Snow and Aurora Breaks in Kiruna

Snow and Aurora Breaks in Kiruna

3 Nights Kiruna

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!


An ideal destination for a winter break, with excellent opportunities for seeing the Northern Lights.

Prices from: £710

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Day 1 - Arrive Swedish Lapland

Camp Ripan, 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 approx. 20 minutes. You will check-in to your accommodation in the resort's main building (where the restaurant and shop are also situated). 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).  Then, 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

Camp Ripan, tours in Swedish Lapland

Another day for leisure or pre-booked optional excursions/activities including exploration of the town.  This is a unique experience in itself as, due to the need to mine more ore, the town is gradually being relocated further to the north east of Kiruna creating a new town centre.  An optional guided tour of this 'city in motion' is also available featuring both the old part and the new.


Day 4 - Homeward bound

A last breakfast before your transfer to Kiruna Airport for your return flight home.

Departure Day: Daily from London Heathrow Airport to Kiruna (usually change of aircraft in Stockholm). Alternative departure airports are available, please ask for schedules and prices.
Departure Dates: January - March 2020
Duration: 3 nights

Prices from:

SNOW AND AURORA BREAK IN SWEDISH LAPLAND
Departure Date Price per person

  2 adults 3 adults 4 adults
1 Jan - 31 Jan 2020 £835 £755 £720
Extra night  £90 £65 £50 
1 Feb - 29 Feb 2020 £895 £805 £755
Extra nights £100 £75 £60
1 Mar - 31 Mar 2020 £895 £805 £755
Extra nights £100 £75 £60
1 Apr - 17 Apr 2020 £790 £750 £710
Extra nights £75 £60 £50
  Price per child aged 2-6*
All dates £500 
  Price per child aged 7-11*  
All dates £560  
*child prices are based on one child being accompanied by one full paying adult.
This holiday is ATOL Protected.


Price includes:

  • Scheduled return flights with SAS in SAS Go class from London Heathrow Airport to Kiruna (via Stockholm) including taxes plus 23kgs of checked luggage per person and one piece of hand-luggage per person.
  • Return airport transfers.
  • 3 nights at Camp Ripan based on a Giron chalet room apartment with double/twin beds in the main living area and a separate bedroom with bunkbeds. Also has a simple kitchenette area, dining table and shower and WC. Stay includes daily Scandinavian buffet breakfast served in the restaurant in the main lodge building.

 

Lunch and Dinner Prices
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 £15 per adult, £8 per child (4-12yrs)
3-course dinner £50 per adult, £25 per child (4-12 yrs)

 

DEPOSIT:  The deposit payment for this holiday is £200 per person

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 office@taberhols.co.uk 

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

It is important to read the Terms and Conditions which apply when making a confirmed booking with us.  By asking us to confirm your booking, we are entitled to assume that you have read and understood our terms and conditions, and agree to them.

It is your responsibility to check and fulfil the passport, visa, health and immigration requirements applicable to your itinerary. We can only provide general information about this. You must check requirements for your own specific circumstances with the relevant Embassies and/or Consulates and your own doctor as applicable. For further information contact the Passport Office on 0300 222 0000 or visit www.gov.uk/browse/abroad/passports.  Up to date travel advice can be obtained from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.

Non British passport holders, including other EU nationals, should obtain up to date advice on passport and visa requirements from the Embassy, High Commission or Consulate of your destination or country(ies) through which you are travelling.

CAMP RIPAN (4 star) - Kiruna

Camp Ripan, Kiruna, Sweden

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.

