Highlights of Sweden
A luxury introduction to Sweden – from the streets of Stockholm to the forests of Lapland
Personalised journeys from start to finish
Save an acre of rainforest each time you travel
Every detail taken care of
- Full support from your travel designer and travel concierge before, during and after your trip
- Privately guided tours
- Luxury accommodation throughout
At a glance
On this action-packed eight-day trip, the wonders of Sweden will come to life for you. From historic cities to stunning natural scenery and outdoor fun, there are numerous memories waiting to be made.
You’ll begin this exciting trip in the heart of Stockholm where your private guide will introduce you to many of the city’s most famous landmarks. Visit the City Hall and then see the impressive shipwreck at the Vasa Museum before exploring the hidden alleys of Gamla Stan. You’ll also have the opportunity to see how the king and his family live in the Royal Palace of Stockholm.
You’ll then head to breathtaking Swedish Lapland where you will stay at the Icehotel and Treehotel. Your journey from the airport to the Icehotel will be by sled as you’re whisked along through the snow by a team of huskies. You’ll spend one night in a cold room and one night in a warm room, and enjoying a selection of unique activites, from ice dining and snowmobiling to ice sculpting.
Moving over to the unique Treehotel you will get the chance to try some ice fishing, dog sledding and head out on a Northern Lights photography tour. As the trips draws to a close, you will visit the historic World Heritage Church Village of Gammelstad en route to the airport.
Example Trip Itinerary
Meet and greet at Stockholm airport
Private transfer to your hotel in Stockholm
Accommodation in Stockholm
- 12 rooms and suites
- Courtyard garden
- Gym and spa area
Built in 1910, this beautiful townhouse has been transformed into a luxurious hotel, full of personality and Scandinavian design elements. It has been lovingly crafted into a home away from home where guests are seen as family. The 12 rooms and suites combine beauty and functionality and feature a carefully curated collection of furniture and Scandinavian antiques. The rooms are comfortable and light in summer, and cast iron stoves turn them into cosy havens in the colder months. Enjoy breakfast or an evening glass of wine in the lush courtyard garden, and allow the chef’s team to surprise you with a meal created using fresh, locally-sourced produce. You can dine in the kitchen, in the library, or in the Greenhouse. In keeping with the family home feel of the hotel, you’re also welcome to help yourself to snacks and drinks from the kitchen as you like.
- 201 rooms
- Two restaurants
- Two bars
- Fitness centre and sauna
This luxury hotel in the heart of Stockholm offers guests a relaxed and elegant base from which to explore the city. There are 201 rooms and suites to choose from. Whether original panelling and stucco from the 1800s appeals to you, or you want to wake up to sunlight spilling through wide windows, Nobis seamlessly combines style and comfort. Some of the rooms offer views out over the city centre, the beautiful Berzelii Park or tranquil inner courtyard. Interior design is focussed on contemporary timelessness, and the aesthetics are refined, calming and discreet, to match the 19th century stone architecture of the building. The furniture and artworks were designed specifically for the hotel, incorporating natural materials like stone, ceramics, wood and natural textiles. Dine on dishes inspired by traditional Italian rustic cuisine at Caina’s Bakficka. The menu takes you on a journey through Italy from the mountains of Piedmont and the valleys of Tuscany, to the southern coast of Sicily. As the sun goes down, enjoy a glass of champagne or a signature cocktail at The Gold Bar. Fresh ingredients and hand-picked spirits make for inspired seasonal drinks.
Enjoy your days exploring Stockholm, Sweden's beautiful capital. Set over 14 islands, it's a place of water and greenery as much as the urban, a place where centuries of history meet the constant forward thinking nature of its near 1 million inhabitants. As well as fine museums, trend-setting restaurants and vibrant nightclubs, a short cruise out of the city will find you among the thousands of beautiful islands that make up the Stockholm archipelago, making this a city that feels surprisingly outdoorsy.
On this tour you'll get to see some of the city's most popular highlights, including the Vasa Museum, the Royal Palace and the City Hall. At Vasa Museum you will get to marvel at the remnants of a wreck which lay at the bottom of the ocean for some 333 years. Next, you'll breathe in the fresh air as you wander down hidden alleyways between medieval buildings in Gamla Stan (the old town). Pop into the Royal Palace of Stockholm and see the state apartments, pass by the cathedral, and discover the historic Stortorget and Mårten Trotzigs Gränd alleyways. Then you end the tour with glimpses of some of Stockholm's city districts, like Södermalm, Djurgården, Norrmalm and Östermalm.
Private transfer to Stockholm airport
Flight from Stockholm to Kiruna
Your personal guide and a team of huskies will meet you at the airport and whisk you off to the Icehotel. On arrival, you'll be given winter overalls, boots, hats and gloves then journey through the snowy forest and across frozen lakes. The Ice Suites have their own warm bathroom, sauna, bath shower and relaxation area.
