User avatar
newbief1yer
Topic Author
Posts: 623
Joined: Thu Dec 06, 2012 9:35 pm

Birthday trip to The Ice Hotel - Swedish Lapland

Sun Dec 09, 2018 3:03 pm

Image

Image


Video Reports

Our trip to Swedish Lapland and the Ice Hotel

Norwegian D82850 & DY4063 - London Gatwick to Kiruna via Stockholm

SAS - SK1047 & SK533 - Kiruna to London via Stockholm


Background

Hello A'Netters. Hope you are well.

It was my wife's 40th and wanted to do something different. We both love to travel and explore the world and wanted something extraordinary, travel related.

My wife is of Chinese origin and her name literally translated to English means 'Ice/purity'. I wanted to take the literal sense of the word and do something with it. There was only one thing I could think off -> Staying at the world famous Ice Hotel in the Swedish Lapland! I wanted this to be a surprise, but was not sure and proposed the idea to her and she was immediately enthusiastic about it.

30 minutes later flights to Kiruna were booked along with the Famous Ice Hotel Cold room Deluxe suite package and some other activities. Was really excited and looking forward to this trip!

Thanks for GCMap for the illustration of the trip route for this trip

Image

Norwegian - D82850 & DY4063
Route: LGW - ARN - KRN
Flight Reg:EI-FVH; Delivered to Norwegian on Jan 2017 ; Named Jean Sibelius
Flight Reg:LN-NHF; Delivered to Norwegian on June 2015
Aircraft Type: Boeing 737-800
Seat: 23F and 4F
Flight time: 06:20 - 09:40 (06:29 - 09:27) & 10:50 - 12:25 (10:54 - 12:11)
Actual flight time: 1 Hr 58 min & 1 Hr 17 Min
Distance: 919 & 571 Miles
Load:~80 % & 90% load
30 November 2018
Booking details: Booked on Norwegian website for a total of £194.30 for 2 tickets including 1 check in baggage in total.
My Log book: 9th and 10th Flight on Norwegian/ 32nd and 33rd flight on Boeing 737-800 / 180th and 181st Total overall flight


Welcome message from Norwegian
Image

Online check-in the previous day worked well. I want able to select seats as seat selection is automatic if not paid for. Since my wife and I were on 2 separate tickets, we got seats at different ends of the aircraft. Lol. Hoping to have them changed at the airport. It has worked well on my previous trips with Norwegian.

Drive to the airport was quick and hardly any traffic. It was a very quiet time at Gatwick.

Tried checking in via self-check-in. It allowed us to change seats from Stockholm to Kiruna, to sit together but not onward to Stockholm. It was quickly resolved by heading to the check in desk. Result. 10 minutes later we were airside and ready for a hearty breakfast at Wagamama.

London Gatwick South on a Saturday early morning (5:00 AM)
Image

Self-check in desks for a conglomeration of airlines
Image

Baggage drop area for Norwegian
Image

The other side is only for US flights
Image

Heading through to Departures
Image

Airside at Gatwick
Image

Image

Breakkie time
Image

Heading to Gate 1
Image

Sshhh..
Image

At the gates
Image

Our ride to Stockholm today
Image

Boarding began on time and aboard the aircraft at 6:05.

The ambience and temperature on this aircraft was spot on. Clean and cozy.

Airborne as soon as we pushed back. Captain announced a flight time of under 2 hours.

Boarding
Image

Close up
Image

Interiors
Image


Image

Neighbours at Gatwick
Image

Very acceptable seating
Image

After Take-off -> Over Gatwick
Image

Image

Sky Interiors
Image

Cabin view after take off
Image

After takeoff Wi-Fi service commenced. And it worked perfectly well throughout the flight. It's such a pleasure to be having internet connectivity onboard, that too with predictable consistency and free of charge. Salute to Norwegian for still providing free Wi-Fi when no other airline i know off do it.

Rest of the flight was uneventful and we landed ahead of time.

