Northern Lights Snowshoe Safari
Sweden, Snowshoeing, 6 days - from £995 (land only) - from €1,395 (land only) - from $1,620 (land only)
Let there be lights!
Spending 2 nights in a remote cabin, away from any form of light pollution, gives us the best chance of seeing the elusive Aurora dancing across the night sky.
- In search of the Aurora north of the Arctic Circle
- Guided snowshoeing in Sweden, suitable for beginners
- A REAL winter adventure with two nights at a remote cabin
- Free day for optional activities in the Abisko National Park
- Great value winter activity holiday, all but one meal included
This is a guided winter activity holiday with a difference, as we don our snowshoes and head out into remote Swedish Lapland in search of the Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis. Snowshoes are the best way to explore here and the technique is easy to master making this the perfect holiday for those new to winter activities. Flying into Kiruna, we head up to the Abisko National Park, 200km north of the Arctic Circle; deep in the land of the Northern Lights. We spend our first night in comfortable chalets at the Abisko Mountain Station, where we meet our knowledgeable guide who will brief us about the coming days. We have a morning to explore Abisko and practice walking on our snowshoes before we head 35km out into the wilderness to the simple, but warm and comfortable, mountain cabins on the shore of frozen Lake Alesjaure; this will be our base for the next 2 nights. There is no road access to the area, so we will arrive by snowmobile pulled sled! High in the still white wilderness, away from civilisation, there is no light pollution to disturb our Aurora watching. With the dark nights and the area's favourable climate on our side, if the solar activity is good, you have a fantastic chance of seeing the Northern Lights from here. Not only are we in the prime location for Aurora spotting, this is also one most celebrated mountain areas in Swedish Lapland. During the days we wrap up warm and head out with our guide to investigate the pristine white landscape, we may even be able to track some of the area's wildlife. After a day out exploring in the snow we will be invited to warm up the Swedish way in the traditional wood sauna, before settling in for another evening of watching the night sky; we should have our warm clothes near by and be ready to run outside at any opportunity! After two nights at the hut we return to Abisko and have an evening free to relax before a day of optional activities with dog sledding, ice climbing or Nordic skiing on offer; those seeking another chance to see the lights may opt to visit the Aurora Sky Station. An excellent way to round off this winter adventure!
Is this holiday for you?
This winter activity holiday in Sweden is suitable for anyone of average fitness. No previous experience is required for the snowshoeing and there will be no steep ascent or descent, we will be covering relatively easy snow covered routes. The itinerary will be flexible and the guides will use their expertise and local knowledge to determine the best routes to take advantage of prevailing snow conditions and the abilities of the group. It should be noted that in some snow conditions snowshoeing can be quite energetic and you should have a reasonable level of cardiovascular fitness before coming on this holiday. Snowshoes and poles will be provided. During the snowshoeing excursions you will only be required to carry a small day pack with your daily essentials, extra layers etc... and your packed lunch. You will experience low temperatures on this holiday and should be prepared with suitable thermal clothing; evenings are always spent in heated rooms. Accommodation at Abisko will be in two or four bedded heated chalets and in Alesjaure in simple, but warm and cosy, cabins with four bed bunked rooms and outdoor toilet block. Please note that there is no mains electricity or running water at the cabins and group members will be expected to assist with 'hut chores' including cooking, cleaning and fetching water.