Situated 200km north of the Arctic Circle, the Ice Hotel in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden, creates wondrous Ice Rooms and Suites each winter using vast blocks of ice harvested from the nearby River Torne. Built in different stages, upon completion the Icehotel has individual rooms & suites, some with uniquely hand-crafted, ice & snow sculptures, an ice chapel & the famous Absolut Ice Bar.
The hotel also has warm, stylish hotel room accommodation and a restaurant with locally inspired menu selections.
Spend 1 night in an Ice Room and 2 nights in 'warm' hotel accommodation, search for the Northern Lights by snowmobile or on horseback, enjoy a daytime snowmobile safari or a reindeer-sleigh ride with a glimpse of Sami culture, experience dog-sledding and also have plenty of time at leisure for enjoying your remarkable surroundings. There are also some great additional optional activies you can add such as Ice Sculpting, Northern Lights Photo tours, skiing or snowshoe walks.
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Day 1 Jukkasjarvi Arrival & Aurora Hunt
Transfer from Kiruna Airport to the Ice Hotel and check in for your first overnight in warm accommodation. Relax until your evening Northern Lights Hunt – by snowmobile or on horseback, as you choose. You'll enjoy a very special atmosphere as you venture into the dark, Arctic night!
Day 2 Husky Safari & Ice Room
Today experience a 2 hour dog-sledding safari. There is nothing like the sensation of a team of friendly dogs whisking you almost silently along forest tracks. Coffee and cake are served over a campfire along the way. (N.B. this safari does not involve driving a dog-sled as you are a passenger only). The rest of the day is free.
This evening prepare to experience the Ice Room! Surrounded by silence and wrapped in a thermal sleeping bag, you will sleep on a comfy thick mattress, covered with reindeer skins, on a bed built from a block of ice. Changing rooms, toilets and saunas are nearby in the warm section of the hotel.
Day 3 Snowmobile Adventure OR Reindeer Safari & Sami Culture
This morning, wake-up to a hot lingonberry juice in bed, before enjoying a morning sauna and breakfast. Time to relax before a guided snowmobile tour which takes you on a journey through the Swedish wilderness, to a traditional Sámi kota (teepee) where you stop for coffee and a snack in front of an open fire.
Or if you don't wish to go snowmobiling, you can instead join a local herder for a visit to a nearby reindeer farm, where you will enjoy a short reindeer sleigh ride, learn about these sturdy Arctic animals and their importance in Lapland life and have a snack by the fire. Overnight in warm accommodation.
Day 4 Departure
Perhaps take a morning sauna before your transfer to Kiruna Airport.
A Locally/Partially Guided Tour is one where you are accompanied by a local English speaking guide whilst you are on an included excursion. For the remainder of the tour time you are unescorted.
Departures: late December - April*
* The building of the Ice rooms may vary according to ice conditions, and the order of the activites may also change depending upon which night you spend in "Cold accommodation".
Includes: 2 nights warm + 1 night cold accommodation, breakfast daily, excursions as mentioned, return Kiruna Airport transfers
Excludes: Optional activities, dinners
The price is based on 1 night in an Ice Room. You can choose to upgrade your 'cold accommodation' to a suite - please enquire. The suites are individually themed and hand carved by artists commissioned from around the world and a wide range of disciplines.
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