I recommend staying in the original Ice Hotel in Jukkasjarvi and a trip to the Aurora Sky Station in Abisko National Park, both in Swedish Lapland. Take a flight to Kiruna, from where a coach will transport you to the Ice Hotel. You must spend the first night in an ice room. At -8°C it’s extremely uncomfortable, but a truly surreal experience as you’re surrounded by brilliant ice sculptures so it’s an unforgettable experience! Moving into a heated room when it is minus 25°C outside comes as an enormous relief. The visuals are spectacular, both day and night, with a fair chance of seeing the Northern Lights. You can transfer to Abisko by coach, where there is plenty of accommodation. A 30-minute chairlift takes you to the top of the 900m Abisko mountain in total darkness or splendid moonlight depending on the lunar cycle, a bracing experience made tolerable by the ultra-warm overalls provided at the base. You have a few hours to witness the magnificent Aurora Borealis, sheltering intermittently in the warm station, where hot beverages and snacks are available. You will return by chairlift around midnight, replete with wonder!
- Gopalakrishnan Venkat-Raman