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Northern Lights at the Ice Hotel

13.10.14 - By Oliver

Lisa, one of our three resident Ice Hotel specialists recalls her visit to the Aurora Sky station during her trip to Sweden where she stayed at the famous Ice Hotel.

My visits to Sweden;s famous Ice Hotel really was a trip of a life time.  The Ice Hotel is as busy as ever and scientists have predicted that 2011/2012 will be the best, brightest and most dramatic opportunity to view the Aurora (Northern Lights) in a long time. With this in mind we have been experiencing an increased demand in people who want to visit the wonderful Ice Hotel and the opportunity to see the amazing Northern Lights.

The excursion to the Abisko Sky Station has been extremely popular, located to the west of Kiruna, the mountains of the Abisko National Park dominate the landscape. Towards the summit of Mount Nuolja, in the heart of the range, stands the Aurora Sky Stationwhich at latitude of 68.2°offers one of the finest platforms for viewing the Aurora Borealis away from artificial lights.  The excursion that we offer includes collection from the Ice Hotel (transfer time approximately 1 hour) and the Sky Station is accessible by cable car which takes 20 minutes.

A three-course evening meal, influenced by Nordic cuisine is included and will be served in the Aurora Sky Station.  After dinner have free time to view the Aurora exhibition and to sit outside under the dark night sky. On a clear night, hopefully the Northern Lights will be dancing across the sky above.

It was most definately one of the most memorable trips of my life, and Abisko Aurora Sky station was a great excursion, and one which is a must if you want to see the Northern Lights – but be quick, the best season is from January – March!