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15 day - ICEHOTEL | Lyngen Lodge | Hurtigruten | Stockholm
Our most popular independent itinerary, the Nordic Winter Odyssey is designed to optimise the chances to see the Aurora Borealis. It travels from Oslo, over the North Cape, through the Lyngen Alps, to Tromsø, and Swedish Lapland and down to Stockholm.
You stay at boutique hotels such as the ICEHOTEL and Lyngen Lodge, and use various modes of transport taking you through a fairytale winter landscape. During this 'odyssey' you have access to all the activities that make chasing the Aurora Borelis so wonderful; snowmobile rides, husky safaris, reindeer sledding and various Northern Lights excursions.
- Day 1
- Oslo - a fairy tale town in winter, awash with lights and winter sports
- Day 2
- Oslo, a free day to enjoy the Viking Ship Museum and Ice Skating in Central Oslo
- Day 3
- Fly to Kirkenes
- Days 4 - 5
- Coastal voyage over the North Cape
- Days 6 - 7
- Lyngen Lodge sits in a natural forest clearing above a fjord with a striking mountain backdrop
- Day 8
- Tromsø - Aurora Borealis
- Day 9
- Björkliden, in the middle of the Aurora zone, is considered to be the best place on earth to see the Aurora Borealis
- Day 10
- Winter activities in Björkliden
- Day 11
- ICEHOTEL - a night to remember
- Day 12
- ICEHOTEL - Dogsledding, night time Snowmobile Excursion
- Day 13
- Free morning at the ICEHOTEL and then fly to Stockholm
- Day 14
- Stockholm, the charming capital of Sweden
- Day 15
- Depart from Stockholm
- Start Place
- Oslo, Norway tours
- End Place
- Stockholm, Sweden tours
- Destinations Visited
- Norway tours
- Sweden tours
- 15 Days
- Easy independent holiday suitable for singles, couples & families
Domestic Flights Oslo - Kirkenes & Kiruna - Stockholm, Private transfer Skjervøy - Lyngen Lodge - Tromsø, Express boat Tromsø to Harstad, Private transfer Björkliden – Harstad, Train tickets Björkliden - Kiruna (second class)
- Domestic flights Oslo - Kirkenes & Kiruna - Stockholm including taxes
- All accommodation as described in twin share rooms including breakfast
- One night in an Ice room and one night in a warm hotel room at the ICEHOTEL.Read more details here about staying in an Ice room.
- Superior: Large double room in Björkliden, 1 night in a Deluxe Suite at the ICEHOTEL and superior room in Stockholm, Oslo and Tromsø
- Meals as described in the itinerary:
- Bed & breakfast in Oslo, Kirkenes, Tromsø and Stockholm
- Full board on board coastal voyage (Hurtigruten)
- Full board at Lyngen Lodge & 2 or 3 activities at Lyngen Lodge: Dogsledding, Frozen Lakes Adventures & Snow Shoes
- Half board at Björkliden or similar (breakfast & dinner)
- Other meals as listed
- Private transfer Skjervøy – Lyngen Lodge - Tromsø
- Express boat Tromsø to Harstad
- Private transfer Harstad - Björkliden
- Train tickets Björkliden - Kiruna (second class)
- Arrival and departure transfer to/from ICEHOTEL
- Hire of warm clothing and boots at ICEHOTEL only
- Exclusive Nordic dinner at Aurora Sky Station including entrance and cable car
- Dogsled excursion including lunch at ICEHOTEL
- Aurora Snowmobile safari including dinner at ICEHOTEL
- City pass 24 hours for Oslo
- 24-hour emergency service
- Taxes and service fees
- Transfers to and from train station/airport/ferry terminals and hotels (except where noted)
- Meals not specified in the itinerary
- Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks
- Gratuities and items of personal nature
- Travel insurance
Day 1 - Oslo - a fairy tale town in winter, awash with lights and winter sports
On arrival in Oslo make your own way to your hotel.
Oslo is the perfect winter town, compact with lots of convenient public transport. The town is cozy and inviting with lots of winter lights and coffee shops to visit. Ice skating in the centre, snow skiing on the fringes, Oslo has lots of winter activities to enjoy.
