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16th May 2017
The ICEHOTEL is not only an hotel built of ice and snow but is, in itself, an art project; inspired by the Torneälven river and built by experienced ice artists who create new and unique art and design each year. Located in the tiny village of Jukkasjärvi, 200 km north of the Arctic Circle in Swedish Lapland, the hotel is built by the side of the river during mid-November where it stands throughout the winter until temperatures rise above zero and it melts away back into the river the following April.
The ICEHOTEL has several different types of room: Snow, Ice, Northern Lights, Art Suites and a Deluxe Suite. The decor of these rooms changes each year according to the artists’ vision therefore it is impossible to show you a room which will be pretty much exactly what you will receive!
ICEHOTEL 365 is an alternative structure, located next door to the original ICEHOTEL, but providing year round accommodation with that unique, chilling overnight experience! For more information see the Accommodation and Info+ tabs.
Day 1 - Arrive Swedish Lapland
Arrive Kiruna by air from the UK. Met on arrival and transferred to Jukkasjärvi and the ICEHOTEL resort. Check-in to your cool room at the front desk of the service building. You will have access to your room from 1800 so in the meantime you are free to relax in the resort’s main building. How about a lovely dinner in one of ICEHOTEL’s two restaurants, enjoy a drink in the bar and, if you want to start acclimatising in preparation for your unique overnight why not visit the ICEBAR for a real drink on the rocks?
1 night JUKKASJÄRVI - Ice Room at the Icehotel
Days 2 - Optional Excursions and Activities
At 0730 you will be woken up to a cup of hot lingonberry juice. This is your signal to slowly get up and make your way to the showers and sauna - from one extreme to the other! Once you are thoroughly warm and dressed a delicious buffet breakfast is waiting for you. The remainder of your stay is in warm accommodation and we have an enticing collection of pre-bookable optional activities available to enhance your winter experience. See Optional Activities for details and prices.
2 nights JUKKASJÄRVI - Kaamos Hotel Room, Icehotel
Day 3 - Free Day
Again breakfast is served in the main building and you have another full day of prebooked optional activities to look forward to.
Day 4 - Homeward Bound
Transfer to Kiruna Airport for your return flight home.
Departure Day: Daily from Heathrow Airport (alternative departure airports are available. Please ask one of our Reservations Team for schedules and prices).
Departure Dates: 1November 2017 - 10 April 2018
Duration: 3 nights
Prices are per person and are based on two people travelling together and sharing an Ice Room in the Original Icehotel and a twin/double Kaamos warm room (see supplements for upgraded rooms and Icehotel 365 rooms).
|Departure Day||Price per person|
|Thursday & Friday||£1290|
|Saturday & Sunday||£1250|
*Prices do NOT apply to Christmas and New Year - prices on request for these dates.
What your price includes:
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.
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.
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.
What is Icehotel 365?
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.