Aurora Escape in Lapland

Aurora Escape in Lapland

Photos: 1:Will Woodhouse; 2-7:B.Willen

Aurora Escape in Lapland (Sweden)

Northern Lights and winter adventures within the Arctic Circle

Winter holidays in Sweden: Lapland

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Early Bird discounts for winter 2014-2015!

A number of dates for Aurora Escape in Lapland have reduced prices for bookings made before September 2014. See under "Dates and Prices" for details.

Overview

  • Required: General good health. Some optional activities have recommended min. ages 8-12 years.
  • Duration: 6 days/5 nights or 5 days/4 nights.
  • Accommodation: 2-4 person private rooms with full board at comfortable lodge. Sauna included.
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This comfortable lodge in the far north of Swedish Lapland is the perfect base to enjoy the beauty of winter far inside the Arctic Circle. A selection of activities are available to add as optional extras for those seeking winter adventures, or alternatively simply take the time to relax on a romantic break and enjoy the winter wonderland landscape of the surrounding lakes and forests.

Located far from areas of light pollution in an area ideal for Aurora watching, Aurora Escape in Lapland gives very good chances to see the Northern Lights during your stay. On arrival you will receive information and advice for seeing the Aurora as well as hints and tips on photographing the Northern Lights, and will have daily updates during your stay on the latest Aurora activity forecast.

A variety of equipment is available for your use free of charge during your stay to explore the surrounding area on your own self-guided adventures, including snowshoes, cross country skis, kicksleds (a traditional, easy and fun way for Swedes to get around in the winter!) and ice fishing equipment. You will be provided with trail maps and information to help you explore, giving you the flexibility to be as active (or lazy!) as you wish during your stay.

Sauna at the lodge is included each night, with the sauna building also having a cosy lounge with fireplace - for many guests travelling to the north in wintertime, the experience of a traditional Swedish sauna followed by (optional!) roll in the snow is one of their most enduring memories.

Accommodation is in en-suite rooms for 2-4 persons, each with a view of the river Kalix. The lodge is also well-known for its cuisine and full board is included for your stay.

The following additional day activities are also available to book as optional extras:

  • Husky Sledding: Drive your own dogsled (shared one per two persons or own sled depending on preference) on a husky adventure into the nearby Kaitum Nature Reserve. Choose between a half-day or full-day tour.
  • Guided Snowshoe Day Tour: Snowshoeing is an ideal way to discover the winter landscape and access areas not easily reachable in other ways. Your tour begins with transfer approx. 15-20 mins to a local village, from where you head for the summit offering a wonderful view over the surrounding wilderness. Depending on snow conditions, this tour can be physically challenging with climb of around 2 hours. Lunch at the top.
  • Guided Snowshoe Half-day Tour: A shorter snowshoe tour (total duration approx. 2-3 hours) possible during daytime or evening (please specify when booking) starting directly from the Lodge. Evening tours can give good chances to see Northern Lights. Terrain is easy walking and the tour is suitable for participants with general good health, but can be more demanding if snow conditions are heavy.
  • Snowmobile Safari: The excitement and adventure of snowmobiling is often high on any visitor's list. Drive your own snowmobile (shared one per two persons or own snowmobile depending on preference) on a half-day or full-day tour. Both tours offers possibility to see reindeer.
  • Nordic Wellness afternoon: Relax and soak up the atmosphere in the wood-heated sauna at the nearby Wilderness Camp.
  • Ice Hotel visit: No trip to Lapland is complete without a visit to the world-famous Ice Hotel in Jukkasjärvi. Provided your departure arrangements allow suitable time, this tour is offered in connection with your departure transfer back to Kiruna. Guests choosing this option should plan to depart Kiruna airport or train station no earlier than 14.00.

Dates & Prices

Dates

Regular dates between December and April:

  • 5 days/4 nights: 19.12-23.12.14 (pre-Christmas tour), 15.01-19.01.15, 13.03-17.03.15, 03.04-07.04.15
  • 6 days/5 nights: 25.01-31.01.15, 01.02-06.02.15, 08.02-13.02.15, 22.02-27.02.15, 28.02-05.03.15, 15.03-20.03.15, 28.03-02.04.15, 03.04-08.04.15

The Price

Prices are in British Pounds. If you wish, you are also welcome to make your payment by bank transfer in Euros or Swedish Kronor. If this would be of interest, please let us know and we will be happy to provide prices.

