Journey beginning and ending at Kiruna, Sweden
Available: 2019-02-01 to 2019-02-28 starting from $2823 AUD
Available: 2019-03-01 to 2019-04-15 starting from $2613 AUD
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Day 5 – Depart Kiruna
After breakfast depart by train or shuttle bus back to Kiruna for your departure.
- 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
Flights, meals other than described, travel insurance, visas, gratitudes and any items of personal nature.
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