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This holiday combines the arctic regions of two countries – Sweden and Norway. Both provide completely different experiences in terms of terrain, scenery and accommodation.

This exciting holiday starts in Swedish Lapland where you’ll spend a unique night in the ICEHOTEL followed by a comfortable and cosy sleep in warm accommodation. The ICEHOTEL is the world’s first ice hotel, and has expanded over the years to include an ice bar, church and an array of elaborate sculptures every year when the hotel is built from scratch.

You will then embark upon the Ofoten railway, crossing the Norwegian border to Narvik before continuing northwards on the beautiful Arctic Route bus to Tromsø, the great Arctic capital. Tromsø is one of the world’s most famous places for spotting the Northern Lights and the city has a bustling centre with an impressive collection of quality restaurants, bars and cafes.

Day 1 | Journey to the ICEHOTEL

Fly from the UK to Kiruna via Stockholm. Transfer to ICEHOTEL Resort and check-in at Reception where you will receive your thermal clothing for the duration of your stay. We have included dinner in the ICEHOTEL Restaurant for the first night of your stay and your table is reserved and waiting! Retire to your Ice Room for perhaps the coolest overnight stay ever - and just chill out! (Sorry...couldn't resist it...)

1 night JUKKASJÄRVI - ICEHOTEL, Ice Room
Meals included today:  Dinner


Day 2 | Optional excursions and activities

Wakeup to a welcome drink of hot berry juice followed by a hot sauna and steaming shower. Your breakfast buffet is ready and waiting in ICEHOTEL Restaurant. The remainder of the day is free for you to explore your spectacular surroundings or take part in one of the pre-bookable optional excursions. Check-in to your warm room for a very comfortable overnight stay.

1 night JUKKASJÄRVI - Kaamos Hotel Room (3*)
Meals included today:  Breakfast


Day 3 | Crossing the Norwegian border

Following your buffet breakfast you will be transferred to Kiruna Railway station for your train journey on the Ofoten Railway across the border to Narvik in Norway. Journey time approximately 3 hours.

The Ofoten Railway is a 43 kilometre long railway that runs between Sweden and Norway; it crosses from Sweden into Norway at Riksgränsen before continuing into Norway to the port of Narvik. The beautiful train journey is a hidden gem in Northern Norway, and is becoming increasingly popular among travellers, especially those who enjoy unique railway journeys.

1 night NARVIK - Scandic Hotel Narvik (4*)
Meals included today:  Breakfast


Day 4 | Scenic bus journey to Tromsø

Today you have a truly wonderful journey from narvik which travels northwards on the main route E6, which runs all the way from southern Norway (even into southern Sweden), to Kirkenes which sits alongside the border with Russia in the far north. Valleys, fjords and mountains galore! Arrive in the great Arctic capital itself - Tromsø during early evening. Duration of bus journey approximately 4.5 hours.

2 nights TROMSØ - Scandic Ishavshotel (4*)
Meals included today:  Breakfast


Day 5 | Explore Tromsø

A full day to explore Tromsø. Luckily much of the city’s old wooden architecture is preserved and contrasts well with the modern Arctic Cathedral, and you will find a busy centre of shops, restaurants, cafes and bars. Well worth a visit is Polaria, an Arctic themed experience centre with the fascinating Ivo Caprino film ‘Svalbard - Arctic Wilderness’ and the Polar Museum which provides an insight into how polar explorers of yesterday and today really were/are amongst the most daring and adventurous men and women on the planet! Alternatively, why not join one of our optional outdoor activities? Explore your magnificent surroundings by dog sled or snowmobile (Jan-Mar); learn more about the Sámi culture or join an amazing scenic sea eagle safari to see these glorious creatures in their natural habitat (Nov-Mar).

Meals included today:  Breakfast


Day 6 | Homeward bound

Transfer by airport bus from Tromsø centre to Tromsø Airport for your return flight to the UK.

