In the Lapland region in the far north of Sweden, you can find the most vast, dramatic and spectacular untamed wilderness areas that Europe has to offer. Much of this magnificent natural treasure is within easy access of visitors from around the world, who come to Lapland, Sweden to experience the peace, tranquility, grandeur, poetry and drama of the Arctic landscape. Using only frozen water from the Torne River, artists from all over the world gather a small Swedish village, 200 km north of the Arctic Circle, to create an exclusive art exhibition: ICEHOTEL. The art is created with imagination and meticulous work, only to melt away under the unforgiving rays of the sun come springtime. Come and experience this amazing feat in creativity and stay at the ICEHOTEL while enjoying lots of winter activities from snowmobiling, horseback rides through moose grazing lands, dog sleds and learning about the sami culture.
Fly from Stockholm to Kiruna, 200km above the Arctic circle. The direct flight should take approximately 1 hour and 35 minutes.
Enjoy a private transfer between the Kiruna airport and the Ice Hotel in Jukkasjarvi. The transfer should take approximately 30 minutes.
When arriving at the IceHotel, we recommend that you attend the guided check-in tour where you will get all the proper instructions, hints and tips on how to sleep well in minus degrees. The tour also covers a brief history of the property and is held in both English and Swedish. When checking in to the cold accommodation, you'll get a key to your own locker where you can store your clothes as you change to your sleeping attire. If you're staying in a suite, you'll get access to your own small changing room where you can leave your outdoor clothes. When it's time to go to bed, you pick up a sleeping bag and sheets from the reception desk in the warm building connected to the IceHotel. You can choose between single or double sleeping bags. For a good night's sleep, we recommend sleeping in thermal underwear (such as a long-johns and long-sleeved undershirt) and a hat, preferably woollen. Your luggage will be stored in a locked luggage room during your stay - if you bring it to your room, it will freeze during the night!
You'll find warm bathrooms, showers and a sauna in the warm building connected to the IceHotel. If you need to use the bathroom during the night, you'll need to get out of your sleeping bag and go the warm building -so here's a tip; don't drink too much coffee before going to bed! You'll be awakened in the morning with a cup of hot lingonberry juice at your bedside.
Choose from various different Winter activities from snowmobile safaris, dog sledding tours and horse, moose and sami tours. Please ask your Sales Advisor for details on all of the options.
ICEHOTEL is built on the bank of the Torne river in Jukkasjärvi every year, using only snow and ice from the river - about 1,000 tons of ice and 30,000 cubic meters of "snice" - a mix of ice and snow made by Torne river water using snow cannons. You can choose between several different types of accommodation - the ideal is to combine one cold night in the IceHotel with several warm nights in either a hotel room or hotel chalet. Warm accommodations include the Kaamos hotel room, Nordic Hotel Chalet (2 bedrooms suitable for up to 4 people) and the Arctic Chalet (2 bedrooms suitable for up to 3 people). The cold rooms are made of ice and the bed you'll sleep on is made of blocks of ice, a wooden base and a mattress covered with reindeer skin. Instead of a door, you pull a curtain in front of it. (The snow walls are very sound isolating, so a loudly snoring neighbour will not keep you awake!). Inside the IceHotel, the temperature is never colder than -5 °C to -8 °C, regardless of how cold it may be outside. When not out enjoying some winter activity, relax in the Icebar and sip on colorful ice drinks, or curl up by the fire with a book or mingle in the lounge.
Around 7.30 am, you will be awakened by one of the IceHotel guides and served hot lingonberry juice in bed. In the warm building, you can enjoy a warm morning sauna before going to IceHotel Restaurant for a buffet breakfast.
The ICEHOTEL opens towards the beginning of December and typically remains open until mid-April. If you are intersted in seeing part of the construction process as artists are creating the different rooms within the hotel, coming at the beginning of December is a good time to come. This is when the IceHotel is still taking shape and one has the opportunity of getting an in-depth look at one of the worlds most extreme building processes; snow cannons humming on the Torne River shore, machines hauling ice block weighing 2 tonnes and artists carving sculptures out of ice.
Each week, until the end of the year when it is completed, a new part of IceHotel typically opens up to guests and visitors. It is the darkest time of the year, the sun never reaches above the horizon and the snow glistens and crunches underfoot. The chances of seeing the Northern Lights dance across the sky during this time, are very favorable.
