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16th May 2017
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. Airport bus transfer to the Icehotel where you can instantly marvel at the extraordinary feat of engineering that goes into constructing the Icehotel every year.
1 night JUKKASJÄRVI - Icehotel (B)
Day 2: Free day for activities
Free day to explore the spectacular surroundings or take part in optional excursions. To avoid disappointment we strongly recommend you book any activities prior to departure. For any assistance or advice with choosing your activities, please contact our expert team.
1 night JUKKASJÄRVI - Kaamos Hotel Room (B)
Day 3: Crossing the Norwegian border
After your buffet breakfast transfer 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 (B)
Day 4: Exploring Tromsø
Mid-day departure by local bus for your picturesque journey northwards towards the great Arctic capital itself - Tromsø.
2 nights TROMSØ - Scandic Ishavshotell (B)
Day 6: Departure Home
Transfer to Tromsø Airport for your return flight to the UK.
Departure Day: Daily from UK
Departure Dates: 6 December - 31 March 2017
Duration: 5 nights
Prices from: £1375 (departing Mon - Wed), £1495 (departing Thu - Sun).
Price includes (based on two people travelling together and sharing a room):
The 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.
Ice Room – our standard rooms where you sleep on a regular mattress on a bed built of snow and ice with a selection of unique artwork decorating the room.
Art Suite – larger than an Ice Room with additional furniture and ice art in the shape of fantastic design and wonderful sculptures.
ICEHOTEL 365 is a specially designed 2200 m² ice art hall, which houses suites, a bar, sculpture gallery and event hall – open 365 days of the year and run on solar power from the Midnight Sun.
Working with Swedish architect and sustainability designer Hans Eek, ICEHOTEL 365 combines state-of-the-art architecture and sustainable energy with ice art that draws winter visitors from over 80 countries every year. Jukkasjärvi has near constant daylight between May and July and by making use of solar power panels and sustainable building technology, and a reverse principle to that used in energy-efficient housing to keep the cold out, the hotel is able to offer a winter experience during the summer months too.
Art Suite 365 – these suites are the same standard as those in the Original ICEHOTEL but the difference is that the structure allows for proper doors to the suites. The changing booths are placed either in the ICEHOTEL 365 structure or in a Dressing Room (this will be confirmed at the time).
Deluxe Suite – these luxury suites have a heated ensuite bathroom that will also allow you to store luggage and change in the comfort of your own room.
Kaamos Hotel Room at the ICEHOTEL ***
Warm accommodation at the ICEHOTEL is provided in their Kaamos Hotel Rooms where double rooms are spacious and bright with a contemporary Scandinavian design. The double bed in some rooms can be converted into twin beds (please advise at time of booking). All rooms have TV, phone and kettle. These rooms are located on the ICEHOTEL's resort within easy walking distance of the ICEHOTEL itself and additional resort buildings such as the bar, restaurant etc.
Scandic Hotel Narvik
Scandic Hotel Narvik is one of Northern Norway's tallest builidings and offers spectacular views over the city center, 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 Ishavshotel ****, 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 extremely comfortable 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: £88 per person (5-course dinner), wine menu to accompany the dinner £65 per person.
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 of 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 (until 15 March) and at 1930 (from 16 March) 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. 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, October - April
Duration: 6-8 hours, departs at 1900 or 1930
Price: £185 per person including:
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.
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.
Snowmobile Tour with Swedish Fika
Snowmobile safari of area surrounding Kiruna including traditional Swedish Fika (coffee and cake) around an open fire.
Price: £135 per person (2 per vehicle), £195 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. 3-course dinner included.
Daily, 1900-2300 (until 28/3), 2000-2400 (29/3 - 12/4)
Price: £195 per person (2 per vehicle), £295 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: £145 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: £240 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: £205 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: £445 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 wilder- ness camps with the option to try a traditional sauna. Dinner, breakfast and sauna snacks included.
Daily 15:30-11.00 (day after).
Price: £605 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: £170 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: £615 per sled (1-6 passengers).
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.