Swedish Lapland & Nordic Coastal Soft Hike

Highlights

  • Enjoy a panoramic tour of Stockholm
  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Gammelstad Church Village in Luleå
  • Go hiking around Luleå’s nature reserves
  • Have fun on the lake in Jokkmokk on a canoeing adventure
  • Stay at the Ice Hotel in Jukkasjärvi and partake in an ice-sculpting class
  • Experience Torne River Rafting
  • Traverse the incredible Abisko National Park
  • Explore the spectacular mountain trails and summits around Narvik
  • Discover the treasures of Tromso city.

Inclusions

  • 2 nights accommodation at the famous Icehotel
  • 2 nights accommodation at the beautiful Abisko Mountain Lodge
  • 2 nights accommodation at Malangen Resort
  • 15 nights total accommodation
  • The services of a professional Tour Director
  • City tour in Stockholm including local guide
  • City tour in Tromso including local guide
  • All hiking tours and excursions as mentioned in the itinerary
  • 15 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 11 Dinners
  • Entry to Narvik War Museum
  • The service of a private coach from Day 3 starting in Luleå and ending on Day 15 in Tromso
  •  Domestic flight from Stockholm to Luleå.

Bentours' 16-day tour of Sweden & Norway is the ultimate Scandinavian adventure which features unique accommodation and exciting outdoor activities. Enjoy action-packed days of hiking, canoeing and rafting!

Experience Swedish Lapland - the Arctic region of Sweden - in the beautiful autumn months and visit Luleå, Abisko, Jokkmokk, Jukkasjärvi, and stay at the famous Icehotel. Then, journey into Norway towards Narvik - a coastal town above the Arctic circle in Norway. Finally, finish in Tromso one of the coolest little towns in the world, nestled beneath snow-capped mountains on the fjordland coast.


Day 1: Arrive Stockholm Arrive into Stockholm be transferred from the airport to your hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure. In the evening a welcome dinner for the group at Eriks Gondolen. Hotel: First Hotel Reisen or similar.Room:  Lead-in-rooms. Meals: Dinner.

StockholmDay 2: Stockholm After breakfast enjoy a panoramic tour of Stockholm. The city is built on 14 islands and connected by 57 bridges, exudes a unique charm in its combination of 13th century Old Town with modern high-tech architecture. Stockholm’s Islands are bordered by Lake Mälaren in the west and the Baltic Sea in the east, where the archipelago with its 30.000 islands awaits exploration. It is not surprising that the city has earned the nickname “Beauty on Water”. Renowned for its beauty, Stockholm is also the hub of the Baltic area with easy access to the Nordic capitals as well as the Baltic countries. The capital is a big city with a small-town personality. With its handy size and short walking distances, it is easy to cover a lot in a short amount of time. The sightseeing tour, which includes outside visits to the Old Town and the City Hall with its blue and golden halls known for hosting the Nobel festivities, make for a memorable morning tour. Discover a city of contrasts. Go back 750 years in time and feel the medieval atmosphere as you wander the narrow and cobbled streets of the Old Town, or as the locals say "Gamla Stan". During our stroll through Gamla Stan, we will pass by the seven-hundred-year-old Cathedral of Stockholm, seat of the archbishop, while also getting a chance to see Stortorget (the oldest square in Stockholm), where the Stockholm Blood Bath took place in 1520.

In the afternoon, after some free time in Stockholm, we meet at Strömkajen where we will do a canal cruise. We depart from Strömkajen in the centre of Stockholm going out through the Djurgåden canal. We will pass beautiful and famous buildings as we enter the peaceful Djurgården canal. On this canal we will pass several historical buildings, museums and beautiful green areas. When we had home, a fabulous view of the Stockholm skyline opens up – only to be seen from the water! Evening is at leisure. Hotel: First Hotel Reisen or similar. Room: Lead-in-rooms. Meals: Breakfast.