Day 2 - Oslo, a free day to enjoy the Viking Ship Museum and Ice Skating in Central Oslo
After breakfast enjoy a free day in Oslo. We recommend a trip out to the island of Bygdøy to see the Viking Ship Museum and the Folklore Museum. Thereafter walk through the Vigeland Statue Park, before heading up to Holmenkollen and Frognerseteren to enjoy panoramic view of Oslo and the fjord beyond.
In the afternoon we recommend a walk through the city centre to view the Parliament, the Castle and the Harbour area, which is well worth it. The new Oslo Opera just nearby the hotel is a must see, and you may even book tickets for a concert if this is on.
We have included an Oslo Card valid for 24 hours. The easiest way to appreciate Oslo is by using this card with free entrance to museums and free public transportation.
Day 3 - Fly to Kirkenes
In the morning make your way to the Oslo airport, Gardermoen for a 2-hour flight to Kirkenes.
Upon arrival in Kirkenes, in the early afternoon make your own way to the hotel in the centre for the city for check in.
Transportation2 hours by flight
Days 4 - 5 - Coastal voyage over the North Cape
In the morning make your way to the pier and board the Hurtigruten ship for an overnight voyage over the top of Norway rounding the North Cape and the beautiful North Norwegian coast. Ports visited today: Mehamn, Kjøllefjord, Honningsvåg, Havøysund, Hammerfest, Øksfjord, Skjervøy, Tromsø.
In the middle of the night, you will dock at Mehamn, where it is possible to join an unforgettable snowmobile trip through one of Europe's most extreme and exciting natural areas during winter time.
At Honningsvåg you can join an excursion that features breakfast at North Cape and the discovery of hidden parts of Finnmark along the way between May and October. Before stopping in Hammerfest, you can enjoy an 'energy coffee' and short introduction to Melkøya - the world´s northernmost natural gas terminal'. Hammerfest was founded in 1789, and over time became Norway's polar capital, serving as a base for hunting expeditions into the High Arctic. Here you can see the UNESCO-listed Meridian Column, erected in 1854 to commemorate the first precise geographic measurement of the globe. In winter, you can also join a mini-mountain expedition to experience the Arctic outdoors and learn about local polar hero and cook, Adolf Henrik Lindstrøm.
Continuing south to Øksfjord, in winter, the crew will teach you how to tie maritime knots on deck. After crossing open water, you will arrive at the old trading post of Skjervøy and depart the ship. Transfer to Lyngen Lodge, your base in the Lyngen Alps.
Lyngen Lodge sits in a natural forest clearing above a fjord with a striking mountain backdrop. High in the Arctic Circle, it's as remote a spot as you could hope to find, in Europe at least. It is a place to enjoy nature, dogsledding, skiing and other snow activities. Or you can just laze around with breathtaking views across the fjord and the Alps. And, if you're there from November to March, you can gasp at the Northern Lights.
Co-owner Graham Austick, who grew up in the north of England before defecting to St Anton to become a ski instructor and mountain guide, spotted the site when hiking through a nearby forest. He wanted to create a place which complemented rather than offended the nature around it, so he used a traditional Norwegian "lafting" pine timber frame with a thick grass roof, which also insulates the property. For the skiing enthusiasts, fast boats transport you direct to the snow, where you can ski down from spectacular summits to snow-covered beaches – potentially basking in the midnight sun if you're there in May.
Optional activities on offer:
- Sea safari by boat
- Snoe Electric Fat Biking
- Ice Grotto Canyon
- Snow mobile to frozen lakes
Days 6 - 7 - Lyngen Lodge sits in a natural forest clearing above a fjord with a striking mountain backdrop
You have two or three full days here to enjoy the beauty of Lyngen Lodge. Skiing, snowshoeing, gazing at the Northern Lights... whatever is your pleasure.
Your lodge sits in a natural forest clearing above a fjord with a striking mountain backdrop. High in the Arctic Circle, it's as remote a spot as you could hope to find. It is a place to enjoy nature, dogsledding, snowmobiling and other snow activities. Or you can just laze around with breathtaking views across the fjord and the Alps.