AURORA HUNT BY DOG-SLED (Camp Ripan)

Description:  The perfect way to increase your chances of spotting the often exclusive Northern Lights. Immerse yourself in the dark wintry nights of Lapland and escape the city lights by sitting on a big sled pulled by a team of exciteable yet friendly Alaskan Huskies. The trail winds its way through pine and birch forest down to the famous Torne River where you can see the night sky stretching far infront of you. At our half way point we stop at a traditional Sami-style tipi, lávvu, for a warming drink and a popular Swedish snack. Here you can choose to take comfort and warmth from the open fire or, if luck is on your side, you can marvel at the display of Aurora outside.
Departs:  Daily
Time:  1700 - 1930 (Dec & Jan), 1800 - 2030 (Feb - 15 Mar), 1900 - 2130 (16 Mar - 31 Mar)
Dates:  December - March
Price:  £145 per adult, £75 per child (4-12)
Price includes:  Transfer, guide, appropriate warm winter clothing, coffee/tea and Fika snack.
Good to know:  Please click here for important information regarding dog sledding.


AURORA SPA WITH SAUNA BUCKET (Camp Ripan)

Description:  After a full day of outdoor activities, it is bliss to relax and enjoy applying the treatments of Aurora Spa at your own pace.  Gently massage your face and hands with the aromatic coffee scrub, treat your feet to a foot bath of juniper salt and lemon while massaging them with iron pellets. Exfoliate with a body scrub of newly-sprouted birch leaves and finish off with a soothing body oil of pine-scented canola oil. Weave these in at your own pace relax in the temperate pools, unwind with a sauna bath and enjoy a glass of wine or a cool smoothie in the relaxation area. If you are lucky the magical Northern Lights Aurora Borealis will be dancing across the star-studded velvet sky above you. The sauna bucket contains products based on ancient Swedish, Sami and Torne Valley Finnish medicinal knowledge. All products are made from natural raw ingredients and are completely free of preservatives.
Available:  Daily between 1400 and 2200
Price: £55 per person, price includes: entrance to Aurora Spa, sauna bucket, towel, bathrobe, tea, water and fruit.
Entrance only to Aurora Spa is £25 per person.


AURORA TOUR WITH DINNER IN ABISKO (Camp Ripan)

Description:  This is a tour for those who do not want to do an overnight trip to the famous Abisko. After a 1,5 hour trip by car we eat a 3-course dinner at the STF Abisko Mountain Station while our local guide tells you about the area, Sámi culture and the Northern Lights in Sámi mythology. After dinner we take a walk in Abisko National Park, to look for the Aurora Borealis. If you have a camera with you, our photo guides help you to take photos. We are back in Kiruna again before midnight.
Departs:  On request at 1800
Duration:  Approximately 5 hours
Operates:  1 Dec - 30 Mar (except 24 & 31 Dec)
Price:  £270 per person (not recommended for children under 3 years due to length of transfer time of 1-1.5 hours in each direction depending on road conditions).
Price includes:  Transfer, 3-course dinner (beverage is not included in the price), guide with knowledge in photography, and a headlamp. We recommend warm winter clothes, mittens and a good, warm hat. Number of participants: Minimum 2 people, maximum 8 people.


CITY TOUR - KIRUNA, A CITY ON THE MOVE (Camp Ripan)

Description:  Kiruna, where the Sami, Swedish and Finnish cultures meet, is an exciting city to experience. Kiruna was built around 120 years ago, when the treasures of the earth were to be retrieved. The iron ore body of the mountain Kiirunavaara stretches in under the town. That’s why we now have to move the town when the world’s largest underground iron-ore mine is expanding. We tell you about the birth of Kiruna and the story of the first legendary manager of the mine, Hjalmar Lundbohm, and the town he created. A visit to the oldest part of town will show you the historic buildings and what they mean to us in Kiruna. We will guide you through Kiruna Church and the City Hall and talk about how they will be affected by the move. The tour continues to Luossavaara for a view over the city and the mountains. There, we explain the plans for that area. Seven of the most important historical buildings are moved during summer 2017 to the foot of Luossavaara mountain. We visit the area where the new city centre will be, the company part of town and also the “Mine City Park”. We end the tour at Kiruna Storytelling Ltd, where we serve you coffee or tea and a sandwich while you watch a short slideshow.
Departs:  Mon - Fri, 0945 and 1345 (no tours 24/12, 25/12, 26/12 and 31/12)
Duration:  Approximately 2.5 hours
Operates:  December - April
Price:  £55 per adult, £45 per senior (+67), £40 per student (valid student id required), £30 per youth (12-16 years), £5 (child under 12)
Number of participants:  Minimum 2 people, maximum 8 people


