Up in the mountains, 250km north of the Arctic Circle, lies Sweden’s highest mountain lodge, Laktatjakko, offering ten simple rooms, a wood-panelled bar, sauna, hearty country cooking and direct access to world-beating hiking and ski trails. Arriving by snowcat – which ploughs through the snow on tank-like tracks – for a night at Laktatjakko is just one of the highlights of this five-day tour, which begins with a train ride from Kiruna to Björkliden, itself surrounded by breathtaking views of Lapland and Lake Torneträsk. Your base in Björkliden will be Hotel Fjället, from which – if you’re lucky – you may even catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights. After returning to Kiruna by train, a final night is spent at the incredible Ice Hotel, tucked up in a sleeping bag on a bed made of ice.
PRICES & DATES
Price includes return flights from Heathrow to Kiruna (via Stockholm) with SAS, 2nd class train from Kiruna station to Bjorkliden, 3 nights at Hotel Fjallet in double room (one of which is duplicate to Mountain Lodge) inc. breakfast, return transfers by snowcat to Laktatjakko Mountain Lodge and overnight at the Lodge, 2nd class train from Bjorkliden to Kiruna, transfer from Kiruna train station to Ice Hotel, 1 night in Snow room at Ice Hotel inc. breakfast, guided tour of Ice hotel and transfer from Ice Hotel to Kiruna airport.
Departures on Thursdays during 8 February-13 April 2013. From 1 March, departures are available all days.
Day 1 - Thursday
Fly to Kiruna and make your way to Kiruna train station for train to Bjorkliden.
Check in to Hotel Fjallet for 3 nights.
Situated 250 km north of the Arctic Circle, this is just about as exotic as it gets. Nestled between the mighty mountains of the last European wilderness, Björkliden is surrounded by breathtaking views of Lapland and Lake Torneträsk and not far away from the world famous Ice Hotel.
Day 2 - Friday
Today you travel to Laktatjakko Mountain Lodge.
We travel up to Låkta Mountain resort with a comfortable Snowcat. A truly ”must” for everyone who visits Björkliden. You will keep your room at Hotel Fjallet for the night so can leave heavy luggage there and take only an overnight bag with you. Here you stay in real wilderness and at the same time you can enjoy luxuries such as a warm sauna, gourmet food and a sparkling fire. Surrounding the lodge are many great hiking trails and interesting spots to visit on a daytrip. Some would rather take it easy reading a book in the sitting room or bask in the sun while enjoying the sweeping views of Lapland’s mountain region. During the day our restaurant serves the famous Låkta waffles, lunches and snacks. In the evenings it features culinary delicacies from northern Sweden.
Day 3 - Saturday
After a night at the mountain lodge, return to Hotel Fjallet by snowcat and check back in to your hotel room.
Enjoy the hotel or pop out for a downhill skiing. During the winter Björkliden accommodates skiers of all levels. If you are lucky you may be able to witness shimmering Northern Lights in the skies!
Day 4 - Sunday
Breakfast and checkout. Take a train to Kiruna where you will be met for a transfer to Ice Hotel. Upon arrival, you will have a guided tour of Ice Hotel during which you learn how the hotel is built.
Tonight you will sleep in snow room for 1 night. (upgrades to Ice room and Art suites on request). In this simple but spacious snow room you’ll get a good night’s sleep in -5 degrees. You sleep in thermal sleeping bags on a special bed built of snow and ice, on reindeer skins.
Evening is free for optional excursions.
Day 5 - Monday
You are awakened in the morning with a cup of hot lingonberry juice at your bedside. Breakfast buffet and a warming morning sauna are waiting for you.
Transfer to Kiruna airport and flights home via Stockholm.