From London: 5 Night Sweden and Northern Lights Trip 21-26 Jan 2018 £320.81pp @ Booking.com
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From London: 5 Night Sweden and Northern Lights Trip 21-26 Jan 2018 £320.81pp @ Booking.com

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Found 25th Jul 2017
How do you fancy exploring the Northern Lights? Forget the coach trips where you are with 50 other people fighting for photos, and explore both Sweden and North of the Arctic Circle on this trip.

On 21st January, you will fly from London to Stockholm Arlanda, which is the best airport, as it is quick and easy to get into the city rather than the two other airports miles away and an hour plus bus journey. You will stay at the Login - a boat hotel with a nice breakfast included which is great value given the cost of everthing in Stockholm!

On 22nd January you wake and have the full day exploring as your overnight train journey is not until 5:30pm so you have a full day in Stockholm (you could leave any excess luggage at the Login if you didn't want to take it on the train). You will board your train and spend overnight on the train in a sleeper cabin. I've done this journey and it is brilliant! Pack some food, some nice drink and enjoy your journey North. You may even be lucky and see the Northern Lights from the train as you head towards the Arctic Circle. Bathrooms/toilets are at the end of the carriage, but are lovely and clean and sleep is suprisingly easy too!

On 23rd January, you wake up in Kiruna at 9:30am. You will spend 2 nights in Kiruna, which gives you ample opportunity to take in the snow and ice activities and look out for the aurora. You also get breakfast again included.

After two nights in Kiruna, you will check out on the 25th January and depart at 6:30pm, giving you another full day before taking the overnight train back to Stockholm, before arriving back at around 9:15am into Stockholm Central. As your flight isn't until later you can spend the final day in Stockholm again. In Stockholm I recommend the Vasa museum, Gamla Stan area and walking around the city - it's a very walkable place - even if it may be cold in January, wrap up warm!

Details:

Flights book on easyjet.com £88.96
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Book 1 Night in Stockholm at booking.com £58

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Book overnight train return on sj.se **Important, the trains are yet to go on sale, the screen shot is an example, but this is a set price, just diary in to book the trains as soon as they go on sale (normally 3 months before)** 3580 SEK £334.67

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Book 2 Nights in Kiruna at booking.com £160

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Total £641.63/£320.81
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Wow, that sounds an amazing holiday.
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I did something very similar en-route to China (bizarrely)! Stayed a couple of nights in Sweden on a boat hotel, then headed on the overnight train to the Arctic circle. Amazing, overnight train was warm and comfy and actually one of the best overnight trains I've been on, and I've been on a lot in Europe/Worldwide. Its a great trip and saves a night in a hotel and transportation costs.
Nice find.
So it's another £334.67 for the train on top of the £320.81pp for flights/hotel ?
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Inverbreakie10 m ago

So it's another £334.67 for the train on top of the £320.81pp for f …So it's another £334.67 for the train on top of the £320.81pp for flights/hotel ?


No, the price includes the train, you just can't book it yet, similar to our trains here where booking opens up around 3 months in advance it's the same. That price is how much it will cost though going off prices for October, the train prices will be the same. Just diary it in to book roughly 3 months before, so around September/October time. I remember I emailed the train company and asked them exactly when tickets would go on sale so I could book right away.
Wish I'd known about this train when I was in Stockholm a few months back, would have been very glad to escape after 1 day
Which hotel in Kiruna?
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futura2 h, 55 m ago

Which hotel in Kiruna?

This one booking.com/hot…tml

Rooms are ensuite, private rooms. Can you see the screen shots?
Edited by: "rachelandgromit" 26th Jul 2017
Just back from Stockholm. Do the Oceanbus tour if you go there. It's fantastic, sight seeing by road then water on the same vehicle.
Thanks for this! Very useful. I'm trying to plan a trip to see the Northern Lights.

What's the attraction of booking the over-night train instead of flying?

I could book flights with Norwegian on 22nd-26th Jan for £92pp return from Stockholm Arlanda to Kiruna.
The train cost is £334.67, or £167.34pp.

The same hotel for 4 nights, instead of 2, would be £288. £128 more, or £64pp extra.

So, taking the flight would be £156pp including the extra 2 nights you get for free on the train, compared to £167.34 for the train. Flights are significantly quicker (1.5 hour total), and arguably more comfortable sleeping in a hotel room than on a moving train. You wouldn't get the benefit of exploring Stockholm on the way out, unless you stay up late to do so, but you'd have 5/6 hours between flights on the way back. I'm not a big city person, so wouldn't feel like I missed out.
thanks op, if it was manchester I'd snap it up..
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The train is a personal preference and experience. Granted you could fly, but you are saving accommodation costs and have to get your flight to Arlanda from the UK to match up with the next flight from Arlanda to Kiruna. And the trains are far more fun! You could always do one way on the train instead.
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whatyadoinsucka14 m ago

thanks op, if it was manchester I'd snap it up..


Just look for flights from Manchester to Arlanda Stockholm airport instead, may be a little more but still doable.
Is it advisable to do this in December. My wife has her birthday on the 13th. Thinking of spending the week then. Flight prices are similar.
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NL can be spotted as early as September, as long as it is dark. It depends on moon, snowfall, weather etc.... We got to see them all the nights we were there but some people had been there for over a week before we arrived and had no show at all!
I went to Kiruna about January time not long ago. The only place I saw Northern Lights after trying in other places, I only nipped out for some fresh air and boom - it was amazing, bright and vibrant too! Its worth checking out Ice Hotel too even if its just for the sculptures - check to see if its open first though, its not open all year round.
It's a bit risky being in Kiruna for only two nights if the Northern Lights is the main purpose of the trip. I was there for two nights a few years ago and it was fully overcast/cloudy both nights. Even if it's clear you may not see them. I would plan to stay there a bit longer if at all possible! It's a beautiful area as long as you like cold/snowy climates.
Do it. Stockholm itself is a top place. The train north and the northern lights would just add to this amazing experience.

