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6 Days of touring and arctic activities
per person based on double occupancy
February 17 – 23
Deposit: $2000 Meeting Place: Lulea, Sweden Age Range: 13-80
The thrill of witnessing the Aurora Borealis is a real once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for many. The Northern Lights dancing in the sky is such a powerful and unique natural phenomenon. Being one of the best places to spot the Aurora, Lapland is an incredible place to go hunting. Lapland will cast a powerful spell on all who visit as there’s something mystical and intangible here that fills it with Arctic magic. The midnight sun, the Sámi peoples, the aurora borealis (Northern Lights) and roaming reindeer are all components of this – as is Santa Claus himself, who ‘officially’ resides here…
There’s plenty to see for people of all abilities on this wonderful winter escape. This adventure offers outrageous hotels and lodges, superlative cross-country skiing, dogsledding, snowmobiling, and snowshoeing along with warm hospitality and rich culture.
Itinerary at a Glance
- Explore Lapland in all her glory, spanning northern Finland and Sweden in just one week
- Arrive in Lulea, Sweden and transfer to the surreal Tree House hotel overlooking the Lule River
- Immerse yourself in Sami culture
- Stay at Sweden’s famous Ice Hotel and spend one night on a bed of ice, with reindeer skins and a very warm sleeping bag!
- Skate, sled, X-country ski, snowmobile or ice fish
- Explore the land of the Sámi peoples by dog sled or Nordic skis.
- Relax in your cozy cabin staring out at the arctic night through a laser-heated glass roof
- Cross the border to Finland and check in to the luxurious Design Hotel in the Nordic paradise of Levi
- Transfer to the airport in Kittila for flights home via Helsinki or return to Lulea by shuttle for your round-trip flights home
- Experienced professional guides
- Chartered transportation between destinations
- Expedition equipment
- All meals and accommodations
- Taxes and permits
What to Expect on the Pure Lapland Adventure
We pride ourselves in running a relaxed and flexible schedule. The itinerary is subject to change as it is dependent on weather and participants’ ability. Our daily distances can fluctuate depending on weather, activities, and National Park notices. The following is a sample of what your trip might be like:
Situated above the Arctic Circle, Lapland casts a powerful spell as there’s something mystic and intangible here that fills it with magic. The midnight sun, the Sámi peoples, the aurora borealis (Northern Lights) and roaming reindeer are all components of this – as is Santa Claus himself, who ‘officially’ resides here – along with the awesome latitudes.
Our journey begins in Lulea, Sweden where you’ll meet your guide and transfer 70 minutes to the incredible Tree Hotel in Hardas.
Suspended 4-10 metres above the ground, the tree rooms are accessible by ramp, bridge, or electric stairs. From each unit, you can see and hear the Lule river’s powerful yet sublime waters flowing nearby. Otherwise there is only the sound of silence and your thoughts, or the conversations you have with your loved ones and friends.
Once settled, we have a variety of activities ranging from sledding, sliding, skating and snowmobiling to guided night safaris or photography classes. Tonight, we’ll go on a cocktail cruise, visiting each of the unique tree house rooms before indulging in a gourmet dinner and our first night sleep in Lapland!
Overnight Hardas: Tree Hotel
Days Two & Three
Today, we depart the Tree House Hotel and via shuttle and train, we’ll head north to Kiruna and its famous Ice Hotel.
Here, we will spend two glorious nights so, if sleeping in a room and bed made out of ice is not enough of a frosty “bucket list” experience, there’s a plethora of other activities to explore this wintery landscape both day and night.
Hunt the northern lights by snowmobile, horseback ride on a moose safari, learn to carve ice sculptures with the Ice Hotel’s resident artists, cross country ski (lessons and gear included) or learn how to run your own team of huskies on a dog sledding lesson. Get a massage, visit the Ice Bar and then indulge in great food as ROAM has organized two outrageous and special dining events during our stay!
Overnight Kiruna: Ice Hotel
We depart the Ice Hotel and head off into the wilds of northern Finland for some exciting adventures ranging from dog sledding to skiing before checking in at Northern Lights Village.
The Aurora Cabins are a magical way to experience the wintery star-filled sky and the Northern Lights, while lying comfortably in the warm bed. The laser-heated glass-roof opens up into the northern sky, directly above the bed.
Tonight we’ll chase the aurora borealis before tucking into our comfy cabins.
Overnight: Aurora Cabins
Leaving the cozy comfort of the Northern Lights Village, we’ll head east to the Nordic paradise of Levi, Finland where we will check into the luxurious Design Hotel. We’ll all gather in the lobby for cocktails and our final gourmet dinner together before one last dream-filled sleep above the arctic circle.
Overnight: The Design Hotel
After breakfast at the hotel, we’ll transfer to Kittila, Finlad for your flight south to Helsinki, where you can connect for flights home or other adventures in Scandinavia. Or you can opt for a van transfer back to Lulea, Sweden (which is approximately 5 hours with a border crossing) as round trip flights are more cost-effective than multi-city, albeit involve more driving is involved.
Located in Harads, a quaint village with a population of just 600 people, the Tree House Hotel is situated in tall pine forest with spectacular views of the Lule River. The tree rooms are found on a sunny southern ridge after a short journey on foot from the reception and into the mystical forest. All of the Tree Hotel tree rooms have: incinerating toilet, electricity, underfloor heating, air conditioning, coffee maker and kettle, fresh drinking water, refrigerators and WiFi. Dragonfly and The 7th Room also have their own showers.
This is the world’s first and largest hotel built out of snow and ice. Every year, for the last three decades, the hotel is reincarnated in a new rendition of stunning art and workmanship. Each winter, talented artists carve new building and art out of ice and for five months, select guests from all over the world experience it first hand before it melts in spring, returning the water to the Torne River. One of our two nights here will be spent in a room and bed carved entirely out of ice. Guests are provided all the necessary equipment to be very comfortable during this superlative event experience.
These cozy cabins are designed for watching the aurora. Each unit has a laser-heated, glass roof that opens up into the northern sky directly above your bed. Delicious meals are taken on site and all of our activities start right at your doorstep. The lodge is situated away from the ambient light of Levi, but there’s a complimentary shuttle to the resort village and spa center 16 km away.
The Design Hotel is a contemporary and stunningly beautiful structure amidst the Lappish wilderness. Its grey pine exterior was carefully designed to fuse with the surrounding highlands. A truly magical and luxurious hotel with rooms as beautiful as the arctic nature, the facility offers contemporary Nordic interior design and large windows that blend perfectly with the landscape outside.
About the Northern Lights
Like with many natural phenomena, the Northern Lights are changeable and unpredictable: When and where you can experience them is a question that all aurora lovers and chasers want to know. Turning your dream of seeing the Northern Lights into reality requires a combination of knowledge, time and patience.