Åre and the Arctic Ski Safari
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.
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.