4 - 14 FEBRUARY 2017

Lapland is an intensely beautiful landscape of snow-bound forests, frozen lakes and vast expanses of tundra.

There is an almost magical stillness in winter, and though the sun barely skims the horizon, for a few hours a day the sky glows deep blue and the snow seems almost luminous in the oblique light. After dark, the moon and stars are piercingly bright, and with 6 nights in Lapland you have an excellent chance of witnessing the mesmerising swirl of the Northern Lights. 

Saturday 4 February 2017 -  Australia

Depart Australia on evening flight. 

Sunday 5 February 2017 -  Australia - Dubai - Stockholm

In Dubai connect to the flight to Stockholm. Arrive in Stockholm at midday and stay overnight at the Airport Hotel. 

Monday 6 February 2017

Fly from Stockholm to Kiruna, Lapland, 200 km inside the Arctic Circle.  Travel across some of the most spectacular scenery you will see – snow covered mountains and trees twinkling with their covering of ice and snow - magic. Arrive at Hotel Fjallet, a traditional lodge in the heart of a ski resort. 

On arrival you will be fitted out with your warm winter gear which you will use throughout your stay.

Afternoon conference session (2 hours)

Enjoy a hearty dinner at the lodge, with panoramic view of the mountains and maybe, if you are lucky, the northern lights may appear to wow you.

Tuesday 7 February 2017

Your adventures begin this morning with a snowmobile ride to Lakktatjakko Mountain Station, the highest in Sweden. The views are epic, an endless vista of snow covered peaks, untouched and uninhabited. Believe it or not, the station is renowned for its homemade waffles, which you must try before heading back through the pristine mountains to Bjorkliden and lunch at the hotel.

Afternoon conference session (4 hours) 

Wednesday 8 February 2017      

For today’s adventure, strap on a pair of snowshoes. Hike into the silent wilderness to explore the Arctic birch forest, take in the mountain vistas and to breathe in the pure air that can only be found in the Arctic. During your hike you may spot the tracks of local wildlife including moose, fox, Arctic hare and much more! 

For the even more adventurous, you can try your hand (and feet) at ice climbing. With expert guides to take care of you, snap on the crampons, grab the picks and hook up your harness, and up a frozen water fall you go.

Afternoon conference session (4 hours)

This evening, we drive to Abisko Tourist Station for a delicious dinner before taking a beautiful ride in a chair-lift to the famous Aurora Sky Station. On our exclusive tour, learn about the science of the northern lights and enjoy the stunning views of the hushed landscape, but more importantly, the limitless dark night sky. If you haven’t seen the Northern Lights till now, this is your very best chance. This is the place to be completely awed by the vastness of the natural world.

Take the chairlift back down, return to the hotel and snuggle up in your warm bed. 

Thursday 9 February 2017 

This morning we drive to the small village of Jukkasjarvi, next to the mighty glacial River Torne, and arrive at the original ICE HOTEL. The hotel is crafted into a unique incarnation each winter, and filled with imaginative art works created by artists from around the world. 

After lunch at the hotel enjoy a guided tour of this extraordinary hotel, finishing with a drink in the fabulously sculpted ICE BAR. Of course, your drink will be nice and cold – served up in a glass made of ice!

Conference session (3 hours)

Dinner at the Old Homestead, a cosy timber building which was once a school.

Tonight you can sleep in an individually themed and hand carved ice room – a surreal experience.

Friday 10 February 2017

Wake up early with a hot chocolate, coffee or tea before having a warm sauna – Scandinavians are crazy about saunas, but you don’t have to roll in the snow first.

This morning channel your own artistic talents, creating your own ice sculpture under the guidance of an expert. You never know, you may be able to give up your day job.

Conference session (4 hours)

This evening, meet your team of huskies who will whisk you across the snowy tundra in your sled. This is a fast and exhilarating way to travel; you will be every bit as excited as your canine friends whose happy barks ring across the white landscape. Arrive at Väkkäräjärvi Wilderness Lodge where your cockles are warmed by a drink of mulled wine around an open fire. Enjoy a very special dinner before dog sledding back to the hotel.

Saturday 11 February 2017       

This morning, travel to a small village to meet the Sami people, the indigenous inhabitants of the Scandinavian Arctic. Learn of their traditional way of life - coastal fishing, fur trapping and sheep herding. Let them teach you how to throw a lasso. The Sami are renowned as reindeer herders and they will take you on a reindeer sled ride, the quietest and most magical way to enjoy the forest and snowscape. Look out Rudolf. Have a traditional lunch in a Tipi – don’t be surprised if there is reindeer on the menu.

Afternoon conference session (4 hours)

Tonight enjoy your final night in Lapland with a special farewell dinner.

Sunday 12 February 2017         

After breakfast travel to Kiruna Airport to fly back to Stockholm. Stay overnight in the Airport Hotel.

OR stay in Sweden's Lapland for 5 days of skiing

Monday 13 February 2017       

Begin your homeward journey arriving in Australia on Tuesday 14 February

OR stop in Dubai to post conference tour in Oman.

End of arrangements or join one of the post conference tour arrangements

Please note that this itinerary and costs may be subject to change.