ESN Trondheim Lapland Express - Christmas special!

Our this years Lapland season is about to begin! So get ready, dress warm, and jump on board for an amazing and unforgettable adventure to one of the most remote places in Europe.

Have you ever been across the Arctic Circle? Here's your chance. As you can imagine, traveling so way up north is a whole different experience from traveling in sunny and warm southern Europe, so we advise you to get prepared before the departure and browse through our section dedicated to winter traveling.


Tour dates: 22 -27 December 2017
Duration: 6 days/5 nights
Departure city: Trondheim
Price: 399 EUR



  • Transportation by bus during the whole tour
  • Hostel standard accommodation, on a shared-room basis for 3 nights
  • Tour managers services and guiding
  • Breakfast on day 2 (B)
  • Christmas dinner on day 3 (December 24-th)
  • Visit to the Ice Hotel
  • Sauna and an arctic swim or rolling in the snow
  • Visit to a Sami family with reindeer
  • Daytrip to Norway if the weather allows and road is open
  • Evening in the Sami tent with open fire and hot drinks



  • The chance to see the Aurora Borealis in the arctic night during the right circumstances
  • Cross the Arctic Circle
  • Drink a cold beer in a sauna and roll around in the snow or have an arctic swim
  • Experience the Sami culture
  • Visit the world famous Ice Hotel in Jukkasjärvi
  • Go snowmobiling or dog sledding
  • Go cross country skiing
  • Party with new friends



  • Check more about optional activities under Optional Activities section


PS! Non students pay 25 eur/per pax/trip extra!




All the accommodation on this tour is included in the price. 2 nights on the bus and 3 nights in hostels in shared rooms.

Day 1 Departure 
We meet at the departure point and get on the bus that takes us overnight to the far north across the Arctic Circle. On the bus you have plenty of time to get to know your travel mates and watch some movies.

Day 2 Abisko
In the morning you wake up in Abisko which is mostly known for it`s famous National Park and 440 km long Kungsdalen hiking track. We stay in the hostel for two nights. After a good breakfast it`s a free day for activities in the Abisko area, you can choose between optional activities arranged by the tourist station or rent equipment for skiing etc (Read more under Optional activities). Later in the afternoon we go to a traditional wood-heated sauna and you can also go for an arctic dip in the frozen lake in Abisko! Abisko is known to be a good place for seeing Northern Lights so keep your eyes open.
Day 3 Abisko-Narvik-Abisko
Today you can choose between going by bus across the border to Norway and visit the town of Narvik or stay in Abisko. In Abisko you can explore the area & go on a hike. We can only go to Norway if the weather and road conditions are good. Narvik is located on the coast of the Atlantic, on the way there you will see a stunning scenery with snow covered peaks and fjords. In the evening we will have Christmas dinner in the hotel restaurant, and gather in the Sami tent later. Remember to keep your eyes open for the Northen Lights!
Day 4 Abisko-Kiruna
In the morning we depart from the hostel to visit a Sami family, the indigenous people of Northern Scandinavia. You will learn about the Sami way of life today and in the past, as well as get to see and feed the reindeer. After that we continue to the world famous Ice Hotel in Jukkasjärvi, a small village just outside Kiruna. You can visit all the ice rooms and then hang out in the ice-bar and why not - have a drink from a glass made of ice - a memory of a lifetime. Later we arrive in Kiruna, the northernmost town in Sweden, where we stay for overnight. After check-in to the hostel we will have a guided walk around charming Kiruna and visit its beautiful wooden church.

Day 5 Kiruna-Trondheim
This morning and afternoon you can choose for different activities - From dog sledding and snow mobiling, to visiting the world's largest underground Iron Mine. (Read more under Optional activities). *Note that if you book the iron mine you need to do Dog Sledding and Snow mobiling in the morning (the lists with different times will be passed around on the bus)(B). After the fun it`s time for departure back home.

Day 6 Back at the departure point
We are back where we started and the tour is over, but you will have some amazing memories and new friends. See your confirmation/program for estimated arrival time.

Optional activitites

Lapland offers a lot of amazing activities. Some of them need to be booked in advance and three of them you can book with us and we forward your booking to the activity company. The Combi Tour has guaranteed departure if you have prebooked it on Scanbalt website, the other two need a minimum number of persons. Possible cancellation of any of the two activities due to weather conditions will be announced on day 1 of the tour.