  • 5 days/4 nights: £772/adult*
  • 6 days/5 nights: £934/adult*

*For dates in December and January only, there is an Early Bird price of £753/adult for 5-day stay and £915/adult for 6-day stay for bookings made before 30th September 2014. Prices are based on two persons sharing. Supplement for single occupancy £191/person for 5 days/4 nights or £239/person for 6 days/5 nights. Reduced prices are available for children - please contact us for details and prices if travelling as a family.

What The Price Includes

Accommodation

  • 6 days/5 nights or 5 days/4 nights' accommodation in private 2-4 person rooms with en-suite shower and WC.
  • Sauna available each night.

Meals

Full board from dinner on arrival day to breakfast on departure day.

Equipment and Activities

  • Free use of snowshoes, cross country ski equipment, kicksleds and ice fishing equipment during your stay.
  • Warm winter clothing (thermal outer suit, hats, gloves and boots)
  • Information on Northern Lights/photography tips on arrival and daily activity forecast.

Transfer

Communal transfer is included to/from Kiruna on arrival/departure (transfer time about one hour). Transfer times can be flexible to a certain extent depending on travel arrangements.

What The Price Does Not Include

  • Alcoholic drinks.
  • Additional activities available to book as optional extras.

Optional Extras

The following activities are available (must be reserved in advance on booking). Please see under "Overview" for additional information on the activities:

Recommended minimum ages for these activities are given below. However, younger children may also be possible by arrangement - please contact us to discuss your requirements.

  • Dog sledding half-day tour (total 3-4 hours): £101/adult, £76/child aged 8-15 based on two persons sharing a sled, £157/person if wishing to drive own sled. Minimum age 8. Minimum age to drive own sled 16.
  • Dog sledding full-day tour (total 5-6 hours including snack during tour or late lunch depending on weather conditions): £143/adult, £108/child aged 8-15 based on two persons sharing a sled, £227/person if wishing to drive own sled. Minimimum age 8. Minimum age to drive own sled 16.
  • Snowmobile half-day tour (total 2-3 hours including small snack): £101/adult, £76 child aged 12-17 based on two persons sharing a snowomobile, £157/person if wishing to drive own snowmbile. Minimum age 12. Participants wishing to drive own snowmobile must hold full driving licence.
  • Snowmobile full-day tour (total 4-5 hours including lunch outside by the fire): £143/adult, £108/child aged 12-17 based on two persons sharing a snowmobile, £227/person if wishing to drive own snowmobile. Minimum age 12. Participants wishing to drive own snowmobile must hold full driving licence.
  • Guided snowshoe day tour: £91/adult, £69/child aged 12-17 including local transfers to/from start/end point (approx. 15-20 mins) and lunch. Minimum age 12. Climb to summit takes approx. 2 hours where you will have lunch before returning.
  • Guided snowshoe half-day tour: £66/adult, £50/child aged 12-17. Minimum age 12. Possible as daytime or evening tour - please specify on booking.
  • Wellness afternoon (walk on trail to wilderness camp, wood-heated sauna is prepared in advance, soft drinks provided, alcoholic beverages available to purchase): £27/person
  • Ice Hotel visit on departure day (total 1.5-2 hours): £79/adult, £70/child under 16 including entry to Ice Hotel and onward transfer to Kiruna or Kiruna airport after visit. Guests choosing this option must plan to depart Kiruna train station or airport no earlier than 14.00 on the departure day.

Practical Info

Health requirements/experience

General good health. This experience is suitable for the whole family. Please see information under "Optional extras" for recommended minimum ages for optional activities.

Equipment/clothes needed

A detailed recommended equipment list will be sent with your booking confirmation.

NB: We advise you not to buy equipment or clothes for your trip or to incur other non-refundable expenses such as flights until you have received confirmation of your booking from us in writing.

Groups

This experience is very suitable for groups. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

Additional Notes

This provider has a written environmental policy.

Location

Detailed information on travel options will be sent with your booking documentation. We are happy to advise on suitable connections and assist you with any aspect of planning your journey.

By Air

Fly to Stockholm then onward to Kiruna by night train or domestic flight connection. Transfer from Kiruna airport or train station (about one hour) is included.

Without Flying

Ferry from Harwich to Esbjerg (Denmark) for onward train connections to Kiruna.

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