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2nd July 2019
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: Ice, Northern Lights, Art Suites and several Deluxe Suites. 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, providing year round accommodation with that unique, chilling overnight experience!
Day 1 - Arrive Swedish Lapland
Arrive Kiruna by air from the UK. Met on arrival for your private transfer 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 and we have included a 3-course dinner menu in the ICEHOTEL Restaurant for you. 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
Day 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 the Excursions tab 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.
Images courtesy of ICEHOTEL
Departure Day: Daily according to flight schedules from Heathrow and Manchester Airports (alternative departure airports are available. Please ask one of our Reservations Team for schedules and prices).
Departure Dates: 1 November 2019 - 13 April 2020
Duration: 3 nights
Prices are per person and are based on two people travelling together and sharing an Ice Room in the ICEHOTEL and a twin/double Kaamos warm room (see supplements for upgraded rooms in the ICEHOTEL).
|Departure Dates||Price per person||Extra night warm||Extra night cold|
1 - 12 Dec 2019*
|13 Dec 2019 - 5 Jan 2020*
19 Jan - 29 Feb 2020
|1 - 30 Nov 2019*
1 - 13 Apr 2020
|* During the early part of the season certain activities which rely on snow depth may not be available or may be at risk of cancellation. Please ask for further details.|
Deposit: 25% of holiday cost per person.
What your price includes:
|Suite Category||13 Dec-5 Jan,
19 Jan-29 Feb
|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|
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 email@example.com
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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.
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.
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Experience the thrill of driving a snowmobile. This shorter tour is perfect for those who just want a taste of what it's like, while getting close to nature. You follow your guide across the frozen Torne River and through the untouched woodlands.
Daily, 1600 - 1800.
Price: £90 per person (2 per vehicle), £165 per person (1 per vehicle)
Experience northern Sweden's magnificent winter nature in broad daylight. You drive a snowmobile across the frozen Torne River, hilly landscapes and ice-covered lakes. Your guide takes you to elevated grounds with amazing views, shows tracks in the snow from wild animals and perhaps you may spot some Arctic wildlife along the way. Traditional Swedish fika (tea/coffee and cake) in included.
Daily, 1300 - 1600
Price: £130 per person (2 per vehicle), £200 per person (1 per vehicle)
Northern Lights Snowmobile Tour with Dinner
A clear sky, darkness and some patience are the best ingredients for hunting the Northern Lights. On ths tour you take a snowmobile out in the wilderness where the Northern Lights are most visible, away from light pollution. The guide will frequently make short stops to tell you about the Northern Lights as a phenomenon, how they occur and for you to watch and have time to take your own pictures. Along the way you stop in a warm wilderness cabin where the guide serves a 2-course dinner.
Daily, 1900-2300 (until 25/3), 2000-2400 (26/3 - 15/4 and 13/12 - 13/4)
Price: £190 per person (2 per vehicle), £265 per person (1 per vehicle)
A Night in Rapid Lodge
If you are looking for an exciting experience in the wilderness, an overnight stay in a wilderness camp is perfect. You start with a snowmobile tour across Torne River, through the winter wonderland and eventually reach the wilderness lodge Luspen, situated on the riverbank. There is no Wi-Fi or electricity here, perfect to unplug and relax. While the guide makes a 2-course dinner you can enjoy the wood-fired sauna.
Departs Friday and Saturday, 1600 - 1000 (following day), 13/12 - 13/4
Price: £545 per person (1 per vehicle)
Sled Dog Ride in Winter Wonderland
Experience the beautiful winter wonderland from the dog sled. This is a perfect activity for families travelling with kids or those who want a calm and cozy tour. On this tour you ride as a passenger in the sled and experience the dogs tremendous desire to run and pull. You stop along the way for fika (tea/coffee and cake) served by an open fire.
Daily, 0930-1100 or 1300-1430, 15/11 - 13/4.
Price: £135 per person
Sled Dog Tour with Wilderness Lunch as a Passenger
Come along as a passenger on this tour and sit in the guide's sled. Experience the energy from the sled dogs and the beautiful snowy plains on a mini-expedition in the wilderness. You have a feeling of freedom and the energy from the eager sled dogs fills the air. Stop at a cozy wilderness cabin halfway through the tour where you are served a traditional lunch.
Daily, 1115-1515, 1/12 - 20/4
Price: £295 per person.
Driving Your Own Dog Sled - the Ultimate Adventure
Capture the feeling of freedom - drive your own dog sled. Head out on a mini-expedition through the winter landscape with a dog sled. The tour begins with a transfer over the frozen Torne River in a snowmobile sled to the husky kennel where you will get an introduction to the equipment and safety before you stand on the sled behind your own dog team and drive into the wilderness, following your guide. You stop at a cozy wilderness cabin halfway through the tour where you are served a traditional lunch. After the break, you drive the dog sled back to the husky kennel where you help unharnessing the dogs.
Daily, 1115 - 1515, 1/12 - 20/4
Price: £365 per person (minimum 15 years of age)
Dog Sledding with Overnight Stay
Join an exciting adventure with your own team of sled dogs in search of the Aurora Borealis. You are picked up from ICEHOTEL with a snowmobile sled and taken across the frozen Torne River to the husky kennel where you meet your own team of dogs. The dog sled guide walks you through the equipment and safety before you head out on a fantastic winter adventure, driving your own dog sled following the guide to 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), 1/12 - 13/4.
Price: £635 per person.
Ráidu - Encounter with Reindeer
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 recognized indigenous people and ask any question you have.
Daily, 1330 - 1720 , 7/4, no tour 24/12). Daily 0900 - 1200 (10/12 - 6/1).
Price: £180 per person (4 - 30 Nov, 13 - 31 Jan, 1 - 31 Mar), £210 per person (1 Dec - 12 Jan (not 24/12), 1 - 29 Feb.
Moose Safari on Horseback
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.
Price: £200 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 £20.
Daily: 1900 - 2330 (1/9 - 26/3), 2000 - 0000 (27/3 - 13/4). No tours Dec 24 and 31.
Price: £155 per person.
Dog Sled Airport Transfer
Get to or from the airport by dog sled - a typical mode of transporation in Swedish Lapland and a lovely experience. 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: £635 per sled (1-4 passengers), 1/12 - 13/4.
The northernmost part of Sweden is unique with its eight seasons. Taste the season on this delicious dinner experience in the woodlands. You head out to a secluded wilderness camp by minivan. The eight seasons, each with its own characteristics, inspires the exclusive 3-course wilderness dinner made and served by your guide. Enjoy the wonderful flavours of the current season.
Daily 1900 - 2300, 1/12 - 13/4
Price: £240 per person
The tour starts at ICEHOTEL where you receive instructions from your guide on the best techniques for cross-country skiing. Together with the guide you head out, inhaling clean and crisp air, and ski upstream Torne River. The reach the island Rimisaari where you make tea/coffee over an open fire and grill sausages. After the tour you can keep the skis for the rest of the day and head out on your own adventure.
Daily 0900 - 1200, 1/12 - 13/4
Price: £75 per person.
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.
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