Celebrate Christmas at the Icehotel in Swedish Lapland! Spend a night in Stockholm, then take the overnight train to Kiruna.Stay three nights at the original Icehotel, 2 nights in warm accommodation and 1 night in an Ice Room. On Christmas Eve there will be a visit from Santa Claus and a celebration dinner. Whilst at Icehotel perhaps add some of the many optional excursions offered, such as ice sculpting, snowmobiling, photography classes, dog sledding, reindeer and Sami culture experiences, cross country skiing, wildlife safaris, horseriding and more.
Upon your arrival into Stockholm make your own way to the hotel. Stockholm city has an abundance of charm, history and tradition. Known as the Beauty on the Water, this is undoubtedly one of the world's most beautiful capitals; built on 14 islands and protected from the sea by Skargarden archipelago. Perhaps explore Gamla Stan's narrow cobbled streets, see the Royal Palace, Parliament Buildings and much more. 1 nights accommodation in Stockholm at the Downtown Camper Hotel, the Clarion Amaranten Hotel or similar.
Breakfast at the hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure for you to further explore Stockholm on your own. In the late evening, depart by overnight train from Stockholm to Kiruna. Accommodation on-board the train in a private sleeping compartment.
Upon your arrival at Kiruna railway station you will be transferred to the world-famous Ice hotel located in Jukkasjärvi. Situated 200km north of the Arctic Circle, the Icehotel annually creates wondrous Ice Rooms and Suites, 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.
The rest of your day is at leisure in this unique and breathtaking area. Perhaps add one of the many optional excursions offered such as ice sculpting, snowmobiling, photography classes, dog sledding, reindeer and Sami culture experiences, cross country skiing, wildlife safaris, horseriding and more. Tonight you will experience an overnight in an Ice Room - get a good night's sleep in minus 5 degrees, snuggled cosily in thermal sleeping bags on a special bed built of snow and ice, on reindeer skins.
This morning you are awakened with a cup of hot lingon-berry juice at your bedside. Enjoy a sauna before your breakfast buffet, then time at leisure. Later this afternoon, gather for a very special visit from Santa Claus, who will arrive in front of the Icehotel. Children of all ages are welcome to share their Christmas wishes and to take a picture with Santa - he may even have some gifts for the children who have been good! Tonight enjoy a delightful festive dinner. Tonight and tomorrow night you will sleep in warm accommodation in a stylish Kaamos room.
Breakfast at the Icehotel. A day to relax or if you prefer perhaps join an optional excursion. Or you can join the optional Christmas day village torch procession to the local church, where a carol concert with soloists and an organist is held each year. Late this afternoon Santa will make another visit for the children (or the young at heart...)
Breakfast at the hotel, then transfer to Kiruna airport and end of arrangements.