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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.

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
Country Visited
Sweden
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 ICEHOTELRead 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.

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 start celebrating Christmas on the 24th of December, which means that today starts with a traditional rice porridge breakfast.

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. 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 tonight, so make sure you are there.

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 or icefishing 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 2018
27 Dec 2018
21 Dec 2018
27 Dec 2018
USD 3,782
Available
Standard
21 Dec 2018
27 Dec 2018
21 Dec 2018
27 Dec 2018
USD 12,444
Available
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.

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