Northern Lights Lapland & Stockholm Yacht Trip £283.95pp including overnight trains & accommodation
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Northern Lights Lapland & Stockholm Yacht Trip £283.95pp including overnight trains & accommodation

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Found 2nd Nov 2015
I've put together this amazing trip based on a similar one I've done myself, except I was en-route to China via Sweden/Lapland and flew into Lapland Airport then overnight train back to Stockholm. I was lucky enough to see Northern Lights on 3 out of 4 nights including Valentines day of this year and it was probably the most memorable (and cold) Valentines Day I've experienced.

I've opted for overnight trains because I've done this identical trip on the train (but from Gallivare as oppose to Abisko) and Swedish overnight trains rank with the best ones I've done so far (on a par with Vienna). The price includes a private cabin for 2 and you may get a private toilet and shower or there will be one in the carriage exclusively for use by cabin passengers (depending on the train and availability). I have to say the shower and bathroom facilities were amazing on board with towels and toiletries provided. The cabins were clean and the trains were prompt and efficient. My reason for pricing the trains is that it saves on accommodation costs, I also think there is something quite romantic on overnight trains (unless you are using them in China - or the Italian ones which are equally as dire). You can also do some Aurora spotting from the train window whilst drinking some wine! You can reduce the price further if you are willing to share a cabin or if there are more of you, you can bunk together. Although the trains seem expensive, given that Abisko does not have an airport, and you'd need to fly to Kiruna from the UK, or get to Kiruna from Stockholm, then get a taxi to Abisko there and back, balance this out with the fact you are getting your overnight accommodation for two, it actually then doesn't seem that bad value or fun (in my opinion) - but that's coming from someone who sleeps very well on trains and enjoys them. The make up of this trip means you also have ample time to enjoy Stockholm too. I've tried to keep this trip on a budget in what is a very expensive place, but feel free to adjust this itinerary to suit.

Abisko is highly rated as a 'go to' place for Northern Lights viewing, although I stayed in a lesser well known place called Porjus near Gallivare. Kiruna is popular, but more expensive and touristy, popular for the ice hotel and santa trips, but unless you can remortgage your house, I'd forget the ice hotel and if you want a good ice hotel recommendation check out Transylvania (epic)!

4th February 2016
Fly from London to Stockholm Skavsta. The bus will take you into the city and I haven't included the cost here as people may want to catch the tourist bus or the local one, pre-book or not pre-book. As it was so popular on here last time, I couldn't resist putting in a night on the Maladrottingen Yacht in Stockholm, rooms include breakfast. The original post with detals of the yacht is hotukdeals.com/dea…410

5th February 2016
You will take the overnight trail direct from Stockholm Central station to Abisko in Lapland which leaves at 3:59pm so you have a good half day to explore. You will arrive into Abisko train station the morning of 6th February 2016 at 10:52am.

6th February 2016
After arriving into Abisko station, the hostel is a short 10 minute walk. You will stay for 2 Nights in the Hostel Haverskog. The hostel has plenty of activities you can book with your room including dog sledding if this is something you want to do.

8th February 2016
The overnight train back to Stockholm does not leave until 4:43pm so again, plenty of time to make your most of your time in Abisko.

9th February 2016
Arrive back into Stockholm at 10:23am and full day to explore before catching the Ryanair flight home.

HOLIDAY BREAKDOWN
- Return flights for 2 with Ryanair £39.98

- 1 Night on Yacht in Stockholm £54.74 book at venere.com using 12% code. Don't forget TCB.

