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    7 days - stay at the ICEHOTEL | Escorted | Age 10+ children

    Celebrate the festive season in the glistening winter wonderland of Northern Sweden. The original ICEHOTEL is located as far as 200km inside the Arctic Circle, in the little village of Jukkasjärvi, and is the ideal place to start your White Christmas adventure. During your stay at ICEHOTEL, enjoy nights in both a warm and Ice room at ICEHOTEL as well as reindeer sledding through the frozen countryside.

    Following your stay at ICEHOTEL, transfer to Björkliden, which is in the middle of the Aurora zone, and is considered to be one of best places on earth to see the Aurora Borealis. Arranged evening activities or a short walk to the aurora viewing point above your accommodation allows you a great chance to experience the Northern Lights.

    The traditional festive food and drinks, snowy adventures, ceremonies and traditions of Swedish Christmas await you on this unique White Christmas holiday in Swedish Lapland.

    This program suits families with children above the age of ten, but please contact us if you have younger children between age 8 and 10.

    Highlights include

    • Stay in the unforgettable ICEHOTEL, Sweden
    • Enjoy great food with your group at the ICEHOTEL restaurant and Björkliden
    • Meet the reindeers and sit with the local Sami herders for lunch, go snowmobiling and dog sledding around the mountains and lakes of Björkliden
    Day 1
    21 December - Arrive in Kiruna
    Day 2
    22 December - Reindeer Sledding, Ice Sculpting & overnight in an ICE room
    Day 3
    23 December - Travel to Björkliden
    Day 4
    24 December - Snowmobile Safari and Christmas Celebrations in Swedish Style
    Day 5
    25 December - Christmas Day
    Day 6
    26 December - Dogsledding with evening Northern Lights tour
    Day 7
    27 December - Departure day
    Start/End Place
    Kiruna, Sweden
    Destinations Visited
    Sweden
    Scandinavia
    Duration
    7 Days
    Group Size
    2 - 25
    Suitability
    Moderate
    Code
    CAS001

    Details

    Transportation

    Private Car/bus transfers, snowmobile & sled.

    Included
    • 50 Degrees North escort
    • 1 night in a warm room at the ICEHOTEL
    • 1 night in an ice room at the ICEHOTEL
    • Read more about staying in an ice room here.
    • 4 nights in a cabin in Björkliden (including linen and end cleaning).
    • Full board from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 7
    • Ice Sculpting at the ICEHOTEL
    • Sámi Culture & Reindeer Excursion
    • Dogsledding tour
    • Snowmobiling tour
    • Northern Lights Experience
    • Airport (or train station) pick up on day 1 and drop off on day 7
    • Transfer between ICEHOTEL and Björkliden
    • 24-hour emergency service
    • Taxes and service fees
    Not Included

    International flight tickets, meals other than described, drinks, travel insurance, visas, gratitudes and any items of personal nature.

    Please talk to us if you are considering an upgrade to an Deluxe/Art/Winter Suite at ICEHOTEL.

    Please note that Wi-Fi is only available at the main lobby at Björkliden. This is a very comfortable relaxed place to catch up.

    Itinerary

    Day 1 - 21 December - Arrive in Kiruna

    On arrival in Kiruna you will be brought to Jukkasjärvi, and your accommodation at the ICEHOTEL. Wander around ICEHOTEL, check out all the different art suites and enjoy your first day in the Swedish Lapland.

    In the evening, enjoy dinner at the ICE Restaurant.

    This evening you will stay in a warm room, i.e. a normal hotel room, and enjoy a good long sleep.

    Meals
    1 Dinner
    Accommodation
    Warm room at the ICEHOTEL
    ICEHOTEL

    Day 2 - 22 December - Reindeer Sledding, Ice Sculpting & overnight in an ICE room

    After breakfast, join our Sámi guide to the reindeer camp for an encounter with the reindeer and Sámi culture. Feed the reindeer calves who approach you curiously, and try reindeer sledding around a short track. Enjoy lunch inside the traditional Sami tent.

    In the afternoon, get ready to find your inner ice artist. Guided by the local artists and using the ice from Torne River, let yourself be guided into the magical world of ice sculpting.

    Dinner tonight will be enjoyed at the homely restaurant The Old Homestead (Hembygdsgården).

    In the evening you can enjoy a drink in the uber-cool icebar before settling into your room at ICEHOTEL. Inside ICEHOTEL, the temperature is never colder than -5 °C to -8 °C, regardless of how cold it may be outside. Dress in warm thermal underwear, put on a hat and slip into the cozy sleeping bag. You are awakened in the morning with a cup of hot lingonberry juice at your bedside. Breakfast buffet, morning sauna and towels are included in your stay.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    1 Lunch
    1 Dinner
    Accommodation
    Cold ICE room at the ICEHOTEL
    ICEHOTEL
    Optional Add Ons
    Reindeer Encounter at the ICEHOTEL

    Day 3 - 23 December - Travel to Björkliden

    After breakfast we will follow the Torne River travelling to Björkliden, located near the Abisko National Park. On the way we will make a stop in Kiruna for a short tour and lunch. Your home for the next four nights is located on the mountain slope with fantastic views over the mountains.