Didn't know there was an overnight train otherwise would have done myself. Instead, we are looking to do the northern lights another way.

Great find.
great deal. going to Scandinavia itself is superb
Your travel finds are incredible!! Thank you so much for sharing another amazing trip. This might be the one of yours that I book! Let's see if I can find the cash. Thanks again, you're the best thing on this site
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Do it. Stockholm itself is a top place. The train north and the northern … Do it. Stockholm itself is a top place. The train north and the northern lights would just add to this amazing experience.Didn't know there was an overnight train otherwise would have done myself. Instead, we are looking to do the northern lights another way.Great find.



What do you like about Stockholm?
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LonDealHunter1 h, 25 m ago

Your travel finds are incredible!! Thank you so much for sharing another …Your travel finds are incredible!! Thank you so much for sharing another amazing trip. This might be the one of yours that I book! Let's see if I can find the cash. Thanks again, you're the best thing on this site


Aw, thanks!
Did very similar a few years ago, from Stockholm on the overnight train to Kiruna. Amazing experience. Stood at the very front of the train for a good portion of the night watching the snow covered countryside flying past, being lit up every so often from the train lights/electricity.. drinking very expensive beers! Saw the lights too. The original ice hotel isn't too far away either if you factor it in, which is well worth a visit than the tiny 'ice bars' that have popped up globally. I'm tempted to do this but going snowboarding from the 27th.... must resist!
Edited by: "adam_1001" 26th Jul 2017
3580 SEK £334.67 is a return ticket, any idea how much roughly a single ticket would be?
Would appreciate anyone's advice who has got a transfer from the airport into stockholm itself - Is public transport sufficient or is it worth getting a taxi? TIA!
rachelandgromit18 h, 52 m ago

No, the price includes the train, you just can't book it yet, similar to …No, the price includes the train, you just can't book it yet, similar to our trains here where booking opens up around 3 months in advance it's the same. That price is how much it will cost though going off prices for October, the train prices will be the same. Just diary it in to book roughly 3 months before, so around September/October time. I remember I emailed the train company and asked them exactly when tickets would go on sale so I could book right away.


Risky if a lot of people book it from hotukdeals.
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james_itfc1036 m ago

Would appreciate anyone's advice who has got a transfer from the airport …Would appreciate anyone's advice who has got a transfer from the airport into stockholm itself - Is public transport sufficient or is it worth getting a taxi? TIA!


I used the Arlanda Express train (quick and easy) but there are buses too I think cheaper but slightly longer. Definitely do not need to pay for a taxi!
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jasonlui40 m ago

3580 SEK £334.67 is a return ticket, any idea how much roughly a single …3580 SEK £334.67 is a return ticket, any idea how much roughly a single ticket would be?


Half, same price each way so just half it.
jumpinoffthbed

What do you like about Stockholm?


Mainly the blondes
winchman

Mainly the blondes



I can promise you now that stereotype is massively exaggerated, they are mostly not blonde unless fake and certainly nothing special. Add their extremely materialistic and close minded outlook and I'm afraid you'll be very disappointed if that's your reason for going.
jumpinoffthbed

I can promise you now that stereotype is massively exaggerated, they are … I can promise you now that stereotype is massively exaggerated, they are mostly not blonde unless fake and certainly nothing special. Add their extremely materialistic and close minded outlook and I'm afraid you'll be very disappointed if that's your reason for going.


It was a joke, but yes they can be a bit up themselves. Although have got a bit a soft spot for the Norwegians.
Thanks for this! Finally booked one of your deals, booked up for slightly longer at 7 nights flying from Bristol which was slightly cheaper flight wise.

Thanks as we would never have thought of this trip but it looks incredible.
can you advise which of the sleeper options this was?
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us_agent201213th Aug

Thanks for this! Finally booked one of your deals, booked up for slightly …Thanks for this! Finally booked one of your deals, booked up for slightly longer at 7 nights flying from Bristol which was slightly cheaper flight wise.Thanks as we would never have thought of this trip but it looks incredible.

​Brilliant, let me know how you get on.
rachelandgromit30th Oct

​Brilliant, let me know how you get on.


Hi Rachel, any chance you can answer my query? Thanks.
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Lambo8929th Oct

can you advise which of the sleeper options this was?


It was the private sleeper for two.
Thank you. Appear to be coming out a fair bit more now the tickets have been released. Still good I think.
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They are normally pretty stable with their pricing, did you look as soon as booking opened? When I booked I kept an eye on prices each week as they released the dates close to when I wanted and when they finally released the date I needed it was the same.
Yes I did, they have only been released in the last 10 days - 2 weeks. I kept emailing them and bugging them!

Timings appear to have changed a little too, unless I missing something:32377798-GFAQg.jpg
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I'm getting 3780 SEK. Email them and ask for the price for a sleeper compartment for 2/3 but you want it just for two and not to share with a third person. If may be good to call them as they do speak English. Their own website says:

Parties of two or more travellers may book the entire compartment for themselves. If only two people are sharing the compartment, a child's price is charged for the third bed.
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