Seeking the Northern Lights in LAPLAND

The Continental DRIFTER®
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Mar 8 - 18, 2025
Group size: 8 - 14
Seeking the Northern Lights in LAPLAND

The Continental DRIFTER®
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2 reviews

Mar 8 - 18, 2025
Group size: 8 - 14

About this trip


Enjoy a customized small group tour (8 pax min. to 14 max.) to the often misunderstood region of Swedish and Finnish Lapland (5 nights), including 3 nights in Stockholm, the capital of Sweden, and 2. nights in Helsinki, the capital of Finland.

We’ve got lots of great experiences planned, including exploring both Stockholm and Helsinki with local guides, searching for and photographing the Northern Lights (aurora borealis), dog sledding, ice fishing, an introduction to the sauna culture of these parts, great food including a traditional bread-baking experience, and so much more.

After exploring Stockholm (watch this extremely entertaining video from 2015) we’ll fly up to Luleå, Sweden, where we’ll be transported in private vehicles up to Swedish and Finnish Lapland. 

Then, we’ll get back to the big city as we fly to Helsinki for two nights and conclude our trip.

Welcome to Lapland!


Participants will fly into Stockholm, Sweden (ARN) and out of Helsinki, Finland (HEL). 

In between, we’ll fly from Stockholm to Luleå, Sweden, where we’ll be transported in about 90 minutes in a private vehicle up to Swedish and Finnish Lapland.  Then after our stay in Lapland, we'll fly from Kemi-Torneo to Helsinki (internal flights in Sweden and Finland not included and we estimate the cost of these two flights at ~US$400).

Trip Overview

Imagine a place far away, untouched, where the night sky is painted with pastel colors and legendary spirits who speak to you from another world echo in the local people’s words: 

This magic place exists, and it’s called Lapland!

You can look forward to lots of great experiences, including searching for and photographing the Northern Lights (aurora borealis), dog sledding, meeting a local shaman, ice fishing, an introduction to the sauna culture of this region, learning how to make traditional bread, enjoying great food, and more.

See the more detailed itinerary below summarizing each day's activities.

Visit the Best Sights for Photography

  • Keeping our travel schedule, safety, and local weather conditions in mind, participants will be put in the right place, at the right time, to explore and experience the highlights of Swedish and Finnish Lapland, including its people, food, country life, and other cultural wonders.
  • Detailed information about how to best photograph the Northern Lights will be provided in advance of the trip.  No special equipment is required (other than a tripod and a camera allowing for slow shutter speeds).
  • Participants can look forward to ample free time to explore and discover each location on their own, as well.

Testimonials from Previous Participants

" Hi, I'm literally chilling here in Lapland.  We've had a kickass time checking out the local reindeer and scenery.  We went dog sledding and met a local shaman and we just baked bread in a traditional way with a local woman.  You have to check it out!"

~ Jen B.

"I'm here on my 3rd trip with Ralph and we're in beautiful Lapland and it's exquisite.  We saw the Northern Lights, we went dog sledding, as well as ice fishing, and I've eaten more reindeer than I've ever had in my life!  So come on Ralph's trip, you'll have a great time!"

~ Beverly H.

"This is my first international trip and I'm here in Lapland with Ralph.  I'm enjoying it very much, it's great and I'm so glad I came!"

~ Margie B.

About this Itinerary


Meals that are included are designated by B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, and D = Dinner

What’s included

  • Accommodations
    10-nights accommodations in well-located hotels in Stockholm (3) & Lapland (5) and Helsinki (2).
  • Most Transfers
    Airport transfers in Lapland and group transfers for included activities in heated vehicles.
  • Meals
    Breakfast daily (B), plus various other meals.
  • Welcome Drink at Ice Bar
    Enjoy an included drink at the infamous Ice Bar in Stockholm!
  • Activities
    Various program activities including ice fishing, dog sledding, sauna experience, traditional bread baking, a visit with a local shaman, and much more.
  • Equipment Rental
    Rental of arctic gear (snowmobile suits and heavy boots), but also bring your own winter gear (jackets, hats, gloves, long johns, etc.) for Stockholm and Helsinki for everyday walking around.
  • Guided Tours
    English-speaking guides and transfers for included program activities.
  • Photography Tips
    Weather permitting, numerous opportunities to witness and photograph the Northern Lights (aurora borealis). Please remember that this is a natural phenomenon and we can't make any guarantees.
  • Entry Fees
    Entry fees for group activities.
  • Airport Transfer in HEL
    Your transfer by train with the group from HEL to your hotel in Helsinki on Day 9 is included (but not from hotel to HEL at end of trip).
  • Tips
    All tips are included in your fee.

