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A lovely holiday to celebrate Christmas in the pristine nature of Sweden’s Arctic winter wonderland – Swedish Lapland.
Your Christmas holiday getaway includes a variety of experiences – all of them providing an authentic insight into the traditions of this region. In Scandinavia the search for the Christmas Tree is an exciting event and one you will take part in – finding the perfect tree and making it look glorious!
We have also included a couple of exciting, authentic experiences: a visit to a local Sámi family where you will learn about the indigenous people of this region, how they have herded reindeer for thousands of year, and still do. Meet and feed their reindeer and take part in a short sled ride, plus an exciting dog-sled ride in the forest – no visit to Swedish Lapland would be complete without the enthusiasm and devotion our four-legged friends bring to each and every journey.
Let’s also not forget a visit to the great man himself – Santa Claus -and the opportunity to hopefully see the Northern Lights lighting up the dark arctic sky.
A lovely holiday for those who want to celebrate the Christmas holiday somewhere special.
Wednesday, 23 December 2020 | Arrive Sweden Lapland
0640 | Depart London Heathrow Airport. SAS flight SK1530.
1010 | Arrive Stockholm. Change flight.
1134 | Depart Stockholm. SAS flight SK1042.
1320 | Arrive Kiruna Airport.
Met on arrival and transferred to Camp Ripan. Check-in to your chalet room.
Between 1600 and 2200 you have the opportunity to visit Aurora Spa where you will find a variety of experiences for mind and body. Luxuriate in the traditional Swedish sauna or steam room, stretch your muscles in the indoor leisure pool or relax them outdoors in the hot-tub. You will be given a 'spa bucket' with a selection of treatments you administer yourself; birch leaf scrub, foot salts with juniper berries, lemon and sea salt, coffee scrub and a body oil made with regionally-grown rapeseed oil. All products contain natural raw ingredients and are completely free of preservatives. They also leave your feeling wonderful!
A 3-course dinner is served in Ripan Restaurant at 1930 with the remainder of the evening free to relax before bedtime.
4 nights KIRUNA - Camp Ripan
Meals included today: Dinner
Thursday, 24 December 2020 | Search for the Christmas Tree - Meet Santa Claus - Christmas Smorgåsbord
Between 0800 and 1000 a delicious Scandinavian buffet breakfast is served in Ripan Restaurant.
Following breakfast you will set off by sled pulled by snowmobile, to find this year's Christmas tree. In Sweden, Christmas trees are always chosen and decorated on Christmas Eve, and you will have the opportunity to indulge your creativity during the decorating process. A cup of hot chocolate is served during the task for cosy sustenance!
After the tree is installed and decorated those with children may like to meet up with Santa Claus in a traditional Sámi tent called a lavvu. All children will receive a small gift from Santa.
Please note that a variety of optional activities are available - please see the Excursions tab for more details.
Between 1700 and 1930 a traditional Swedish Christmas smorgåsbord is served in Ripan Restaurant. Here you will find something for everyone - a multitude of variations of herring and salmon, hams, smoked reindeer, lamb, deer and pork, meatballs, ribs and much more. Perhaps you will try a little bit of everything!
Meals included today: Breakfast, Dinner
Friday, 25 December 2020 | Christmas Day - Ráidu, Meet the Reindeer
For those who enjoy a very early start to the day, you have the opportunity to join the torchlight procession to Kiruna church for the early Christmas Mass, or Julotta. Departure from reception is at 0620.
Breakfast is served in Ripan Restaurant between 0800 and 1000 with the remainder of the morning free.
At 1310 you will travel in a snowmobile-drawn sled through the snow-clad forest to the reindeer enclosures outside Jukkasjärvi. Your hosts are a local Sámi family and they, like more and more reindeer herders, keep and fodder part of their reindeer herd during winter to help them survive hard grazing conditions due to climate change. The reindeer is one of the Sámi community's most important culture bearers and resources and as part of your visit you will hear why reindeer are so important to the Sámi and why they are the connection between them and nature. Your visit includes entering the reindeer enclosures and helping to feed them; they will be curious at first, and want to sniff you, but then will eat directly from your hand. You will be taught about reindeer husbandry, what the challenges are, and what it means to work in this most traditional of professions today.
