5 night twin Centre Northern Lights Trip including flights, overnight trains and hotels £417.22pp @ booking.com
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5 night twin Centre Northern Lights Trip including flights, overnight trains and hotels £417.22pp @ booking.com

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Found 22nd Feb 2016
If you have ever fancied seeing the northern lights then check out this trip in March. It's a twin centre trip that sees you visit Stockholm for a few hours then catching an overnight train to Abisko for 2 nights then on to Kiruna. Double the chance of Aurora sightings. Forget the expensive northern lights trips that see you in a coach with 50 other people, you are literally in the heart of it and March is a fantastic time to visit. I was lucky enough to see them on Valentines day last year on a similar trip. There are ways to reduce the price of this trip such as a shared cabin on the train or hostel accommodation, this is priced for those not on a hostel budget but trying to keep it reasonable priced in an expensive place! I've seen many northern lights trips that just go from Stockholm and just drive a couple of hours away. Don't. do. It. Part of the experience is being in the middle of nowhere in the quiet with frozen nostrils at -18!

On 11th March you'll fly from London to Stockholm in the morning. You have the day free in Stockholm as the train to Abisko doesn't leave until 4pm so make sure you check out the Vasa museum. You will be on the train until 10:58am next day and I've picked the 'luxury' option on the train. This gives you your own cabin with washroom facilities. I've done this overnight train and LOVED it. They are clean and well maintained. For less you can buy a seat or share a three or six birth cabin. You can take food and drink on the train and there is a restaurant car too so you can relax and you will sleep really well. Cabins are comfortable and warm and I can't recommend this option enough. Yes it may be cheaper to fly but you are saving accommodation costs and if you are lucky you may even see Aurora from the train like I did. This in itself is an experience as well as getting you from A to B.

On 12th March you'll arrive in Abisko. You'll spend 2 nights in Abisko at the Abisko Mountain Lodge which is just 2 mins from the train station. The hotel is in a great location and also offers a range of winter activities. Abisko is one of the best places to view Aurora but if you don't spot them don't worry you will be moving on for more Aurora opportunity!

On 14th March you will catch the train again just an hour and half to Kiruna. You stay at the STF Logi and Konferns which is a budget option but in a private room for 2 nights. Again, there are plenty of activities to occupy you in the day whilst you wait for darkness.

On 16th March you'll fly back to London from Kiruna with a short stop at Stockholm.

Details

London to Stockholm £78 for two @ Norweigan

Overnight train from Stockholm to Abisko 2408 SEK/£200.20 for 2 in private cabin book train at www.sjse

2 nights in Abisko £207 @ booking.com

Train Abisko to Kiruna 152 SEK for 2 £12.64

2 nights in Kiruna at STF Malmfalterns Logi and Konferns £141 @ booking.com 

Kiruna to Stockholm flights £195.60 for two @ Norweigan

Total £417.22pp
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Nice!
Love the sound of this! Have stayed at the ice hotel near Kiruna and would love to go back.
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debqueen

Love the sound of this! Have stayed at the ice hotel near Kiruna and … Love the sound of this! Have stayed at the ice hotel near Kiruna and would love to go back.



Abisko is a little more remote and has the Aurora viewing station too. Kiruna has more winter sport activity options and the ice hotel too. I've not stayed in that ice hotel, way, way out of my budget but stayed in one in Transylvania which was brilliant.
Have I missed something, I can't see the option of a private luxury cabin on the train (is it because I'd go as a sole traveller?)
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BlackCloud

Have I missed something, I can't see the option of a private luxury cabin … Have I missed something, I can't see the option of a private luxury cabin on the train (is it because I'd go as a sole traveller?)



You would book the whole cabin. This means you are paying for a whole cabin for one person, so basically the same price as it is for two. We travelled as a two and booked the whole cabin so it prevents a third person booking into it as a solo traveller and sharing with a random. You could book into a couchette which is a cabin for 6 or a cabin for 3 but obviously you won't know who you are sharing with (if all that makes sense).

I wouldn't be too worried sharing though. There is shower and toilets at the end of each carriage for sleeper customers and they were immaculate. Very clean sleeper trains and the clientele was far better than the Italian sleeper trains that were very very bad. Best ones were Venice to Vienna though before it was cheaper to use Ryanair etc.... I do love sleeper trains though, reminds me of old films.
Edited by: "rachelandgromit" 22nd Feb 2016
I would love to do this but my husband likes package holidays. He is a born worrier and would not be able to cope with all the changes
I'll take you Sachia, I have a wife the same
Edited by: "BlackCloud" 23rd Feb 2016
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It's so, so easy in Sweden to use public transport and get about. Everyone speaks English and is super friendly. It really is impossible to mess it up!
Thank you for your efforts. Booked last night for me and my daughter. Soooooo looking forward to this
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pop5

Thank you for your efforts. Booked last night for me and my daughter. … Thank you for your efforts. Booked last night for me and my daughter. Soooooo looking forward to this



Brilliant! Please let me know how you get on. I really do guarantee you will enjoy it and the overnight trains are a lovely experience too. One website that is helpful is here and it is a live webcam for Abisko. It saves you standing outside in the cold looking for the Aurora, if you spot it on the webcam just go outside then!
rachelandgromit

Brilliant! Please let me know how you get on. I really do guarantee you … Brilliant! Please let me know how you get on. I really do guarantee you will enjoy it and the overnight trains are a lovely experience too. One website that is helpful is here and it is a live webcam for Abisko. It saves you standing outside in the cold looking for the Aurora, if you spot it on the webcam just go outside then!


Wonderful thank you and will do. We would like to do dog sledding as well as this (without meal). Do we need to book from UK or will be be ok waiting till we arrive and see what weather conditions are?
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pop5

Wonderful thank you and will do. We would like to do dog sledding as well … Wonderful thank you and will do. We would like to do dog sledding as well as this (without meal). Do we need to book from UK or will be be ok waiting till we arrive and see what weather conditions are?



I'd start to look into it now and consider the different companies available. You should be OK to sort when you get there as long as you aren't particular on a certain company ans on a particular night. You are in a good position as you have four nights to pick from!
Edited by: "rachelandgromit" 27th Feb 2016
Just to say a big thank you. Just got back from a magical break
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pop5

Just to say a big thank you. Just got back from a magical break



Awwww thanks for letting me know. Did you get on OK? Did you like the overnight trains and most important did you get to see the lights?
We loved everything and are very grateful to you. If you do Facebook and look up Husky Tours Lapland there are 24 new photos on there. One has 2 people in (that's me and my daughter). We saw the lights Loved the train,sky station, Abisko National Park, dog sledding, snow skis and your accommodation recommendations were spot on. Thank you

Edited by: "pop5" 17th Mar 2016
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Oh you had a good show of the lights didn't you! I'm so pleased you enjoyed it, I'd only pick places I'd stay in myself or in some cases have visited myself too. It's good to know some people do actually book these trips and enjoy them too! It's made my day, thanks for reporting back. It's made me want to go back and do a similar trip next year!!


pop5

We loved everything and are very grateful to you. If you do Facebook and … We loved everything and are very grateful to you. If you do Facebook and look up Husky Tours Lapland there are 24 new photos on there. One has 2 people in (that's me and my daughter). We saw the lights Loved the train,sky station, Abisko National Park, dog sledding, snow skis and your accommodation recommendations were spot on. Thank you


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