GIC 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.
Hostel standard accommodation, on a shared-room basis for 4 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 Sami tent with open fire and hot wine
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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):
Read more about different places in Kiruna at the website of the tourism office: