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Icehotel

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.

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. It is located in the tiny village of Jukkasjärvi, 200 kms north of the Arctic Circle in Swedish Lapland. The area where the village stands was originally a Sámi marketplace and was given its current name by Finnish speaking settlers (järvi means lake) in the 17th century.

Icehotel

Day 1 | Arrive in 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
Meals included today:  Dinner


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
Meals included today:  Breakfast


Day 3 | Free day

Again breakfast is served in the main building and you have another full day of pre-booked optional activities to look forward to.

Meals included today:  Breakfast


Day 4 | Homeward bound

Transfer to Kiruna Airport for your return flight home.

Meals included today:  Breakfast

Departure Day:  Possible daily
Departure Dates:  1 Nov 2019 – 13 Apr 2020
Duration:  3 nights
Prices from:  £985 per person, 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*
6 – 18 Jan 2020
1 – 31 Mar 2020
£1150 £105 £210
13 Dec 2019 – 5 Jan 2020*
19 Jan – 29 Feb 2020
£1365 £140 £280
1 – 30 Nov 2019*
1 – 13 Apr 2020
£985 £80 £295
* 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.


Upgraded Accommodation

There are a variety of room upgrades available in the cold accommodation at ICEHOTEL. The following are the supplements per person per night for upgrading from the standard Ice Room accommodation which included in the prices given above:

  • Art Suite 365 – £70 per person
  • Art Suite original – £80 per person
  • Deluxe Suite Johka – £210 per person
  • Deluxe Suite Hilla – £220 per person
  • Deluxe Suite 365 Jáuvre – £260 per person

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.

Price includes:

  • Scheduled return flights with SAS from Heathrow to Kiruna (via Stockholm) including 23kgs of checked luggage and one piece of hand-luggage per person. Pre-reserved seats available free of charge when checking in online 22-hours prior to departure.
    Alternative departure airports and airlines available – please ask for details and prices.
  • Return private airport transfers.
  • 1 night in an Ice Room for two people including luggage locker (main building), thermal sleeping bag, hot drink, sauna, shower and breakfast.
  • 3-course Chef’s Menu in the ICEHOTEL Restaurant on your day of arrival. Subsequent evenings a table reservation is made and you have a choice of dining options (see below).
  • 2 nights in a Kaamos Hotel Room based on a double/twin room with shower and WC including breakfast.
  • Warm boots, snowsuit, mittens and balaclava for the duration of your stay.
  • Scandinavia Only travel document wallet and luggage labels.
  • 24-hour emergency telephone assistance.
  • ATOL Protection.

 

ICEHOTEL – Jukkasjärvi

ICEHOTEL in Swedish Lapland

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.

ROOM TYPES

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.

  • Art Suite: Our room with exquisite hand carved ice art — each suite individually designed. The bedframe is made of ice. You sleep on a thick mattress that is covered with reindeer hides. A thermal sleeping bag keeps you warm throughout the night.
  • Ice Room: Our standard room with ice décor and a bed made of ice. The bed you sleep on has a thick mattress that  rests on a wooden base. The bed is covered with reindeer hides and you sleep in a thermal sleeping bag.

ICEHOTEL 365

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.

  • Deluxe Suite 365, Johka – The spacious relaxation in Johka holds a bathroom, two comfortable armchairs and double waterfall showers directly connected to the bedroom. The design is a combination of local culture and history in the building material and details. Johka is wheelchair accessible.
  • Deluxe Suite 365, Hilla- The relaxation Hilla holds a bathroom, two comfortable armchairs, shower and sauna directly connected to the bedroom. The design is a combination of local culture and history in the building material and details.
  • Deluxe Suite 365, Jáuvre – The relaxation Jáuvre holds a bathroom, two comfortable armchairs, shower, sauna and bathtub directly connected to the bedroom. The design is a combination of local culture and history in the building material and details.

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

Kaamos Rooms 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.

Snowmobile Adventure from ICEHOTEL

Description: Experience Lapland’s magnificent winter nature in broad daylight. This excursion takes you across frozen lakes, through hilly landscapes and the Torne River. Along the route, you will stop for a traditional Swedish ‘fika’ (coffee served with something sweet) by the fire.
Departures:  Daily, 1300-1600
Price: £130 per person (2 per vehicle), £200 per person (1 per vehicle)
Booking code: JUKSNMOADV

Snowmobiling in swedish lapland

Northern Lights Safari on Snowmobile from ICEHOTEL

Description:  A clear sky, darkness and some patience are the best ingredients for hunting the northern lights. On this tour, you take a snowmobile out in the wilderness where the northern lights are most visible. The guide will talk about the phenomenon of the northern lights and how it occurs. Along the way you stop in a warm wilderness cabin where the guide serves a two-course dinner.
Operates:  13th December – 13th April
Departs:  Daily, 1900 – 2300 (until 25 Mar), 2000 – Midnight (26 Mar – 13 Apr)
Price:  £190 per person (2 pax per vehicle), £265 per person (1 pax per vehicle)

Sled Dog Tour with Wilderness Lunch from ICEHOTEL – Mush or Ride!

Description:  Exclusive, unique experience dog sledding in the Arctic wilderness. Drive your own team or sit on the guide’s sled as a passenger through the beautiful snowy plains. Traditional lunch at a wilderness cabin included.
Operates:  1 December – 20 April
Departs:  Daily, 1115 – 1515
Duration:  4 hours
Price:  £295 per person as a passenger or £395 per person if mushing own dog team.
Price includes:  Transfers, guide, thermal clothing, wilderness lunch.
Good to know:  The minimum age for this activity is 15.  Read our simple guide to prepare for your dog-sledding adventure.

Dog sled ride in Swedish Lapland

Sled Dog Ride in Winter Wonderland from ICEHOTEL

Description:  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 cosy 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.
Operates:  15th November – 13th April
Departures:  Daily, 0930-1100 or 1300-1430.
Price:  £135 per person
Booking Code:  JUKDOGWIN

Dog sledding in Swedish Lapland

Driving Your Own Dog Sled – The Ultimate Adventure

Description:  Capture the feeling of freedom – drive your own dog sled. The tour begins with a transfer over the frozen Torne River in a snowmobile sled to the Husky kennel.  Before you stand on the sled behind your own dog team, you will get an introduction to the safety and equipment. Drive into the wilderness following the guide, where you will stop at a cosy wilderness cabin halfway through the tour where you are served a traditional lunch . The tour ends at ICEHOTEL.
Operates:  1st December – 20th April
Departs:  Daily, 1115 – 1515
Price:  £365 per person

Dog Sledding with Overnight Stay from ICEHOTEL

Description:  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.~
Operates:   1st December – 13th April
Departures:  Daily, 15:30-11.00 (day after).
Price: £635 per person.

Ráidu – Encounter with Reindeer from ICEHOTEL

Description:  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 recognised indigenous people and ask any question you have.
Operates: Available all year round (No tour 24th & 31st December).
Departures:  Daily, 1400 1700  (5/11 7/4, no tour 24/12). Daily, 09001200 (10/12 6/1).
Price:  £180 per person (5/11 9/12, 7/1 3/2,  1/3 7/4), £210 per person (10/12 6/1, 4/2 28/2).

Moose Safari on Horseback from ICEHOTEL

Description:  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.
Operates: 10th December – 31st March
Departures:  Daily, 0900-1500.
Price:  £200 per person

Moose Safari in Sweden Lapland

Northern Lights on Horseback from ICEHOTEL

Description:  A northern lights experience is amazing and becomes even more breathtaking seen from the horseback out in the wilderness. Enjoy the bus transfer to the Ofelas Icelandic horse farm, where you will meet the animals and prepare your own horse. The tranquil ride through the winter evening is magical, like being inside a fairy tale. Back at the farm, dinner is made with local produce and served in a Sámi hut.
Operates:  7th October – 5 April
Departs:  Daily, 1530 – 2030 (until 29 Feb 2020), 1700 – 2200 (1 Mar – 4 Apr)
Price: £200 per person

Northern Lights Photo Tour from ICEHOTEL

Description:  If you want to be sure of taking good photos of the amazing Northern Lights then this is the tour for you. Our photo-guides 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.
Operates:  1st September – 13th April, No tours Dec 24 and 31.
Departures:  Daily: 1900 – 2330 (1/9 – 26/3), 2000 – 0000 (27/3 – 13/4).
Price:  £155 per person.

Northern Lights in Swedish Lapland

Wildlife and Nature Photography at ICEHOTEL

Description:  Begin the tour at the ICEHOTEL, where a photo guide picks you up and takes you out into nature in a minivan. Be ready to spot arctic wildlife like moose, reindeer and birds. Your guide will help you capture them and the wonderful surroundings on camera. At the end of the tour enjoy a cup of coffee or tea. SD memory card, minimum 8 GB is not included.  
Operates:  Available all year round (no tours 24 & 31 December)
Departs:  Daily, 0900 – 1300
Price:  £155 per person

Arctic Wildlife Safari from ICEHOTEL

Description:  This tour takes you through a magnificent mountain scenery. Learn about the wild animals native to this region, how the moose affects the climate here and tracking them, as well as reindeer and grouse.
Operates:  8th December – 7th April
Departs:  Daily, 0900 – 1500
Price:  £265 per person (2 pax per vehicle), £350 per person (1 pax per vehicle)

 

Wilderness Skills at ICEHOTEL

Description:  The tour begins with a transfer out in the forest. Your experienced wilderness guide talks about the nature around you, how to navigate by signs in the nature and how to treat it with respect. The guide gives some basic facts about what you can eat from nature’s pantry and teaches you an important skill, how to make a fire with flint before the tour is over.
Operates:  1st November – 13th April
Departs: Daily, 1300 – 1600
Price:  £115 per person

Wilderness Dinner from ICEHOTEL

Description:  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.
Operates: 1st December – 13th April
Departures:  Daily, 1900 – 2300,.
Price:  £240 per person

