Stockholm and Arctic Adventure
This six day Swedish adventure embraces both the highlights of city slicking and the arctic wilderness. Spilt your time between exploring the cultural capital and enjoying a snowy arctic retreat - where husky driven sleds will whisk you towards views of the Northern Lights, glimmering behind snow-sprinkled tree tops.
Itinerary at a Glance:
- Get to grips with Stockholm's famous art culture and wander through the picturesque Old Town
- Fly through the snowy arctic landscapes on a thrilling Siberian Husky trip
- Explore Lulea's frozen archipelago by hovercraft
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Day 1: Arrive in Stockholm
Spend your first morning immersing yourself in Stockholm's famous art culture.
Meet your transfer driver at the airport and gaze out of the window as you arrive into this trendy water-front city, and head to your hotel to drop your bags.
There are a host of galleries to visit and a range of artistic goodies to please a variety of tastes. Fotografiska is a hot attraction for contemporary photography and housed in an industrial building. The complex of galleries at Industricentralen displays the work of internationally acclaimed contemporary artists and for something slightly different, wander around the world's first open air museum, Skansen , which will take you back in time to the old houses and farmsteads of the locals from the 16th century.
Take a break and refuel with a traditional smorgasbord meatball dish before embarking on your afternoon of naval history. The Vasa museum is a must see, home to the Vasa ship, the only surviving 17th Century ship in the world which has been preserved after spending 333 years hidden on the sea bed.
In keeping with your day full of artistic delights, head to one of Stockholm's restaurants borne from the New Nordic culinary concept for a sophisticated and contemporary twist on Swedish cuisine. Then, if you fancy a taste of local nightlife, head to a bar, many of which turn into lively dance arenas come midnight.
- Explore Fotografiska
- Wander around the world's first open air museum, Skansen
- The Vasa museum
Day 2: Explore Stockholm
Today you will be exploring Stockholm's Old Town; the original city centre which features old colourful buildings and picturesque alleyways, dating back hundreds of years and full of historic charm.
Head to The Royal Palace, one of the largest in Europe, in time for the changing of the guard ceremony complete with military band. After which, you can wander among the baroque architecture and marvel at royal treasures kept within the three museums. Spend your afternoon at leisure in this charming region of Stockholm, stroll the cobbled streets and stop for a drink in one of the quaint cafes. The Nobel Museum, Post Museum and The Royal Coin Cabinet are all located in this region should you be tempted.
- Explore Stockholm's Old Town
- The Royal Palace for changing of the guard ceremony
- Nobel Museum
- Post Museum
- Royal Coin Cabinet
Day 3: Fly to Swedish Lapland
Get up bright and early this morning for a short flight from Stockholm to Lulea, where a driver will meet you and transfer you around 40 minutes into the heart of Swedish Lapland and your hotel, Aurora Safari Camp.
Put on a pair of snowshoes and spend your first morning exploring the area and taking in the beautiful views of the forest and frozen river. For a higher adrenaline activity, take a fatbike or kicksled and whiz through the snow and ice. Alternatively, take a guided tour around the Rane River Valley in a snowmobile, stopping for a warm drink during your expedition. Take part in a photographic workshop this afternoon so you can capture your picture perfect surroundings during your stay. As darkness falls and with no artificial light in sight, gaze up at the Northern Lights in all of their glory - this is an excellent chance to show off your newly learned skills.
- Fly from Stockholm to Lulea
- Ride a fatbike or kicksled through the snow and ice
- Tour around the Rane River Valley
- Take a photography workshop
- View the Northern Lights
Day 4: Swedish Lapland
Wake up in your arctic wilderness for an exciting Siberian Husky trip.
You will meet an excitable team of dogs and their owners, before spending the day whooshing through the forest and lake trails and immersing yourself into a life in the wilderness. Look out for the local wildlife, including moose, red fox, reindeer and roe deer as well as an abundance of birds. On your return, you can channel your inner artist, as you will be provided with professional ice tools and a large block of ice from the lake to sculpt into a shape of your choice. The open fire at your hotel will keep you warm and cosy as you return to your sanctuary away from the freezing cold temperatures and snowfall for dinner.
- Take a Siberian Husky trip
- Carve an ice sculpture
Day 5: Lulea Archipelago
Journey across the ice-covered Bothnian Bay with the aim to reach the pack ice fields on the outer archipelago (weather conditions permitting).
Today you'll be exploring Lulea's frozen archipelago - by hovercraft! This two and a half hour experience is not available anywhere else in Swedish Lapland.) Here there is free time to walk on the ice and if you're lucky there is the chance to spot a seal or sea eagles. You will have lunch out at a wilderness cabin which has a log burning stove to warm up by, and afterwards, plenty of time to enjoy the deserted and beautiful landscape around you. We cannot recommend this tour highly enough!
- Ride a hovercraft to explore Lulea's frozen archipelago
Day 6: Home
Sadly the time has come to head home this morning.
With one last winter warmer at breakfast, pack up and head to Lulea for your flight to Stockholm, from here catch your connecting flight back home.
Francesca is our expert for this itinerary and, as a seasoned traveller, has the inside track on the most memorable adventures.