There’s Snow Place like Scandinavia — Featuring Sweden & Iceland

 

Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1
Flight from Seattle to Stockholm

Day 2
Arrive in Stockholm, Sweden
Check into Ett Hem
Dinner at Agrikultur

Day 3
Private Tour of Stockholm (Old Town)
Dinner at Rutabaga

Day 4
Private Tour of Stockholm Archipelago
Dinner at Den Gyldene Freden

Day 5
Flight from Stockholm to Harads
Check into Treehotel
Northern Lights Photography Excursion

Day 6
Reindeer and Sami Culture
Tree Sauna

Day 7
Dog Sledding Experience
Northern Lights by Snowmobile

Day 8
Flight from Harads to Keflavik via Stockholm
Check into Hotel Borg
Dinner at DILL

Day 9
Golden Circle Tour with Horseback Riding
Dinner at Jamie’s Italian

Day 10
Private Tour of Reykjavik
Dinner at Grillmarket

Day 11
Glacier Tour and Hike
Dinner at Mat Bar

Day 12
Blue Lagoon
Flight from Keflavik to Seattle


 

Day 1

Flight from Seattle to Stockholm

14:40 — Seattle Tacoma International (SEA)


11:40 +1 Day — Arlanda (ARN)


Duration 12h 00m 
1 stop
Icelandair Business Class (FI680)

Icelandair Business Class (FI306)


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Day 2

Check into Ett Hem

Arriving at Stockholm Arlanda Airport, you will be greeted by your private driver who will bring you to downtown Stockholm and your hotel.

Arguably Scandinavia’s most unique and exclusive property. Ett Hem is a restored 1910 Arts and Crafts townhouse with 12 rooms.

Both the public spaces and guest rooms boast an eclectic-elegant décor, with a mix of vintage and contemporary furnishings, pieces from the owner’s private art and photography collections adorning the walls.

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Dinner at Agrikultur

Inviting, understated and modern. Agrikultur finds inspiration from organic, local and seasonal ingredients. Enjoy Nordic flavors in a cozy setting, where the wood oven is used both to prepare food and to set the mood. The chefs decide what will be on your plate and you are offered a fixed menu of 4-5 dishes, where vegetables are typically front and center.

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Day 3

Private Tour of Stockholm (Old Town)

 
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This morning after breakfast, your private driver and private guide will meet you at the reception of your hotel, to bring you out on a 6-hour tour to explore Stockholm. Your guide will be flexible to your wishes on the day and can adapt the touring accordingly.

Gamla Stan (The Old Town) was founded in the 13th century by Birger Jarl. Stockholm soon became a strategically important city owing to its location on trade routes. With the expansion of commerce and Sweden’s imperial expeditions, it was named the capital of Sweden in 1634.

Much of its history can be experienced in the narrow alleys and cobblestone streets of the Old Town, one of the best-preserved medieval city centers in the world. Gamla Stan offers enchanting, winding streets, cozy cafés, and dozens of handicraft stores and is a good place to start your tour. 

Stockholm City Hall is the city’s most iconic building. Experience the architectural wonder that is this building, the venue for the Nobel Prize banquet. This city hall is one of the only two city halls by the waterfront in the whole of Europe. 

We also recommend you visit the Vasa Museum. Dedicated to the history of The Vasa, an impressive 16th century war ship which capsized here in the bay less than an hour into her maiden voyage and whose hull was salvaged in the 1960s. The hull has been fully restored and preserved and is the museum’s centerpiece. Pictures really can’t express how small you’ll feel standing next to this massive ship. 

Your driver and guide will return you to your hotel in the early afternoon after your tour ends. You may spend the rest of your day exploring Stockholm some more on your own.

 

Dinner at Rutabaga

After 10 years in service of serious food connoisseurs, the exclusive Mathias Dahlgren at Grand Hôtel changes gears and name. Rechristened Rutabaga, the quality is still of the same high standards that have earned its head chef Mathias Dahlgren several Michelin stars, but the new menu is wholly vegetarian.

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Day 4

Private Tour of Stockholm Archipelago

 
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Today, you will embark on your private RIB (zodiac boat) tour of the Stockholm Archipelago. It is an incredible way to see the archipelago and its unique landscape of islands and water. You will be brought through the picturesque Stockholm Archipelago to the outer archipelago. Here, the nature is more barren and has a sense of untouched wilderness.

Residing in the outside of the archipelago you may find some grey seals. The grey seal is native to this area and can be up to 3m in length and weigh up to 300kg. the seals can live up to 40 years old and feed on cod, herring, salmon, and flatfish, eating up to 7kg of food a day.