Chef’s Table on the Veranda from ICEHOTEL

Description:  A wonderful, 12-course dinner served around a huge wooden table in the company of fellow guests. Two acclaimed chefs from Head Chef, Alexander Meier’s culinary crew, cook and serve your menu with accompanying beverages selected by sommelier Sofie Nordefors – all cooked and served in front of you, culinary theatre! Your chefs will talk about the produce, its preparation, cooking method and, of course, taste. This is a very intimate experience and, in keeping with visiting a Swedish home, guests are asked to remove their shoes when entering the ‘dwelling’. Perfect for a special occasion…or just because you’re worth it!
Available:  Daily from November – March
Duration:  Approximately 4 hours, beginning at 1800 and ending at 2200.
Price:  £245 per person

Chefs Table on the Veranda

Jukkasjärvi Sauna Ritual at ICEHOTEL

Description:  Relaxing and Wholesome sauna experience. Pamper your body and soul with a specially composed sauna ritual. The sauna has a long tradition in northern Sweden and the contrasts between hot and cold is said to have wholesome effects.
Operates:  1st November – 13th April
Departs:  Daily, 1630 – 1900, 2000 – 2230
Price:  £435 for a group up to 6. Add a friend £65 per person. Max 20 people.

Cross-Country Skiing from ICEHOTEL

Description:  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. You 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.
Operates: 1st December – 13th April
Departures:  Daily, 0900 – 1200
Price:  £75 per person.

Make Your Own Ice Sculpture at ICEHOTEL

Description:  Take an intense course in ice sculpting, a must when you’re at ICEHOTEL. The class starts with the instructor talking about the crystal clear ice, which is harvested from Torne River. After that, you get an introduction on how to use the tools, your own ice block and can let the creativity flow and ice take shape.
Operates:  1st November – 13th April
Departs:  Daily, 0900 – 1130
Price:  £75 per person

Ice sculpture at the ICEHOTEL

Wood Carving at ICEHOTEL

Description:  Try to carve your own figure in the lavvu around a cosy fire. Buy a carving kit in the Adventure desk and get an introduction to the carving and then go into the flames of creativity.
Price: £40 per person

To ensure the experience meets your expectations, there are a few things that are useful to know in advance:

Between 10 am and 6 pm, Icehotel is open to the public. Day visitors and guests have access to see all the rooms (except Deluxe Suites) and join a guided tour. This means overnight guests get their rooms at 6 pm and wake-up call is around 7:30 am when staying cold. (Check-in and out for warm rooms is at 3 pm and 11 am).

All rooms except the Art and Deluxe Suites in Icehotel 365 have curtain doors.
The beds in the cold rooms have a bedframe made of ice, slatted bed base with mattress, reindeer skins and pillows.

There are no bathrooms (except the Deluxe Suites) or storage in the cold rooms. These facilities are housed in a heated service building, the Riverside Lobby, where you also keep your belongings during the cold night. The service desk is staffed 24 hours.

You get a locker or cubicle (if staying in a suite), where you can get changed and keep your belongings.

The changing rooms, sauna and showers are communal for women and men respectively.
There are no electric sockets to charge your phone inside the cold room, so be sure to charge your phone before going to bed.

If you’re changing between cold and warm accommodation, there are about 6-7 hours when you don’t have a room to withdraw to. We strongly recommend you to plan one or two excursions during this time as exploring nature and local culture is a substantial part of getting the full experience. Our lounge and shop are open from 10 am.

Ice is an organic material. We may carry out maintenance and repairs during open hours.

Icehotel is built in sections, which means that there is still building work going on for some time after we’re open for guests.

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.

For your night in ICEHOTEL, we recommend you wear thermal underwear, warm socks and a hat, and perhaps bring an extra fleece jacket or similar. The key is to think layers that allow good ventilation of body heat, materials that breathe and avoiding perspiration. Opt for oil-based creams and skip the morning shower when you have a day planned outdoors.

The temperature inside the hotel hovers at a constant of -5 to -7 C. We provide you with expedition-style sleeping bags which are tested for extreme temperatures, so you’ll be fine with just thermals, hat, warm socks and a mid-layer jumper. You are given access to your room at 6 pm, but the heated service building, the Riverside Lobby, is staffed and open 24 hours, this is where you store your belongings, collect your sleeping bag and use the bathroom, shower and sauna.

When staying in an ice room or in one of the art suites you store your belongings in a locker or booth in the warm Riverside Lobby which is staffed 24 hours, located just metres from the hotel. The Deluxe suite 365 has a private sauna, shower and toilet directly connected to the bedroom. The heated relaxation area also provides storage for your belongings.

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.

Absolutely! You just need to let us know at the time of booking in order that we may insure our suppliers provide you with suitable tasty alternatives. We and they, cannot be held responsible for the provision of inappropriate meals if we were not informed they were required.

In our honest opinion we would have to say no for very young children. The minimum age we would recommend would be 10 years old. Not everyone sleeps like a log in the cold rooms and if you have young children, who have had little sleep...well you know where we're going with this one! Very young children do not have the same ability to keep warm as older children and adults, so we recommend you bring them back when they've reached the magical double figures.

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