Day 8 - Tromsø - Aurora Borealis
After breakfast the owners of the lodge will transfer you by road to Tromsø, where you have the rest of the day free to explore the city. Tromsø is the main town in northern Norway and home to the Polar Institute, which is Norway’s national institution for polar research. The Polar Museum, also located in Tromsø, is well worth a visit. Another great morning activity is taking the cable car up the mountains above Tromsø to go for a walk to enjoy the views.
Tromsø is a charming and intimate old town with the largest number of wooden houses in Norway - the oldest one from 1789. The landmark of Tromsø is the Arctic Cathedral (Ishavskatedralen), which stands tall and proud on the mainland at the bridgehead going out to the island on which Tromsø is situated.
The Clarion Collection With includes a small evening buffet in the lobby each evening.
Optional Add Ons
Day 9 - Björkliden, in the middle of the Aurora zone, is considered to be the best place on earth to see the Aurora Borealis
In the morning you will make your way to the port and board the express service along the coast south to Harstad. On arrival in Harstad in the morning you will be picked up by our friends for a 3-4 hour drive through winter landscapes to Björkliden in Sweden. Upon arrival check in at Björkliden Fjällby.
Björkliden, 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 Björkliden are optimal. More or less active Northern Lights can be seen almost every night, however, can never be guaranteed.
In the evening you are transferred to the Aurora Sky Station in Abisko. You take the ski lift up the mountain to see the Northern Lights and view the exhibition. Included is also an exclusive Nordic dinner at the Aurora Sky Station this evening. The excursion includes warm clothes, ticket, warm drink and biscuits.
Day 10 - Winter activities in Björkliden
The morning is free in Björkliden to enjoy the winter landscape, or just to laze around and enjoy the warmth of the Scandinavian indoors in winter.
The day is free in Björkliden to enjoy optional activities such as snowmobiling, ice climbing, dogsledding or skiing.
Day 11 - ICEHOTEL - a night to remember
In the morning walk to the train station for a 1-hour train ride to Kiruna. On arrival in Kiruna you are transferred to the village of Jukkasjärvi, where the ICEHOTEL is situated.
At ICEHOTEL in Jukkasjärvi you can choose between several different types of accommodation. The ideal is to combine one cold night in ICEHOTEL with a warm night in the hotel. 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. The Ice rooms are comfortably furnished with furniture made from ice. Unique artwork decorates the rooms. You sleep in a thermal sleeping bag on a special bed built of snow and ice, on reindeer skins.
Breakfast buffet, morning sauna and towels are included in your stay.
Dinner is served a-la-carte in the ICEHOTEL Restaurant. A table reservation is made, but you pay this direct. Enjoy your 4-course degustation menu served on ice. Be sure to enjoy a drink in the ICEBAR afterwards and perhaps a dance on the ice disco floor.
NOTE: Please talk to our Destination Specialists about upgrading to an ART Suite at the ICEHOTEL.
Day 12 - ICEHOTEL - Dogsledding, night time Snowmobile Excursion
In the morning you are woken with a nice glass of lingon berry juice before you can enjoy a hot sauna. The rest of the morning is free to enjoy the ICEHOTEL and its surrounding area.
Today we have organised an excursion where you get an insight in a dog musher's exciting everyday life. The journey will take you by dog sled through the snow covered, arctic landscape to a wilderness camp far from the civilisation. While the dogs rest and drink in order to cope with the rest of this exciting journey you will be served a generous lunch in a traditional manner with local ingredients. Throughout the journey your experienced guide will answer all your questions about dogs, equipment, expeditions and competitions. The tour departs at 11:00 am and lasts for about 4 to 4.5 hours (approx. 25-30 km).
In the evening (7 pm-11 pm) we depart on a guided snowmobile excursion (2 persons per snowmobile, additional cost if you wish to drive your own) in search of the Northern Lights. During the excursion, trained guides will tell you truths and tales about the mythical celestial phenomenon. A two-course dinner with local ingredients served in a wilderness camp is included (in a warm room). Also includes; safety instruction, dinner, guide, information about the Northern lights. Approx. 1 hour stop at a camp and 3 h snowmobile driving. The tour starts/stops at ICEHOTEL.