Meals included today:  Breakfast

Departure Day: Daily from UK
Departure Dates:
1 Nov 2019 – 13 Apr 2020
Duration:
5 nights
Prices from: 

CROSSING BORDERS: THE ICEHOTEL TO TROMSØ
Departure Dates Price per person Single Supp.
1 – 30 Nov 2019
1 – 13 Apr 2020
£1470 On req.
1-12 Dec 2019
6 – 18 Jan 2020
1 – 31 Mar 2020
£1580 On req.
13 Dec 2019 – 5 Jan 2020
19 Jan – 29 Feb 2020
£1780 On req.
This holiday is ATOL Protected

 

UPGRADE SUPPLEMENTS (per person per night)
Suite Category 13 Dec-5 Jan,
19 Jan-29 Feb
1-12 Dec,
6-18 Jan
1-30 Nov,
1-13 Apr
Art Suite 365 £75 £75 £40
Art Suite Original £85 £85 £20
Deluxe Suite Johka £210 £145 £225
Deluxe Suite Hilla £225 £165 £240
Deluxe Suite Jauvre £265 £195 £270

 

DINING OPTIONS
The ICEHOTEL has two restaurants – ICEHOTEL Restaurant (fine dining and gourmet) and Hembygdsgården at Jukkasjärvi Homestead (simpler food such as burger, steak and fish) – with a variety dishes on their a la carte menu.  Table reservations for both restaurants are strongly recommended at the time of booking.

The following gourmet special menus can be pre-booked and paid for as part of your package, and are especially recommended for special occasions…or simply indulging!

Dining Options and Location Price per person
3-course Ice Menu at the ICEHOTEL Restaurant £60
5-Course Ice Menu at the ICEHOTEL Restaurant £95
12-Course menu at the Chefs’ Table on The Verandah at ICEHOTEL Restaurant – with wine package £260

TO BOOK:  To book this holiday either telephone us on 01274 875199 (this is our preferred option as it gives us the opportunity to chat with you!) or email your booking request to office@taberhols.co.uk

It is important to read the Terms and Conditions which apply when making a confirmed booking with us. By asking us to confirm your booking, we are entitled to assume that you have read and understood our terms and conditions, and agree to them.

Price includes:

  • Scheduled flights with SAS in SAS Go class from London Heathrow Airport to Kiruna (via Stockholm) and from Tromsø to Heathrow (via Oslo) including 23kgs of checked luggage and one piece of hand-luggage per person plus taxes. Pre-reservable seats available free of charge when checking in online 22-hours prior to departure.
    Alternative departure airports and airlines are available – please ask for schedules and prices.
  • Transfer from Kiruna Airport to the ICEHOTEL.
  • 1 night in an Ice Room at the ICEHOTEL for two people including luggage locker (main building), thermal sleeping bag, hot drink, sauna, shower and breakfast.
  • 3-course dinner at the ICEHOTEL Restaurant on day of arrival.
  • 1 night in a Kaamos Hotel Room at the ICEHOTEL resort based on a double/twin room including buffet breakfast in the main restaurant building.
  • Warm boots, snowsuit, mittens and balaclava for the duration of your stay at the ICEHOTEL.
  • Transfer from the ICEHOTEL to Kiruna Station.
  • Rail journey from Kiruna to Narvik with reserved seating.
  • Local Arctic Route bus journey from Narvik to Tromsø.
  • 1 night at the Scandic Narvik Hotel (4*) in a standard double/twin room including buffet breakfast.
  • 2 nights at the Scandic Ishavshotel (4*) in a superior sea-view room including buffet breakfast.
  • Airport bus transfer from Tromsø centre to Tromsø Airport.
  • Scandinavia Only travel document wallet and luggage labels.
  • 24-hour emergency telephone assistance.
  • ATOL Protection.

