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16th May 2017
An exploration of Sweden’s Arctic wilderness which includes two of the world’s most unique hotels.
Swedish Lapland is already well known for its famous ICEHOTEL which offers a unique opportunity to chill out (forgive the pun!), however this holiday includes the region’s other famous overnight experience - a Treehotel with designer, heated, Tree Rooms which are located in the forest and built to work with, and celebrate, nature.
At the Treehotel you’ll find a range of tree rooms designed by world-class architects with a passion for innovation and the environment. Set amongst undisturbed nature, attached to living, growing trees!
Day 1 - Sweden, Gammelstad and the Treehotel
Fly from the UK to Luleå via Stockholm. Met on arrival for your guided transfer to Harads (duration approximately 60 minutes). During your transfer your driver/guide will provide you with an insight into local history, culture and nature. On arrival in Harads you will check-in to your room at Britta’s with time to relax before dinner.
1 night HARADS - Britta’s Pensjonat (D,B)
(Read more about the Treehotel, concept and creation here)
Day 2 - Experience Sami Culture
For thousands of years the Sámi people have raised and herded their reindeer in this region. Today you have a guided tour to the village of Flakaberg, approximately 80 kms from Harads, and the home of Lars Eriksson and his family. Lars will show you his reindeer pastures and talk about the Sámi culture and way of life. In his cabin you will be served a typical Sámi lunch before returning to Harads. A lovely relaxing yet fascinating day. Tonight you will again have dinner in the restaurant at Britta’s Pensjonat, however, this time you will retire to the forest and your chosen Tree Room for your unique overnight stay amongst the trees and nature. Surprisingly civilised and very, very warm and cosy, particularly after your included Tree Sauna!
1 night HARADS - Treehotel (B,D)
Day 3 - Train across the Arctic Circle to the Icehotel
Awake to the sound of silence, taking a few moments to relish the comfort of your Treeroom before making your way through the trees to Britta’s for breakfast. Transfer from Harads to Boden where you will take the express train northwards, across the Arctic Circle, to Kiruna. The train is very comfortable and you will find yourself sharing the carriage with a mixture of local skiiers and those travelling to the Arctic for a variety of winter wonderland experiences - just like yourself! Met on arrival and transferred to Jukkasjärvi and ICEHOTEL resort.
1 night JUKKASJÄRVI - Icehotel, Ice Room (B)
Day 4 - Jukkasjärvi
Awake to a warm drink followed by a hot sauna, shower and delicious breakfast. The remainder of the day is free. We would recommend you pre-book one of the optional activities listed under the Excursions tab.
1 nights JUKKASJÄRVI - Kaamos Hotel Room (B)
Day 5 - Homeward bound
Breakfast in the main building before your transfer to Kiruna Airport for your return flights home.
Departure Days: Mondays & Tuesdays
Departure Dates: 12 December 2016 - 28 March 2017
Duration: 4 nights
Prices from: £1995 per person (Monday departure), £2065 per person (Tuesday departure) - Prices are based on two people travelling together and sharing a double/twin room)
• Scheduled flights from the UK to Luleå and from Kiruna to the UK (both via Stockholm) including taxes.
• Guided transfer from Luleå Airport to Harads.
• 1 night at Britta’s Pensjonat based on two people sharing a double/twin room with shower and WC in the corridor and including 3-course dinner and buffet breakfast.
• Sámi day excursion as detailed including lunch.
• 1 night at the Treehotel in a Tree Room of your choice based on two people sharing and including 3-course dinner and buffet breakfast at Britta's Pensjonat.
• Transfer from the Treehotel to Boden Station.
• Rail journey across the Arctic Circle from Boden to Kiruna including reserved seats.
• Transfer from the station in Kiruna to the Icehotel.
• 1 night in an Ice Room two people including luggage locker (main building), thermal sleeping bag, hot drink, sauna, shower and breakfast.
• 1 night 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 at the Icehotel.
• Transfer from the Icehotel to Kiruna Airport.
An amazing collection of tree house rooms, all with WC and washbasin - showers in the Tree Sauna close by! Each one is an individual design based on ecological principles and designed by internationally renowned architects. Price based on either the Birds Nest, Cabin, Blue Cone or UFO, supplement for the Mirrorcube and their latest design - the 7th Room designed by famed architectural firm Snøhetta. Britta's Pensjonat is close by which has a restaurant, sauna and relaxation area and is also where breakfast is served. Staying in one of these rooms really is a once in a liftetime opportunity.
Before the Treehotel was even thought about there was Britta’s Guesthouse. Owned by Britta and Kent, the pensjonat is delightfully charming and as unique as a guesthouse as the Treehotel is as a treehouse. Inspired by the period stretching from the 30s to the 50s, the pensjonat offers a homely atmosphere and excellent food. Not all rooms are en-suite but showers and WCs are just in the corridor and add to the charm.