The Sámi people still tame and train some of their reindeer in order to conserve the cultural heritage of reindeer sledding and as part of your experience you have the opportunity to drive a reindeer sled or just relax as a passenger if you prefer.
A traditional Sámi lunch is then served in your hosts' lávvu, or Sámi tent, where you will sit on reindeer skins around an open fire. Lunch is suovas, the Sámi signature dish, which is lightly-salted and cold-smoked sliced reindeer meat, fried over the fire and served on gáhkku-bread with a dash of lingonberry jam. It is eaten like a wrap and tastes best with freshly made coffee sipped from a guksi, a drinking cup carved from birch burl. Delicious! Vegetarian options are available for those who prefer.
Return to Camp Ripan with time to relax before a 3-course dinner is served in Ripan Restaurant at 1930.
Meals included today: Breakfast, Light Lunch, Dinner
Saturday, 26 December 2020 - Dog Sledding
Breakfast is served in Ripan Restaurant between 0800 and 1000.
At 0930 you will meet in the reception area for your included dog sled safari. Your hosts for this activity are a local family and their rustic home is also the location of their dog kennels (just a 15-minute drive from Kiruna). On arrival at the homestead, the first thing you will hear is the excited barking of the dogs - they know they are going out on safari and are eager to meet you and get going! Your guides will go through full safety instructions before you sit comfortably on the sleds and set off into the sparkling winter landscape that surrounds you. Once the sleds are moving the dogs instantly stop barking and all you will hear is the sound of the sleds gliding and your guide's shouting instructions to their dog team. The forest is also home to moose and reindeer and there is the possibility that you may spot them during your journey.
Eventually, through the trees, you will glimpse the Sámi lavvu which is where you will stop for a break inside, around the open fire, for 'fika' (Swedish break which includes a hot drink and cake/biscuits). While you are sipping on your steaming mug of hot chocolate or coffee your guides will tell you about the area and life with the dogs.
When you return to the homestead you will have plenty of time to cuddle the dogs and perhaps visit their young puppies.
Return to Camp Ripan by 1200 for lunch which is served in Ripan Restaurant.
The remainder of the afternoon is free.
A 3-course dinner is served in Ripan Restaurant during the evening.
Meals included today: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Sunday, 27 December 2020 | Homeward bound
Enjoy a final delicious buffet breakfast in Ripan Restaurant before your late morning transfer to Kiruna Airport for your return flight home.
1340 | Depart Kiruna Airport. SAS flight SK1045.
1520 | Arrive Stockholm. Change flights.
1815 | Depart Stockholm. SAS flight SK533.
1955 | Arrive London Heathrow Airport.
Meals included today: Breakfast
Christmas in Swedish Lapland
|Departure Date||Adult price from||Child price from (4-11)|
|23 December 2020||£1845||£1135|
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- Scheduled return flights with SAS in Economy class from London Heathrow Airport to Kiruna (via Stockholm) including 23kgs of checked luggage and one piece of hand-luggage per person. Taxes included.
- Transfer from Kiruna Airport to Camp Ripan.
- 4 nights at Camp Ripan based on a chalet room for either 2, 3 or 4 people with ensuite shower and WC, seating area and daily Scandinavian buffet breakfast and 3-course dinner served in the main lodge building.
- Aurora Spa entrance with self-applied spa ritual treatments on 23 December.
- Traditional Swedish Smörgåsbord upgrade dinner on 24 December.
- Torchlight procession to Kiruna Church for Christmas Mass on 25 December (optional).
- Sámi reindeer activity as detailed on 25 December including light lunch.
- Dog-sledding activity as detailed on 26 December, based on travelling as a passenger on a guide’s sled including fika.
- Transfer from Camp Ripan to Kiruna Airport.
- Travel document wallet.
- 24-hour emergency telephone assistance.
- Financial Protection.