Stockholm HousesDay 3: Stockholm - Luleå After breakfast at the hotel, the group will be transferred by private coach from the hotel to Arlanda Stockholm airport for their flight to Luleå, in Swedish Lapland. Upon arrival at Luleå airport we are meet by our private coach and local English-speaking guide for our city sightseeing tour in Luleå and Gammelstad Church Village. Gammelstad, with its church and 424 wooden buildings and a total of 555 separate rooms, is the largest and best-preserved example of a ‘church village’ in Sweden. The village charms with its 15th-century stone church, medieval streets, and its UNESCO World Heritage Site status.

After exploring the Gammelstad Church Village we are heading to the hotel to check in. After checking into the hotel and a small break we meet again for an Archipelago Cruise with Dinner, in Luleå’s beautiful archipelago. During the cruise we are enjoying a typical Swedish buffer with as many shrimps you can eat. On the cruise we are entertained with live music by the talented troubadours. The skipper always chooses the route that is most appropriate for the weather conditions. Hotel: Clarion Hotel Sense Luleå or similar. Room: Lead-in-room. Meals: Breakfast & Dinner.

Day 4: Luleå We will meet with our local English-speaking guide where we will take the bus to our starting point for our day hike. (this is approximately a 40 minute drive away). Luleå has nature reserves, hills, walking paths that are excellent to wander and see beautiful Northern Sweden in the fall. While walking in the wilderness we are enjoying the beautiful landscape and the fresh air. There is a good chance of seeing wild animals as well. For lunch we are making a fire and experience how the Swedes enjoy their time outdoors. In the afternoon we have another short break where we enjoy a Swedish ‘Fika’ - snacks and Pastries. There is an optional extra High rope tour available on this day, during the hike. Evening is at leisure. Hotel: Clarion Hotel Sense Luleå or similar. Room: Lead-in-room. Meals: Breakfast & Dinner.

Day 5: Luleå - Jokkmokk  After breakfast we head off towards Jokkmokk. (170 km / approximately 2.5 hours’ drive away). Upon arrival into Jokkmokk and before checking into our hotel we are going for a canoeing trip. We will be instructed by our guide on the basics of canoeing in the lake, the paddling technique and safety instructions before entering the water. Mid way on this tour we will go ashore for some coffee/tea made over an open fire and enjoy some delicious cakes. While canoeing we might see sea birds, the perch that hurries away in the reeds and a pike hitting with its tail fin in a bay. After the canoeing on the lake we will head to the hotel for check in. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure. And in the Evening, we will have dinner at the hotel. Hotel: Jokkmokk or similar. Room: Lead-in-room. Meals: Breakfast & Dinner.

IcehotelDay 6: Jokkmokk - Jukkasjarvi After breakfast we leave Jokkmokk for Jukkasjärvi which is 210 km away / approximately 4 hour drive. En route we will visit the Jukkasjärvi Church, the oldest church in Swedish Lapland. Looking like something that’s tumbled from the pages of children’s storybook, the little wooden church is painted red and white, and – for most of the year – blanketed with thick snow. On our arrival at the Ice Hotel Jukkasjärvi we are having an ice sculpting class. The class starts with the instructor talking about the crystal-clear ice, which is harvested from Tore River. After that, we get an introduction on how to use the tools, your own ice block and can let the creativity flow and ice take shape. After the ice sculpting class, we will meet with an English-speaking guide for a guided tour of the Ice Hotel which takes 30 minutes. The Ice Hotel 365 is open all year around. All of it is created out of ice and snow by hand-picked artists from around the globe, according to the same concept as the classic Icehotel. The temperature holds a steady -5 degrees year around and the refrigeration unit that keeps Icehotel 365 cold during summer runs on energy from a 975 m2 solar cell facility. The rest of the day is at leisure and dinner is at the hotel. There is an optional extra dinner excursion into the wilderness for this evening, if you don’t want to eat at the hotel. Hotel: Ice Hotel. Room: Art Suite 365 - cold rooms. Meals: Breakfast & Dinner.

