ESN SU 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.
- Transportation by bus during the whole tour
- Hostel standard accommodation, on a shared-room basis for 3 nights (bed linen not included)
- Tour managers services and guiding
- Breakfast on day 2
- Guided tour in the Ice Hotel
- Sauna and an arctic swim
- Visit to Sami people with reindeer
- Evening in the Sami tent with open fire and hot drink
- Get amazed by the beauty of the Northern Lights (only during the right circumstances)
- Find out that a cold beer tastes the best after wooden-heated sauna
- Challenge yourself by rolling in the snow or diving into an icy-cold lake
- Learn about fascinating Sami culture connected to reindeer
- Lie down on an ice-bed in the world-famous Ice Hotel in Jukkasjärvi
- Drive through frozen nature on snowmobile and dog sled
- Cross-country sky in Abisko National Park
- Party with old and new friends far North behind the Arctic Circle
- Travel Insurance (it is highly recommended)
- Meals (except Day 2 breakfast; all accommodation has shared equipped kitchens)
- Optional Activities (please check below)
- Bed linen (possible to rent for 6-10 EUR or bring your own)
All the accommodation on this tour is included in the price. 2 nights on the bus and 3 nights in hostels in shared rooms. All accommodations have WiFi and shared kitchens suitable for cooking and storing food. Bathrooms and toilets are shared.
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
Day 3 Kiruna-Abisko
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, 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. They tell you about 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 stay for two nights. In the evening, we gather in the Sami tent around a cozy fire. Abisko is known to be a good place for seeing Northern Lights so keep your eyes open.
Day 4 Abisko
On this day, you can choose between crossing the border to Norway for a visit of the Narvik town (Optional activity) 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
Use the morning for more exploration of the area, try snowshoes or the activities as Ice-climbing or Cross-country skiing (Optional activity). 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.
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.
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.
When: Day 2, 9:15 AM, 12:15 PM
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.
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.
Number of places: 6 (minimum 4)
When: Day 5, 10 AM-1 PM
Price: 625 SEK
Where: Meet at the reception in Abisko. The activity takes place next to the hostel.
Number of places: 16 (minimum 4)
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.
Price: 250 SEK (25 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 harbor town Narvik, which is located at the Atlantic ocean and is well-known for its sea battles during WWII. Our tour manager takes you for a viewing point to see the city and by the coast. There is a lunch stop included in the trip (the lunch offer will be presented a day before the trip). 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!
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 the season, please check the 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):
Read more about different places in Kiruna on the website of the tourism office: