Northern Lights Short Break at Camp Ripan
Sadly, we didn't see the Lights - but that's an excuse to go to the Far North again! We fell in love with the beautiful scenery and the friendly people of Kiruna. The food at the Camp Ripan restaurant was very, very good. Breakfast and dinner was included in the price of our holiday but a look at the menu shows it is expensive, as things are in Sweden; you are paying for excellent quality and very good service. Our cabin was basic but clean and very warm. Our view (of a wire fence) was a little disappointing. But our outing on a dog sled was a real highlight - a wonderful day with an amazing guide who taught us so much about the local flora and fauna in particular, including how to recognise tracks in the snow, and nature and conservation in general. And our visit to the Icehotel was very interesting. Again we had a good guide. We would recommend both of these outings and, having spoken to other guests, it seems a visit to the space research station is also worthwhile. Snow mobiling looked fun, but it's a little too noisy and non natural for us. We were told the local ski slope was fun. We would recommend this holiday - but suggest that if you're hoping to see the Northern Lights from your cabin, you specify that you want a north-facing window, otherwise you could be there but unaware that the Aurora was in the sky.
by Jill Stevens, Brighton and Hove on