Day 7: Jukkasjärvi After breakfast we will meet with our English-speaking guide where we walk to the riverboat that takes us to the rafting boats. Torne River Rafting is Jukkasjärvi’s most classic tour, which dates back to the 1970s. The tour starts with you putting on a wetsuit, helmet and a lifejacket. We head out on a journey downstream on the Torne River, the guide instructing us all the way through both calm and rough water. Along the way we stop on the island Puonojokk where we have lunch over open fire, followed by coffee and Swedish Fika. The guide will take about the rich history of the Torne River afterwards we continue further down the river, through rapids and beautiful forests. We will end this tour down river and head back to the hotel via minivan. Hotel: Ice Hotel. Room: Kaamos Rooms – Warm rooms. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Abisko National ParkDay 8: Jukkasjärvi - Abisko Today after breakfast we drive to Abisko where we will stay at the Abisko Mountain Lodge this is 112 km away, this is approximately 1.5-hour drive. Upon arrival we will meet our English-speaking guide at the reception as we are going on a short hike (2hours) through the surrounding wilderness.  Abisko being located right under the northern light belt and well above the Arctic Circle is known for its clear weather and is one of the best spots in northern Scandinavia for watching the Aurora Borealis. In the evening we will start with a transfer from the Abisko Mountain Lodge to the Aurora Sky Station. We take a chair lift ride up to the Aurora Sky Station. On the ride you will enjoy the silence of Abisko National Park. Your eyes will gradually get used to the completely dark sky and soon you will see more stars than you have ever seen before. Hotel: Abisko Mountain Lodge. Kaamos Rooms – Warm rooms. Room: Lead-in-rooms. Meals: Breakfast & Dinner.

Day 9: Abisko Today after breakfast we will enjoy a full day scenic hike to Paddus, the wild Nissonjokk canyon and take in the beautiful Abisko scenery. During this adventure we will stop and sit down to enjoy a tasty lunch while letting our eyes sweep over the horizon. If we are lucky we may be able to spot wild animals like moose, reindeer, red fox, arctic hare, golden eagle, white-tailed eagle and grouse. Hotel: Abisko Mountain Lodge. Kaamos Rooms – Warm rooms. Room: Lead-in-rooms. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 10: Abisko - Narvik Today we will be leaving Abisko & Sweden to cross the border into Norway and head towards Narvik, a coastal town above the Arctic circle in Norway. On our arrival into Narvik we visit the Narvik War Museum. At the War Museum we meet with a local English-speaking guide who will give us a guided tour of the museum. The exhibitions are about war and the consequences of it, starting with the German attack on Narvik and Norway in April 1940 and the following five years of war and occupation. The museum uses design, photos, film, sound and technology to enhance the experience of the exhibitions. In the afternoon we are heading to the top of Narvikfjellet unique ski resort surrounded by majestic mountains and deep fjords. The cable car ride takes us to the top station of Narvikfjellet at 656 metres above sea level. There is no better place for a panorama view of the town and surrounding scenery, with rugged mountains emerging straight out of the ocean. There are several viewing platforms and benches where you can sit, relax and savour the view. Walking tour of your own arrangement while on Narvikfjellet and then we transfer back to the hotel. Evening is at leisure. Hotel: Quality Hotel Grand Royal or similar. Kaamos Rooms – Warm rooms. Room: Lead-in-rooms. Meals: Breakfast.

SkjomenDay 11: Narvik After Breakfast we set off for a Full day hike for 6-7 hours. We’ll spend a whole day exploring the spectacular mountain trails and summits around Narvik with challenging mountain terrain and awesome fjord views. No previous experience required but as these hikes are longer and more demanding, a certain level of fitness is desirable. Today you will be hiking a distance of 12 kilometres and climb to an altitude of 1200m, on a good, easy trail. Along the way you’ll have amazing views over Ofotfjorden, Storvatnet and Skjomen. The climb isn't that steep, and the terrain is quite easy. It’s one of the hikers favourite mountain hikes. A lunch box will be provided for the day. For the tour as well as transportation to/from start hiking point and professional hike guide will join the group. Hotel: Quality Hotel Grand Royal or similar. Room: Lead-in-rooms. Meals: Breakfast & Lunch Box.