What’s not included

  • International Airfare
    Airfare to Stockholm, Sweden, and from Helsinki, Finland.
  • Airport Transfers
    Because participants will be arriving and leaving at different times, roundtrip international airport transfers from/to Stockholm airport (ARN) and to HEL are not included.
  • Internal Flights
    We'll provide more information about required flights from Stockholm to Luleå and from Kemi-Torneo to Helsinki (estimated at US$400 per person).
  • Beverages
    Alcoholic or soft drinks not mentioned as included.
  • Insurance
    Travel insurance is highly recommended to protect your health, and your investment, in this experience.
  • Personal Items
    Items of a personal nature such as, but not limited to, baggage fees, laundry, Internet access where not provided, souvenirs, telephone calls, additional tips, alcoholic beverages, and other items.

Available Packages

Double Occupancy (per person)
Available until February 7, 20254 left

You can save the Single Supplement by sharing a room in Double Occupancy.

Deposit: $750
Single Occupancy
Available until February 7, 2025only 3 left

If you'd like your own room throughout this trip please add $999 for Single Supplement.

Single rooms are extremely limited.

Deposit: $750


Day 1
Expore Stockholm!

Meals: D

Once you collect your luggage from the Arlanda airport, you'll board the high-speed train Arlanda Express (~$50 R/T - tickets not included) that takes you to the city center in around 20 minutes. Exact details to follow.

Your hotel is conveniently located right next to the railway terminal, and upon arrival, you’ll have some free time and later can enjoy an included drink at the infamous ICEBAR with your tour leader (be sure to wear your long johns!) and fellow travelers. 

A Welcome Dinner is included this evening at a nearby restaurant, after which you’ll have time to explore the surrounding area on your own or with your fellow travelers.


Your Organizer

The Continental DRIFTER®
2 reviews
Since 2008, Continental DRIFTER® founder Ralph Velasco has been organizing and leading once-in-a-lifetime small group cultural tours around the world (all of which have been 5-star rated on Google and Facebook). Our guides, drivers, accommodations, restaurants, experiences, and activities are all thoroughly vetted in advance so that your trip goes without a hitch. Come learn about the people, food, drink, and many other cultural aspects of the incredible destinations we visit. Remember, DRIFTER...Life's too short not to travel!


Continental DRIFTER’s Northern Spain trip was the trip of a lifetime, but I will definitely travel with Ralph again, so there’s going to be competition for that “trip of a lifetime” title! With a small group of delightful companions, we saw spectacular views and architecture, ate amazing local food, drank delicious local wine, visited interesting locations with fun and knowledgeable local guides, and had so many laughs. Highlights included the sheer cliff faces overlooking Zumaia Beach, the lush terraced vineyards over the impossibly blue Bay of Biscay, the charming beachfront of San Sebastian, the ridiculously delicious tapas crawl on Calle Laurel in Logroño, and spending part of the trip in a little 13th century walled town in Rioja. Ralph takes care of every detail, so all that’s left to do is to marvel, learn, and enjoy. And eat. And eat. I loved spending enough time in each location to really get a feel for it instead of rushing from place to place checking items off a list, and Ralph curates the coolest experiences, like olive oil farm tours and cooking classes. 47 thumbs up from me!
By Karen Gareis G for Northern SPAIN’s Basque Country & La Rioja on Sep 20, 2023
Karen, thank you SO much for the wonderful review. I'm so happy you enjoyed our trip to Spain, it was a pleasure having you along and I can't wait until the next one!
By The Continental DRIFTER® on Nov 02, 2023
I have recently returned from this trip to Northern Spain and I highly recommend it! We toured wineries, had an olive oil tasting in an olive grove, attended a cooking class, took tours of churches and architecture, and so much else! At each stop Ralph had hired guides with extensive knowledge of their area, who were interesting, helpful, and punctual. (In Ramon's case, hilarious as well!) After daily excursions, we had the late afternoon and evening free to wander on our own and explore the three different cities we stayed in. The food was fantastic and fresh. We never had a bad meal. The hotels were beautiful. My favorite memory will always be sitting on the outdoor patio of a beautiful winery in the sun, eating pintxos (Basque tapas), drinking incredible wine, chatting with the really nice group of people on the trip; all with a beautiful view of the Bay of Biscay. It was definitely one of the highlights for me! I would recommend Ralph and Continental Drifter to anyone looking for an amazing travel experience!
By Diana S for Northern SPAIN’s Basque Country & La Rioja on Sep 18, 2023
Thank you, Robin, for the amazing 5-star review. I can't tell you how happy I am to know that this trip exceeded all your expectations and I look forward to seeing you on the road again real soon!
By The Continental DRIFTER® on Nov 02, 2023