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    5 days - Independent tour - Stay overnight in the ICEHOTEL. Sleep on reindeer skins.

    The original ICEHOTEL is located as far as 200km inside the Arctic Circle, in the little village of Jukkasjärvi, and on the banks of Torne River. This place has been a crossroads and marketplace for the reindeer herders, the Sami, and fur traders from the south for more than 400 years. Historically, few tourists have visited Jukkasjärvi throughout its long, dark, cold and snowy winters. However, in 1989, the ICEHOTEL was created for the first time and it turned the seasons on their head, making the northern winter the peak tourist season. 2019/2020 marks the 29th yearly rebuilding of ICEHOTEL and it has become one of the world’s largest ice structures.

    Björkliden and Abisko area, in the middle of the Aurora zone, is considered to be one of best places on earth to see the Aurora Borealis. A visit to the Abisko Aurora Sky Station, accessible only by a chairlift which is high up above the lights of the village, allow you a great chance to experience the Northern Lights.

    Read about the highlights of ICEHOTEL here. For several other Northern Lights holidays read here.

    Day 1
    Arrive Kiruna, transfer to ICEHOTEL in Jukkasjärvi
    Day 2
    Dogsledding and Aurora Hunt
    Day 3
    In the Middle of the Aurora Zone
    Day 4
    Free day in Björkliden
    Day 5
    Depart Kiruna
    Start/End Place
    Kiruna, Sweden
    Country Visited
    Sweden
    Duration
    5 Days
    Type
    Touring
    Suitability
    Easy independent holiday suitable for singles & couples
    Code
    IAS001

    Details

    Transportation

    Transfer from Kiruna to ICEHOTEL, from ICEHOTEL to Björkliden and from Björkliden to Kiruna.

    Included
    • 1 night in an ice room at ICEHOTEL.Read more about staying overnight at the ICEHOTEL here.
    • 1 night in warm hotel room at ICEHOTEL
    • 2 nights in Björkliden
    • Daily breakfast
    • 1 dinner in Björkliden
    • Dogsled ride to wilderness camp with lunch
    • Evening Snowmobile ride with dinner (2 people per snowmobile)
    • Exclusive Dinner at Abisko Aurora Sky Station (including transfers from and to Björkliden)
    • Warm winter clothes at ICEHOTEL
    • Airport transfer from Kiruna Airport to ICEHOTEL
    • Scheduled shuttle bus from Björkliden to Kiruna Airport
    • 24-hour emergency service
    • Taxes and service fees
    Not Included

    Flights, meals other than described, travel insurance, visas, gratitudes and any items of personal nature.

    Itinerary

    Day 1 - Arrive Kiruna, transfer to ICEHOTEL in Jukkasjärvi

    On arrival in Kiruna you will be brought to Jukkasjärvi, and your accommodation at the ICEHOTEL. The hotel is located in the heart of the tiny village Jukkasjärvi, with about 900 residents. Besides the actual cold rooms, ice bar and church, Icehotel has a restaurant, cabins, hotel rooms and lounge – all housed in warm buildings within walking distance of each other. There are around fifty cold rooms and around seventy warm rooms. There is also the local homestead restaurant just ten minutes’ walk away. There is a local convenience store in the village, but no cash point.

    In the evening you can enjoy a drink in the uber-cool icebar before settling into your snow room at the 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, guided tour of the hotel, storage locker, WiFi, morning sauna and towels are included in your stay.

    Accommodation
    ICEHOTEL
    Optional Add Ons
    ICEHOTEL Sled dog Airport Transfers

    Day 2 - Dogsledding and Aurora Hunt

    What better way to start the day than a dog sled journey across the snowy landscape to a wilderness camp, followed by lunch? Afterwards ride back to the kennel to learn more about the Arctic dogs and their daily life. You can go for a wander in the afternoon - visiting the local village to see the Museum and pretty church.

    In the evening, rug up for a snowmobile excursion in search of the Northern Lights. Dinner included at a wilderness camp.

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

    Note: The ICEHOTEL loans you, free of charge, snow boots and for those who feel cold, onesie snow suits.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    1 Lunch
    1 Dinner
    Accommodation
    Warm room in ICEHOTEL
    ICEHOTEL
    Optional Add Ons
    Lunch excursion with huskies
    Northern lights ICEHOTEL snowmobile tour

    Day 3 - In the Middle of the Aurora Zone

    After breakfast transfer to Kiruna train station for just over an hour's train ride to Björkliden.