During your RIB experience on the archipelago, you will also enjoy lunch at one of the traditional eateries of the archipelago.

Whilst in the archipelago, you may pay a visit to Artipelag Art Museum, beautifully located on the island Värmdö in the Stockholm Archipelago.

The founder of the museum is Mr. Björn Jacobson, a most fascinating person: In the year 2000, he was struck with the idea of creating a beautiful building for art and cultural experiences somewhere in the Stockholm archipelago. Today, Artipelag is an international venue for art, culture, design and good food. Here you will find an art gallery, an Artbox for events and entertainment, a design shop and two restaurants with outdoor seating and a spectacular marine view.

After your RIB experience comes to an end, your private driver will come to collect you and bring you back to your accommodation.


Dinner at Den Gyldene Freden

In a medieval basement in the Old Town, you’ll find one of the world’s oldest restaurants (operating in the same spot since 1722). Owned by the Swedish Academy, which selects the Nobel Prize for literature. Legend has it that many Nobel prizes have been decided at the Academy’s regular table here. The menu offers big names in classic Swedish cooking, nowadays with interesting contemporary touches.

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Day 5

Flight from Stockholm to Harads
Check into Treehotel

Today after breakfast, your private driver will bring you to Stockholm Arlanda Airport where you will catch a flight to Luleå Airport.

Once you arrive, your private driver will greet you and bring you to one of the most iconic hotels in the Nordic region; the Treehotel in Harads. The Treehotel is an exciting and unique collaboration between some of the leading designers and architects in Scandinavia.

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Northern Lights Photography Excursion

This evening, you will enjoy a private northern lights photography experience. Together with a skilled photographer you will photograph the majestic northern lights.

Your guide will teach the art of capturing the northern lights. You will be given your own memory card on which to keep the pictures you take.

After your tour comes to an end, you may return to your accommodation and enjoy a 3-course dinner.

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Day 6

Reindeers and Sami Culture

Today after breakfast, you will meet your private guide in the reception of your hotel. This exclusive, once in a lifetime opportunity allows you to experience the amazing lifestyle of the Sámi people and to get up close and personal with Laplands most iconic creature – the reindeer.

During this exciting adventure you will have an opportunity to feed the reindeer and enjoy a short ride on a traditional sled behind a reindeer just as the Sámi people have done for hundreds of years. Your guide will lead you to one of our traditional Sámi lavvus (teepee) where you will be served a fresh and delicious meal around an open fire.

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Tree Sauna

In the evening you may relax in The Tree Sauna. A visit to the sauna is as close as it gets to a sacred and respectful encounter with the four basic elements; fertile earth, burning fire, fresh air and clean, drinkable water. During your relaxation time, you will enjoy some snacks and cold refreshments.

After your relaxation time, you may enjoy a delightful 3-course dinner at the hotel’s restaurant. Please note, beverages are not included and are to be paid for on the spot.

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Day 7

Dog Sledding Experience

Today, you will enjoy a private husky dog sledding experience lasting about 2 hours. Each adult will get to drive their own dog sled and learn the basics of caring for your team of huskies.

After short instructions on how to drive a dog team, you will go on a trip through the pristine forest and over the frozen river. Together with your guide, you will travel over hills, lakes and through breathtaking landscapes

During your tour, you will enjoy a light lunch.

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Northern Lights by Snowmobile

Tonight, after dinner you will meet with your private guide who will lead you on a snowmobile tour to a secluded location to look for the Northern Lights which will hopefully be shining above in the dark night skies. Driving away from the light pollution and out into the quiet darkness, your chances of seeing the lights is exponentially higher. Kindly note, a hot beverage and a snack will be provided. After your tour comes to an end, your private guide will return you to your accommodation.

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Day 8

Flight from Harads to Keflavik via Stockholm

After breakfast and check-out, your private driver will bring you back to Luleå Airport where you will catch a flight to Stockholm, followed by a flight to Keflavik, Iceland.

12:50 — Arlanda (ARN)
15:15 — Keflavik International (KEF)
Duration 03h 25m
Direct flight
Icelandair Business Class (FI307)

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Check into Hotel Borg

Arriving at Keflavik Airport, you will be greeted by your private driver who will bring you to Reykjavik and to your hotel.

Hotel Borg has long been known for its luxurious and signature art deco style that characterizes the hotel throughout and appears in the smallest of details. All of the hotel´s 99 rooms are decorated with custom-made furniture and fittings so that each room has its own individual charm.