COMBINED FOREST AND MOUNTAIN TOUR BY SNOWMOBILE (Camp Ripan)

Description:  You will begin this tour at Camp Ripan and drive out into the low mountain areas close by, over frozen lakes, into the wild forest land.  The landscape is covered in deep, white snow, and you have the opportunity to enjoy the drive and the fabulous winter scenery.  Your journey takes you up the mountain Ednavaara, beautifully situated about one hour from Camp Ripan.  Once there you enjoy the fantastic view and share your new experience having travelled through Europe's last wilderness.  During your tour you will take a break out in the wild and enjoy a light snack from the Lapland kitchen.  You then continue back down to the wetlands to look for moose.
Operates:  January - March
Departs:  Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, 1000 - 1300  (3 Jan-28 Feb), 1100 - 1400 (1-31 Mar)
Duration:  3 hours
Price:  £175 per adult (2 per snowmobile), £260 per adult (1 per snowmobile), £85 per child (4-12). Children 4 - 6 years old will sit on a sled.
Price includes:  Guide, appropriate warm winter clothing including helmet, coffee/tea, homemade cake and sandwich
Number of participants:  Minimum 2 people, maximum 20 people.

IMPORTANT:  When two persons per snowmobile you have the opportunity to swap around part way. A valid driving licence is required in order to drive a snowmobile in Sweden. Children aged 4-6 have to sit in a sled which is pulled by the guide. For more important information regarding snowmobiling click here.


CROSS-COUNTRY SKI COURSE FOR BEGINNERS (Camp Ripan)

Description:  Your guide will teach you the basics of cross-country skiing. Afterwards you are able to go on your own ski tour in some of the beautiful tracks situated close to Camp Ripan. The terrain varies and includes flat open spaces and gently sloping hills.
Operates:  December - April, Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday
Departs:  1400 
Duration:  2 hours
Price:  £65 per adult, £32 per child (7-12)
Price includes:  Ski instructor and ski equipment
Number of participants:  Minimum 2 people


DOG SLEDDING, MOOSE SAFARI AND HOME VISIT (Camp Ripan)

Description:  With us, calmness, harmony and our dog philosophy are in focus. Here you will learn how to handle the dogs in our way, where energies and meditation are important elements. Before we set off you get a proper driving lesson. Two people share a team of 4-6 dogs and take turns driving. Excitement and concentration when driving, combined with the relaxing experience of sitting in a sled.

Back at the kennel, everyone helps to massage the dogs, a great way to meet our, and the dogs' needs, of cuddling. After the massage we invite you for lunch in our home. Overlooking the River Kalix and the mountains, fantastic meetings are held around our kitchen table.

The trip goes along the River Kalix with a great view of Mount Kebnekaise in clear weather. We have groomed trails but as we are surrounded by mountains, the weather and conditions can change quickly. This contributes to the authentic experience. As we live outside the big tourist areas, it's common that all we encounter on the tours is moose. Min 2 people, maximum 8 people per tour.
Operates:  Daily, December - April
Duration:  Approx. 5½ hours, departs 0830
Price:  £195 per person (based on two people sharing a sled, one as musher and one as passenger, and swapping around part way). Minimum age for tour is 16 years.
Price includes:  Transfers, guide, moose safari along the way, kennel visit, lesson in dogsledding, dog sled tour (2 per sled), home visit, lunch and coffee, thermal clothing.

For important further information regarding dog-sledding please click here.