    In the evening, visit the Aurora Sky Station in Abisko where you will also enjoy dinner.

    Abisko, 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.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    1 Dinner
    Accommodation
    Hotel Fjället in Björkliden

    Day 4 - Free day in Björkliden

    The morning is free in Björkliden to enjoy the winter landscape, or just to laze around in the hotel and enjoy the warmth of the Scandinavian indoors in winter.

    In Björkliden you can enjoy optional activities such as snowshoeing, ice climbing, dogsledding or snowmobiling (advance bookings recommended).

    Dinner at the hotel's restaurant.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    1 Dinner
    Accommodation
    Hotel Fjället in Björkliden

    Day 5 - Depart Kiruna

    After breakfast depart by train or shuttle bus back to Kiruna for your departure.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    Dates & Prices

    What you get with Superior:

    • We make sure you get great spacey rooms, often Superior or Deluxe and with harbour or fjord views where available.
    • At ICEHOTEL you will have a Deluxe Suite.

    All prices listed are per person. Please note that a special supplement may apply over Christmas, New Years & Valentine's Day.

    Dates
    Valid From
    Valid To
    Price
    Status
    Accommodation
    15 Dec 2019
    21 Dec 2019
    15 Dec 2019
    21 Dec 2019
    AUD 3,166
    On request
    Standard
    15 Dec 2019
    21 Dec 2019
    15 Dec 2019
    21 Dec 2019
    AUD 830
    On request
    Extra for Single
    15 Dec 2019
    21 Dec 2019
    15 Dec 2019
    21 Dec 2019
    AUD 3,836
    On request
    Superior
    28 Dec 2019
    31 Jan 2020
    28 Dec 2019
    31 Jan 2020
    AUD 2,948
    On request
    Standard
    1 Mar 2020
    15 Apr 2020
    1 Mar 2020
    15 Apr 2020
    AUD 3,200
    On request
    Superior
    1 Feb 2020
    31 Mar 2020
    1 Feb 2020
    31 Mar 2020
    AUD 3,099
    On request
    Standard
    1 Feb 2020
    31 Mar 2020
    1 Feb 2020
    31 Mar 2020
    AUD 3,769
    On request
    Superior

    Important Information

    Please note if you have early flight departure a private transfer is optional at extra cost.

    Enjoy sculptures in your room with an upgrade to an Art Suite or have your own heated relaxation area in a Deluxe Suite at ICEHOTEL.

    What is it like staying at the ICEHOTEL:

    Generally, the entire exterior and interior is made of snow and ice including the beds, tables and internal features. They typically have a bar and/or restaurant attached – some made of ice, others are traditional wooden structures providing a cosy atmosphere with open fires. Ice chapels are also built within the structure.

    The temperature inside the rooms remains constant at minus 4-7 degrees Celsius. Depending on your location, reindeer hides, balaclavas, thermal mattresses and sleeping bags will keep you warm, and ensure you will have a comfortable night. You still might feel the chill of the night, however, adjacent to the cold rooms are lounge areas with facilities, showers, and in some locations, a sauna to warm up in. Warm drinks are provided in the morning. Read further details about the ICEHOTEL here.

    Functional clothing is key for enjoying and being safe in the outdoors. Loan of warm outer clothing (snowsuit, boots, gloves and balaclava) is included when staying at the ICEHOTEL. In addition, you should pack thermal underwear (preferably wool), breathable layer clothing, plenty of socks (again, preferably wool, rather than cotton or synthetic), and a warm hat. 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.

    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 meters 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.

    Since 2017 ICEHOTEL offers cold sleeping 365 days of the year, so timing is down to which season that appeals to you the most. Visiting during December through February is an Arctic winter adventure at its most intense, with extreme temperatures and short daylight hours. March, April and early May is Arctic spring with long and often sunny days, and mild temperatures ranging between -10 C (14 F) and 10 C (50 F). ICEHOTEL summer is short and mild, but with near constant daylight hours thanks to the midnight sun. The northern lights season and golden autumn starts in September, as days begin to get shorter.

    A good tip is to go in January, March, or April, when the hotel tends to be less busy.

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