Why Swedish Lapland is the best place to view the Northern Lights
UTracks, Australia’s leading active Europe specialist, has launched a seven day ‘Sweden Northern Lights and Ice Hotel’ multi activity itinerary enabling travellers to immerse themselves in the winter wonderland of the Swedish Arctic Circle and hopefully be mesmerised by the dazzling Northern Lights. And whilst the lights are a compelling draw card for visiting Sweden in winter, there is so much more to do and explore.
According to UTracks General Manager, Kate Baker, seeing the Arctic during winter is a must-do experience.
“Seeing for myself the dazzling green and pink swirling light in the night sky is truly an incredible experience,” Ms Baker said. “For me, it was a humbling experience that I’ll never forget.
“I was amazed how the limited daylight hours do not restrict the Swedish from living a very active life with their culture laced through every experience from sipping warm lingonberry drink or Arctic-style Fika (Swedish coffee) to tasting Reindeer meat and devouring mouth-watering cinnamon buns at every opportunity,” Ms Baker said.
Departing daily between 15 December and 31 March, the ideal time to view the Northern Lights, the highlights of this incredible adventure include a visit to the Abisko National Park where the Aurora Sky Station offers the optimal conditions for viewing the Aurora Borealis, time in a SámiCamp to witness the traditional lifestyle of the indigenous Sámi people and experience the exhilaration of dog sledding through alpine woods and across frozen lakes. The journey concludes with a two night stay at the original Ice Hotel, where you have the option to stay in an Ice Room, created by artists each winter.
“Winter is a glorious time to travel to Europe, with fewer tourists allowing easy navigating of Europe’s must-sees and low season rates,” Ms Baker said. “Our Sweden Northern Lights itinerary is a sneak preview to the over 30 tantalising winter journeys UTracks is excited to be launching next month.”
The Sweden Northern Lights and Ice Hotel journey departs daily from December to March and is priced from $3,590 per person (twin share)*. The tour includes three nights hotel accommodation; two nights at the Ice Hotel; overnight train travel from Stockholm to the Arctic in a private sleeper compartment ; snowmobile excursion, four hour dog sled excursion and Northern Lights Station excursion; self-guided snowshoe excursion; five breakfasts and one dinner and transfers.
More information at www.utracks.com or 1300 303 368.
*prices valid to 31 March 2019. See website for 2019/20 prices, available by 31 March 2019.
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