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6th March 2017
Kiruna, Sweden's northernmost town, is situated in the province of Lapland and the area where the town currently stands shares a history with the indigenous Sámi people which goes back at least 6000 years.
Camp Ripan sits on the edge of Kiruna with the town on one side and the Swedish Arctic wilderness on the other. The resort offers a large number of snow-based activities including dog-sledding, snowmobiling and snowshoeing plus, of course, a variety of exciting activities aimed at maximising your chances of seeing the Northern Lights.
We have deliberately kept the basic holiday offering flights, transfers and accommodation leaving you the freedom to pick and choose from the numerous optional excursions and activities available based on inclination, taste and budget. All we would say is that we recommend you leave time to indulge in Camp Ripan's lovely spa!
Day 1 - Arrive Swedish Lapland
Flight arrival at Kiruna Airport. Met on arrival by a representative from Camp Ripan and transferred by mini-bus or car to the resort. Duration approximately 20 minutes. You will check-in to your accommodation in the resort's main building (where the restaurant and shop are also located). All the chalet rooms are located within easy walking distance of the main building.
3 nights KIRUNA - Camp Ripan (BB)
Day 2 - Optional activities
A full day for your pre-booked optional excursions/activities (click the excursions tab above to view full details and prices). And after a full day outside why not indulge yourself with a visit to Ripan Spa and a soak in the outdoor hot tub? We can't think of a better way to unwind and relax before dinner.
Day 3 - Optional activities
Another day for leisure or pre-booked optional excursions/activities.
Day 4 - Homeward bound
Transfer to Kiruna Airport for your return flight home.
Departure Day: Daily from the UK to Kiruna (usually change of aircraft in Stockholm)
Departure Dates: December 2016 - March 2017
Duration: 3 nights
£855 per person (2 pax), £770 per person (3 pax), £720 per person (4 pax)
(please ask for prices for children as there are a variety of options and we want to ensure you receive the best option for your family).
£95 per person (2 people sharing), £70 per person (3 people sharing), £55 per person (4 people sharing)
Lunch and Dinner
Camp Ripan has an excellent, high quality restaurant offering delicious, locally sourced culinary delights! The following are prices when pre-booking this option for one, two or all of your nights.
Lunch £12 per adult, £6 per child (4-12yrs)
2-course dinner £32 per adult, £13 per child (4-12 yrs)
3-course dinner £42 per adult, £17 per child (4-12 yrs)
This accommodation is nothing to do with camping! Camp Ripan is situated with the city of Kiruna on one side and the unspoilt Swedish wilderness on the other and comprises of a main 'lodge' building which houses the reception desk, lounge area, restaurant and Northern Lights bar/lounge and a number of adjacent chalet rooms which are stylishly decorated and extremely comfortable - especially after a day out in the chilly Arctic climate.
On entering the main building you first see a very large and welcoming stove fire with a number of comfortable sofas on which to relax. A flight of stairs on your left takes you up to another lounge area with huge picture windows looking at the open sky - perfect for spotting the Northern Lights. Back downstairs in the entrance area there is also a shop which sells a selection of outdoor clothing and accessories and is also where you can hire snowshoes and skis if you would like to explore independently. Next to the reception desk you will find a fully stocked bar that leads in to their large, stylish restaurant which has something of a reputation for the high standard of its cuisine. It is here that all meals are served, including their substantial buffet breakfast.
The chalet rooms come in three styles and sizes all with en suite shower and WC; Giron (large with two bedrooms areas, the main bedroom having twin beds which can be together or separate and a separate bedroom with bunk beds, mini-kitchenette, dining table), Kiruna (sleeps 2 in a king-size bed and has a sofa bed in the same room for children, No kitchenette) and Rievssat (simple twin bedded rooms with separated beds). All rooms have private shower and WC, cable TV, telephone and free WiFi. Cross-country skis, snowshoes, kick-sleds and warm clothing/boots can all be hired, and toboggans are available free of charge.
But it is Ripan Spa that will catch the eye of many guests! The spa has several types of saunas and steam rooms, plus massage showers, freezing-cold 'wake up' showers, foot soaks and an indoor spa bath and outdoor hot tub. Guest can choose to purchase a Sauna Bucket (please note, this is included with some of our holidays) which is stocked with a full range of organic products based on natural, local ingredients with an instruction booklet of how and when to use them as you move through the spa's various sections. Suzel and Margaret particularly enjoyed testing the spa's facilities for our guests! The spa is located in a separate building and guests are given a towel and bathrobe when they enter the spa from the reception desk. Healthy light snacks and drinks are also available to purchase whilst lounging in the spa's relax area.
Snow and Aurora Breaks in Kiruna
Camp Ripan offer a wide variety of optional excursions/activities with something for everyone - whether you are seeking a gentle exploration of this beautiful Arctic region or something with more of an adrenaline rush!
Please click here for a full list of all the activities and prices.
Who is this holiday suitable for?
Everyone, especially those wishing to choose from a wide range of exciting Arctic activities whilst using just one place as their base.
What sort of clothing will I need?
You will need clothes for cold/cooler outdoor weather: warm trousers, a woollen pullover or fleece sweater, a warm wind and waterproof jacket and rain pants, woollen socks and an insulated bottom layer, like thermal underwear. A hat, scarf and gloves that are made from material that will dry overnight are great protection in Iceland’s winter weather and strong winds. Sturdy comfortable (hiking) boots are necessary for walking and when there is snow and icy terrain.
How far is it from the cabin rooms to the main building?
It is literally just a couple of minutes' walk to the main building where the restaurant for breakfast and dinner is located, along with the bar and shop. When we have stayed at Camp Ripan we have managed to walk to the main building for breakfast in the morning without having to put on all our outer thermal overalls/coats on, as long as we have other layers.
Do I need to bring any sort of equipment with me?
You don't need to but we would certainly recommend the following:
Would you recommend I buy Duty-Free items?
If you like a drink every now and then, consider stopping at the duty-free store on arrival at the airport because alcoholic beverages are very expensive across Scandinavia. The same applies to tobacco. Travellers are allowed to bring 1 litre of strong liquor as well as 1 litre of wine or similar drinks into the country, and 1 carton of cigarettes.