SUS Lapland Express

This year 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, travelling so way up north is a whole different experience from travelling in sunny and warm southern Europe, so we advise you to get prepared before the departure and browse through our section dedicated to winter travelling.

 
Tour dates: 01-06 March 2018
 
Duration: 6 days/5 nights
 
Departure city: Stockholm
 
Price: 345 EUR
 
 
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
  • Visit the Ice Hotel
  • Sauna and an arctic swim
  • Visit Sami people 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
 
  • Daytrip to Norway 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!
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.


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
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 snowmobiling to visiting the world's largest underground Iron Mine. (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 Snowmobiling 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. In the evening we will gather in the Sami tent around a cosy fire. 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 wood-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 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 pre-booked it on 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.
 
Optional activities booking system closes automatically 14 days before departure!

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 IT'S GOOD IF YOU CAN DO THAT DURING THE TOUR.
 
Combi Tour
Organizer: Kiruna Sleddog
When: Day 2, 9:15 AM, 12:15 PM
Price: 950 SEK
Payment: 10 EUR booking fee to Scanbalt, 850 SEK in CASH to the organizer on the spot. (Without the prebooking, the activity cost 1000 SEK and the whole amount is paid in cash on the spot.)
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 approx. 3 weeks before the tour and up to 14 days before departure. 
Description: This is the king of all Lapland adventures. The tour is about 3 hours and halftime is with dog sledge and the other half time is with a snowmobile. Warm clothes are included and also a warm drink.
The lists with different departure times for the Combi Tour will be passed around on the bus.  Departure times can change depending on the arrival in Kiruna and the number of participants. Those who booked the Kiruna Mine Tour in advance will be placed on the first 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 the rides, you will sign a paper for insurance. Signing the document means that you accept the conditions for using the snowmobile and taking part of the activity, meaning if you damage a snowmobile you need to pay the "self-risk" which could be up to 8000 SEK.
 
Ice Climbing - might not be available in November due to bad snow conditions!
Organizer: The Swedish Tourist Organisation (STF)
When: Day 5, 10 AM-1 PM
Price: 600 SEK
Payment: 6 EUR booking fee to Scanbalt, 540 SEK in cash/card at Abisko hotel reception.
Where: Meet at the reception in Abisko. The activity takes place close to the hostel.
Number of places: 6
Description: This 3-hour activity takes place by our hostel in Abisko national park at 10 AM on DAY 5. Ice climbing is considered to be one of the most exciting forms of climbing and 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 naturally frozen ice.
 
Try out cross-country skiing - might not be available in November due to bad snow conditions!
Organizer: The Swedish Tourist Organisation (STF)
When: Day 5, 10 AM-1 PM
Price: 600 SEK
Payment: 6 EUR booking fee to Scanbalt, 540 SEK in cash/card at Abisko hotel reception.
Where: Meet at the reception in Abisko. The activity takes place next to the hostel.
Number of places: 16
Description: Learn how to ski in the backcountry! Join us on a classic cross-country ski-tour for 3 hours. This tour is those, who have never tried skiing before or want to explore the nature of Abisko national park in a unique way. We provide instructions and teach you the basics of cross-country skiing. 
 
Day trip to Norway (no pre-booking)
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 tour leader on the bus.
Description: A half-day bus trip to enjoy magical views of the Norwegian fjords and what nature has to offer. We make a stop in a small harbour town Narvik, which is located at the Atlantic ocean and is well-known for its sea battles 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 (no pre-booking by Scanbalt)
Organizer: The Tourism Office in Kiruna
When: Departures 2-3 times a week,  at 2 PM (depends on season, please check website for booking)
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 in Kiruna, but it can happen that the tour is full): 
Description: Come down 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 places in Kiruna at the website of the tourism office:
http://www.kirunalapland.se/en/Activities/Nature--Culture/