A significant part of Sweden lies within the aurora oval zone. Seeing the wonderful display of aurora in the sky here can make you shake your head for hours. Northern lights holiday in Sweden is one of the best experiences you should never miss in life. Most travelers believe that seeing the magical lights in Sweden is going to cost them a fortune. I will guide you to plan an affordable trip to visit this scarcely populated country.
Enjoy northern lights holiday in Sweden
Best areas to see the aurora
Abisko National Park is the prime location to see the northern lights. It is suitable as a patch of sky usually remains clear over the Torneträsk Lake despite the overcast weather in surrounding areas. Jukkasjärvi is also one of the best areas to view the northern lights in Sweden and it hosts the world’s first ice hotel. You can read my dedicated article about the northern lights in Sweden article if you would like to learn more.
Catching a flight to Sweden
No doubt, flights to Sweden can be somehow expensive. Most of the routes inside the country pass through Stockholm. The Stockholm Arlanda airport is the busiest one and you can use it as your starting point. Here, you can get a flight as low as £28 depending on where you are coming from. Also, Kiruna can be your entry point. Flight to Kiruna can be cheap and it is also close to one of the best places to see the aurora in the country. You can check the below sites for affordable flights to any part of Sweden.
During my holiday, I stayed in Abisko. It is a village that is just a couple of kilometers north of Kiruna town. It is a perfect place to view the northern lights. I stayed in a guest house in Abisko. However, if you have already decided on your destination you can check out different places to stay at an affordable rate.
- Discover the best 10 cheap hotels in Sweden
- See the budget hotels in Sweden Budgetplaces.
- Last minutes checkin to affordable hotels in Sweden.
Transportation in Sweden
Here you can have it all – bus, train, plane, boat or railway transportation. In Sweden, taxi prices are not regulated so the cost can sometimes vary. I would advise you avoid cabs.
The best way of getting around is by train or bus. In fact, Swedish people use public transports more than private. To ensure cheap train tickets avoid traveling during rush hours and make sure you book your tickets earlier. If you buy a rail pass before going to the country, you can be sure of saving some cash.
The same rule applies to buses. Book a bus ticket four weeks in advance and save up to 50%.
- Book your bus tickets with nettbuss, Swebus, and wanderu.
- Check the guide on how to book tickets at cheapest fares.
- Book your train tickets with apcrail, and ArlandaExpress
- Rent a car with Sixt, Hertz, and Avis
- Search for flights on Expedia and Skyscanner
- Plan your trip with Inspirock
Food in Sweden
If you have the mind of saving money during your northern lights holiday in Sweden, I would advise you to stay away from the restaurant if you have the mind of saving money. In this country, eating out can be expensive. You can stick to the outside food vendors on the streets. You can find different varieties of food there and the meals are as affordable as 20 SEK. In addition, alcohol is expensive because it is heavily taxed. Beer is quite affordable, so you are lucky if you are a fan of the drink.
Things to do
I’m sure your primal goal to visit Sweden can be just to see the Northern Lights but of course, you can enjoy much more that the country has to offer. Even though all Scandinavian states are known for their high cost of living, there still are things that are worth doing even at those prices. After all, if you managed to save some money from transportation, accommodation, and flights, you can definitely treat yourself with something as good as visiting Fairytale Drottningholm Palace or a picturesque boat tour.
- Check here for the list of top rated attractions in Sweden
- Find out other things to do on TripAdvisor
Sweden undoubtedly can be magical while showing you its green lighted skies. If you are already with a mind made up to go on a northern lights holiday in Sweden, then get ready to book a flight. Have it in mind that you can only see the aurora during the winter months and when the sky is clear and dark. To cover your bases real good, you can check out my article on Northern lights prediction.