Escorted Aurora Borealis

Accompany your personal guide into one of the last true wildernesses in Europe, Abisko National Park, nestled in the mighty mountains of the Arctic on this fantastic Northern Lights holiday. From your luxury cabin you can spend the days experiencing any of the great activities on offer, whilst at night your guide will be on hand to give you the best chance of seeing the Aurora Borealis. This includes an opportunity to venture high into the surrounding mountains with a trip to the Aurora Sky Station. This trip is offered as a 3 or 4 night tour. See our Northern Lights Experience package for a self guided option.

Sweden - Abisko and Bjorkliden

Abisko and Bjorkliden are situated on the outskirts of the Abisko National Park 250km into the Arctic circle in northern Sweden. With great views across the Lapporten mountain range and the pristine Lake Torneträsk it has long been a favourite with nature-loving Swedes. It’s also considered one of the best places in the world to go aurora hunting with it being almost completely free from light pollution. You will find a wide range of activities on offer along with great food in the restaurant and bar. Bjorkliden is a great destination for those looking to combine the Northern Lights with a great winter holiday.

When

This package has set dates but can be arranged for private groups between December and April.

Accommodation

There are three types of accommodation available to choose, from stylish hotel rooms and luxury self catering cabins to large log cabins suitable for up to 10 people. All types of accommodation are available with the option of breakfast, half board or full board.

Solhyllan Cabins as an Nothern Lights Experience

These luxury 4 bedroomed wooden houses have 2 lounge areas with LED TVs, fully-fitted kitchen with dishwashers, cooker, oven, dining area with 8 seater dining table. All chalets also have wifi, sauna and balcony and to top it off each house has a private outdoor jacuzzi on the balcony allowing you to relax in the water and watch the Northern Lights above. Breakfast, half board and full board options are available on request. Daily cleaning and food delivery can also be added on request.

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Kappas Cabin

These 2 bedroomed, well appointed private chalets are equipped with kitchen including hob, oven/microwave and dishwasher. All chalets have a sauna and balcony and are a short walk away from the hotel bars and restaurants. Skiers are well catered for with purpose built ski storage cupboards. All chalets have TVs and individually controlled heating. Breakfast, half board and full board options are available on request.

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Hotel Rooms

These well appointed premium hotel rooms offer all the facilities and comforts required for a great stay, with single, double and family rooms available. Situated in the heart of the hotel these rooms are close to all the facilities, including the cafe reception area, sports desk and restaurant. Half board and full board options are available on request.

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Activities

There are a wide range of activities on offer including:

From Fjell to Fjord: Narvik Day Trip

A guided tour over the beautiful mountains that straddle the Swedish and Norwegian border to the town of Narvik.

Aurora Village overnight stay

Up in the mountains above Björkliden, a short walk from the hotel, with beautiful views of the vast landscape, are three small huts, traditionally used as portable ice-fishing huts. They have been converted into cosy rooms for overnight stays with great opportunities for Aurora watching, away from distracting artificial lights. Your guide will take you on snowshoe or snowmobile and then you will spend the evening waiting for the aurora. After a cosy night in your cabin the guide will return, with breakfast to collect you in the morning.

Ice-fishing

Travel on a snowmobile sled into the wilderness to a frozen lake. Find the perfect spot and then with the help of your guide drill your hole. You will then need to be very patient and wait for the fish to come to you. If you are lucky you might catch Arctic char, trout or grayling.

Arctic Experience Day

A full day in the Abisko National Park experiencing the beauty of the wilderness. Snowmobiling, wilderness lunch and ice-fishing are all included.

Ice Climbing

Ice climbing is a fun and exciting activity for the whole family. Climbing on the frozen waterfalls surrounding Bjorkliden is an experience not to be missed!

Caving

The Kåppasjåkka cave is one of Sweden's longest cave systems. Discover cave halls adorned with stalagmites and stalactites on this exciting adventure.

Frozen Lake Aurora

Weather permitting you will head out in a snowmobile trailer onto the frozen lake and to a cosy hut with a fire with your guide. Here you will find the perfect spot to wait for the Northern Lights and set up your camera.

Snowshoe Tours

Either in Abisko or Bjorkliden enjoy the easy activity of snowshoeing. A great way to walk on soft and deep snow.

