Question number two, Where to go?
|Blue1 flight SK 2548 Manchester to Stockholm, a Boeing 717...only one aisle, I am used to Emirates all wide bodied!|
Landing at Kiruna was an experience. It was a winter wonderland and the aircraft taxied onto the snow covered area where the crew opened the front and back doors to allow the passengers to disembark quickly using the steps, onto the snow covered tarmac and into the warm arrivals hall.
The customs check was fast and efficient but It took ages for the bags to come.
Eventually we made it through to the Eurocar counter and were issued with a brand new Skoda Yeti 4x4.
|Out side Kiruna Airport, Swedish Lapland. |
|I forgot to take a photo, but the car heater works like this (taken from the defa.com web site)|
I was in two minds about self driving in Swedish Lapland, mainly due to the name 'Lapland'...it really conjures up images of sleighs rather than cars on roads! Also I couldn't find may tourists who had done it. However thanks to the wonders of the Internet, when researching 'Kiruna', it became apparent that Kiruna was a mining town. It has the worlds largest underground Iron Ore mine, so I figured that the roads must be good with a mine in town, I was correct. there are good Road, Rail and Air links to the busy City of Kiruna.
We drove to the Mattarahkka Northern Lights Lodge and I have put my review on Tripadvisor.
|Very small Ikea decorated room at Mattarahkka Northern Lights Lodge|
We arrived at Mattarahkka Northern Lights Lodge at around 18.00. It was difficult to find the reception desk as there wasn't one, but the lounge / dining area was welcoming with a large log fire and a few guests dining in the dining area. When I asked about the timings for dinner it transpired that I had failed to read the small print on the booking that states ‘Dinner must be booked at least 1 day in advance’. The host politely gave me directions as to how to locate the restaurants in Kiruna. We were hungry so drove out again and got a meal from the Artic Thai Grill. ? Eating Thai food in Sweden, who'd have thought! Anyway it was good and the service was swift. its the first time I have had Swedish crispbread with Thai Green Curry.
When we got back to the lodge, another hotel guest was eating a takeaway from the same Thai place. The Four people who had eaten at the Lodge and were sat next to the roaring log fire, actually they were 'hogging' the fire, it transpired that they were not hotel guests, they were using the Hotel as a restaurant. This was my issue with this establishment, external visitors were getting priority over Hotel guests. I asked about the Hot Tub and was told that the hot tub also had to be booked 24 hours in advance, and it was an additional charge. The charge was over £120.00. But anyway I couldn’t use it tonight as a ‘private party’ from outside the hotel was using it. I asked the location of the Sauna, to be informed that that was also being used by the private party tonight, so once again it was not available to me. this was becoming a theme!
|The TV area in the room at Mattarahkka Northern Lights Lodge|
|The Hot Tub at Mattarahkka Northern Lights Lodge|
|The Sauna at Mattarahkka Northern Lights Lodge|
|Wet Room at Mattarahkka Northern Lights Lodge|
|Mattarahkka Northern Lights Lodge Slippers, very nice.|
|Mattarahkka Northern Lights Lodge|