AccommodationOvernight in twin room warm Kaamos Hotel.
Optional Add Ons
Day 13 - Free morning at the ICEHOTEL and then fly to Stockholm
Enjoy a free morning at the ICEHOTEL. In the mid morning transfer to the airport for your flight south to Stockholm (approx. 2 hours). On arrival at Stockholm airport make your own way to hotel. Afternoon/evening free in Stockholm.
Optional Add Ons
Day 14 - Stockholm, the charming capital of Sweden
Stockholm is built on 14 islands all part of an archipelago. Sweden's Capital is charming, vibrant and surrounded by beauty and water - hence its nickname, Venice of the North! Stockholm offers interesting museums and castles; the city offers a warm atmosphere and the old town, charming small alley ways boasting several famous restaurants.
The day is free to enjoy Stockholm, and you can spend it for a stroll through the Swedish capital, and/or join an optional city tour of Stockholm visiting the Royal Palace, the Parliament Buildings and the Old Town (Gamla Stan), with its narrow cobbled streets and numerous antique shops.
There are many great guided walks to do in Stockholm - ABBA walking tour, Stieg Larsson’s Millennium trilogy, ghost walks, Viking walks and even a walk that guides you to the best places to take photos. Let us know if any of these whet your fancy.
Optional Add Ons
Day 15 - Depart from Stockholm
Our services end after breakfast.
All prices listed are per person and based on Director's Choice hotel categories. Ask us for upgrade options to Design or Historic hotels.
Please note that some departures include 1 extra night at Lyngen Lodge and are therefore 16 days in total.
Price might vary depending on the departure date. Tour departs several times a week during this period.
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Please note that the itinerary and price is subject to availability. We do our utmost to create an itinerary as close to this published tour as possible.
Transfers between airport/train station and hotels are not included. However, hotels are all centrally located and easily accessible by various means of public transport and/or taxi. All Nordic cities are very easy to get around in and transport options are well marked. In addition everyone speaks good English. Doing it this way significantly reduces the cost, as private transfers in Scandinavia are expensive, and at the same time it gives you freedom to choose means of transport.
Interactive Tour Map
Practical information about Scandinavian Hotels
- Hotel rooms in Scandinavia are normally furnished with twin beds, which can be moved together to form a double bed or placed separately. Please note that single rooms are generally smaller than doubles, and are often equipped with a shower instead of a bath. Purpose-built triple or family rooms are likewise unusual in Scandinavian hotels. Whilst it is possible for 3 persons to share a room, this will normally be a double room with an extra bed, with correspondingly less space to move about in.
- It is also unusual to have a porter at hotels to carry your luggage.
- There is free wi-fi in many hotels in Scandinavia.
- Unexpectedly, all forms of Scandinavian accommodation rarely provide tea and coffee facilities in their rooms. If you are lucky, a kettle will be supplied but nothing else. Please ask at reception for some provisions when you arrive or just carry a small selection from home.
- Please also note that in Scandinavia - in particular, during winter - the included lunch will often be a hearty warm soup with bread.
- More remote hotels in Lapland will offer dinner at an additional cost. In some spots, there will be limited choices else where. Generally, you get a very nice home-cooked Scandinavian dinner. However, you may sometimes find only one or two choices only for your main course.
- In Scandinavia, it is normal for washing and laundry facilities to be in the basement. If you are staying in apartment type accommodation, check downstairs or ask for assistance.
Travel insurance is compulsory for all tours with 50 Degrees North. Please ensure that you have this organised as we will need to see proof of this upon issuing your tour documentation. Please contact us for a quote or visit http://www.suresave.net.au/
Practical Information before your Hurtigruten Voyage
Hurtigruten ships are working vessels operating a regular service to a set timetable, as shown in the Hurtigruten brochure and the above detailed itinerary, carrying goods, vehicles and foot passengers between ports, by night and day, as an integral part of Norwegian daily life (some noise may be experienced during docking and loading/unloading). It may very occasionally be necessary to omit or curtail stops due to weather or other conditions. Some stops may be very short and some are at night. As Christmas approaches itineraries may change in order for ships to host dinners and celebrations for local communities. Please ensure you are back onboard by sailing time, especially if the ship has arrived late, as it may leave as scheduled to make up time.