DOG-SLED TOUR FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES (Camp Ripan)

Description:  Private tour for you and your children. Children like to meet animals and they should have plenty of time to cuddle them, therefore we offer this trip as a private family activity at a dog kennel, without other guests. We adjust the length of the actual sledding depending upon your children's age and the outdoor temperature; it is not uncommon for children to fall asleep with the dogs' pace and then there is a nice Arctic sleeping bag ready for them!  You have plenty of time to cuddle the dogs and the children can help to feed and unharness the dogs if they wish. After the trip you are invited to have a hot drink in your hosts' kitchen and some of the dogs will join you! On this trip children and parents sit on the sled and have a relaxing time together. 
Operates:  December - April
Departs:  Daily at 1500
Duration:  4 hours
Price:  £730 for 2 adults and 2 children aged 2-15. Extra child (2-12) £95 per child, extra adult (13+) £135.
Price includes:  Transfer, moose safari along the way, kennel visit, dog sled tour sitting on the sled, massage instructions, home-visit, warm drinks and cake and warm clothing.

NB!  Please click here for further important information regarding dog sledding.


FOREST ESCAPE BY DOG-SLED (Camp Ripan)

Description:  Imagine gliding through the sparkling wintery landscape of Lapland by dog sled. The glitter of snow flakes is all around and the cold air is filled with the warm breath of the dogs, panting as they run, winding their way along an exciting, yet secluded, forest trail. Through the trees you catch your first glimpse of our lávvu, a traditional Sami style tipi retreat, where you will warm yourself once more around a roaring fire and with a steaming mug of hot chocolate or coffee in your hands. The scenery that surrounds you is stunning and you may even see reindeer or moose on your adventure. Away from the crowds, yet just a short distance from Kiruna centre, our kennel is also our home; a rustic home, hand-crafted and built with the environment in mind. It provides an escape from the bustle of busy lives and for a short time will transport you to the wintery wonderland of fairytales. Our dogs love it too and we are sure you’ll notice how happy and excited they are to meet you. They love cuddles and there will be plenty of time for you to get to know them and some of our young puppies. Winter outer-clothing is provided, as well as warming refreshments. This is a tour where you sit on a big sled driven by one of our professional guides whose job it is to make sure you go home happy with your experience.
Operates:  December - April
Departs:  Daily at 0930
Duration:  2.5 hours, including transfers
Price:  £130 per adult, £65 per child (4-12)
Price incudes:  Transfer, guide, appropriate warm winter clothing, coffee/tea/chocolate and Fika snack
Number of participants:  Minimum 2 people, maximum 12 people.

NB!  Click here for further important information regarding dog sledding.


FOREST TOUR BY SNOWMOBILE (Camp Ripan)

Description:  In Northern Sweden the snowmobile is the most common form of transport out in the beautiful winter landscape. You'll start at Camp Ripan and drive out into the low mountain areas close by, over frozen lakes in to the wild forest land. During your tour you'll take a break out in the wilderness and enjoy a light snack from the Lapland kitchen. If you have never driven a snowmobile, or are eager to try it again, this is the perfect tour for you. Quite simply a rather different and fun way to experience nature.
Operates:  1 December - 1 January
Departs:  Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, 1000-1230
Duration:  2½ hours
Price:  £145 per adult (2 per snowmobile), £230 per person (1 per snowmobile), £70 per child (4-12) - children 4 to 6 years of age sit on a sled.
Price includes:  Guide, appropriate warm clothing including helmet, coffee/tea, homemade cake and sandwich
Number of participants:  Minimum 2 people, maximum 20 people.


IMPORTANT:  When two persons per snowmobile you have the opportunity to swap around part way. A valid driving licence is required in order to drive a snowmobile in Sweden. Children aged 4-6 have to sit in a sled which is pulled by the guide. For more important information regarding snowmobiling click here.


MOOSE SAFARI ON HORSEBACK (Camp Ripan)

Description:  We pick you up in Kiruna and drive westward to our farm. We drive through the moose winter land and the moose usually can bee seen close to the road. After arriving at our farm we prepare the Icelandic horses and go for a tour in the forest where the moose can bee seen during the day. When we are on horseback we come closer to the animals than usual and on this tour we try to “tölt” (a special trot)with the horses if it is possible. After the riding we have lunch at our farm and then we drive you back. This tour is certified with the Swedish Ecotourism Society’s label, Nature’s Best.
Operates:  December - April
Departs:  Daily, 0920
Duration:  5 hours
Price:  £168 per person, minimum age 12.
Price includes: Transfer, guide helmet, appropriate warm clothing, riding tour and lunch.
Number of participants:  Minimum 2 people.