Camp Ripan (4*) – Kiruna
This accommodation is nothing to do with camping! Camp Ripan is situated with the city of Kiruna on one side and the unspoilt Swedish wilderness on the other and comprises of a main ‘lodge’ building which houses the reception desk, lounge area, restaurant and Northern Lights bar/lounge and a number of adjacent chalet rooms which are stylishly decorated and extremely comfortable – especially after a day out in the chilly Arctic climate.
On entering the main building you first see a very large and welcoming stove fire with a number of comfortable sofas on which to relax. A flight of stairs on your left takes you up to another lounge area with huge picture windows looking at the open sky – perfect for spotting the Northern Lights. Back downstairs in the entrance area there is also a shop which sells a selection of outdoor clothing and accessories and is also where you can hire snowshoes and skis if you would like to explore independently. Next to the reception desk you will find a fully stocked bar that leads in to their large, stylish restaurant which has something of a reputation for the high standard of its cuisine. It is here that all meals are served, including their substantial buffet breakfast.
The chalet rooms come in three styles and sizes all with en suite shower and WC; Giron (large with two bedrooms areas, the main bedroom having twin beds which can be together or separate and a separate bedroom with bunk beds, mini-kitchenette, dining table), Kiruna (sleeps 2 in a king-size bed and has a sofa bed in the same room for children, No kitchenette) and Rievssat (simple twin bedded rooms with separated beds). All rooms have private shower and WC, cable TV, telephone and free WiFi. Cross-country skis, snowshoes, kick-sleds and warm clothing/boots can all be hired, and toboggans are available free of charge.
But it is Ripan Spa that will catch the eye of many guests! The spa has several types of saunas and steam rooms, plus massage showers, freezing-cold ‘wake up’ showers, foot soaks and an indoor spa bath and outdoor hot tub. Guest can choose to purchase a Sauna Bucket (please note, this is included with some of our holidays) which is stocked with a full range of organic products based on natural, local ingredients with an instruction booklet of how and when to use them as you move through the spa’s various sections. Suzel and Margaret particularly enjoyed testing the spa’s facilities for our guests! The spa is located in a separate building and guests are given a towel and bathrobe when they enter the spa from the reception desk. Healthy light snacks and drinks are also available to purchase whilst lounging in the spa’s relax area.
Cross Country Ski Course for Beginners from Camp Ripan
Description: Your guide will teach you the basics of cross-country skiing. Afterwards you are able to go on your own ski tour in some of the beautiful tracks situated close to Camp Ripan. The terrain varies and includes flat open spaces and gently sloping hills.
Operates: December – April, Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday
Duration: 2 hours
Price: £65 per adult, £32 per child (7-12)
Price includes: Ski instructor and ski equipment
Number of participants: Minimum 2 people
Moose Safari on Horseback from Camp Ripan
Description: We pick you up in Kiruna and drive westward to our farm. We drive through the moose winter land and the moose usually can bee seen close to the road. After arriving at our farm we prepare the Icelandic horses and go for a tour in the forest where the moose can bee seen during the day. When we are on horseback we come closer to the animals than usual and on this tour we try to “tölt” (a special trot)with the horses if it is possible. After the riding we have lunch at our farm and then we drive you back. This tour is certified with the Swedish Ecotourism Society’s label, Nature’s Best.
Operates: December – April
Departs: Daily, 0920
Duration: 5 hours
Price: £190 per person, minimum age 12, weight 90kgs.
Price includes: Transfer, guide helmet, appropriate warm clothing, riding tour and lunch.
Number of participants: Minimum 2 people.
Snowshoe Tour above the Arctic Circle from Camp Ripan
Description: Join us on a different way of easily getting around in the forests surrounding the city! Equipped with snowshoes you’ll explore the wintery landscape, following the tracks of the hare or mountain ptarmigan over the blanket of snow. You finish the tour in a lavvu (Sami tent) and enjoy a steaming cup of coffee or tea and a sandwich. This tour is certified by the Swedish Ecotourism Society, Nature’s Best.
Operates: December – April
Departs: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, departs 1000
Duration: 2½ hours
Price: £75 per adult, £35 per child (7-12)
Price includes: Guide, equipment, coffee/tea and sandwich.
Number of participants: Minimum 2 people.
Northern Lights Hunt by Snowmobile from Camp Ripan
Description: Take part in an exciting hunt for the Northern Lights by snowmobile. From Camp Ripan you ride out into the Polar night to hopefully catch a glimpse of the light phenomena steeped in legend. During your trip you will take a break out in the wilderness and enjoy a light snack from the Lapland kitchen.
Operates: December – March
Departs: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
Time: 1730 (Dec-Feb), 1830 (March)
Duration: 2½ hours
Price: £145 per adult (2 per snowmobile), £235 per adult (1 per snowmobile), £70 per child (4-12) – 4 to 6 year olds sit on a sled.
Price includes: Guide, appropriate warm winter clothing including helmet, coffee/tea, homemade cake and sandwich.
Number of participants: Minimum 2 people, maximum 20 people.
IMPORTANT: When two persons per snowmobile you have the opportunity to swap around part way. A valid driving licence is required in order to drive a snowmobile in Sweden. Children aged 4-6 have to sit in a sled which is pulled by the guide. For more important information regarding snowmobiling click here.
Combined Forest and Mountain Tour by Snowmobile from Camp Ripan
Description: You will begin this tour at Camp Ripan and drive out into the low mountain areas close by, over frozen lakes, into the wild forest land. The landscape is covered in deep, white snow, and you have the opportunity to enjoy the drive and the fabulous winter scenery. Your journey takes you up the mountain Ednavaara, beautifully situated about one hour from Camp Ripan. Once there you enjoy the fantastic view and share your new experience having travelled through Europe’s last wilderness. During your tour you will take a break out in the wild and enjoy a light snack from the Lapland kitchen. You then continue back down to the wetlands to look for moose.
Operates: December – March
Departs: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, 1000 – 1300 (Dec – March)
Duration: 3 hours
Price: £175 per adult (2 per snowmobile), £240 per adult (1 per snowmobile), £85 per child (4-12). Children 4 – 6 years old will sit on a sled.
Price includes: Guide, appropriate warm winter clothing including helmet, coffee/tea, homemade cake and sandwich
Number of participants: Minimum 2 people, maximum 20 people.
NB When there are two persons per snowmobile you have the opportunity to swap around part way. Children aged 4-6 have to sit in a sled which is pulled by the guide. For more important information regarding snowmobiling click here.
This holiday is suitable for couples, friends travelling together and families with children of 4 and over. Friends who are travelling together and sharing accommodation would need to be happy sharing one bathroom between four people, but we have found that this rarely proves to be a problem. Children have a separate bedroom which allows parents to pop them to bed and still be able to sit up and perhaps have a glass of wine together in the room and still chat.
The temperature in these parts can drop very quickly and it is wise to anticipate anything between 0 and minus 20!
Absolutely, but only if we know at the time of booking. This then gives us the opportunity to inform our suppliers to make sure they have delicious alternatives ready and waiting for you.
The minimum age for this tour is 4 years old. Any younger than this and we genuinely believe they may get too cold due to the amount of time this holiday spends outdoors. Also, the dog-sledding activity is really only suitable for children from this age.
Unfortunately the dog-sledding activity is not really suitable for those using a wheelchair as you are required to sit in the sled. Also, the accommodation is currently not adapted for wheelchair access.
Layering, layering, layering! This is the key to keeping warm and cosy. A good thermal base layer, mid-layer, fleece or wool jumper and padded outdoor coat/ski jacket is perfect. For the legs you will need some thermal long-johns and waterproof (preferably padded or fleece lined) outer trousers. Hat, gloves, scarf, wool/thermal socks and good solid boots.
For all outdoor activities thermal outdoor clothing (overalls, boots, gloves, hat) are included for the duration of the activity.
We can arrange hiring of this clothing for the duration of your stay at a cost of £15 per person per day. Please let us know if this is required at the time of booking. We will then need to know your clothing and shoe size/s.
The Scandinavians really celebrate with a traditional Christmas table on Christmas Eve. This is also the time when children open their presents. In keeping with their tradition, and in order for you to experience Christmas in keeping with your destination, the Christmas Smörgåsbord is served on Christmas Eve, though you will still have a very nice 3-course dinner on Christmas Day.