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Dinner at DILL

DILL, a restaurant which is located in downtown Reykjavík, became the first restaurant in Iceland awarded the Michelin Star earlier this year. DILL restaurant embraces Icelandic traditions by allowing the ingredients to shine in their own simplicity.

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Day 9

Golden Circle Tour with Horseback Riding

This morning after breakfast, your private driver/guide will collect you from your hotel, ready to bring you on an exciting adventure of the Golden Circle, including a visit Laxnes Horse Farm.

During today’s tour, you will explore some of the highlights of this popular route, as well as some secret spots, known by locals. Today’s tour will focus on understanding how Icelanders live with the elements, on an island with 130 active volcanoes!

The first stop is Laxnes Horse Farm, just 20 minutes from Reykjavik. At the farm you will get all basic gear, such as helmets, boots and rain clothes (snowsuits in wintertime). The tour lasts about 90 minutes and places you on a trek through either the lush valley the farm is located in, the riverbank route crossing the stream many times on our way towards the ocean or our all time favorite, into the hillside behind the farm to Tröllafoss waterfall, where the trolls bathe after midnight on a full moon.

Following your horse ride, your driver will take you to Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the location of Iceland's Parliament between the years 930 and 1798. Thingvellir is also one of the few places in the world where you can see the effects of the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates pulling apart.

During the day you will also stop for lunch at Friðheimar. Tomatoes are the theme of Friðheimar cuisine – and that’s not surprising, since four different varieties of tomato are cultivated in the greenhouses, where food is served among the tomato plants.

After lunch, you’ll explore the Geysir hot spring area and Gullfoss waterfalls. Gullfoss (Golden Waterfall) is an iconic waterfall of Iceland offering a spectacular view of the forces and beauty of untouched nature. The water plummets down 32 meters in two stages into a rugged canyon which walls reach up to 70 meters in height. 


Dinner at Jamie’s Italian

After a long adventure, enjoy dinner at your hotel — Jamie's Italian. The restaurant, which is a part of the Italian inspired Jamie Oliver restaurant chain, is the first of its kind to open up in Iceland, following more than sixty Jamie's Italian restaurants all over the world. Set in the well-known Golden Hall (Gyllti Salurinn) at Hotel Borg, the Reykjavík based restaurant is designed to give tribute both to the homely values of the Jamie's Italian concept and the building's grand history.

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Day 10

Private Tour of Reykjavik

Your private guide will meet you at the hotel reception. He will bring you on a private gourmet welcome walk, exploring the Icelandic capital.

You will spend today exploring Reykjavik on foot, together with your private guide. You will start by walking the city, and as you proceed, your tour will slowly turn into a gourmet experience, exploring the off the beaten path. Great food and beverages are key words for this afternoon and evening.

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Dinner at Grillmarket

At the heart of the culinary experience that is the Grillmarket is Iceland´s pristine nature. A close working collaboration with dedicated local farmers guarantees the very best in local produce and allows us to create a menu that´s a magical fusion of tradition and modern cuisine. Just some of the local products that feature on the menu are lamb, beef, trout, quail, skyr and honey.

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Day 11

Glacier Tour and Hike

This morning after breakfast, your private driver/guide will collect you at your hotel and bring you for a day of exploring. Today, you will now enjoy a full day tour of Snæfellsnes Peninsula.

The top of the peninsula is the Snæfellsnesjökull Glacier; a volcano covered by a glacier. The highest point is 1,446 meters above sea level, and on a clear day, you might be able to see the top all the way from Reykjavik.

The glacier is well known from the famous novel by Jules Verne “A journey to the center of earth”, where the glacier is the entry point for the journey. Today, this is the most visited National Park on Iceland.

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Dinner at Mat Bar

At this intimate, atmospheric place, traditionally Italian dishes are prepared with elements from Nordic cuisine – the tomatoes are pickled and the capers dried. Plates are tapas-sized and designed for sharing. It's a good spot for drinks too.

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Day 12

Blue Lagoon

You’ll check out of your hotel today and prior to your flight back to Seattle, you’ll stop at the Blue Lagoon. Built into an 800-year-old lava flow on the south shore of the Lagoon, the Spa at the Retreat embodies the harmonic convergence of nature, design, and the radiant powers of geothermal seawater. Enjoy the Retreat’s lounges and try out some of the treatments offered onsite. 

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Flight from Keflavik to Seattle

After your time at Blue Lagoon, a private driver will take you to Keflavik Airport for your flight back to Seattle

17:05 — Keflavik International (KEF)
17:00 — Seattle Tacoma International (SEA)
Duration 07h 55m
Direct flight
Icelandair Business Class (FI681)

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