ICEHOTEL – Jukkasjärvi

ICEHOTEL in Swedish Lapland

ORIGINAL ICEHOTEL

The ICEHOTEL at Jukkasjärvi was the first hotel of its kind and and is built of ice and snow with designs inspired by the local nature.  There is, of course, an Ice Bar and lounge where you can mingle with other guests sipping colourful cocktails from glasses made of ice.  There is, however, a  warmer option available, sitting in the warm building connected to the ICEHOTEL around a crackling fire until it is time for bed.   A hot drink, breakfast and sauna are included the following morning.

ROOM TYPES

ART SUITE | 15 ROOMS: Beautifully carved by hand from the pristine Torne River ice, our Art Suites are all individually designed and created by hand-picked artists from around the world and a wide range of disciplines. These ephemeral rooms last for a few months during winter before returning to Torne River come spring. We have 12 double rooms, 2 three-bed rooms, and 1 four-bed room in this category.

ICE ROOM | 20 ROOMS: The Ice Rooms are comfortable with pure and clean ice décor that embellish the rooms. With a room temperature of –5 degrees Celsius, we offer you the basic ICEHOTEL-experience and a good night’s sleep. We have 11 double rooms, 2 three-bed rooms and 1 four-bed room in this category.

  • Art Suite: Our room with exquisite hand carved ice art — each suite individually designed. The bedframe is made of ice. You sleep on a thick mattress that is covered with reindeer hides. A thermal sleeping bag keeps you warm throughout the night.
  • Ice Room: Our standard room with ice décor and a bed made of ice. The bed you sleep on has a thick mattress that  rests on a wooden base. The bed is covered with reindeer hides and you sleep in a thermal sleeping bag.

ICEHOTEL 365

Available all year round and run on solar power, ICEHOTEL 365 with heated en-suite bathrooms, real doors and ceiling heights of four meters that give each room magnificent dimensions adds a new level of luxury to the ICEHOTEL-experience. Each suite is individually themed and hand carved by select artists from around to world and a wide range of disciplines. The bedrooms are furnished with exclusive Carpe Diem Beds, which provide the best comfort. All beds are covered with reindeer hides and on top of this you sleep in a thermal sleeping bag. The rooms hold a temperature of –5 to –8 degrees Celsius.

DELUXE SUITES 365 | 9 ROOMS: The Deluxe Suites are our largest suites and feature a heated relaxation area with designed en-suite bathroom. Champagne in the room, complimentary organic Arctic spa products and luggage service are included in the price. You can check-in and get private access to your room from 15:00. We offer 9 double rooms in this category; 1 Johka, 4 Hilla and 4 Jáuvre.

  • Deluxe Suite 365, Johka – The spacious relaxation in Johka holds a bathroom, two comfortable armchairs and double waterfall showers directly connected to the bedroom. The design is a combination of local culture and history in the building material and details. Johka is wheelchair accessible.
  • Deluxe Suite 365, Hilla- The relaxation Hilla holds a bathroom, two comfortable armchairs, shower and sauna directly connected to the bedroom. The design is a combination of local culture and history in the building material and details.
  • Deluxe Suite 365, Jáuvre – The relaxation Jáuvre holds a bathroom, two comfortable armchairs, shower, sauna and bathtub directly connected to the bedroom. The design is a combination of local culture and history in the building material and details.

ART SUITES 365 | 11 ROOMS: The Art Suites come with a complimentary private changing booth and luggage storage in Riverside Lobby, adjacent to ICEHOTEL. Saunas, showers and additional toilets are also located here. Heated toilets and a charging station for your phone or tablet can be found inside ICEHOTEL 365, in close proximity to your room. We offer 11 double rooms in this category.

Kaamos Hotel Room at the ICEHOTEL

Kaamos Rooms at the ICEHOTEL

Warm accommodation at the ICEHOTEL is provided in their Kaamos Hotel Rooms. There are two types of room: standard and superior, however the difference is primarily one of higher standard of decoration and artwork.