Honey! I shrunk the wash basin!
Image

Wi-Fi On board
Image

This is where we are
Image

A great watch - A YouTube production
Image

En-route to Stockholm
Image

Saw this at Stockholm -> The Air India which hit a building at the Airport
Image

Neighbours at Stockholm ARN
Image

Arrivals at Stockholm
Image

Up close with a Thai B77W parked next to us
Image

We had to make our way to terminal 4 for our connecting flight. It's bit of a walk but 30 minutes later we were at our gates. Fairly seamless transit experience.

Boarding completed before time and we pushed back 4 minutes ahead of schedule. Flight time of an hour an 15 minutes announced which meant once again an early arrival into Kiruna.

Once airborne Wi-Fi commenced and once again worked seamlessly. Even able to watch YouTube videos.

Transferring at Stockholm
Image

Image

Baggage hall at T5
Image

Image

Quite a long walk to Terminal 4
Image

Via the Sky City
Image

..More walking
Image

..And then, finally at T4 (Around 20 minutes of non-stop walking)
Image

Heading towards our gates
Image

Image

Gate 31, up ahead
Image

At the gate
Image

Our ride to Kiruna
Image

Rainy day
Image

Over the clouds
Image

Rest of the flight was uneventful and before we knew it, we had arrived at frosty and icy Kiruna. It was quite a sight as seen in my pictures and videos.

Approaching Kiruna
Image

Image

Caught the Sunset over Kiruna at 12:30 PM! When we were in the sky, we thought this was sun rise!
Image

Image

Image

At Kiruna
Image

Was not that cold as it looks
Image

Image

Baggage hall
Image

Exiting the airport
Image


For our return flight, SAS seemed to be the best bet. Timing and pricing suitability was right up there and booking via SAS website was simple enough. And if there were no last minute substitution, would be lucky to fly the rare(r) Boeing 737-600! And hopefully the A320 Neo from Stockholm.

Kiruna Airport at 3:00 PM!
Image

SAS - SK1047 & KL1527 (Cancelled) SK533 (new)
Route: KRN - ARN - LHR
Flight Reg:LN-RNU; Delivered to SAS on Dec 2009; Named Hans Viking
Flight Reg:EI-SIB; Delivered to SAS Ireland on Dec 2017 - Named: Ellisiv Viking
Aircraft Type: Boeing 737-700 (Originally,Boeing 737-600) & Airbus 320-200 NEO (Originally Airbus 320-200)
Seat: 14F & 10A
Original light time: 16:25 - 18:05 & (old: 19:40 - 21:20) New: 18:15 - 19:55
Amended Timing: & 21:14 - 22:25
Actual flight time: 1 Hr 38min & 2 Hr 11 Min
Distance: 571 & 911 Miles
Load: 46/141 & 100% load
03 December 2018
Booking details: Booked on SAS website for a total of £155 for 2 tickets including 1 check in baggage each.
My Log book: 3rd & 4th Flight on SAS/ 2nd flight on Boeing 737-700 & 1st Flight on Airbus 320-200 NEO/ 182nd & 183rd Total overall flight


Online check in, the day before the flight was seamless. Few personal information was needed, seat selection done and check in was sorted. Looking forward to our ride from Kiruna to Stockholm on the stubby 737.

Day of the flight we reached the airport with 2 hours to spare. Kiruna airport is quite a handy airport and serves the city well. Dropping the car off at hertz was painless and hassle-free.

Baggage drop was completely autonomous and it was a seamless process.

Self-check in at Kiruna Airport
Image

Self-bag drop
Image

Heading through security
Image

Airside at Kiruna
Image

Even in such a small airport, they have not forgotten about the kids
Image

Image


Boarding was on time and it was a very light load today to Stockholm.

As expected, de-icing occurred before take-off. More of that in my video.

Our ride to Stockholm
Image

Image

Interiors
Image

View from our seat
Image


Once airborne the captain announced a flight time of an hour and 25 minutes to Stockholm.

On this flight, I met a very friendly and aviation enthusiastic flight attendants, Leonard. He was passionate about flying and it was a pleasure speaking to him. His service was exemplary and a true ambassador to the brand.
It's always encouraging to see flight attendants who are passionate about flying and recognise a fellow aviation enthusiast . A complete opposite to some staff I've met at certain airports who detest anything to do with AVgeeks.