The departure time is advertised at the gangway and vessels are NOT able to wait for passengers who are late. If you miss the ship it is your responsibility to make arrangements to rejoin the voyage at the next possible stop or return home.
This is generally available 24 hours a day serving beverages, sandwiches and a small selection of hot and cold dishes. On some departures the catering service at night will be managed by the reception staff.
If you are travelling by car further information on vehicles and parking at ports is available from Hurtigruten. Access to the vehicle deck is only permitted when the ship is moored.
We accept VISA, American Express, Eurocard, Diners Club and JBC International, plus most currencies. On board MS Lofoten and MS Nordstjernen currently only VISA and Mastercard are accepted.
We recommend that passengers acquire a cruise card to make payments on board. This may be obtained from reception onboard and used to make payments throughout the ship. They accept credit cards or cash as a deposit. You need to get the bill sorted on the last night to be sure it is finalised.
Special diets, such as vegetarian must be ordered well before departure.
All ships, except MS Lofoten have lifts and cabins for disabled guests. People with severe disabilities or who are unable to take care of themselves must be accompanied by a carer.
The ships are licensed to sell drinks onboard, however please note the price of alcohol in Norway due to heavy taxes. The water package can be included into your voyage at a small extra cost
220 V AC 2 pin, and a continental adaptor is required.
Available on all ships except MS Vesterålen and MS Lofoten.
Be sure to bring some swimming attire for the jacuzzi!
All ships, except MS Lofoten, offer internet access via satellite. In most harbours, mobile/cellular networks (3G) are available if bringing your own PC and a mobile access subscription. The wireless coverage varies from ship to ship and will be improved yearly. The passengers have to contact the reception on board for information on how to get access to the internet (free of charge). No internet access in the cabins (except in some suites). Internet cafe (if present), with minimum 2 PCs.
Hurtigruten ships are working vessels operating a regular service to a set schedule, carrying vehicles, cargo and foot passengers by day and night (some noise may be noticed during docking or loading). Some stops are short and/or are during the night. It may occasionally be necessary to omit or curtail visits due to weather/local conditions, and you will be notified of this.
Most ships have laundry facilities with washing machines and tumble dryers, except MS Lofoten. Tokens may be purchased from reception.
A daily baggage service is available in Bergen from the airport and selected city-centre hotels to the Hurtigruten terminal. For groups, luggage handling must be agreed with Hurtigruten prior to travel. This in not included in the price of your voyage.
Meals are served at set times in the restaurant. In high season, times may vary if there are several sittings. A breakfast buffet (open seating) with a wide selection is served 07.30hrs -10.00hrs. A buffet lunch (open seating) with hot and cold dishes and desserts is usually served 12hrs-14.30hrs and a three course set dinner 18.30hrs-21.00hrs. In Bergen a buffet is usually served 18.30hrs-21.30hrs. Exact times are given on board. Tea and coffee facilities are only provided in cabins above U Class. Tea and coffee are available free of charge after lunch and dinner but can be purchased around the clock. Please read our news articles about dining on board Hurtigruten.
It is recommended that pets are not brought on long journeys and special rules apply to the transport of animals; contact us for further information. We do however welcome guide dogs on board.
As there are only short distances between ports there is neither a doctor nor a pharmacy on board.
Most ships have a playroom except MS Lofoten, MS Midnatsol and MS Trollfjord.
Do not forget to bring your binoculars, camera and/or a video camera. Take practical, warm and windproof clothing for going out on deck. Smart, but casual clothes are recommended on board. Good comfortable footwear is vital for excursions.
Souvenirs, knitwear, postcards, DVDs of the journey, stamps and a small supply of toiletries are sold on board.
Smoking is not permitted in cabins or public areas. It is allowed up on the open deck but prohibited at all times when the ships are in port.
For reasons of safety it may sometimes be necessary to keep cabin ventilators/port-holes obscured.
On all ships except MS Vesterålen, MS Nordstjernen and MS Lofoten.
All ships have payphones and a fax machine. There is generally good coverage for mobile phones.
