Up To The Swedish Lapland – Artic Circle For Just $218

A train trip up to the Artic Circle can be an experience of a lifetime. It is not the cheapest train trip around in the world but for the type of experience it offers, I say that it is relatively affordable. Read about my experience with a Syrian refugee on my previous post here. I chose to travel the Swedish Lapland by SJ, their world class train system. My trip Stockholm-Bjorkliden-Copenhagen came up to a total of SEK1793 (about USD218) and total traveling time on train was almost 2 days, implying that I was paying USD4.54 per hour of train ride.

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Stockholm Central Station

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This overnight train went on to Lulea after I got off at Boden for my transfer.

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Looking out can be addictive

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I woke up at 6am to witness the changed landscape, a start contrast to Stockholm. 

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I bumped into two guys from Hong Kong and they offered me their place in Abisko. It was totally unexpected and very kind of them. I declined because I already got my ski lodge booked in Bjorkliden. 

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Kanken bags are popular all around the world, definitely in its home ground Sweden.

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My day transfer train stopped by Kiruna, the famous spot for the Ice Hotel.

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After a day of traveling, I was finally deep in the Artic Circle – Swedish small town of Bjorkliden.

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Thankfully for this ride, I didn’t have to walk more than 1km upslope in the slippery ice.

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I was greeted by a lovely sunset as I walked to my lodge.

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My eyes caught a faint glow of the Northern Lights. I wasn’t sure about it so I used my camera to capture it. 

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My lodge for the night, the price for a single room was affordable by Swedish standard at about USD60 per night.

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I got up the next morning to witness this ridiculously beautiful sunrise.

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The winter lapland is beautiful. The scene was straight out of National Geographic.

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It was breathing -10 degree celsius outside.

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It was snowing heavily when the train arrived at the platform.

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Your eyes are your wonders to the world. Shortly right after this shot, the train broke down. It turned out that the train was going to be delayed because of a problem with the electrical box. I waited for two hours, glazing into the enchanting landscape ever few moments. Then an announcement came and it mentioned that they needed eight hours to repair the problem.

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They sent a bus and a taxi to ferry us from the breakdown point to Kiruna, followed by a taxi ride that cost in excess of USD1500 from Kiruna to Boden. 

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The following four hours of taxi ride was a total privilege because I got to experience what it felt like to be driving in the Swedish Lapland. We reached Boden just in time to catch the last overnight train to Stockolm.

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Stockholm Central Station, on the platform waiting for the train to Copenhagen. 

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I was put on the bistro car because I missed my previous connection. I was offered a USD15 food voucher and couldn’t feel happier about it. Furthermore, I got a full refund of SEK1118 as compensation for the delayed part of the journey. 

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Truly fantastic experience


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