NORTHERN LIGHTS DINNER WITH SKY ARK (Camp Ripan)

Description:  Would you like to combine a magnificent nature experience with comfort, quality and relaxation? Then you should join us on a tour with SkyArk where you will experience our region`s wilderness from its best side! We meet at Camp Ripan where you settle down in one of the snowmobile ark’s bean bags. As we travel along the frozen river and through the snowy forests you can enjoy the panoramic view comfortably protected from wind and cold. The Sami tipi, lávvu, is waiting for us at our destination. There are no lights to spoil our view of the sky, so we have a fantastic chance to see the mythical evening dance of the Northern Lights. In the lávvu you will experience a part of the Sami food culture when served njalla (Sami bread), smoked reindeer and moose with a potato salad topped with lingonberries around an open fire. Your dinner beverage is “Tears from Lapland”, made from lingonberries or blueberries, and poured in your kåsa (wooden cup). Dinner is rounded off with a local dessert and fresh brewed coffee. Listen closely to the crunch of the snow, the swish of the Northern Lights and tales from the region streamed through the speakers in the ark. During the tour, we will stop to take photographs of the Northern Lights and the beautiful nature around you.
Operates:  December - April
Departs:  Daily at 1930
Duration: 4 hours approximately.
Price:  £260 per adult, £190 per child (4-14).
Price includes: Guide, guided journey in the Sky Ark through the sound system, warm blanket, beverage and 3-course dinner.
Number of participants:  Minimum 2 people, maximum 8 people.


NORTHERN LIGHTS HUNT BY SNOWMOBILE (Camp Ripan)

Description:  Take part in an exciting hunt for the Northern Lights by snowmobile. From Camp Ripan you ride out into the Polar night to hopefully catch a glimpse of the light phenomena steeped in legend. During your trip you will take a break out in the wilderness and enjoy a light snack from the Lapland kitchen.
Operates:  December - March
Departs:  Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
Time:  1730 (Dec-Feb), 1830 (March)
Duration:  2½ hours
Price:  £145 per adult (2 per snowmobile), £235 per adult (1 per snowmobile), £73 per child (4-12) - 4 to 6 year olds sit on a sled.
Price includes:  Guide, appropriate warm winter clothing including helmet, coffee/tea, homemade cake and sandwich.
Number of participants:  Minimum 2 people, maximum 20 people.


IMPORTANT:  When two persons per snowmobile you have the opportunity to swap around part way. A valid driving licence is required in order to drive a snowmobile in Sweden. Children aged 4-6 have to sit in a sled which is pulled by the guide. For more important information regarding snowmobiling click here.


NORTHERN LIGHTS TOUR ON HORSEBACK (Camp Ripan)

Description:  We pick you up in Kiruna and head Westward by car or mini-bus to our horse farm. Together we prepare the horses for riding and in the winter evening enjoy an evenly paced riding tour through forest that is hunderds of years old, set against the mountain landscape. We hope we can see the beautiful northern lights and a clear sky with all the stars. We are probably going to see some moose during the evening. When you come back you will be served a dinner consisting of local specialities, like game or fish. You get to know more about animals, nature and culture while sitting round the fire in the goahti (Sami hut). Afterwards we drive you back to Kiruna and Camp Ripan. Previous riding experience is not necessary, but good physical health is. This tour is certified by the Swedish Ecotourism Society, Nature's Best.
Operates:  October - March
Departs:  Daily, 1550 (Oct-Feb) and 1720 (Mar), no tours 24/12 and 31/12.
Duration:  4½ hours.
Price:  £180 per person.  Minimum age 12 years, maximum weight 90kgs.
Price includes:  Transfer, guide, helmet, appropriate warm clothing, riding tour and dinner.
Number of participants:  Minimum 2 people.