All Kaamos rooms are ground floor level and have 2 beds, desk and a seating area and a small coffee table. With a base of whitewashed wooden panel walls and calm shades of white, brown and dark grey. The hallway and en-suite tiled bathroom have heated stone floors. Each room has two floor-to-ceiling corner windows that let in plenty of light and overlook spruce and birch growing wild.

Scandic Ishavhotel (4*) – Tromsø

Scandic Ishavshotel

This hotel is something of a landmark, located directly in the harbour, with a view across the sound. This is the very heart of Tromsø and is situated amongst the city’s shops, restaurants, bars and within close proximity to the airport bus stop and the Tourist Information Office. The hotel has a lovely modern restaurant, Roast Restaurant, serving delicacies from the sea and local meat. There is also cosy bar and lounge area on the first floor. All rooms are equipped with high quality beds, TV, telephone, mini-bar, trouser-press and hairdryer and all our clients receive a superior sea-view room as standard. All rooms have free WiFi. Lift to all floors. A truly fabulous buffet breakfast is served with a made-to-order omelette station, cold cuts of meat to raw fish, a cooked breakfast and fruit and muesli.

Scandic Hotel Narvik (3* plus) – Narvik

Scandic Narvik Hotel in Norway

Scandic Hotel Narvik is one of Northern Norway’s tallest buildings and offers spectacular views over the city centre, Ofotfjord and undulating mountains. With its high level of comfort and close proximity to nature, the hotel is a superb base for exploring the local area.

The Tind restaurant serves a delicious buffet breakfast and a comprehensive dinner menu based on seasonal ingredients. For a touch of style, the Totta Bar on the 15th floor offers an intimate bar experience with panoramic views of the surrounding area. All rooms are en suite, designed in a contemporary Scandic style complete with bath or shower facilities and FACE Stockholm products, hairdryer, refrigerator, desk, seating area, TV and wifi.

FROM ICEHOTEL

Sled Dog Tour with Wilderness Lunch from ICEHOTEL – Mush or Ride!

Description:  Exclusive, unique experience dog sledding in the Arctic wilderness. Drive your own team or sit on the guide’s sled as a passenger through the beautiful snowy plains. Traditional lunch at a wilderness cabin included.
Operates:  1 December – 20 April
Departs:  Daily, 1115 – 1515
Duration:  4 hours
Price:  £295 per person as a passenger or £395 per person if mushing own dog team.
Price includes:  Transfers, guide, thermal clothing, wilderness lunch.
Good to know:  The minimum age for this activity is 15.  Read our simple guide to prepare for your dog-sledding adventure.

Dog sled ride in Swedish Lapland

Northern Lights Photo Tour from ICEHOTEL

Description:  If you want to be sure of taking good photos of the amazing Northern Lights then this is the tour for you. Our photo-guides lend you good cameras and tripods for Northern Lights photography or, if you prefer to use your own camera, you will receive guidance on how best to use it. Beginners or more experienced, we go to beautiful photo locations where there are good chances to photograph and experience the Aurora Borealis. While we wait for the Northern Lights we learn the primary skills for night-time photography so we can capture the Northern Lights, the nature and ourselves in the camera’s lens. The tour ends with a cup of coffee or tea by the fire. SD Memorycard 8GB are possible to buy on location approx £20.
Operates:  1st September – 13th April, No tours Dec 24 and 31.
Departures:  Daily: 1900 – 2330 (1/9 – 26/3), 2000 – 0000 (27/3 – 13/4).
Price:  £155 per person.