Day 12: Narvik – Malangen Resort Today on our way to our next stop, Malangen Resort, we will be stopping at “The Polar Park” – Arctic wildlife centre. The Polar Park is an animal park, which is more than a traditional zoo. The animals have a large free-range area to create a habitat as natural as possible for the animals. With 1100 dekar in only 12 enclosures, the Polar Park is one of the animal parks with the most area per animal. We have the chance to see bears, wolves, and lynx as well as deer, moose, reindeer and muskox. After the Polar Park we will continue driving for 116kms to our hotel (approximately a 2 hour drive). Hotel: Malangen Resort. Room: Sea View Apartments. Meals: Breakfast & Dinner.

Day 13: Malangen Resort After an early breakfast we depart from our hotel by coach for a quick 30 minute drive to the start point, of today’s morning hike in the stunning Norwegian countryside. The afternoon is at leisure for you to enjoy the facilities of Malangen Resort such as the open air hot tub and sauna. (It is necessary to book in advance, as the hot tub needs time to reach the optimal temperature). Please note that the open air hot tub is not included in the daily public sauna. Hotel: Malangen Resort. Room: Sea View Apartments. Meals: Breakfast & Dinner.

TromsoDay 14: Malangen - Tromsø After a leisurely breakfast we are driving to Tromsø 70 km away, approximately a 1.5 hour drive. Upon arrival in Tromsø we meet a local English-speaking guide for a city walking tour. Together with our local authorised guide the tour starts with an orientation on Tromsø where we will visit the world’s most northern Botanical gardens. Here we can enjoy the views of the mountains to the east and south. Tromsø enjoys a subarctic climate, its location corresponding to the northern coast of Alaska. Visit the Polar Museum (entrance included) where we will learn fascinating facts on nature and culture in northern Norway. We learn about the indigenous Sami people, their traditional culture and recent history. Following this, we will continue a tour around the island, passing Lake Prestvatn where the Meteorological Institute is situated. Travel across the bridge to the Arctic Cathedral (no entrance included) for a visit to this masterpiece by Jan Inge Hovig. Built in 1965, the cathedral reflects north Norwegian nature, culture, and faith with a monumental stained-glass window. The last highlight of the tour is Fjellheisen cable car (entrance included). The ascent on the cable car takes approximately 10 minutes, lifting you up to the roof of the Tromsø Valley, 421 meters above sea level. Reach the top of Mount Storsteinen, where we can enjoy a spectacular view of Tromsø city and its beautiful surroundings before returning via the cable car to our awaiting coach. Drive to our hotel for check in and the evening is at leisure. Hotel: Scandic Ishavshotel or similar. Room: Lead-in-rooms. Meals: Breakfast.

Day 15: Tromsø A full day hike to Brosmetinden with lunch in the wilderness included. Brosmetinden is one of the local’s favourite walks. It is an easy hike where you have a fantastic view of the ocean and neighbouring islands the whole hike. The view from the top is breath-taking! This evening we just walk to the restaurant from our hotel, where we have our Farewell dinner. The view from the restaurant is wonderful as it is located right next to the water. We are served a wonderful 3-course menu with delicious fresh fish dishes. (drinks not included). Hotel: Scandic Ishavshotel or similar. Room: Lead-in-rooms. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 16: Depart Tromsø After Breakfast transfer from your hotel to the airport. Meals: Breakfast.

Group Size: 10 - 16 pax.

Travel Dates:

18th of August 2019; 3rd of September 2019; 17th of September 2019.

From $12,480*pp twin share