Lapland Express Tour for Students - New Year´s Special

Swedish Lapland is a unique destination to explore, especially in winter! It offers awesome adventures like dog-sledding and snowmobiling, cross-country skiing and ice climbing and, ultimately lake-side sauna and an arctic swim - a tradition, that shouldn’t be missed when visiting Lapland! You can visit a reindeer farm and explore the Sami culture! We cross the Arctic Circle and get a chance to see the breathtaking Northern Lights! This adventure, full of mystery, ancient Nordic culture and arctic freshness, is sure to blow your mind! Get ready, dress warm, and jump on board for an amazing and unforgettable adventure to one of the most remote places in Europe. This is a great way to experience Swedish Lapland!
Tour dates: 30 December 2017 - January 4th 2018
Departure city: Stockholm
Duration: 6 days/5 nights
Price: 385 Eur
*Non students have to pay 25 Eur extra, please contact Scanbalt office -!

On this tour all the accommodation is included in the price. We sleep two nights on our bus, and three nights in hostels on a shared-room basis.

  • 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)
  • New Year´s dinner on day 3 (December 31st)
  • 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 Fjords area if the weather allows and road is open
  • 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
  • Have a Christmas dinner behind 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




Detailed Program

Day 1 Dec 30th - 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 Dec 31st - 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 snow mobiling, 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 Snow mobiling in the morning (the lists with different times will be passed around on the bus). In the evening we will have New Year´s dinner together and after this we will go to have a party at the club. (B, D)

Day 3 Jan 1st - Kiruna-Abisko
Morning free time. 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. 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 4 Jan 2nd - 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. On the way there you will see a stunning scenery with snow covered peaks and fjords. We will make a stop in small harbour town Narvik which is located on the coast of the Atlantic. In the evening we will gather in the Sami tent. Abisko is known to be a good place for seeing Northern Lights so keep your eyes open.

Day 5 Jan 3rd- 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 Jan 4th - 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 whilst 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.


Combi Tour
Organizer: Kiruna Sleddog
When: Day 2, 9 AM, 1 PM, 5 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 7 days before departure. 
Payment: 100 SEK (10 EUR) booking fee to Scanbalt, rest 800 SEK in CASH on the spot directly to organizer

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 5, 10 AM-1 PM
Price: 600 SEK
Where: Meet at the reception in Abisko. The activity takes place close to the hostel.
Payment: 60 SEK (6 EUR) booking fee to Scanbalt, rest 540 SEK in cash/with card at Abisko hotel reception.
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 5, 10 AM-1 PM
Price: 600 SEK
Where: Meet at the reception in Abisko. The activity takes place next to the hostel.
Payment: 60 SEK (6 EUR) booking fee to Scanbalt, rest 540 SEK in cash/with card at Abisko hotel reception.
Number of places: Minimum 4 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.


Daytrip to Norway
When: Day 4, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Price: 150 SEK (or 15 Eur)
Where: Meet at the reception in Abisko.
Payment: In cash to the tourleader

Half-day bus trip to the Norway to enjoy magical views of the 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 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: Daily departures at 3 PM
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. Link to book a visit to the mine

Read more about different sites in Kiruna at the website of the tourism office

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: Camp Ripan only has a few basic Ice Igloos and is located in walking distance from the hostel in Kiruna.

Lapland packing guide

*ID card or passport 
*Student card (if you are a student)
*Bed linen/sheets and towel (sleeping bags are not allowed. It is also possible to rent bed linen for extra money on spot)
*Bathing suite for sauna 
*WARM clothes (hat, gloves, woolen socks, winter jacket and trousers). During combi tour you will be provided snowsuits and snowboots but these have to be returned after the activity.
*CASH for combi tour 
*Water bottle
Keeping the warm air around your body is what keeps you warm: 
*Wear layers allowing air to circulate. Like wool or thermal underwear. Thicker wool, fleece or down layers and also a windproof outer layer (jacket and trousers). 
*Hats and gloves/mittens are important. Mittens that don’t separate your fingers keep you warmer.
*Have spacious shoes so you can wear thick wool socks and still have plenty of space to wiggle your toes.