There is a tour leader on board all year round. On some departures this service is managed by reception. External tour leaders (groups) are requested to contact the reception for information on practical details.
We can offer transfers in Bergen, Trondheim and Kirkenes.
There is a safe in reception. Hurtigruten accept no responsibility for valuables and money kept in cabins.
When arriving at night disembarking passengers are woken between half an hour and one hour before arrival.
Temperatures usually vary between 2°C and -10°C in winter. Summer temperatures in northern Norway vary between 10°C and 30°C depending on latitude.
On your final morning of your voyage, be sure to take everything with you when you go for breakfast. The ship gets prepared for the next voyage and your rooms will be cleaned promptly. You may be charged for re-entry.
You can pre-book your optional excursions with us. However, you can also wait until you are onboard and do it then - however, there is a maximum number and they can book out. It is not possible to pre-book within 2 weeks prior to departure. Excursions and their contents are subject to maximum/minimum numbers and weather/local conditions. During quieter months, some excursions may not get the numbers required so please ask us when booking about the minimum numbers needed for each excursion.
Practical Information for travelling and packing for Scandinavian Winter
- Warm wind and water proof jacket and trousers large enough to fit thick woollen jumper/clothing underneath
- Rain trousers – waterproof and breathable material
- Warm windproof cap/hat
- Warm gloves or mittens. Mittens where all fingers except the thumb are together are often warmer than gloves.
- Windproof gloves or mittens, which you can pull over the warm gloves
- Warm scarf
- 2 pairs of long woollen underwear (Merino wool in a few different thicknesses is perfect)
- 1-2 warm woollen jumper(s), or one jumper and a warm fleece
- Woollen or fleece trousers
- 2-3 pairs of warm woollen socks
- Warm & sturdy footwear with good grip
- Clothes for indoors, i.e. a shirt, T-shirts and jeans or cotton trousers
- Back pack for day trips (approx. 30 litre)
- Light footwear/trainers (mainly for indoors)
- Sun screen & Lip salve (the sun reflects off the snow and the air is dry)
- Hand warmers
- Nordic Grip anti-slip soles for walking on ice
- Personal medication
- Water bottle - thermo, or include a cover to keep warm (or you can stick it into a warm sock)
- Travel documents (including insurance)
- Photo ID
- Note book and pencil
- Camera, memory cards and charger
- Chargers for other gadgets
- Extra batteries for your cameras as they are used fast in cold conditions.
Optional Excursions at the ICEHOTEL
At 50 Degrees North, we generally include at least one of our favourite activities into your tailor-made itinerary but there will also be extra time when you could add something extra. There are lots of different optional excursions to enjoy during your stay at the ICEHOTEL. Now that it is open 365 days a year, the range is even wider.
During the summer months, enjoy the 24-hour daylight with kayaking, hiking or bike riding. You can rent your own equipment for half or whole day adventures.
- Canoe: Whole day SEK 395 Half day SEK 295
- XC BIKES (Cross Country bikes): Whole day SEK 395 Half day SEK 295
- SUP (Stand Up Paddle): Whole day SEK 395 Half day SEK 295
- Fishing equipment: Whole day SEK 295 incl. fishing permit
- Meet the Reindeer
- Challenge Park
- Wilderness Skills
- Wilderness Dinner
- Jukkasjärvi Sauna ritual
- Fishing adventures
- Expedition Flow of the Iron ore
- River rafting
- Ice sculpturing
- Reindeer sledding
- Snow mobile adventures
- Dog sledding
- Northern Lights photography
- Horseback moose safari
- Cross country skiing
- Wilderness Skills
- Northern Lights by horseback
- Jukkasjärvi Sauna ritual including ICE PLUNGE - do you dare?
Prices and validity dates vary - we will assist you with up to date information at the time of booking.
The tours always include top quality equipment and our guides are trained in wilderness safety and touring in Arctic climate. Your tour begins with an introduction and safety demonstration by the guide. All outdoor activities are weather dependent and may be cancelled or replaced by more suitable alternatives should the conditions not permit to run the tour as planned. The snow depth at the beginning and end of the season determines start and finish dates for activities.
All tours start and finish at ICEHOTEL Meeting Point, Jukkasjärvi. Please note that there must be a minimum of two adults per tour, as it will otherwise be cancelled.