Låktatjåkko Mountain Lodge trip

Travelling by Snowcat or snowmobile with sled travel up to Låktatjåkko Mountain station. A true must for everyone who visits. Available from mid-February.

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Mushers joy dog sledding trip

Be a musher of your own dog team for a day! In Alaska, where dog sledding originated, the drivers of the sleds are called “mushers”. To drive a dog sled is know as “mushing”. Mushing is a great experience. Exciting, fast and fun way to enjoy the natural surroundings. During this full day trip you will head out for the day and enjoy lunch in the wilderness. A good level of fitness is required.

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Flights

Flights to your chosen destination are not included in your package. However we will always include details of the most suitable flights in our opinion to match your tailor-made itinerary. We cooperate with Dial-A-Flight to assist you in making your flight bookings. However, flights can be booked independently and through your choice of carrier which increases flexibility and allows you to continue to travel with your preferred airlines.

Extras

There are a number extras that we can offer to compliment or extend your trip.

Treehotel

Enjoy a train ride through Swedish Lapland from Abisko all the way to the Treehotel for a night (or two!) like no other at this incredible hotel before taking your onward flight.

ICEHOTEL

The ICEHOTEL is located very close to Kiruna airport so why not consider a stopover at this amazing hotel of ice before or after your trip to Bjorkliden and Abisko?

Stockholm Stopover

Extend your trip with a stopover and explore the beautiful city of Stockholm from your base in the beautiful Elite Hotel Marina Tower Hotel. With magnificent views over the inlet to Stockholm, where the city meets the archipelago. Each room is elegantly decorated in natural colours, with a focus on comfort. At the Elite Hotel Marina Tower you will get more than a room for the night – it is a total experience at a unique location where the city meets the archipelago.

No1 Traveller Lounges

If your flying from selected airports why not start your holiday off in style with No1Traveller airport lounges. These award winning luxury airport lounges offer everything the discerning traveller needs from freshly prepared complimentary food and drink to wifi or even a spa! Contact us today to arrange your access and start your holiday in style.

Clothing and Footwear Package

The cost of buying the winter clothing recommended for your trip can easily add up. To help out Off the Map Travel has teamed up with Expedition Kit Hire to provide top of the range Northern Lights clothing and footwear rental package. Including all the recommend items this package is a great way to get everything needed at a fraction of the price it would cost to buy.

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Prices

Our guided trips come in two types, set date trips and tailor-made guided tours, perfect when you have a larger group.

Set Date Trips

Each season we run a number of set date guided trips for singles, couples or friends to join. Our set date groups never have more than 6 people and you will always have a private room or cabin. Over the years they have proven extremely popular with our guests and having such small groups ensures you get a personal service throughout your stay. Whether you are a little nervous when travelling, need special assistance or just want the reassurance and luxury of a personal guide the set date trips are an excellent choice.

In 2015 we are running two set date trips with prices from £1499 per person.

Two 4 nights Trips travelling between the 15/01/2015 to 19/01/2015 and the 02/03/2015 to 06/03/2015

Tailor-made Guided Trips

We are able to provide guided trips for those people or groups looking for a personal guide. Our guides have excellent experience and knowledge of the area and have hunted and witnessed the Aurora on many occasions. They are passionate about what they do and aim to provide our guests with the best possible experience, often going the extra mile! Take a look at the highlights tab to read previous customer comments!

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Highlights

Interested in this destination? Take a look at what our previous customers have to say!

"A big thank you to Off the Map Travel for a wonderful trip. They understood our wants from the start and put together the perfect itinerary. The entire trip was made very easy for us, was great fun and a wonderful experience. Off the Map Travel went above and beyond in every aspect of the trip and we cannot recommend them highly enough."

"I was very impressed with the standard of care and attention given to the whole group, we all felt 'looked after'. I have rarely seen a company with such commitment to ensuring things run so smoothly, and even though there was a lot of planning and schedules were tight to fit in the amount of activities we had planned, it ran flawlessly. Even when the weather prevented one activity, plans were altered so that we did not miss out. We were lucky enough to enjoy bright aurora every night, which as the main purpose of the trip, was amazing!"

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