Combi Tour
Organizer: Kiruna Sleddog
When: Day 5, 9:15 AM, 12:15 PM Price: 900 SEK
Where: You will be picked up at the hostel and go to an area outside the town.
Booking:  You can book this activity via Scanbalt. Booking will be opened ca 3 weeks before the tour and up to 10 days before departure. 
Payment: 10 eur (100 SEK) booking fee to Scanbalt / Rest 800 SEK in cash to the organizer on the spot in CASH
The lists with different departure times for the Combi Tour will be passed around on the bus. Departure times can change depending on when we arrive in Kiruna and the number of participants. Those who booked the Kiruna Mine Tour in advance will be placed on the early Combi tour departure. Note that we can not guarantee that big groups of friends can be in the same group. The final information is given on the bus regarding who goes when. Before starting you will sign a paper for insurance. Signing that document means that you accept the conditions for using the snow mobile and taking part of the activity. For example if you damage a snow mobile you need to pay the "self risk" which could be up to 8000 SEK.
This is the king of all Lapland adventures. The tour is about 3 hours and half time is with dog sledge and the other half time is with snowmobile. Warm clothes are included and also a warm drink.

Ice Climbing
Organizer: The Swedish Tourist Organisation (STF)
When: Day 2, 10 AM-1 PM
Price: 600 SEK
Where: Meet at the reception in Abisko. The activity takes place close to the hostel.
Payment: 6 eur (60 SEK) booking fee to Scanbalt / Rest 540 SEK by cash/card to the organizer on the spot.
Number of places: Minimum 4 and maximum 6.
This 3-hour activity takes place a short walk from our hostel in Abisko national Park at about 10 AM on day 5. Ice climbing is considered to be one of the most exciting forms of climbing. On this half-day course you'll learn the basic techniques. By means of crampons, rope and ice axes we’ll climb the steep icefalls in the canyon. Climbing activity takes place only when there is enough natural frozen ice.

Try out cross-country skiing
Organizer: The Swedish Tourist Organisation (STF)
When: Day 2, 10 AM-1 PM
Price: 600 SEK
Where: Meet at the reception in Abisko. The activity takes place next to the hostel.
Payment: 6 eur (60 SEK) booking fee to Scanbalt / Rest by cash/card to the organizer on the spot.
Number of places: Minimum 6 and maximum 16.

Learn to ski in the backcountry! Join us on a classic cross-country ski-tour for 3 hours. This tour is for you, who have never tried skiing before. We provide instructions and teach you the basics of cross-country skiing. This day is also a great way to enjoy Abisko National Park in an easygoing pace.
Trip to Narvik
When: Day 3, 10:00AM - 3:00 PM
Price: 150 SEK (15 Eur)
Where: Meet at the reception in Abisko.
Payment: In cash to the tourleader on the bus
Half-day bus trip to the Norvegian town Narvik, which is located at the Atlantic ocean and is well-known for its seabattles during WWII. The road from Abisko to Narvik takes us through some stunning scenery with snow covered peaks and fjords - we will make stops on the way.
*Note that the activity is possible only if the weather and the road conditions are good!

Please note that if you have signed up for an optional activity you have to take part of that activity or pay for it without participation. If just not showing up you will have to pay afterwards!

Other activities: 

Visit the Kiruna Iron Mine 
Organizer: The Tourism Office in Kiruna
When: In December Monday-Sunday 14:00. You can book it on Day 05 to match with our program
Where: Meeting is outside the tourism office, a special bus will take us down to the mine.
Price: students 260 SEK/ non-students 360 SEK
Booking/Payment: Bookings are made online directly with the tourism office (if there are places left, you can try to book when we arrive to Kiruna, but it can happen that the tour is full): 
Come down underground to the world’s biggest underground iron-ore mine! A coach from the Tourist Office in Kiruna will take us straight into the mountain and down to the exhibition mine LKAB InfoMine, to the level of 540 meters. To secure a seat it’s good to book a tour in advance. You book directly with the activity company. Tour runs with minimum 12 bookings.
Read more about different sites in Kiruna at the website of the tourism office:

Departures and prices

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