NORTHERN LIGHTS WITH SAMI DINNER (Camp Ripan)

Description:  Welcome to an evening with dinner, Aurora Borealis, Sami stories and traditions and a taste of Sami specialities. You are met at your hotel where you will watch a Sami slideshow and eat a Sami inspired dinner at Camp Ripan. After the dinner you go outside to a tent tipi or lavvu to wait for the Northern Lights and to enjoy more Sami specialities with your local guide. If you have brought your camera along your guide will help you with the right settings (your guide is from a photo adventure company!) so you can take your own photos to record your experience.
Operates:  September to March
Duration:  4½ hours, departs 1800
Price:  £250 per person
Price includes:  transfer, slideshow, dinner (beverage is not included), warm clothes and boots, Sami guide with knowledge of photography, headlamp
Number of participants:  Minimum 2 people, maximum 8 people


RÁIDU - ENCOUNTER THE REINDEER (Camp Ripan)

Description:  Travel in a snowmobile–drawn sled from Jukkasjärvi out to the reindeer camp in the forest. We keep and fodder part of our reindeer herd during winter to help them survive hard grazing conditions due to climate change. There are adult reindeer, youngsters and from around mid-December also calves that will eat out of your hand. The reindeer is one of the Sámi society's most important culture bearers and resources. We will enter the reindeer enclosures and feed them. Our reindeer will curiously come, sniff at you and most likely venture eating out of your hand. You will hear a lot about how today's reindeer husbandry works, what the challenges are, and what it means to adopt a traditional profession that is dear to one’s heart. The reindeer herder will show you the art of lassoing before it is your turn to throw the lasso. When some of the reindeer stags are caught you will assist leading them to the sled track where the reindeer will be harnessed. We still tame and train some of our reindeer to conserve the cultural Sámi heritage of reindeer sledding. And we are proud to offer you the chance of driving reindeer with a sled around a short circuit if you like.  After the reindeer sledding part you will be invited into a lávvu, i.e. Sámi tent, where you will sit on reindeer skins around a sparkling warming fire whilst learning more about the indigenous people of Fennoscandia, i.e. the Sámi people’s culture, history and our way of life. You will be served suovas, the Sámi signature dish, which is lightly-salted and cold-smoked sliced reindeer meat, fried over the open flames and served on gáhkku-bread with a dash of lingonberry jam. It is eaten like a wrap and tastes best with hot, steeped coffee sipped from a guksi, a drinking cup carved from birch burl. On the way back to Jukkasjärvi we make a halt at our handicraft shop at Márkanbáiki where you can have a look at a range of traditional and modern local Sámi arts and crafts.
Operates:  5 November - 7 April
Departs:  Daily at 1300 (5 Nov - 7 Apr), also 0800 (10 Dec-6 Jan, except 24 Dec)
Duration:  Approximately 4.5 hours
Prices:  £190 per adult, £95 per child (3-12), children under 3 are free (4-30 Nov, 13-31 Jan, 1 Mar-13 Apr).
£225 per adult, £110 per child (3-12), under 3 free (1 Dec-12 Jan, 1-29 Feb).
Price includes:  Transfer, Sami guide, appropriate warm clothing, short reindeer sled ride, coffee/tea and a traditional Sami sandwich. Number of participants: Minimum 1 people, maximum 16 people.
Number of participants:  Minimum 1 person, maximum 16 people.


REINDEER SLEDDING WITH LUNCH (Camp Ripan)

Description:  Experience the ancient Sámi way of transportation in wintertime with reindeer and ackja (sámi sled). We go by transfer from Camp Ripan to Rensjön, a small Sámi village situated 30 kilometres west of Kiruna. After a short walk we reach the paddock with the reindeer and we harness them and take places in the sleds, two people in each. The sleds are comfortably bedded with reindeer skins. Voujan, the harnessed reindeer will take us on a five kilometre long ride through the wintery mountain landscape around Rensjön. After this refreshing outdoor activity we have lunch in the goahti (Sámi tepee) by the fire. Traditional Sámi soup served with gahkku (sámi bread), all homemade. Coffee is boiled on the open fire. Throughout your stay, you will also get to learn more about the Sami people, their customs, practices and traditions of the past and present. You also get to know more about the reindeer herders lives and what the relocation of Kiruna means from a Sami perspective.
Operates:  January - 15 April
Departs:  On request 
Duration:  Approximately 5 hours
Price:  £230 per adult, £120 per child (3-12).
Price includes:  Transfer, guide, appropriate warm clothing, reindeer sledding Sámi lunch.
Number of participants:  Minimum 4 people, maximum 8 people.