Cabin view after take off
Image

The AVGeek Leandro who was serving us on this flight. He was exceptional and we spoke a lot about his past experiences, SAS, and a whole lot of typical AVGeek topics.
Image

Beer on this flight ;)
Image

Reading material on board
Image


Landed a bit behind schedule and the rest of the flight was uneventful.

Upon landing I received a text message that our flight was cancelled and we were put into another London flight which has been delayed to 2000. Urgh.

Back in Stockholm -> This time, transfer from T4 to T5
Image

Image

Yikes!
Image


At least SAS have a better transfer approach from other terminals to their main terminal (5).It was seamless.

Passing immigration we headed to have some dumplings. It was then, when I enquired with the helpful service agent nearby, we were notified of a 100 SEK food voucher per head. We had to refund our food meal and use our vouchers. All in all, a favourable result. Good on SAS to provide vouchers for delayed flights. Even though technically we were only delayed by circa 20 minutes.

Proceeding towards 30D, where SAS have a bus transfer to the various terminals around Arlanda.
Image

30D -> Bus transfer
Image

Image

Our cancelled flight :(
Image

Transfer
Image

Quick transfer back to T5
Image

Heading to our gates after passport check
Image

I'm hungry
Image

SAS provide food vouchers for delayed flight. Perhaps this is only at their home base
Image

Queueing at our gates
Image

At the gate; but still a long wait before we got to board
Image

Yawn!
Image

Flight was subsequently delayed and boarding completed only by 20 50.

Once on board , the captain gave a detailed explanation of why the delay. A very comprehensive explanation and a sincere apology. Good on the captain For treating passengers as humans. SAS seem to be adept at tackling delayed and or cancelled flights. Is it because they have a lot of such occurrences or are they just professional ? More details about the flight delay in my video.

Sneak peek
Image

Our ride to London -> First time on an A320NEO
Image

They missed the "as long as you pay for it" part
Image

Full flight to London. Quite understandable, if they have transferred passengers from cancelled flights onto this.
Image

Parked next to an Ethiopian B787-8
Image


First time on an A320 Neo. The take-off was effortless and keeping in tune with other newer Airbus models, was noticeably quieter than their Boeing counterparts.

The aircraft was spotless and looked smart. I especially liked the mood lighting up in take-off.

Once airborne, the cabin crew spring into action. Free tea, coffee and water served. Rest of the items were charged for on this flight, except for SAS plus and gold members where food was complementary.

Seating
Image

Reading material on board
Image

Lighting during take off
Image


Rest of the flight was uneventful and we landed back into London nearly an hour delayed from our original timing.

Cabin view after take off
Image

Paid Wi-Fi
Image


Slightly busy time at Heathrow and once we were out, it was another 30 minutes before we reached the baggage hall.

Back at home Base - Heathrow T2
Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Baggage hall at T2
Image

Do not think I have seen this before. A good selection of SIM cards.
Image

Exiting the airport
Image


Verdict

Norwegian

Once again, an excellent experience with Norwegian. On time, good service on board, and delivered more than what it said on the tin. Their wi-fi service on board is most certainly a game changer for intra-European travel. I would pro-actively travel on Norwegian if I had a choice, just for their free wi-fi service.

The only slight niggle might be the transfer in Stockholm. I am nit-picking, but the transfer service by SAS was a more seamless experience. On the other hand, I always welcome a bit of walking during our trips.

SAS

The positives were most certainly the cabin crew on the first flight and the captain on the second. The captains announcements (it's in my video) was probably the most comprehensive I had ever heard. He did not have to, but felt he was obliged to and treated us like we ought to know the reason. It was very reassuring and enhanced the brand image of SAS in the span of 90 seconds! Due to this, the negative (which was an hour delay) was almost forgotten and pardoned, since such things can happen any time. It was reassuring that the steps they did were for our own safety and is highly appreciated, thank you SAS!

Apart from that, I got to go on an rare(ish) aircraft (B737-700 and also my first time on an A320NEO. So yeah, overall it was a very memorable experience on this sector with SAS and looking forward to my future flights with them.

So there you go, that brings me to the end of this report. Hope you liked it. Stay tuned to my next one (Christmas and New years to Croatia), until then happy and safe flying.