The 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.
Ice Room – our standard rooms where you sleep on a regular mattress on a bed built of snow and ice with a selection of unique artwork decorating the room.
Art Suite – larger than an Ice Room with additional furniture and ice art in the shape of fantastic design and wonderful sculptures.
ICEHOTEL 365 is a specially designed 2200 m² ice art hall, which houses suites, a bar, sculpture gallery and event hall – open 365 days of the year and run on solar power from the Midnight Sun.
Working with Swedish architect and sustainability designer Hans Eek, ICEHOTEL 365 combines state-of-the-art architecture and sustainable energy with ice art that draws winter visitors from over 80 countries every year. Jukkasjärvi has near constant daylight between May and July and by making use of solar power panels and sustainable building technology, and a reverse principle to that used in energy-efficient housing to keep the cold out, the hotel is able to offer a winter experience during the summer months too.
Art Suite 365 – these suites are the same standard as those in the Original ICEHOTEL but the difference is that the structure allows for proper doors to the suites. The changing booths are placed either in the ICEHOTEL 365 structure or in a Dressing Room (this will be confirmed at the time).
Deluxe Suite – these luxury suites have a heated ensuite bathroom that will also allow you to store luggage and change in the comfort of your own room.
Kaamos Hotel Room at the ICEHOTEL ***
Warm accommodation at the ICEHOTEL is provided in their Kaamos Hotel Rooms where double rooms are spacious and bright with a contemporary Scandinavian design. The double bed in some rooms can be converted into twin beds (please advise at time of booking). All rooms have TV, phone and kettle. These rooms are located on the ICEHOTEL's resort within easy walking distance of the ICEHOTEL itself and additional resort buildings such as the bar, restaurant etc.
The Treehotel and Icehotel
The following optional activities have been hand-picked to complement your tour. We would recommend that you pre-book your chosen activity at the time of booking your holiday in order to avoid disappointment.
AVAILABLE FROM THE ICEHOTEL
Snowmobile Tour with Swedish Fika
Snowmobile safari of area surrounding Kiruna including traditional Swedish Fika (coffee and cake) around an open fire.
Price: £109 per person (2 per vehicle), £195 per person (1 per vehicle)
Northern Lights Snowmobile Tour
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. 3-course dinner included.
Daily, 1900-2300 (until 23/3), 2000-2400 (29/3 - 12/4)
Price: £177 per person (2 per vehicle), £264 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: £135 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: £359 per person (musher), £272 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: £218 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: £177 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: £180 per person.
Drive Your Own Dog Team on 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 wilder- ness camps with the option to try a traditional sauna. Dinner, breakfast and sauna snacks included.
Daily 15:30-11.00 (day after).
Price: £559 per person.
Northern Lights Photo Tour
If you want to be sure that you get good pictures of the amazing Northern light you should join this tour. Our photoguides borrow you good cameras and tripods for Northern light photography or if you have your own camera you will get help to use it. Beginners or more experienced, we go to beautiful photolocations where it is good chances to photograph and expe- rience the Aurora borealis. While we wait for the Northern light we learn the bacics for northern lights- and nightphotography. We photograph the sky, the Northern light, ourselves and the nature around us. 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: 19:00-23:30 from 26 March 20:00-00:30 No tours Dec 24 and 31.
Price: £135 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. Trans- portation of luggage included. Must be pre-booked.
Daily, on arrival or departure.
Price: £559 per sled (1-4 passengers).
What sort of clothing will I need?
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.
During your stay at the Icehotel warm boots, a snowsuit, mittens and balaclava are included for the duration of your stay.
Do I need to bring any sort of equipment with me?
You don't need to but we would certainly recommend the following:
Are special diets catered for?
Absolutely! Just let us know at the time of booking what your requirements are so that we can inform our suppliers and ensure you are provided with delicious alternatives where appropriate.
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.
Is spending an night in the Icehotel suitable for young children?
In our opinion a night in the ICEHOTEL is only suitable for children over the age of 8, and then only if your 8 year old is adventurous and used to outdoor activities. Why? Because children feel the cold more than many adults as they often don't have the...erm...'layers of padding' that adults may have which help to keep them warm. Also, if they need to go to the toilet during the night they will need an adult to get up and go with them as the toilets are located in a separate, warm building, adjacent to the ICEHOTEL; this means two people getting up and getting dressed instead of just one. If you take your children camping, and they absolutely love it, then you have already fought and conquered half the battle, but remember...the average temperature inside the Icehotel is -5°C... If you're not sure then talk to us about it; we all have children and there will be very few questions we haven't already been asked, thought of ourselves or experienced ourselves.