    On arrival to Björkliden, settle into your cabin and get to know the area.

    This region, in the middle of the Aurora zone, is considered to be the best place on earth to see the Aurora Borealis. With its fresh, clean air and its practically permanent cloud-free sky the prerequisites in Abisko are optimal. More or less active northern lights can be seen almost every night, however, can never be guaranteed.

    Winter activities:

    You will join 3 excursions (snowmobiling, dogsledding, Northern Lights experience) over the next 3 days (24-26DEC2018). Please note that the schedule below is indicative only. Part of our group will have one excursion each day and part of our group will have the 3 excursions during 2 days (with one day free to explore the local area or relax in your cabin). During your free time, you have the option to go downhill skiing (depending on the snow levels), ice climbing, snowshoeing or more.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    1 Lunch
    1 Dinner
    Accommodation
    Cabins in Björkliden - one available with private outdoor jacuzzi.
    Hotel Fjället in Björkliden

    Day 4 - 24 December - Snowmobile Safari and Christmas Celebrations in Swedish Style

    We Scandinavians celebrate Christmas on the 24th of December.

    Today we will take you on an exciting snowmobile safari. Riding a snowmobile through a beautiful winter landscape is a liberating feeling, just like surfing or riding a motorbike. If you haven't tried it, it's a must. If you have, you're going to want to do it again.

    Traditional Christmas Eve Dinner will be served at Restaurant Lapporten - locals will be dressed up in evening suits celebrating alongside you. Spend the evening at your leisure or join the Christmas movies viewing in the main bulding. Or why not go for a walk outside to try and catch those magical Northern Lights again?

    Santa Claus will also make an appearance either during the afternoon or evening in the lobby, so make sure you are there. Your escort will give you further details. This Swedish Santa will hand out small local gifts to the children.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    1 Lunch
    1 Dinner
    Accommodation
    Cabin in Björkliden

    Day 5 - 25 December - Christmas Day

    Spend a relaxing morning at your cabin or head out for an optional downhill ski adventure. If you prefer to get away from the pulse near the lifts, pistes and après-ski here await cross-country skiing and ski touring.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    1 Lunch
    1 Dinner
    Accommodation
    Cabin in Björkliden

    Day 6 - 26 December - Dogsledding with evening Northern Lights tour

    After breakfast join an exhilarating dogsledding tour. It's hard to get closer to nature. Glide across the blanket of snow to the sound of the runners and the panting of the dogs. The journey will take us out into the magnificent mountain landscape where we enjoy views that stretch for miles.

    Travel through the snowy landscapes and recline comfortably in a large sled as your guide tells you stories about postmen, explorers and hunters who used to choose dog teams as a means of transport through the wilderness.

    Traditional Dinner at the restaurant in the evening before heading out this evening for a Northern Lights snowshoe tour. You travel by snowshoes to a a hut situated 1,5 km from the hotel. It’s up there! Without interfering artificial light, the Northern Lights can be seen at their finest. The guide will tell your more about the magic of Northern Lights and the Björkliden area.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    1 Lunch
    1 Dinner
    Accommodation
    Cabin in Björkliden

    Day 7 - 27 December - Departure day

    After breakfast, transfer to Kiruna airport is included. Fly out of Kiruna just after midday, or continue to your next destination by train.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    Dates & Prices

    Twin/Double price is per person for 2 people sharing. Family Quad Total is the price for a family of 4 sharing a room/cabin (2 adults and 2 children between age 8-11).

    Dates
    Start Date
    End Date
    Price
    Status
    Accommodation
    21 Dec 2019
    27 Dec 2019
    21 Dec 2019
    27 Dec 2019
    AUD 5,612
    On request
    Standard
    21 Dec 2019
    27 Dec 2019
    21 Dec 2019
    27 Dec 2019
    AUD 16,750
    On request
    Family Quad Total

    Important Information

    Downhill skiing possible during free time in Björkliden, subject to snow and weather conditions.

    Please note that during your stay at Björkliden, there is an uphill walk from the cabins to the reception and restaurant. There is a small free downhill skiing slope near the cabins. Ski hire and toboagganing is available close by.

    There are several types of accommodation available at Björkliden - please ask us about the details. Some of the accommodation options at Björkliden have bunk beds for the children/teenagers, which might suit some families and not others. We can walk you through what is available and customise the tour for your family.

    With the optional activities, you can book in advance and they are available according to weekly activity program. You can take a chance and book on arrival if you decide to add anything.

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