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Christmas at the Icehotel

from £1224 including flights

  • 5 nights
  • Dec

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Highlights

In pictures
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Experience 'sleeping on ice' at the world's coolest hotel

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Stroll through cobbled Gamla Stan, Stockholm's old town

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Choose from a selection of optional excursions

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Watch out for the northern lights

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Join the Christmas Day torchlight procession and traditional carol concert

Why this trip...

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Amazing accommodation

Stay in accommodation that is far more than just a place to rest your head

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Activity based

This itinerary features a range of optional activities during your stay

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Nordic Heritage

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Overview

Stockholm is a city that loves to celebrate Christmas and there is no better city than Stockholm to put you in the Christmas mood. The lingering scents of mulled wine and gingerbread biscuits will follow you around as you explore this winter wonderland. Then travel north for a guaranteed White Christmas head above the Arctic Circle to the Icehotel in Swedish Lapland. With its snow covered landscapes, thrilling winter activities and delicious Scandinavian cuisine, this is a truly special festive break. Whether you celebrate with family or friends, discover the spirit of Lapland this Christmas.

Stockholm

Stretched across an archipelago of 14 islands connected by a network of waterways and bridges, Stockholm is a delightful mix of traditional and contemporary and the city centre can easily be explored on foot.

During the festive season, the addition of thousands of tiny streetlights, enticing shop windows and excellent Christmas markets, make this trip an even more attractive prospect.

Icehotel

What better way to celebrate the festive season than to spend it somewhere that boasts a spectacular Icehotel and perfect Christmas-card scenery. As if a holiday at the Icehotel isn't special enough, at Christmas it takes on a whole new ambience, lit with twinkling lights and decorated trees, as festive aromas punctuate your senses, warming Glögg full of Christmas spices and that consummate favourite, traditional gingerbread - available throughout the day . You'll have no problem getting into the festive spirit and we don't just mean by visiting the Icebar!

With a wide range of exciting winter activities on offer, there are plenty of options for exploring the snow covered wilderness areas surrounding the quaint Swedish village of Jukkasjärvi.

On Christmas Day you can choose to join the special torchlight procession to the village's picturesque church for a Christmas Day carol concert. And don’t forget to keep a look out for the northern lights. Surely the perfect way to spend the most wonderful time of the year!

Itinerary

Day arrive in Stockholm

Fly to Stockholm and make your way (payable locally) to the city centre hotel. Depending on your flight time, why not visit to the fascinating old town of Stockholm – Gamla Stan, which takes you back to the 13th century. You cannot help but feel its medieval atmosphere as you wander through its cobblestone streets past narrow, colourful houses of yesteryear. At Christmas time the Gamla Stan Christmas market sets up its stands and you can sample a whole range of traditional Swedish delicacies including Christmas sweets, smoked sausages, reindeer and moose meat, spicy mulled wine (glögg) and a range of high-quality handicrafts.

Fly to Stockholm and make your way (payable locally) to the city centre hotel. Depending on your flight time, why not visit to the fascinating old town of Stockholm – Gamla Stan, which takes you back to the 13th century. You cannot help but feel its medieval atmosphere as you wander through its cobblestone streets past narrow, colourful houses of yesteryear. At Christmas time the Gamla Stan Christmas market sets up its stands and you can sample a whole range of traditional Swedish delicacies including Christmas sweets, smoked sausages, reindeer and moose meat, spicy mulled wine (glögg) and a range of high-quality handicrafts.

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Day 2 at leisure in Stockholm

Why not soak the Christmas atmosphere by making a visit to Stockholm’s open air museum, Skansen, famous for its Nordic Zoo and living history exhibition; about 150 historical buildings have been moved here from all over Sweden. Skansen also puts on a respected traditional Christmas market where you can wander the cosy streets and admire the Christmas foods and handicrafts on offer.

Why not soak the Christmas atmosphere by making a visit to Stockholm’s open air museum, Skansen, famous for its Nordic Zoo and living history exhibition; about 150 historical buildings have been moved here from all over Sweden. Skansen also puts on a respected traditional Christmas market where you can wander the cosy streets and admire the Christmas foods and handicrafts on offer.

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Day 3 fly to the Icehotel

Fly from Stockholm to Kiruna and transfer to Jukkasjarvi. Check in at the Icehotel for 3 nights (one in a standard Ice Room) and get kitted out in your thermal clothing, on loan for the duration of your stay. Then take a guided tour and enjoy your time in the wonderful surroundings.

Fly from Stockholm to Kiruna and transfer to Jukkasjarvi. Check in at the Icehotel for 3 nights (one in a standard Ice Room) and get kitted out in your thermal clothing, on loan for the duration of your stay. Then take a guided tour and enjoy your time in the wonderful surroundings.

Day 4 Christmas Eve at the Icehotel

Enjoy a buffet breakfast in the Icehotel restaurant then the day is free to explore your scenic surrounds or one of the many available optional excursions. There are also a number of other activities in and around the Icehotel to help fill your day.

Enjoy a buffet breakfast in the Icehotel restaurant then the day is free to explore your scenic surrounds or one of the many available optional excursions. There are also a number of other activities in and around the Icehotel to help fill your day.

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Day 5 Christmas Day at the Icehotel

Be as active or relaxed as you wish today - don't forget it's advisable to book optional excursions in advance. In the late afternoon there is a torchlight procession down to the picturesque little church at the end of the village. Here you'll listen to a Christmas carol concert with traditional Swedish and English songs.

Be as active or relaxed as you wish today - don't forget it's advisable to book optional excursions in advance. In the late afternoon there is a torchlight procession down to the picturesque little church at the end of the village. Here you'll listen to a Christmas carol concert with traditional Swedish and English songs.

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Day 6 depart the Icehotel

After breakfast enjoy a morning at leisure to take a few more treasured photos or perhaps try out ice sculpting. Transfer to the airport at Kiruna and then fly back to the UK.

After breakfast enjoy a morning at leisure to take a few more treasured photos or perhaps try out ice sculpting. Transfer to the airport at Kiruna and then fly back to the UK.

Accommodation

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Icehotel Accommodation

This inspiring and ‘cool’ hotel has to be seen to be believed! Combining engineering know-how with supreme design flare, the Icehotel is created each winter then left to melt back into the River Torne in late April.

Alongside the winter hotel is the permanent Icehotel 365 housing the spectacular Icebar. And nearby heated buildings complete the experience. Staying at the Icehotel combines conventional comfort with the intriguing concept of ‘sleeping on ice’.

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Excursions

We highly recommend that you pre-book excursions and activities with us before you arrive. Our most popular excursions at the Icehotel include the following.

View or download the pdf and then talk to our Travel Specialists about how best to fit these into your holiday.

Open Excursions PDF

Prices and Departures

Price from £1224 including flights

What's Included

  • Return flights from London via Stockholm
  • Accommodation in Stockholm with private bathroom for 2 nights
  • Accommodation in a Kaamos room with private bathroom for 2 nights
  • 1 night in an Ice Room with shared facilities
  • Daily breakfast
  • Torchlight procession and carol concert
  • Santa Visit on Christmas Eve
  • Thermal one-piece suit, boots and mittens to use while staying at the Icehotel
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • Full financial protection

Prices from per person

Based on two sharing; spending two nights in Stockholm, one night sleeping on ice and two nights in warm accommodation at the Icehotel

Departure Duration Twin price
21 Dec 2020 5 nights £1,224

Festive meals

Please ask our travel specialist to make a table reservation for you for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day dinners, to ensure you have the meals at preferred times.

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