Adios!

Sight during our trip

Reindeer park
Image

Ice Hotel
Image

ART 365 Suites at the Ice Hotel
Image

:)
Image

Husky ride
Image

Image

Gorgeous!
Image

Image

Northern Lights spotting/Chasing
Image

Image

Image

Image

Our deluxe suite for the night at the Ice Hotel - The Invincible Invisible
Image

Waking up to Hot Lingonberry juice
Image

Kiruna old Church -> they are apparently going to move this!
Image

Frozen lake
Image

Our ride for the trip - The excellent VW Polo with DSG Automatic. Such a great car! Absolutely loved it!
Image
 
User avatar
newbief1yer
Topic Author
Posts: 623
Joined: Thu Dec 06, 2012 9:35 pm

Re: Birthday trip to The Ice Hotel - Swedish Lapland

Sun Dec 09, 2018 3:03 pm

Previous Trip Reports

Part 6 (Final) trip to Kyrgyzstan - Back from Bishkek to London via Istanbul
Part 5 trip to Kyrgyzstan - Air Astana from Urumqi to Bishkek via Astana
Part 4 trip to Kyrgyzstan - Air Arabia from Mumbai to Urumqi via Sharjah
Part 3 trip to Kyrgyzstan - IndiGo from BLR to BOM
Part 2 trip to Kyrgyzstan - Jet Airways from Dubai to Bengaluru via Mumbai
Part 1 trip to Kyrgyzstan - Virgin to Dubai on A340-600 (G-VNAP)
Weekend trip on Austrian to Vienna - A321-100
Oman Air - London to India and back - A333 & B738
Part 5 - Long way to Vietnam - Return from Shanghai on BA B77W Club World
Part 4 - Long way to Vietnam - China Southern - Hanoi to Shanghai
Vietnam Domestic on Vietjet
Part 2 - Long way to Vietnam - Vietnam Airlines A350 to Saigon - Business Class
Part 1 - Long way to Vietnam - BA to Shanghai - Club World
Weekend trip to Budapest on FlyBe (SEN) and BA (LHR)
Part 4 - KLM from Beijing to London via Amsterdam - B787-9 & ERJ190
Part 3 - Spring Airlines - Seoul Incheon to Shijiazhuang - Airbus 320-200
Part 2 - Korea Domestic on Korean Air and Jeju Air
Part 1 - London to Seoul on KLM? No. Air France? No. Korean Air?
Part 5 - Canadian Escapades - Vancouver to London - BA A380-800 - Club World
Part 4 - Canadian Escapades - Edmonton to Vancouver - WestJet B737-800
Part 3 - Canadian Escapades - Toronto to Calgary - Air Canada B767-300ER
Part 2 - Canadian Escapades - Quebec to Toronto - WestJet Encore Dash8 Q400
Part 1 - Canadian Escapades - London to Montreal - BA 787-8
Weekend in Bilbao - BA A320 - Photo + Video Report
Cambodian Escapades - China Southern B787, A321 and A320
Domestic Cambodian Escapades - Sky Angkor - KOS-REP - A320
Weekend in Zurich - Swiss and BA (Club Europe) - Airbus 320-200
Weekend at Cinque Terre - BA to Bologna - Airbus 320-200
Journey to the East (Part 5, Final) - BA B747-400 (Club World)
Journey to the East (Part 4) - China Eastern A321-200
Journey to the East (Part 3) - Etihad 5th Freedom Route
Journey to the East (Part 2) - BA, JAL, Etihad, China Eastern
Journey to the East - BA, JAL, Etihad, China Eastern
Norwegian And Air Baltic To ARN And RIX
London To Muscat On Gulf Air - A332 And A320
Part 4:India Domestic-9W, AI, SG On A321,B737,Q400
Part3: Phuket To India - Bangkok Airways -A320-200
Part 2:Thailand Domestic -Nok Air And Thai AirAsia
Part 1:Qatar Airways - Thailand And India
Part 3:BA Club Europe - LCA-LHR - Boeing 767-300
Part 2:Blue Air - Athens-Larnaca - Boeing 737-400
Part 1: Aegean Air - LGW-ATH-JTR - A320-200
Ryanair London(STN) To Lake Como (BGY)
Weekend In Belfast - Aer Lingus A319-100
BA First - PEK To LHR - Mid J B747-400
China Railway (CRH) - Video Report - SJW - Beijing
BA CW - Upper Deck To Beijing - High J B747-400
LAN Dreamliner (J) Experience - MAD FRA
Weekend In Trondheim - DY/SK - Boeing 737-800/600
Baltic Escapades - VNO/TLL/RIX On W6,BT And OV
South France - EasyJet A320 BA A319
UK To India - The EK Way - B777-200/300 & A380
India Domestic–Jet Airways And Indigo–A320/ATR 72
BA A320/321 - LHR To Berlin TXL - Christmas Day
China Southern - LHR-CAN-HKT - B787/A321
Cool Blue To BOS And Got Blue? To LAS - E190 A320
Mahalo Hawaii, Hello NYC - DL B767-300
Aloha! The United Way - B777-200 And B737-900
VS Little Red To ABZ And EZY Return
24 Hours On A 787! - Final Leg CZ - AKL-CAN-LHR
Part 5 - BHE-WLG-AKL On NZ Beech1900D And A320
Part 4 - MEL-AKL-ZQN On QA And NZ B738\A320
Part 3 - CNS-MEL On JetStar A321-200
Part 2 - SYD - CNS On Virgin Australia E190
Canton Route Part 1 - LON-SYD - CZ DreamLiner/A332
DREAM(liner)ING Of Hainan - China Southern
Panda Calling - BA LHR To CTU - Club World
China - The Low Cost Way - Spring Airlines - SJW-CTU
China United Airlines (KN) - CTU - SJW - B737-700
Norwegian B737 - LGW-TOS-BGO-LGW
Jet Airways: LHR – COK
Barra Trip – that was not to be
Dusseldorf Calling - BA & EZY - Club/Eco - A321
Part 5: PVG-LHR - BA - Economy - B777
Part 4A&B - SHA-SJW-SHA - FM: Eco: B737
Part 3A&B : DXB-HKG-PVG: CX & KA :Eco: A333
Part 2: KWI-DXB - FlyDubai - Economy - B737
LHR - KWI - BA 747 - Part 1 - Middle East -China
Morocco Trip - LGW-RAK-TNG-LHR - EasyJet & Iberia
 
