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13th January 2019
Combine two countries into one holiday, dedicated to giving you a unique and memorable experience. 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 accomodation. 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 a train journey, crossing the Norwegian border to Narvik for an overnight before continuing to Tromsø, the great Arctic capital, for final two nights. 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 (HB)
Day 2: Free day for 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 (BB)
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 crossing from Sweden in 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 (BB)
Day 4: Scenic bus journey to Tromsø
Mid-day departure by local bus for your wonderful journey northwards towards the great Arctic capital itself - Tromsø. Duration of bus journey approximately 4.5 hours.
2 nights TROMSØ - Scandic Ishavshotell (BB)
Day 5: Exploring 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).
Day 6: Departure Home
Transfer by airport bus from Tromsø centre to Tromsø Airport for your return flight to the UK.
Departure Day: Daily from UK
Departure Dates: 14 December 2018 - 31 March 2019
Duration: 5 nights
|Departure Dates||Price per person||Single Supp.|
|14 Dec 2018 - 28 Feb 2019||£1825||On req.|
|1 - 31 Mar 2019||£1650||On req.|
Price includes (based on two people travelling together and sharing a room):
|Suite Category||14 Dec 2018 - 5 Jan 2019||6-16 Jan 2019||17 Jan-28 Feb 2019||1-31 Mar 2019||1-12 Apr 2019|
|Art Suite 365||£75||£75||£75||£75||£75|
|Art Suite Original||£90||£85||£90||£85||£20|
|Deluxe Suite Johka||£210||£140||£210||£140||£140|
|Deluxe Suite Hilla||£225||£160||£225||£160||£160|
|Deluxe Suite Jauvre||£265||£190||£265||£190||£190|
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ICEHOTEL - Jukkasjärvi
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.
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.
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.
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
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 HOTEL NARVIK (3 star plus) - Narvik
Scandic Hotel Narvik is one of Northern Norway's tallest builidings 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.
SCANDIC ISHAVSHOTELL (4 star) - Tromsø
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.
5-COURSE ARCTIC GOURMET DINNER AT EMMA'S DRØMMEKJØKKEN 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.
ARCTIC CLOTHING PACKAGE from Tromsø
We recognise that not everyone has the sort of warm, winter, outer layers which are necessary for Arctic conditions, therefore we are happy to be able to offer rental of Arctic winter outer clothing. This includes: down jacket, thermal trousers, double insulated boots, mittens and a cap with ear flaps. Please note that you still need to bring your own warm inner layer of clothing and underwear - for that we recommend something woollen or fleece. Clothing is delivered to your hotel and is waiting for you upon arrival.
Price for 4 days: £70 per adult, £45 per child up to 15 years
Price for 5 days: £77 per person, £50 per child " " "
Price for 6 days: £84 per person, £55 per child " " "
Price for 7 days: £92 per person, £60 per child " " "
CHASING THE NORTHERN LIGHTS WITH KJETIL SKOGLI from Tromsø
Description: Kjetil is the Northern Lights chaser who chased and found the Northern Lights for Joanna Lumley during her trip to Tromsø for the BBC. He specializes in small group trips (maximum 7 people) which makes it nice and easy to jump in and out of his mini-van at any given opportunity and, if necessary, head off to Finland in search of them! Of course, the smaller the group the more time he has to spend helping individuals with their own camera settings which is rather important if taking your own photographic evidence is an important part of your trip. Kjetil can be rather relentless so this trip is for those who are happy to be out for a lengthy period of time, are steady on their feet i.e. able to do night-time walking over uneven ground carrying photographic equipment and who love the thrill of the chase. The trip departs from outside the Radisson BLU Hotel at 1900 and has a duration of 6-8 hours - sometimes longer if necessary..... Transportation is by Peugeot Expert Tepee mini-van or similar which comortably seats 7 passengers (the maximum number Kjetil carries for each excursion). Distance travelled can be 150 kms or more one-way, depending on the cloud/weather conditions but the length of the tour is not the main thing if there is a chance of clear skies somewhere! The trip includes transportation, a woven Northern Lights Chaser badge to put on your clothes, coffee/tea, sweet snacks and a thermal suit if you need one.