Ráidu – Encounter with Reindeer from ICEHOTEL

Description:  Come and experience the Sami way of life while learning the art of running the reindeer together with beautiful animals and your guide. Help train, feed and run the reindeer while learning about their crucial importance to the Sami culture. Gather around the open fire in the traditional Sami tent where you are served tea/coffee and get to taste the Sami signature dish souvas. This is a perfect opportunity to learn about Europe’s only recognised indigenous people and ask any question you have.
Operates: Available all year round (No tour 24th & 31st December).
Departures:  Daily, 1400 1700  (5/11 7/4, no tour 24/12). Daily, 09001200 (10/12 6/1).
Price:  £180 per person (5/11 9/12, 7/1 3/2,  1/3 7/4), £210 per person (10/12 6/1, 4/2 28/2).

Moose Safari on Horseback from ICEHOTEL

Description:  Transfer by bus from ICEHOTEL to Ofelas Icelandic Horse Farm where you meet the animals and prepare your own horse. You ride the Icelandic horse through the moose’s grazing land with an amazing view over Sweden’s highest mountain range Kebnekaise. After the ride, you help unsaddle the horses and are served a 3-course traditional lunch. Minimum age 12 years, maximum weight 90 kgs.
Operates: 10th December – 31st March
Departures:  Daily, 0900-1500.
Price:  £200 per person

Sled Dog Tour with Wilderness Lunch from ICEHOTEL – Mush or Ride!

Description:  Exclusive, unique experience dog sledding in the Arctic wilderness. Drive your own team or sit on the guide’s sled as a passenger through the beautiful snowy plains. Traditional lunch at a wilderness cabin included.
Operates:  1 December – 20 April
Departs:  Daily, 1115 – 1515
Duration:  4 hours
Price:  £295 per person as a passenger or £395 per person if mushing own dog team.
Price includes:  Transfers, guide, thermal clothing, wilderness lunch.
Good to know:  The minimum age for this activity is 15.  Read our simple guide to prepare for your dog-sledding adventure.

Dog sled ride in Swedish Lapland

Snowmobile Adventure from ICEHOTEL

Description: Experience Lapland’s magnificent winter nature in broad daylight. This excursion takes you across frozen lakes, through hilly landscapes and the Torne River. Along the route, you will stop for a traditional Swedish ‘fika’ (coffee served with something sweet) by the fire.
Departures:  Daily, 1300-1600
Price: £130 per person (2 per vehicle), £200 per person (1 per vehicle)
Booking code: JUKSNMOADV

Snowmobiling in swedish lapland

FROM TROMSØ

5-course Arctic gourmet dinner at Emma’s Drommekjokken from Tromsø

Description:   What can we say – delicious, delightful, scrumptious, divine……..all of them at the same time! Emma’s is truly a treat. You will begin your gourmet delight with an aperitif…to set the tone…this is then followed by a 5-course gourmet dinner based on local produce – perhaps King Crab, perhaps reindeer, perhaps both, but don’t worry they are also very well equipped for serving vegetarians and those with special diets too. Each course is presented by your waiter/waitress so you know where it is from and how it has been cooked, but don’t ask for the menu in advance, these products are fresh and the chef will base the menu on what looks good on the day. Perfect for a special occasion or just to celebrate the first night of your holiday.
Price:  £90 per person (5-course dinner), wine menu to accompany the dinner £75 per person.

Want to know more about your hosts?  Meet the people at Emma’s Drømmekjøkken

Emma's Dream Kitchen in Tromso

Dog Sledding – Self Drive from Tromsø

Description:  Drive your own sled along with a friend, switching around during your adventure. With about four kilometres (45-60 minutes, depending on weather conditions) of dog-sledding you also get to meet 300 four legged friends up close and spend some time with the puppies. Two guests share a sled with 5-7 dogs. Professional guides will lead the group in a separate sled. After a ride out in the Norwegian winter a meal of Bidos is prepared with reindeer meat, broth and vegetables – a hearty way to end your trip! Vegetarian meal is available upon request. Good physical condition is required. Minimum age of 16 years.
Operates:  1 December – mid April
Duration:  4 hours (45-60 minutes of dog sledding, depending on weather conditions). This includes the transfers of 25 minutes in each direction to and from Tromsø.
Departures:  0745, 0845, 0945 and 1015
Price:  £190 per person
Price includes:  Transfer to and from Tromsø, guided dog-sledding activity with 2 per sled, thermal overalls, boots, hat and gloves, and lunch of Bidos with coffee/tea.
Good to know: Read our simple guide to prepare for your dog sledding trip.

