Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Winter Holiday Road Trip in the Arctic Scandinavian Wilderness

Arctic road trip journey - winter holiday in sweden - polar night

Winter Wonderland Road Trip!

Icehotel Starry Skies Deep Powdery Snow Subtle and Ever-Changing Hues of the Polar Night Stunning Mountains Frozen Fjords Huskies Snowmobiles Northern Lights New Year Icebar Celebrations Moose Glowing Decorations in Every Window Gentle Ski Slopes  All Day Sunsets Reindeer Sledging frozen lakes snow covered forests...

Northern Norway and Sweden. From the stunning Norwegian fjords to the original and biggest Icehotel near Swedish mining town Kiruna, Arctic pleasures await, on a road trip spanning 400 miles of frozen beautiful wilderness...

Over a period of just 7 days, our 'itinerary' included all of the above and more. After the set of photos is a brief idea of where we flew from/to, where we stayed, and what you can do in each fantastic winter destination. 

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Snowmobiling Trip
Arctic road trip journey - winter holiday in sweden - campfire
Coffee Around a Campfire
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Feeding the Feisty Reindeer!
skiing malselv fjellandsby north Norway near Tromso
Skiing at Malselv
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Posing for a Photo at the Ice Chapel - You can actually get married here!

New Year at the Icehotel

Winter Holiday Road Trip, Day 1 - Bardufoss, Norway: 

Fly from London to Bardufoss (Change at Oslo)*

3 nights - stay in Malselv Fjellandsby Ski Resort - apartments. Approx £150 per apartment, sleeps 6.

Things to do: Skiing at Malselv resort, trip to see fjords, a visit to Tromso city is also possible. (It is best to hire a car for getting around).

Winter Holiday Road Trip, Day 4 - Kiruna, Sweden:

Drive to Kiruna (Approx 4.5 hours)

There is also a direct train route from Narvik in Norway

3 nights - Stay in Kiruna at Jarnsvagshotellet (by the station). Approx £80 per double room

Places to stop on the way to Kiruna if driving: Narvik town in Norway, and Abisko National Park. This has beautiful mountain scenery, and possibility of Northern Lights if it is dark because this area lies in a 'rain shadow' which rarely has much cloud cover. There is also an Aurora skystation with a chairlift up the mountain to a station and coffee shop at the top. However the Northern Lights are never guaranteed. We saw them in 2011 but not this year :( 

Things to do: Husky, snowmobile and/or snowshoeing trips, Icehotel tour, drinking at icebar in the evening (New Years Eve in this case), feeding and visiting reindeer at the Sami reindeer lodge...

Husky, snowshoe and snowmobile trips usually involve stopping at a traditional Sami lapp tent for a coffee and sandwich around a campfire!

Winter Holiday Road Trip, Day 7 - back to Bardufoss:

Drive back to Bardufoss (Approx 4.5 hours).

1 night in apartment ready for flight home the next day.


Depending on what is cheapest at the time, it is possible to fly to Kiruna and change in Stockholm with SAS, to Bardufoss and change at Oslo with Norwegian, or to Tromso and change in Oslo with Norwegian. There are other routes but these are the three cheapest we have found and booked before. 

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Bardufoss Airport!

If you have questions about any of these places, or practicalities, share in the comments! 

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