This route is a short 8 day trip taking you from Stockholm all the way to the Arctic Circle. You’ll spend 6 nights in your accommodation and one on an overnight train. For all other journeys you’ll travel by train during the day.
This trip only creates 4.2 kg of carbon emissions! To fly the same route would cost 243.7 ♻️
If you want to see the Northern Lights in style, there’s no better way to do it than by rail. You’ll go to sleep among Stockholm’s dreaming spires, and wake up in the stunning wilderness of Abisko. This is the trip for you if you love the outdoors, aren’t afraid of the Polar Night and dream of ticking the Aurora borealis off your bucket list.
See the Northern Lights… Stay in a hotel made of Ice… this is bucket list territory!
Our Lapland Adventure is the ultimate winter escape. This once in a lifetime adventure allows you to experience the stunning scenery of northern Sweden, watch the Northern Lights from a mountain hideout, stay in Kiruna’s world famous IceHotel and explore the heart of Lapland.
Start off your Lapland trip in Stockholm, the jewel in Sweden’s crown. Try some traditional Swedish Meatballs or wander round the impressive Christmas Markets, before embarking on your Northern adventure. In winter, hop on board your cozy sleeper train and admire the serene, snowy views, before waking up in twilight in Abisko.
Abisko is a haven for winter adventures. This tiny village nestled among mountains and lakes plays host to the Aurora Sky Station, widely said to be the best place in the world to see the Northern Lights due its minimal light and noise pollution. Take a 20 minute cable car and admire the serene beauty of Abisko national park as it unfolds before you, before reaching your mountain lodge accommodation. This very special trip w voted Lonely Planet’s ‘Most Illuminating Experience of 2015’, and promises to be a truly magical way to spend the night.
Next, travel along the Swedish/Norwegian border, to Kiruna – gateway to the Arctic Circle and home to the famous IceHotel. Pick the hotel option and we’ll organise your transfer, so you can enjoy a cozy IceHotel warm room, or upgrade to a cold room for a night if you’re brave! Experience dog sledding or horse riding, take a wildlife safari, come face to face with Lapland’s Reindeers or learn about traditional Sami culture on one of our Lapland Excursions based at the IceHotel.
If you’ve not had enough of Lapland yet, head on into Norway, and the town of Narvik, where you can experience one of the most beautiful train rides in Europe, finishing your journey among the Fjords of the North West coast of Scandinavia.
- All overland transport tickets from the first to the last city, as shown in the key.
- Compulsory seat reservations on high-speed rail, night trains or ferries.
- Accommodation in top-rated, centrally located hostels or hotels, tested by us.
- Walking directions between the stations and your booked accommodation.
- A personalised travel booklet with maps, language guides, top tips, and more.
- Exclusive discounts on attractions across Europe.
- Peace of mind with alternative travel included if there is a strike or similar disruption.
- Access to our 24hr emergency phone number while you’re away.
This is a short trip offering 3 awesome Scandinavian destinations with plenty of time to see the sights. Journeys are short with the exception of the night train from Stockholm to Abisko which is an overnight train. Don’t worry though – we’ll always ensure that you arrive in good time to make the most of each city.
Stockholm (2 Nights)
Stockholm has been described as the most beautiful city in Europe with its calm waterways, colourful buildings and cobbled streets. The Swedes are known for their sleek design, polite manners and propensity to have fun. Forget the meatballs, Stockholm has much more.Stockholm Guides
- Wander up the cobbled streets of the old town
- Admire the colourful skyline from a boat tour
- Visit the ABBA museum
Abisko (2 Nights)
Abisko is often said to be the best place in the world to see the Northern lights. A national park filled with lakes, mountains and hardly a streetlamp in sight, it’s the perfect destination for an arctic tour. Take a cable car ride up the mountain to see the famous Aurora Borealis, which occur more often here than almost anywhere.Abisko Guides
- Admire miles of pristine scenery
- Take the cable car up the mountain
- Watch the Northern Lights from your accommodation
Kiruna (2 Nights)
Gateway to the Arctic Circle, Kiruna lies near the Norwegian border. It is famous for being a centre of winter activities, such as cross country skiing and horse riding. Stay in the town to explore the surrounding area, or head to the famous IceHotel to make your stay even more special.Kiruna Guides
- Experience a traditional North Swedish town and culture
- Spend a night in the IceHotel in a warm room – or a ‘cold’ room if you’re feeling brave!
- Take a trip out to meet Lapland Reindeers
How to get there
The quickest way to get to Stockholm and home from Kiruna (via Stockholm) will be to book a budget flight each way. Check SkyScanner or Kayak for prices. You could also start off by taking the train to Stockholm via Amsterdam and Copenhagen, so just ask us about adding this on.
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