Husky dogs running with sled

Northern Lights Dinner Cruise from Tromsø

Description:  This is a lovely trip which departs directly from the harbour in Tromsø on board an authentic fishing catamaran. The catamaran is certified to carry 12 passengers and a crew of four which makes for a nice cosy atmosphere on board. As you pull out of the harbour you have a lovely view of Tromsø by night with the majestic Arctic Cathedral, then gradually the city lights fade and you are shrouded in darkness out at sea. It has to be said that most of the staff at Scandinavia Only have taken this trip and two of them, both terrible sailors, had NO PROBLEM at all which came as a surprise. The trip is in sheltered waters which makes it very comfortable and there is a cosy warm heated lounge where you can relax in between trips to the viewing deck to look for the lights. A delicious homemade fish dinner is served though vegetarian and other special diets are catered for if we know in advance.
Operates:  1 October – 31 March
Duration: 2030 – 2330
Price: £150 per person
Price includes:  Boat cruise, guiding, traditional Norwegian fish dinner (boiled cod with potatoes, bacon, onions, vegetables, flatbread and butter. For dessert chocolate/biscuits/fruit and hot drinks), hiring of poncho and tripod.

Want to know more about your hosts? Meet the people at Sørøya Havcruise

Northern Lights dinner cruise from Tromso

Sea Birds, Culture and Scenery Tour by RIB Boat from Tromsø

Description:  We pick you up in Tromsø by bus and drive to the local community Kvaløyvågen. During the drive you can sit back, relax and enjoy the beautiful coastal scenery while our expert guide informs you about the adventure that awaits and what to look for once you are on the boat.

This is a great opportunity to see the village which has survived on fishing and farming for several generations, and also to hear about the coastal culture. The small community with 270 inhabitants has a local fish factory that is 100 years old, and the fish racks and the small fishing boats will give you an insight into how people have lived their lives here. Midway through our tour we will go ashore on the small island; Gåsvær, a small island with a white traditional church that was founded and built by the local community. We have been allowed access inside, and you will be able to see for yourself what a traditional church of these parts looks like. We will also enjoy a warm cup of coffee/tea on the church steps while telling you about the culture and history of the island and surrounding area.

This tour is recommended for nature photographers, bird watchers and people that love to see the rural coastal landscape and we want you to keep your eyes open for all the wildlife that can be found in the area; such as white-tailed eagles, king eider, shags, guillemots and little auks. We also have a big population of seals in our area and from time to time we see them pop their heads out from the water to look at us.

You will be provided with an extra layer of clothing and survival suits before the tour. Small group activity – maximum 12 people per RIB boat, total of 30 people per tour. Not suitable for children under 12 years of age
Operates:  1 November – 31 March, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
Duration:  Approximately 5 hours including transfers
Departures:  0900
Price: £120 per person
Price includes:  Transfers, guided bus tour and RIB boat safari, thermal outer clothing, coffee/tea and biscuits
Good to know: Read our simple guide to prepare for your RIB Boat Safari

During your stay at the ICEHOTEL warm boots, a snowsuit, mittens and balaclava are included for the duration of your stay.

However, as a rule of thumb for any Arctic winter holiday, we would strongly recommend the layering principal (base, mid, outer) with man-made thermal fibres or wool. In our opinion wool is definitely best, and merino wool is soft and cosy and certainly a good investment. A good, waterproof outdoor jacket is essential, and also over trousers are a bonus if you have them. Wool socks (we wouldn't wear anything else here), perhaps a couple of pairs, and good hiking boots or snow boots are very important. Gloves, scarf, hat and you're raring to go!

