From London: Long Weekend Sweden & Northern Lights £200.92pp @ Ebookers
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From London: Long Weekend Sweden & Northern Lights £200.92pp @ Ebookers

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Found 12th Dec 2017
I love a good Northern Lights trip! For those who want a weekend break, or a late Christmas present this trip is from 5-8 January. Whilst I can't guarantee Northern Lights, it's an amazing trip.

This does involve some travelling but it's a nice journey using the trains and ideal for those on a tight time frame.

5th January
An early morning flight from London to Stockholm will mean you have a full day to explore Stockholm, the old town, the Vasa museum and if Abba is your thing, well you're in luck! The overnight train to Kiruna leaves just after 6pm and takes around 13 hours but its a nice trip, you can look for the Aurora from the train, chill in your cabin with food and drink (buy before you board) or be sociable with the locals. Not only does this save on accommodation costs but it's better than flying too. I've done this train trip and it ranks as one of my favourite.

6 January
Just after 9am you arrive into Kiruna. If the snowfall in the UK wasn't enough for you, there is likely to be lots of snow-related activities for you here in the day, huskies, snowmobiles etc.

7 January
You have another full day in Kiruna and then take the overnight train just after 6om back to Stockholm.

8 January
Arriving back into Stockholm just after 9am you have the reminder of the day to explore Stockholm again, making the most of your final day before your flight home at 6pm.


Details

Book flights on ryanair.com £23.96

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Book train on sj.se 3580 SEK/£319.12

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Book accommodation on www.ebookers.xom using code £58.76

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Total £401.84/£200.92pp

Important Stuff:

You fly into Skavasta airport, not Arlanda. Return airport bus transfers are around £24pp. There are other options too, such as taxi or public bus and train.The overnight train has a toilet and shower at the end of each carriage. These are clean and well maintained. You normally have a small sink in the cabin. Cabins sleep up to 3 people.The accommodation in Kiruna has a shared shower though it appears toilet and sink are private. For another £20 you can have a private room, but shared facilities seem common in Sweden and Nordic countries and generally are clean and well maintained.
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I’m voting cold cause you would be super chilly.
Can't complain at that price. Saw a wonderful display of northern lights once. In Doncaster of all places
Me and the Missus were married in the Ice Hotel in Jukkasjarvi near Kiruna. Wonderful place. Would love to head back. We saw -37 deg C.....
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scrumpypaul31 m ago

Me and the Missus were married in the Ice Hotel in Jukkasjarvi near …Me and the Missus were married in the Ice Hotel in Jukkasjarvi near Kiruna. Wonderful place. Would love to head back. We saw -37 deg C.....


Crikey, I thought I was cold in Swedish Lapland at -18 when my nostrils were freezing together!

Never done the ice hotel there, its out of my budget, only done the one in Transylvania. Bet it was amazing to get married in the Ice Hotel. We saw a wedding in the Ice Church in Transylvania which was pretty amazing too.
Rachel it was simply amazing. I'd be back there in a heartbeat. Wonderful people and an incredible place. The hairs in my nose froze. And my eyelashes froze together.
'The hairs in my nose froze. And my eyelashes froze together'. - here take my money
Price is great.. but did you have to buy a whole raft of new extra warm clothing, coats, gloves, Shoes/Boots etc. on top?(Can you buy nose cosy's ?)

Just wondering what sort of outlay that would be to factor in the cost... yes.. my OH is thinking about something similar.. cuz we are loaded ..........NOT !!!

Oh heat added :-)
Edited by: "kinell" 12th Dec 2017
percyrush1 h, 19 m ago

'The hairs in my nose froze. And my eyelashes froze together'. - here …'The hairs in my nose froze. And my eyelashes froze together'. - here take my money


Had to re-read that .. cuz I was left pondering.. exactly how long is your nasal hair to get frozen to your eyelashes.. !
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kinell9 h, 12 m ago

Price is great.. but did you have to buy a whole raft of new extra warm …Price is great.. but did you have to buy a whole raft of new extra warm clothing, coats, gloves, Shoes/Boots etc. on top?(Can you buy nose cosy's ?)Just wondering what sort of outlay that would be to factor in the cost... yes.. my OH is thinking about something similar.. cuz we are loaded ..........NOT !!! Oh heat added :-)


No, but I do a lot of hiking anyway and have layers and warm gear anyway. I just had a down jacket, thermals and good socks. My hands are always cold and they suffered the most and I had good ski gloves. You don't need to buy specialist gear but I do recommend some thermals.
What I found was that when over there, if you did different trips like ice fishing/snowmobile, you'd get given some extremely warm kit to wear. That certainly helps. If you visit the Ice Hotel you can wear their snowsuits, although it's warmer inside the Hotel than outside. More or less constant -5 deg C inside whereas outside can dip massively. We saw the Lights lying on the River Torne..... Very beautiful - except for the nose hair.
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