Lapland Express

 
 
Lapland Experience is not to be missed, while in Scandinavia. 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: Next Lapland tours coming up in November 2017!!
 
Included
  • 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)
  • Visit to the Ice Hotel
  • Sauna and an arctic swim
  • Visit to a Sami family with reindeer
  • Evening in the Tipi tent with open fire and hot wine
 
 
Highlights
  • 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
 
 
Optional
Visit to Narvik and Fjord area if the weather allows - if trip will depart, then payment in cash to tour guide - 15 EUR or 150 SEK
 
 
PS! Non students pay 25 eur/per pax/trip extra!
 
You can also check our trip to Finnish Lapland and Santa Claus here.
 
 
Status:
Full

Program

Please note that there might be small changes in the tour. The updated program will be sent to you about a week before the start of the tour.


Accommodation

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


Departure times: Stockholm 1:30 PM, Uppsala 2:30 PM, Gävle 4 PM, Sundsvall 7:30 PM, Umeå 11:30 PM

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 Kiruna (B)
In the morning you wake up in Kiruna, the northernmost town in Sweden. After a good breakfast at our hostel we have a day full of optional activities. From dog sledding and snow mobiling, to visiting the world's largest underground Iron Mine (from Janaury-March 2017: Tuesdays, Thrusday, Saturdays 14:00 - Read more under Optional activities). Walk around charming Kiruna and visit its beautiful wooden church *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)

Day 3 Kiruna-Abisko
Morning free time, we depart from the hostel 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.* After that we 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. Later we arrive in the Abisko National Park where we will stay for two nights. Abisko is known to be a good place for seeing Northern Lights so keep your eyes open.

Day 4 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 Narvik 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. Later in the afternoon we go to a traditional wooden-heated sauna and you can also go for an arctic dip in the frozen lake in Abisko!

Day 5 Abisko
This day is 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). In the afternoon we leave Abisko to start driving back south again, and on the way stop at the Arctic Circle before getting ready to sleep.

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 tickets for estimated arrival time.

Optional Activities

Optional activities on Lapland Express

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 re booked it in Scanbalt website, the other two need a minimum number of persons. Possible cancellation of any of the two activities will be announced on day 1 of the tour.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE FOLLOWING ACTIVITIES ARE DONE BY SEPARATE COMPANIES AND NOT SCANBALT. SOME ACTIVITIES LISTED BELOW NEED TO BE PREBOOKED, SCANBALT CAN DO THAT FOR YOU. ANY DISAGREEMENT IS A MATTER BETWEEN THE PASSENGER AND THE ACTIVITY COMPANY. SCANBALT IS OF COURSE INTERESTED TO GET YOUR OPINION ABOUT THE ACTIVITIES/COMPANIES BUT SERIOUS COMPLAINTS MUST BE TAKEN UP WITH THE ACTIVITY COMPANY AND ITS GOOD IF YOU CAN DO THAT DURING THE TOUR.


Combi Tour

Organizer: Kiruna Sleddog
When: Day 2, 9:00 AM, 12:00 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 booking fee to Scanbalt / Rest 800 SEK in CASH to the organizer on the spot.

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.

Description:
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 5, 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 booking fee to Scanbalt / Rest 540 SEK in cash/card to the organizer on the spot.
Number of places: Minimum 4 and maximum 6.

Description:

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 5, 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 booking fee to Scanbalt / Rest 540 SEK in cash/card to the organizer on the spot.
Number of places: Minimum 6 and maximum 16.

Description:
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 4, 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


Description:
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: January-March 2017 usually on Tuesdays, Thrusdays and Saturdays 14:00
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): 

http://www.kirunalapland.se/en/see-do/guided-tours-to-lkabs-visitor-centre/

Description:
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:
http://www.kirunalapland.se/en/Activities/Nature--Culture/

Sleep on Ice

Sleeping on ice is something many passengers ask about. The links below take you to the Ice Hotel or to the Camp Ripan. No matter what you choose you need to book early because they are both very busy. If you wish to stay in the Ice Hotel for a night, we advise you to book it for day 2, then we can pick you up from there on day 3.

You can check availability and book rooms in the Ice Hotel online: www.icehotel.com. Camp Ripan only has a few basic Ice Igloos and is located in walking distance from the hostel in Kiruna http://ripan.se/en/.