We also recommend you calculate for some “warm time” between activities, for you to go inside for a couple of hours, change clothing if necessary and re-heat.
Never shower, wash your face or put on water-based creams or make-up before going out on an excursion as this means you remove the skin’s natural protective layer of oil and you are more exposed to the cold.
The activities start and finish at ICEHOTEL meeting point so no transfers to/from the activity are necessary. Our snowmobiles are purchased from contractors who are leading in environmental sustainability. The machines have four stroke engines that are environmentally friendly and not very noisy so good for our guides and our neighbours too. All vehicles are run on unleaded petrol or environmentally friendly diesel. ICEHOTEL staff or our suppliers prepare and maintains the snowmobile and dog sledding tracks so that we can ensure that it is done in a way that is not harmful for our surroundings. ICEHOTEL management works closely with local land-owners and Sámi villages to continuously maintain sustainable levels of land-use in connection with our activities. ICEHOTEL seeks to work with local suppliers of food in order to minimise our carbon footprint and promote local entrepreneurs. ICEHOTEL strives to avoid using disposable items where possible.
We recycle and re-use as much as possible and our guides always bring back wastage from the tours to dispose or recycle at the main hotel facilities. ICEHOTEL has set out a goal to become CO2 negative, which means that we will contribute to producing more energy than we consume.
All our guides are trained and hold the Swedish Transport Board’s permission to work as a snowmobile guide. All snowmobile tours begin with an induction to the vehicle that you will be driving. Should a damage occur during a tour, the snowmobile will be inspected and if necessary taken out of service to be repaired until it can run on tour again. In order to drive a snowmobile on a tour operated by ICEHOTEL, you must be at least 16 years of age and have a driver’s license. If your license has been issued before Jan 1, 2000, you are entitled to drive snowmobile on your own or in connection with a guided tour.
If your license was issued after this date, you are only eligible to drive a snowmobile under the supervision of a certified guide. To attend Ice driving as a driver, you must be at least 18 years of age and have a driver’s license that is valid in Sweden. If you are unsure, please check with our Destination Specialists. Alcohol must not be consumed prior to or in connection with a
snowmobile or ice driving activity. A breath alcohol test may be carried out prior to the tour and ICEHOTEL reserves the right to refuse your participation without refund if levels are found to be too high. All our guides are trained in wilderness safety and to prevent associated dangers such as frost bite. First aid and other health and safety equipment are always brought on the tour and our health and safety policies are developed in collaboration with the local emergency services. ICEHOTEL provides necessary safety equipment for our activities, e.g. helmets for the snowmobile and ráidu tours. Crossing frozen rivers is always done by ICEHOTEL snowmobile guides before customers in order to check the resilience of the ice. Despite this, accidents may still occur.
We recommend that you book your activities at least three weeks prior to your stay, to ensure that there is space for you on the excursions that you are interested in.
Practical budgeting information before your departure to Norway
Norway has a few items that typically surprise travellers when visiting Norway for the first time. Alcohol and luxury items are heavily taxed and therefore prices are higher than you would expect. On the other hand, necessities such as bread and milk, are taxed low and therefore are great value.
We recommend that you bring all the alcohol you’re allowed to bring into the country when you arrive. There are many lovely parks and balconies where you can enjoy your duty free. However, be sure not to bring more than you’re allowed!
As of May 2014, the allowances according to Visit Norway are:
Minimum age: 18/ 20*
1 litre of beverages with more than 22% up to and including 60% alcohol per volume as well as 1½ litre with more than 2.5% up to and including 22% alcohol per volume or three litres with more than 2.5% up to and including 22% alcohol per volume
2 litres of beer with more than 2.5 % or other beverages with more than 2.5% up to and including 4.7% alcohol per volume.
This means that you may for example bring with you five litres of beer provided you do not have any other alcoholic beverages with you.
*For importing alcoholic beverages with more than 22% alcohol per volume the minimum age is 20.
It’s illegal to bring extra alcohol into Norway and can end up costing you. Another thing you should bring and not buy in Norway is razor blades. Good razor blades in Norway are expensive.