you about the relationship between the Sami people, nature and the northern lights and will take you through a traditional tea ceremony. Afterwards, dinner will be a traditional Sami stew.
Check out of your hotel and take the Airport Bus to Harstad/Narvik Airport, located approximately an hour away in Evenes to catch your flight back to London (via Olso). (B)