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All of our holidays to Swedish Lapland offer excellent opportunities for viewing the aurora but why not increase your chances by combining your stay at the Icehotel with a visit to the Abisko Sky Station.

Abisko is blessed with virtually cloud free skies and is considered as one of best places in the world to view the aurora borealis. And winter 2014/15 is predicted by scientists as being one of the best aurora seasons due to a double peak 'solar maximum'.

Northern Lights Holidays

Northern Lights (Abisko) & the ICEHOTEL

3 nights | December - March | from £1,184
Combine a 2-night stay at the ice hotel with a night at Abisko Mountain Station. Due to its unique location, Abisko is considered one of the best places in the world to observe the aurora!
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Classic Icehotel Break

3 nights | December - April | from £1,089
At the ICEHOTEL auroral displays often light up its dazzling and unique design, just one of the amazing sights you might experience on our classic 3-night ice hotel break.
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Tromso, Abisko and the Icehotel

7 nights | December - April | from £1,595
Combine three superb destinations - the Norwegian city of Tromso, Swedish Lapland's Abisko National Park and the Icehotel - all of which are regularly bathed in the northern lights.
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Wake Up Service

Don't miss seeing the aurora! Just ask at the Icehotel reception desk to receive a wake up call should they appear during the night.

Northern Lights Excursions
Go in search of the Northern Lights beneath the stars amongst Lapland's pristine wilderness. The Icehotel offers a variety of exciting northern lights excursions, from husky sledding, whizzing along on a snowmobile or even a friendly Icelandic horse. Discover more

See a nights worth of auroral displays at the Aurora Sky Station. Video by Chad Blakley.

Solar Maximum 2014/15
Occurring approximately every 11 years, a solar maximum is when sunspot activity is at its very peak. Sunspots are dark, cooler areas on the sun’s surface which are prone to eruption, causing solar flares to dance across the sun’s surface, releasing charged particles into the solar system, which are the catalysts of the northern lights. When this happens, the northern lights that grace the arctic skies increase dramatically in frequency and intensity, providing some of the most stunning examples of the aurora borealis.

With NASA’s prediction of a double peak ‘Solar Max’, the coming winter season is likely to offer some spectacular aurora displays.

What creates the Northern Lights
This video by Per Byhring explains how particles originating from deep inside the core of the sun creates the northern lights, also called aurora borealis, on our planet.