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13th August 2018
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, and 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 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 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 from Heathrow Airport (alternative departure airports are available. Please ask one of our Reservations Team for schedules and prices).
Departure Dates: 1 November 2018 - 12 April 2019
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|
|14 Dec 2018 - 5 Jan 2019||£1350||£130||£290|
|6 - 16 Jan 2019||£1110||£95||£210|
|17 Jan - 28 Feb 2019||£1320||£130||£295|
|1 - 31 Mar 2019||£1110||£95||£210|
|1 - 12 Apr 2019||£945||£90||£125|
Deposit: 25% of holiday cost per person.
What your price includes:
|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|
The ICEHOTEL has two restaurants - ICEHOTEL Restaurant (fine dinning 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|
|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|
|12-Course menu at the Chefs' Table on The Verandah at ICEHOTEL Restaurant - with non-alcoholic drinks package||£205|
TO BOOK: Either call us on 01274 875199 or email your requirements to email@example.com and we'll make a reservation for you.
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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.
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.
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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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).
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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