Lapland - Icehotel
Accommodation in Lapland - Icehotel
- Mix of cold and warm rooms
- Two restaurants
- Ice bar
When it comes to finding rooms with that little something extra, the Icehotel is hard to beat. This hotel and art exhibition was first built in 1989 and has been redesigned and built from scratch every year since. Water from the River Torne provides ice for the hotel and a team of skilled and hardy workers chip, carve and chisel until the building is complete. There is a mix of warm and cold rooms in which to sleep, the latter lingering between -5 and -8°C on the thermometer. The highlight for most guests is the chance to bed down in one of the cold rooms, where a thick mattress covered in reindeer skins sits on top of a huge bed of ice. Snuggle up in your thermal sleeping bag then wake up in the morning to a steaming cup of lingonberry juice before jumping in the sauna before breakfast. New for 2016 is the Icehotel 365, a permanent structure that is kept cool in summer by solar panels. Inside are luxury suites, each with their own bathroom as well as art suites designed and hand carved by artists from around the world. Despite its frosty nature, there are plenty of cosy corners in which to warm your fingers and toes. Set up camp in front of the crackling fire in the Jukkasjärvi Homestead, a timbered building that dates back to 1768. Here you can enjoy beef and salmon steaks hot out the charcoal-fired oven, or head to the hotel restaurant to sample traditional Scandinavian fare with locally sourced fish, game and berries. Then there is the ice bar, where everything from the glasses to the tables, chairs and bar itself is made from ice. Enjoy the totally unique surroundings and sip on what is likely to be the crispest glass of champagne or cocktail you’ll ever drink.
Experience the world-famous Icehotel which is built using ice made from water from the River Torne. You'll spend one night in a cold room - an experience not to be missed - and one night in a warm room. You'll enjoy a variety of experiences while staying at the hotel, from ice dinners to snowmobile safaris.
You have a table booked for you to enjoy the Icehotel's exclusive Ice Menu. This involves fives courses of fantastic local cuisine, some of which are served on beds of pure ice.
The Aurora Borealis, the Northern Lights, can be seen in Jukkasjärvi between September and March. The best place to see it is out in the wilderness, away from artificial light and the snowmobile is a great way to get around. Your guide explains how the northern lights appear, what causes it and the folklore around the phenomenon. They'll be a few photo stops along the way and a warming dinner at a wilderness camp.
On this fun and easy excursion, you will discover the basics of what is needed to survive in the Lappish forest. You will get to learn useful bushcraft skills with the help of experienced wilderness guides. At the end of the tour, you will be able to start a fire with a flint, orient yourself by interpreting the signs in nature and a lot more.
Your guide will take you to the Icehotel's creative area where you will spend some time learning to sculpt a block of ice into whatever your imagination comes up with. It is both creative and therapeutic.
Scenic transfer to your hotel near Harads
Lapland - Treehouse
Accommodation near Harads
- Seven unique treehouses
- Relaxation area
More than simply cabins tucked away in a forest, the rooms at this contemporary tree house hotel in Harads are marvels of engineering and works of art. Whether you’re relaxing on the net patio of the Seventh Room, or gazing out over the forest from the Dragonfly, your stay will be unique, luxurious and truly memorable. The seven unique rooms are situated above ground in a pine forest, a celebration of design, taste and nature. The Seventh Room is located ten metres up in the trees, boasting panoramic windows which offer views of the Lule River, and skylights in the bedrooms – the ideal place from which to admire the Northern Lights. The patio level is a net, stretched around the trunk of a pine tree. Lie back and listen to the sounds of the forest all around you. The room itself is luxuriously modern with Scandinavian wood and fine textures. The other vastly different rooms include The Cabin, The UFO, The Bird’s Nest, The Mirror Cube, The Blue Cone and the Dragonfly. Britta’s Pensionat, a short walk from the rooms, serves breakfast, lunch and dinner in a 1930s-50s setting. The menu changes daily according to what fresh produce is available. Guests can enjoy the bar, television area, sauna and relaxation area. There are a variety of activities for guests to participate in depending on the season, including hiking, mountain biking, moose safaris, fishing and photography.
Enjoy the tranquility of Swedish Lapland from your one-of-a-kind room at the Teeehotel. There are plenty of activites on offer, whether you want to explore the forest on foot or bike, kayak along the river or simply relax in the sauna and enjoy some beautifully prepared and locally foraged food.
During your stay you'll enjoy a private three-course dinner on your first and third day, as well as an exclusive ice dining experience on your second day. As well as your scheduled activities, there will be time to relax in the sauna and Jacuzzi.
The Northern Lights, also known as the Aurora Borealis, can be seen here in Lapland when the sky is clear combined with solar activity where charged particles from the sun's solar waves collide with gases in the Earth's magnetic field, creating an incredible light show. Head to nearby Bodträskån which lies in the middle of the forest. Here you can experience silence and darkness, a good place to see the Aurora and discover Arctic winter at night. Together with a photographer, you will be set you up with a tripod and a DSLR camera. Step by step you are given instructions how to capture the night sky and you will have beautiful pictures with you home on your memory card.
Learn the art of ice fishing and try the best fishing spots along the river or at small forest lakes in the area. An experienced fishing guide will teach you all the tricks of the trade, what lures to use and how different fish behave in different waters. All equipment is provided and you will enjoy a packed lunch and hot beverages to keep spirits up out on the ice and by the campfire.
You will be taken by snowmobile and sled down to the river for a wonderful evening. The evening is lit by torches and candles while you are served a three-course dinner in a heated tipi tent on an ice covered lake. You sit on reindeer skins while enjoying a fantastic meal over two and a half hours with a chance of watching the Northern Lights.
A tour with dog and sled through the pristine forest and over the frozen river provides a dream-like feeling. You’re side by side with nature for what is an an unforgettable experience.
Gammelstad Church Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site situated in Gammelstaden near the city of Luleå, Sweden. It is the best preserved example of a type of town that was once widespread throughout northern Scandinavia. The 15th-century Nederluleå Church is surrounded by 424 wood-built houses which were only used on Sundays and during religious festivals to accommodate worshippers from the surrounding area who could not return home the same day because of the distance and the difficulty of travelling in wintry conditions.
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