- 2 Nights in the Hostel Haverskog (with towels and linen) 1780 SEK/£135.37 book at abisko.net

- Overnight trains return from Stockholm to Abisko in private cabin for 2 (no sharing with other passengers) - 4454 SEK/£337.81 book at sj.se

Total price £567.90/£283.95pp
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Flights
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Yacht
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Overnight Train
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Hotel in Abisko
http://i484.photobucket.com/albums/rr206/hotukdealstravel/Abisko%20Hostel_zps0hx1heeo.png
Here is some of my pictures, I like the one with the orange where it is still a little bit light, but it is so hard to get your camera settings right. The place we stayed had web cams set up so you could sit in the warm and run outside when you saw them.

http://i484.photobucket.com/albums/rr206/hotukdealstravel/028_zpsgkccpd1j.jpg

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Edited by: "rachelandgromit" 2nd Nov 2015
Love the look of this - thanks for sharing
magicjay1986

Love the look of this - thanks for sharing



It is amazing, it's just hoping you see them. We met a couple who were on their 4th trip who left as we arrived and hadn't seen them, so we were very lucky to see them on our first trip, but it's something once you have done once, you just want to go back and do again!
Awesome share!

It's more deals like this we need on here and less cheap toilet paper!
heat for the effort
I would love to go got a 2year old not sure if it's ideal for him
sounds amazing
Great idea, although I'm not a fan of hostels .. is there a hotel you would recommend in its place?
Macdory

Great idea, although I'm not a fan of hostels .. is there a hotel you … Great idea, although I'm not a fan of hostels .. is there a hotel you would recommend in its place?



Most of the places I saw were hostels or small places with shared bathrooms. You could try Tripadvisor to see what other options there are but expect to increase your budget alot!
The hostel I picked has private rooms for two with private bathroom - toilet.
rachelandgromit

The hostel I picked has private rooms for two with private bathroom - … The hostel I picked has private rooms for two with private bathroom - toilet.



Great - thank you for replying ... really appreciated!
Softservenews is great for aurora forecasts so you have some notice about when to pop out to catch the lights. Very accurate.
Amazing package. good one OP
THANKS ! great effort just wow well done
Massive thanks for the effort, just got to persuade the better half now! Thank you.
This looks great, thanks! Can anyone help compare with the Reykjavik package holidays that icelandair offer?

http://www.icelandair.co.uk/offers-and-bookings/book-packages/packages/item683134/northern_lights_holidays/

I was eyeing up the 4 night package (with Northern Lights and Golden Circle coach tours) at £330 pp. I have little knowledge of either Iceland or Sweden.
SwedenOrIcelandGuy

This looks great, thanks! Can anyone help compare with the Reykjavik … This looks great, thanks! Can anyone help compare with the Reykjavik package holidays that icelandair offer?http://www.icelandair.co.uk/offers-and-bookings/book-packages/packages/item683134/northern_lights_holidays/I was eyeing up the 4 night package (with Northern Lights and Golden Circle coach tours) at £330 pp. I have little knowledge of either Iceland or Sweden.



I don't think you can really compare! One is Sweden and Lapland the other is Iceland, both completely different! You need to decide whether you want to visit Sweden or Iceland and only you can make that decision.....
Edited by: "rachelandgromit" 3rd Nov 2015
Heat for the effort alone, this looks a cracking trip for the money
Another beauty of a deal - thanks for the effort and for sharing..
Good work, stunning part of the world! You can save a bit more cash if you fly up to the north rather than take the train. Guess it depends what you prefer. You'd have to play around with dates to make it work, but a return to Kiruna is £56 per person with Norwegian (e.g. 7 - 10 Feb).
Just booked a similar trip myself but to Finnish Lapland for the Feb half term (I used Avios to Helsinki on BA).

