All of our holidays to Swedish Lapland offer excellent opportunities for viewing the aurora and next winter is predicted by scientists as being one of the best aurora seasons in many years due to a 'solar maximum'.
The ICEHOTEL offers a range of exciting northern lights excursions which we recommend pre-booking to ensure you don’t miss out. And just 90 minutes
drive from the Icehotel, Abisko Sky Station is famed for being one of best places in the world to view the aurora borealis. Due to its location
in the middle of the auroral zone and it’s virtually cloud free skies, conditions for viewing the northern lights are exceptional here.
And with the peak of the Solar Maximum cycle approaching, this winter is an ideal time to visit with increased chances of witnessing the aurora expected! Combine a visit to Abisko with two nights at the ICEHOTEL to increase your chances of catching the magical northern lights.
NASA has recently announced their prediction of a double peak ‘Solar Max’ in late 2013 and again in 2015, so the coming winter seasons are likely to offer some absolutely spectacular aurora displays.
Northern Lights (Abisko) & the ICEHOTEL3 nights | December 2013 - March 2014 | from £1,281
This tantalising short break combines a two night stay at the magnificent ICEHOTEL with one night at Abisko Mountain Station, regarded as one of the best places in the world to observe the northern lights! Show me more»
Classic ICEHOTEL Break3 nights | December 2013 - April 2014 | from £933
Take our classic 3-night break at the magnificent ICEHOTEL and discover for yourself what all the excitement is about! Show me more»
Tromso, Abisko and the ICEHOTEL7 nights | December 2013 - April 2014
A northern lights holiday at three remarkable destinations: the Norwegian city of Tromso framed by amazing mountain scenery; Abisko National Park in Swedish Lapland and of course, the amazing ICEHOTEL itself. Show me more»
Northern Lights Husky SafariDuration 1.5 hours
Price £135 (adult) £67 (child 11 and under)
Departures 16:00 (Dec - Jan); 18:00 (Feb - Mar)
Wrap up warm, sit back on the sledge and enjoy the silence of the night time forest. In fact the only sound you'll hear is the sledge gliding over the snowy tracks and of course, the dogs barking every time you slow down and stop - they really are that keen to keep going! With the snow sparkling in the moonlight, keep watch skywards and hopefully the northern lights will illuminate your adventure.
Northern Lights Snowmobile TourDuration 4 hours
Price £tbc per adult (2 sharing) / £tbc child (12 yrs and under as passenger); £tbc (adult single rider)
Departures daily at 19:00 (until 28 Mar) & 20:00 (29 Mar -16 Apr)
A guided snowmobile tour through snow clad forests, across a frozen lake and past the impressive ICEHOTEL in search of the northern lights (sightings cannot be guaranteed). Trip includes a traditional dinner at a wilderness hut (smoked salmon sandwich, moose soup, apple cake, tea/coffee or hot lingonberry juice). Price includes third party insurance (self-risk excess SEK 8000). Drivers must hold a valid driving licence.
Northern Lights Tour on HorsebackDuration 5-6 hours
Departures daily at 15:30 (until 28 Feb) / at 17:00 (1-31 Mar)
Transfer to the farm where the sure footed Icelandic horses are waiting. After an introduction and getting familiar with your horse, saddle up and ride through the magical winter forest, lit by the stars, moon and if we are lucky, the northern lights. There is also a chance to spot moose. Dinner back at the farm in a traditional Sami hut. Min age 12, max weight 90 kg.
See for yourself a nights worth of auroral displays in this short
film taken at Abisko. (2mins)
Find out in this video by Per Byhring
Please remember that sightings of the northern lights can never be guaranteed, even when the conditions seem just right - a clear cloudless night is essential and for the most intense sightings, it is important to be away from any sources of artificial light, such as street lighting. Sightings not only vary in intensity but in duration too, from just minutes to sometimes hours.
The latest research from NASA
indicates a double peak 'Solar Max' improving your chances of seeing the aurora this year.
A breathtaking location for a true white wedding!
"We went up the chair lift to the sky station to wait for the Northern Lights and saw an amazing display, couldn't have asked for anything more."
Rik and Angie Humphries,
Tromso, Abisko and Icehotel 2013