Åre and the Arctic Ski Safari

This is a phenomenal trip. It combines the best skiing Northern Europe has to offer with astounding scenery, a stay in the ICEHOTEL® and one of the best opportunities in the world to see the Northern Lights.
Andy Hemingway
Sales & Product Manager - Scandinavia
This is a phenomenal trip. It combines the best skiing Northern Europe has to offer with astounding scenery, a stay in the ICEHOTEL® and one of the best opportunities in the world to see the Northern Lights.
Andy Hemingway
Sales & Product Manager - Scandinavia

Resorts & Cities

Journey Times

Trondheim Airport - Åre 2 hours 30 mins
Åre - Riksgränsen 17 hours 30 mins
Riksgränsen - ICEHOTEL® 2 hours
ICEHOTEL® - Kiruna Airport 20 mins


Ski Scandinavia’s largest resort, go heli-skiing in the Arctic wilderness, witness the Northern Lights and stay in the original ICEHOTEL®.

This off-the-beaten-track adventure takes you north of the Arctic Circle to a land of untouched snow and the magical Northern Lights. To balance the best snow with a chance of seeing the lights, you’ll need to visit in March.

Scandinavia’s largest resort of Åre (pronounced aura) is a great place to start, and the town has everything from a beer distillery to a chocolate factory. From here, the train to Riksgränsen travels through the night, so you’ll wake up in the world’s most northerly ski resort. Unlike anywhere we’ve experienced before, this is the ultimate place to explore off-piste, with a heli-drop zone the size of the Netherlands.

Throughout your holiday, there’s a high chance you’ll experience the Northern Lights and, for the ultimate Arctic experience, spending a night at the original ICEHOTEL® is something you simply can’t miss. Sculpted from scratch each year in prime Northern Lights territory, this has to be one of the most spectacular places we’ve ever slept.

Every holiday is tailor-made, just for you.

Call 01273 224068 for advice from our ski specialists.

Suggested Itinerary

This sample itinerary is our suggestion of how you could divide your time between piste skiing, heli-skiing and other Arctic attractions.

All our ski safaris are completely customisable, and you can adjust the itinerary to suit your preferences - whether that means more piste skiing, more time at the ICEHOTEL®, or following our route in reverse.


Fly from the UK to Trondheim and take the 2 hour 30 minute shuttle bus to Åre.

Åre - Set beside a lake, Scandinavia’s largest resort makes an excellent base for five days of skiing. Here, you can enjoy rolling slopes and tree-lined runs, or hire a guide and head off-piste. On your final evening, you’ll board the sleeper train and journey north of the Arctic Circle.

The Arctic Circle

Riksgränsen - Wake up in the world’s most northerly ski resort for three days of heli-skiing and mountain touring. This is prime Northern Lights territory, so there’s a high chance they’ll put on a show while you’re here.

Björkliden - If heli-skiing isn’t for you, Björkliden’s all-abilities ski area could be a better choice. Here, there’s more choice of slopes, while the experienced can head off-piste.

ICEHOTEL® - Travel two hours by road to the original ICEHOTEL®. Go dog sledding across the snow and sleep in an ice-sculpted room. Stay up late to watch for the Northern Lights. From here, it’s a 20-minutes transfer to Kiruna airport for your flight home.

Price Guide

From £1,699pp for an 11 night Åre and the Arctic Ski Safari including accommodation, flights and transfers.

All our holidays are tailor-made. This gives you complete flexibility and allows us to negotiate the best prices for you. With so many potential options, we don’t publish set prices for our ski safaris.

Request a quotation or call 01273 224 068 for a tailored price with your choice of resorts, activities and accommodation.


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07/04/2015 Paul Denner

Once again we thoroughly enjoyed a Ski Safari, the combination was just right, we found Sweden, which we had not visited before, a pleasure. We cannot highly enough recommend the hotel Meteorologen and Patrik. The fine dining and selection of wines was excellent, a real treasure inside the Arctic Circle. We can understand why it has been voted Sweden's number one boutique ski hotel. Finally, the Ice Hotel was an experience!

02/04/2014 Colin Rowe

A brilliant trip to tick off 'the Bucket List'! Although we were disappointed with the snow and weather in Åre we did enjoy our stay at The Tott. The new chair lifts are a great improvement! Björkliden and The Fjället were great, although 3 days were plenty to discover the pistes and T bars! The sledging and snowmobile trip to the Lodge were awesome and to cap it all on the last night we were entertained by the Northern Lights for 90 minutes! The Ice Hotel was just fantastic!

04/11/2013 Graham Disney

We skied in Are and Riksgransen between 6 March and 16 March 2013. We spent the first 5 nights at the Hotel Diplomat in Are, which is a very comfortable, welcoming and well located hotel. There was more than enough skiing to keep us happy for 4 days, and the terrain is sufficiently varied across the different areas of the resort to maintain interest. While there are not many challenging runs, there are plenty of good intermediate runs, and the views are excellent. The town of Are has a good variety of bars and restaurants, all of a high standard, with some of the restaurants offering a true Nordic gourmet experience. To sample the best of Swedish and Nordic craft beers seek out the wonderful small bar 'Olbaren' where you will be guided through some reassuringly expensive and super tasty brews. We then transferred from Are to Riksgransen by rail. This was a fantastic experience. We left Are late in the evening after a good dinner, and after changing trains at Bracke shortly after midnight, we were installed in our sleeper cabin. Although bijou, the bunks were amazingly comfortable and we slept quite soundly until around 8am, when we awoke to endless views of snowy wilderness. We finally rolled in to Riksgransen late in the afternoon after a memorable journey. In Riksgransen we stayed at the Meteorologen Ski Lodge for 4 night. The rooms are very comfortable and tastefully decorated in keeping with the building. The hotel is run by Patrik who as well as being a former ski racer knows a thing or two about hotel management, food and above all wine (he is a qualified sommelier). The food and wine and wine that we experienced during our 4 nights was easily the best we have had on any ski trip, and all enjoyed in a relaxed and informal atmosphere but with impeccable service. And lest I forget, the skiing. To ski in the Arctic is an amazing frontier experience. We were there at the start of their season, but there was more than enough daylight to ensure tired legs. It was cold (some days -20 Celsius with wind chill down to -30), but well worth it for the deserted slopes and amazing snow quality. Patrik loaned us (no charge) some fat Salomon skis that were perfect for the conditions. We had minimal fresh snow while we were there but still found good untracked snow every day. We finished our stay in Riksgransen with a heliski trip on the final afternoon. This was only the second heli flight of the season (the first being earlier that day). We were picked up from the car park at the Meteorologen and were soon descending thigh deep, super-light powder in a stunning wilderness. The heli is certainly recommended. We would certainly consider going back to Riksgransen and Meteorologen, possibly for some midsummer skiing. Overall, this was a great trip. The whole Swedish ski vibe is very different to the Alps or North America, and that is part of its appeal. The skiing may be less extensive, but is certainly not limited, and the cultural experience was a positive change from other ski holidays. Sweden is not a cheap country, but the quality of the food is very high. In Are there are options covering a range of price points. We only dined at Meteorologen in Riksgransen, and went somewhat off-piste on the wine list, but there is only so much financial damage you can do in 4 nights, and it was more than worth it. I have published a selection of photos on Flickr at: http://flic.kr/s/aHsjEqEhUc

Every holiday is tailor-made, just for you.

Call 01273 224068 for advice from our ski specialists.

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