Got to say though - I've been to Iceland twice (7 nights and 5 nights) and Swedish lapland once (2 nights) all in the winter and I still haven't seen the northern light! It's a matter of luck. Fingers crossed for Feb! Enjoy
nickmassey

Good work, stunning part of the world! You can save a bit more cash if … Good work, stunning part of the world! You can save a bit more cash if you fly up to the north rather than take the train. Guess it depends what you prefer. You'd have to play around with dates to make it work, but a return to Kiruna is £56 per person with Norwegian (e.g. 7 - 10 Feb).Just booked a similar trip myself but to Finnish Lapland for the Feb half term (I used Avios to Helsinki on BA). Got to say though - I've been to Iceland twice (7 nights and 5 nights) and Swedish lapland once (2 nights) all in the winter and I still haven't seen the northern light! It's a matter of luck. Fingers crossed for Feb! Enjoy



You can fly to Kiruna and there are certainly cheap flights with Norweigan but this would still be £100 for two and if you want to stay in Abisko rather than Kiruna, you need to then get transportation to Abisko which is a fair distance away and if you are wanting to see Stockholm to you need to then get to Sweden. I still think the overnight train represents good value considering it is your accommodation too for two nights. I guess it depends what you want. It's such as shame you didn't get to see them.
wow!! great!! cheers!!!
Superb, thanks
I'd love to do something like this. Do you know if Feb is the only time to get such a good price on the whole thing?
smulx

I'd love to do something like this. Do you know if Feb is the only time … I'd love to do something like this. Do you know if Feb is the only time to get such a good price on the whole thing?



The overnight trains run every night it's just making sure they have availability, same thing for the hotel and the Ryanair flights although you'll need to search carefully for the £20 return. The main issue will be finding accommodation In Abisko as isnt a large place and accommodation there sells out fast. I'd start by checking availability at the hostel in the link, or any other hostels or hotels in Abisko as it will be finding availability there and then trying to match it all up. It's not impossible just takes a bit of time but fairly easy to do.
Thanks for all your effort.
Awesome deal - thanks for putting the effort and sharing it with us all
Amazing post, thankyou OP for taking the time to post this.
rachel I'm looking at this now, but I don't see an option to book a private cabin online? just says to call them if you have some members card or something?
djbenny1

rachel I'm looking at this now, but I don't see an option to book a … rachel I'm looking at this now, but I don't see an option to book a private cabin online? just says to call them if you have some members card or something?



Still comes up for me. Are you deffo booking the right train check the screen shot carefully and then the private cabin. Are you just selecting two adults passengers? I was able to go to payment screen.
Edited by: "rachelandgromit" 4th Nov 2015
rachelandgromit

Still comes up for me. Are you deffo booking the right train check the … Still comes up for me. Are you deffo booking the right train check the screen shot carefully and then the private cabin. Are you just selecting two adults passengers? I was able to go to payment screen.




it seems to depend on the date - i guess for the dates i was looking at the private ones are all gone!
djbenny1

it seems to depend on the date - i guess for the dates i was looking at … it seems to depend on the date - i guess for the dates i was looking at the private ones are all gone!



Ah yes, I thought you meant for the dates here! Yes the private ones are popular.
PS rachel whats the difference between the 2 hostels on the page?

i can't really find any info on either of them?
djbenny1

PS rachel whats the difference between the 2 hostels on the page?i can't … PS rachel whats the difference between the 2 hostels on the page?i can't really find any info on either of them?



Not alot really there is a description on the website, the screen shot has some of the description in there. I just think the bathrooms may be a bit closer but that's all.

There was another hostel I looked at too

here although you may need to use Chrome to translate.
nickmassey

Good work, stunning part of the world! You can save a bit more cash if … Good work, stunning part of the world! You can save a bit more cash if you fly up to the north rather than take the train. Guess it depends what you prefer. You'd have to play around with dates to make it work, but a return to Kiruna is £56 per person with Norwegian (e.g. 7 - 10 Feb).Just booked a similar trip myself but to Finnish Lapland for the Feb half term (I used Avios to Helsinki on BA). Got to say though - I've been to Iceland twice (7 nights and 5 nights) and Swedish lapland once (2 nights) all in the winter and I still haven't seen the northern light! It's a matter of luck. Fingers crossed for Feb! Enjoy



Hi Nick,

Hope you don't mind me asking but how much are you paying for the holiday? And have you any more details as I am looking to book a trip also.

Cheers

Matt
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