Operates: Daily, 23 September to 15 March
Duration: 6-8 hours, departs at 1900
Price: £185 per person including:
DOG SLEDDING - SELF DRIVE from Tromsø
Description: You will have your own sled to drive along with a friend, then switch in the middle of the track. With about four kilometres (45-60 minutes, depending on weather conditions) of dogsledding 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.
Click here for further important information regarding dog-sledding.
The ICEHOTEL offer a broad selection of outdoor activities to complement your stay. Although excursions are available to book locally we strongly recommend pre-booking to avoid any disappointment due to lack of availability during your stay.
Please click here for further information regarding snowmobile safaris
Please click here for further information regarding dog-sledding
Snowmobile Tour with Swedish Fika
Snowmobile safari of area surrounding Kiruna including traditional Swedish Fika (coffee and cake) around an open fire.
Price: £140 per person (2 per vehicle), £200 per person (1 per vehicle)
Northern Lights Snowmobile Tour with Dinner
Head out into the wilderness in search of the Northern Lights. Your guides will make stops to provide information about the lights and your surroundings. 2-course dinner included.
Daily, 1900-2300 (until 28/3), 2000-2400 (29/3 - 12/4)
Price: £185 per person (2 per vehicle), £260 per person (1 per vehicle)
Sled Dog Ride in Winter Wonderland
Take a seat in the sled, experience the howling dogs, and then the silence when the journey begins. Coffee and cake over a campfire included.
Daily, 0930-1100 or 1300-1430.
Price: £155 per person
Lunch Excursion with Huskies
Excusive and unique experience dog sledding in the Arctic wilderness. Drive your own team or sit on the sled as a passenger. Very hands-on activity. Traditional lunch at a secluded wilderness camp included.
Price: £395 per person (musher), £295 per person (passenger)
Ráidu - Encounter with Reindeer
Visit a Sámi reindeer herder and learn about the region’s indigenous people. Try a sleigh ride, hand-feed the reindeer and learn about reindeer husbandry. Hot coffee and suovas, a Sámi dish, served around a roaring fire.
Price: £235 per person
Moose Safari on Horseback
Head out on Icelandic horses in search of the King of the Forest. Ride through his winter grazing land at the foot hills of Kebnekaise Mountain. Lunch included.
Price: £215 per person
Jukkasjärvi Sauna Ritual
Gain the skills to sauna like a Scandinavian with our ten-step sauna ritual, including an ice plunge and a thorough cleansing of mind & body. Light snacks included.
Price: £460 for 1-6 people (booked exclusively).
Drive Your Own Dog Team - Overnight Adventure to Wilderness Lodge
Join an exciting adventure with your own team of sled dogs in search of the Aurora Borealis. The tour begins at the kennel and we spend the night in one of our secluded wilderness camps with the option to try a traditional sauna. Dinner, breakfast and sauna snacks included.
Daily 15:30-11.00 (day after).
Price: £620 per person.
Northern Lights Photo Tour
If you want to be sure of taking good photos of the amazing Northern Lights then this is the tour for you. Our photoguides 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 £18. Maximum 16 participants
Daily: 1900-2330 from 25 March 2000-0030 No tours Dec 24 and 31.
Price: £175 per person.
Dog Sled Airport Transfer
An exotic way to begin or end your stay at ICEHOTEL. The dog sled journey to/from the airport takes approximately 75 minutes. Transportation of luggage included. Must be pre-booked.
Daily, on arrival or departure.
Price: £620 per sled (1-6 passengers).
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.
SEA BIRDS, CULTURE AND SCENERY TOUR BY RIB BOAT from Tromsø
Description: We pick you up in Tromsø by bus and drive to our 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 our local village which has survived on fishing and farming for several generations, and also to hear about the coastal culture. Our 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, golden 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.
Operates: 1 November - 31 March
Duration: Approximately 5 hours including transfers
Price: £120 per person
Price includes: Transfers, guided bus tour and RIB boat safari, thermal outer clothing, coffee/tea and biscuits.
Click here for further important information about RIB boat safaris.
What sort of clothing will I need?
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.
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