SNOWSHOE TOUR ABOVE THE ARCTIC CIRCLE (Camp Ripan)

Description:  Join us on a different way of easily getting around in the forests surrounding the city! Equipped with snowshoes you'll explore the wintery landscape, following the tracks of the hare or mountain ptarmigan over the blanket of snow. You finish the tour in a lavvu (Sami tent) and enjoy a steaming cup of coffee or tea and a sandwich. This tour is certified by the Swedish Ecotourism Society, Nature's Best.
Operates:  December - April
Departs: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, departs 1400
Duration:  2½ hours
Price:  £75 per adult, £35 per child (7-12)
Price includes:  Guide, equipment, coffee/tea and sandwich.
Number of participants:  Minimum 2 people.


SUPERIOR SNOWMOBILE TOUR IN THE VALLEY OF SWEDEN'S HIGHEST MOUNTAIN (Camp Ripan)

Description:  Take part in a magnificient full-day tour in one of the most beautiful spots in Sweden. You travel first by minibus to Nikkaluokta where the road ends and enroute you have a beautiful view with the possibility to see moose. You then change over to snowmobile and drive up to the mountain Lake Láddjujávri. In front of you you have the highest mountain in Sweden, Kebnekaise. Around you have high, steep mountains and you cannot avoid the feeling of how big and great the nature is. During a break you try ice fishing and enjoy a lunch made using local delicacies in restaurant Enoks.
Operates:  December - April (no tours 23-25 Dec and 31 Dec)
Departs:  Daily, 0900
Duration:  6 hours (depending on weather conditions).
Price:  £270 per adult (2 per snowmobile), £395 (1 per snowmobile), £135 per child (minimum age 10).
Price includes:  Transfer, guide, appropriate warm winter clothing including helmet and lunch.
Number of participants:  Minimum 2 people, maximum 16 people.


IMPORTANT:  When two persons per snowmobile you have the opportunity to swap around part way. A valid driving licence is required in order to drive a snowmobile in Sweden.  For more important information regarding snowmobiling click here.


WILDLIFE AND NATURE PHOTO TOUR (Camp Ripan)

Description:  We drive by car in the direction for the day which depends upon weather conditions and the area where we are most likely to encounter wildlife. You will get acquainted with your camera and practice some photography so that you are well prepared for taking good pictures of landscape, animals and plants during the tour. When you are confident with your camera we will go in search of photo subjects. Your guide will provide you with information about the area, its nature and the life of the Sámi people. The tour ends with a cup of coffee/tea and a piece of cake. We cannot guarantee pictures of wild animals, however the nature and scenery are reliable!
Operates:  December - April
Departs:  Daily, 0830 (Nov-Feb), 0900 (Mar-Apr)
Duration:  Approximately 4½ hours.
Price:  £165 per person (minimum age 10 years).
Price includes:  Transfer, guide, covering clothes and shoes, camera with telelens.  NB! SD memory card is NOT included, but is possible to buy on location - price SEK200.
Number of participants:  Minimum 2 people, maximum 8 people.

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:

  • Sunglasses and a bit of sunscreen are helpful - the air is very clear in Sweden so when the sun shines, it is very bright - especially with the snow!
  • A camera with lots of film or memory cards.
  • For Northern Lights photography we recommend bringing a second battery for your camera and also a tripod.
  • A torch for evening walks and Northern Lights photography in order to operate your photo camera in the dark.
  • Swimwear for use in Ripan Spa!

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. 


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