If you're doing optional excursions like dog-sledding, snowshoeing, and Aurora hunting activities you will be provided with thermal overalls to ensure you are warm and cosy during extended periods outdoors.

For your night in ICEHOTEL, we recommend you wear thermal underwear, warm socks and a hat, and perhaps bring an extra fleece jacket or similar. The key is to think layers that allow good ventilation of body heat, materials that breathe and avoiding perspiration. Opt for oil-based creams and skip the morning shower when you have a day planned outdoors.

To ensure the experience meets your expectations, there are a few things that are useful to know in advance:

Between 10 am and 6 pm, Icehotel is open to the public. Day visitors and guests have access to see all the rooms (except Deluxe Suites) and join a guided tour. This means overnight guests get their rooms at 6 pm and wake-up call is around 7:30 am when staying cold. (Check-in and out for warm rooms is at 3 pm and 11 am).

All rooms except the Art and Deluxe Suites in Icehotel 365 have curtain doors.
The beds in the cold rooms have a bedframe made of ice, slatted bed base with mattress, reindeer skins and pillows.

There are no bathrooms (except the Deluxe Suites) or storage in the cold rooms. These facilities are housed in a heated service building, the Riverside Lobby, where you also keep your belongings during the cold night. The service desk is staffed 24 hours.

You get a locker or cubicle (if staying in a suite), where you can get changed and keep your belongings.

The changing rooms, sauna and showers are communal for women and men respectively.
There are no electric sockets to charge your phone inside the cold room, so be sure to charge your phone before going to bed.

If you’re changing between cold and warm accommodation, there are about 6-7 hours when you don’t have a room to withdraw to. We strongly recommend you to plan one or two excursions during this time as exploring nature and local culture is a substantial part of getting the full experience. Our lounge and shop are open from 10 am.

Ice is an organic material. We may carry out maintenance and repairs during open hours.

Icehotel is built in sections, which means that there is still building work going on for some time after we’re open for guests.

The temperature inside the hotel hovers at a constant of -5 to -7 C. We provide you with expedition-style sleeping bags which are tested for extreme temperatures, so you’ll be fine with just thermals, hat, warm socks and a mid-layer jumper. You are given access to your room at 6 pm, but the heated service building, the Riverside Lobby, is staffed and open 24 hours, this is where you store your belongings, collect your sleeping bag and use the bathroom, shower and sauna.

When staying in an ice room or in one of the art suites you store your belongings in a locker or booth in the warm Riverside Lobby which is staffed 24 hours, located just metres from the hotel. The Deluxe suite 365 has a private sauna, shower and toilet directly connected to the bedroom. The heated relaxation area also provides storage for your belongings.

Basically it is a year round Icehotel! It is a structure with a green turf roof, covered with Arctic mountain flowers and grass before the snow arrives and then covered with snow when the snow falls. The turf roof covers metal sheets, protecting the building insulation which is designed to keep cold air in. The arched inner ceiling has built-in chilling tubes holding a temperature of -5 C. The inner walls are then covered in snow. The whole structure is held up by pillars, but the walls of the rooms are made from snow. As with the original Icehotel a key element is its adornment inside with decorative objects, pillars and sculptures. 25 commissioned artists and architects are responsible for the decoration and design of the suites, bar and gallery. Icehotel 365 means you are now able to enjoy an Icehotel experience all year round.

Absolutely! You just need to let us know at the time of booking in order that we may insure our suppliers provide you with suitable tasty alternatives. We and they, cannot be held responsible for the provision of inappropriate meals if we were not informed they were required.

In our honest opinion we would have to say no for very young children. The minimum age we would recommend would be 10 years old. Not everyone sleeps like a log in the cold rooms and if you have young children, who have had little sleep...well you know where we're going with this one! Very young children do not have the same ability to keep warm as older children and adults, so we recommend you bring them back when they've reached the magical double figures.

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