cofannyc
Posts: 267
Joined: Thu Jan 18, 2007 10:22 am

Re: Birthday trip to The Ice Hotel - Swedish Lapland

Sun Dec 09, 2018 5:58 pm

What a cool trip!

newbief1yer wrote:
Salute to Norwegian for still providing free Wi-Fi when no other airline i know off do it.


JetBlue does and it works quite well for me.
 
User avatar
newbief1yer
Topic Author
Posts: 623
Joined: Thu Dec 06, 2012 9:35 pm

Re: Birthday trip to The Ice Hotel - Swedish Lapland

Sun Dec 09, 2018 7:04 pm

Thanks cofannyc.
Ah yes, I have apparently used them
Thanks for pointing it out.

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Google Feedfetcher and 23 guests

Popular Searches On Airliners.net

Top Photos of Last:   24 Hours  •  48 Hours  •  7 Days  •  30 Days  •  180 Days  •  365 Days  •  All Time

Military Aircraft Every type from fighters to helicopters from air forces around the globe

Classic Airliners Props and jets from the good old days

Flight Decks Views from inside the cockpit

Aircraft Cabins Passenger cabin shots showing seat arrangements as well as cargo aircraft interior

Cargo Aircraft Pictures of great freighter aircraft

Government Aircraft Aircraft flying government officials

Helicopters Our large helicopter section. Both military and civil versions

Blimps / Airships Everything from the Goodyear blimp to the Zeppelin

Night Photos Beautiful shots taken while the sun is below the horizon

Accidents Accident, incident and crash related photos

Air to Air Photos taken by airborne photographers of airborne aircraft

Special Paint Schemes Aircraft painted in beautiful and original liveries

Airport Overviews Airport overviews from the air or ground

Tails and Winglets Tail and Winglet closeups with beautiful airline logos