When closing in on spring, the sun starts to warm up, and the temptation to just sit outside, have a cup of coffee and soak up the sun, grows day by day. The sun reflects in the snow and if you are not careful, you might get a sunburn on your cheeks. The massive amounts of snow and warm weather are superb conditions for snowmobiling and skiing.
During March, ice is harvested from Torne River. The sawing of ice blocks, lifting them up from the frozen river and transporting them into storage, usually draws a large audience on the river shore.
The IceHotel closes in mid April when the early rays of the Midnight sun starts to nibble on the walls and roof of the hotel, but the light is always welcome, as come summer, the sun never goes beyond the horizon but continues to shine for a 100 days and a 100 nights.
So, when is the best time to come and stay at the IceHotel? Quite simply, there is no BAD time to come as it is a constantly changing and evolving from its construction stages to its co-existance with nature until it finally relanquishes its structure to the power of the sun in the spring.
Learn to master the vehicle that gives you a sense of freedom out of the ordinary on a 40 km long snowmobile safari in Lapland’s virgin forests. Snowmobile tours are led by one experienced guide per eight snowmobiles.
There are two on site restaurants to choose from. The ICEHOTEL Restaurant offers a gastronomic adventure and a high-end a la carte menu in a bright and modern atmosphere. The cuisine has been featured in gourmet magazines around the world and has been awarded the prestigious Werner Vögeli Statuette. In October 2007, the Nordic Council of Ministers awarded IceHotel the honorary New Nordic Food diploma. Overlooking the Torne River, you'll find the authentic, charming Old Homestead Restaurant. In this timber building, built in 1768, you can enjoy a rustic á la carte menu during winter at 6 PM and 9 PM. The dress code at both restaurants is casual but well-dressed. You don't have to wear your fanciest frock, but prefer you don't dine in your outerwear, snow boots or long-johns. There is also a warm and comfortable lounge which is open between 11 AM and 1 AM and serves sandwiches, coffee drinks, wine and beer.
Enjoy a breakfast buffet, perhaps taking a morning sauna beforehand. Towels are included in your stay.
Experience a true sense of the Arctic on a 2 hour dogsled tour today. Take a seat in the sled, experience the howling dogs, and then the silence when the journey begins. On this unique tour you will meet with Mushers from some of the worlds most reputable and experienced sled dog kennels. Throughout the journey your experienced guide will answer all your questions about dogs, equipment, expeditions and competitions. Coffee and cake over a campfire is included.
Consider extending your tour to include a wilerness camp lunch for a 4 hour dog sled tour today. Please speak to your Sales Advisor if you would like to add this to your days activitiy.
Together with your Icelandic horses you will ride out into the winter night and hopefully both see the northern lights and moose. Afterwards enjoy dinner with local ingredients around the open fire in a Goathi (Sami hut). Roundtrip transfers to the farm by the Kalix River is included.
Spend the morning exploring the Arctic landscape in search of moose. At the foot of Sweden’s highest mountain, Kebnekaise, ride an Icelandic horse out into the moose winter grazing land in search of the king of the Lappish forest. Transfers and lunch is included.
Consider gaining an insight into the Sami culture as you enjoy a reindeer sled ride either on a track or in Lapland's virgin forests and have a snack in an authentic sami tent. For the science enthusiast, you may be interested in taking a guided tour of Europe's ony civilian space centre. If your stay at the IceHotel has inspired you to take up Ice sculpting, consider spending time with one of the artists as you learn this intricate art.
Consider spending the night out in the Arctic wilderness. Surrounded by dense, snow-covered forests, you could embark on a noctural adventure to enjoy a snowmobile tour to a wilderness camp, where you could relax over a campfire dinner before going to sleep in one of the rustic cabins. There is a wood-fired sauna at the camp which is always a hit with guests. The camp has wooden huts with several beds in each hut, a fire place for heat, wood fire sauna and dry toilet. After breakfast the following morning, you would return to the IceHotel for approximately 10am. Please let your Sales Advisor know if you would be interested in spending a night in a wilderness camp during your stay.
Enjoy a private transfer between the Ice Hotel in Jukkasjarvi and Kiruna airport. The transfer should take approximately 30 minutes.
Why not consider ending your Winter wonderland tour in style by transfering to the Kiruna airport by either snowmobile or dog sled. Please speak to your Sales Advisor if you would prefer to transfer to the airport on one of these modes of transportation!
Fly from Kiruna to Stockholm. The direct flight should take approximately 1 hour and 35 minutes.
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