Experience New Year Twice in Traditional Scandinavian Style

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Experience a traditional Scandinavian New Year celebration twice in one year, a first for next winter, and an exclusive opportunity to ‘cast tin’, a Finnish New Year tradition that predicts your fortune and luck for the coming year.

The ‘do it twice’ itinerary all takes place on the frozen river Torne, illuminated by torches, ice lights and bonfires, with the breathtaking Arctic wilderness as the backdrop to the celebrations, creating a magical combination of ice, snow and fire. The river is lined with ice bars, there is local music; a suite of spa activities including a sauna, jacuzzi and an ice hole to swim in; activities such as a ride on a reindeer sled, curling and even mini golf.

The event is also enjoyed by locals from surrounding villages as well as guests, so there will be a chance to mingle, dance and sauna with the local Finnish and Swedish people in this rare and unique experience, that allows you to become fully immersed in the Finish and Swedish traditions and culture. The time difference of one hour between the countries celebrations allows for leisurely enjoyment of both New Years.

The experience begins and ends at the Grand Arctic Hotel a family run luxury hotel located in Overkalix Sweden, which has recently reopened after undergoing a million Euro refurbishment. The newly decorated lobby, rooms and relaxation areas are lavish and sumptuousness and offer guests an oasis of tranquillity to recover from the excesses of the night before.

Day by day itinerary:

Day 1:

Flying into Lulea airport, Northern Sweden, you will pick up your transfer, not forgetting to keep an eye out for Reindeer or even Moose on the way, before checking into a double room with a balcony at the Grand Arctic Hotel. After dinner, spend the evening enjoying the hotel facilities and even taking a stroll later that night to enjoy the arctic night sky and hunt for the Northern Lights.

Day 2:

New Year’s Eve, and time to celebrate starting the day with a three-hour dogsledding adventure through the Arctic wilderness. With an afternoon at leisure to prepare for the evenings celebrations that starts with a four-course dinner, and ends with a celebration in first in Finland, before crossing the river for a second celebration an hour later in Sweden!

Day 3:

With a day at leisure why not try out the newly renovated spa and wellness area, or take in some fresh air and a walk into the local wilderness. Finish the day with a hearty dinner and a final chance to hunt for the Northern Lights.

Day 4:

After your final Swedish breakfast, it’s time to take your transfer back to the airport and your flight home, or speak to our travel advisers to continue your arctic adventure.


A 3-night, 4-day itinerary costs from £1299 per person based on two adults sharing a Double Hotel Room with Balcony on a full board basis. This includes transfers to and from Lulea Airport, a 3-hour dog sledding experience, and a special New Year’s Eve experience consisting of a 4-course dinner followed by celebrations in both Sweden and Finland one hour apart. Other activities are available on request. International flights not included.

To extend your trip, why not combine the New Years’ experience with a trip to see Santa and make it the ultimate winter wonderland experience.

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