Spirit of the Arctic at Icehotel

from £1425
including flights
3 nights Jan-Mar, Dec

Overview

Located in the peaceful village of Jukkasjarvi in Swedish Lapland, surrounded by snow-covered fells and forests, Icehotel is a unique place to switch off and unwind. Harness the calming spirit of this Arctic wonderland with self-guided wilderness 'bathing' walks and a variety of outdoor activities from gentle cross-country skiing trails to meditative ice sculpting and delightful husky sled rides. Time is also included in the Aurora Spa at Camp Ripan where you can enjoy a soothing sauna and treat yourself to traditional Swedish scrubs. An optional upgrade is offered with an overnight in a log cabin heading deep into the tranquil forests as part of a husky sledding experience.

Highlights

  • Discover self-guided wilderness 'bathing' walks
  • Cross country skiing on snow-covered trails
  • Enjoy saunas, scrubs and pools at the Aurora Spa
  • Optional upgrade to stay in wilderness cabin
  • Perfect northern lights location

What's Included

  • Return flights from London Heathrow to Kiruna
  • 1 night in an Ice Room with shared facilities
  • 2 nights accommodation in a warm room with private bathroom
  • Daily breakfast
  • Activities include cross-country skiing, husky sledding and ice sculpting
  • Aurora Spa visit with lunch at Camp Ripan
  • Return transfers in Sweden
  • Services of a Discover the World representative
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday

Full description

Icehotel

Crafted each year using the purist ice from the frozen Torne River, the seasonal Icehotel is created by leading artists from around the world. Step inside to a magical world where hallways are lit by intricately carved ice chandeliers and temporal art suites delight their occupants with unique designs and playful architecture.

Arctic Wilderness Bathing

Enjoy self-guided wilderness 'bathing' walks with the option to listen to a relaxing playlist of Swedish artists (downloadable from bespoke Spotify list) or just soak up the sounds of Arctic nature in its rawest form. Similar to ‘forest bathing’ (which hit the headlines recently for being the theme of Kate Middleton’s Chelsea Garden) Arctic ‘wilderness bathing’ simply means spending time in the outdoors embracing nature. This could involve exploring the hotel’s snow-covered grounds, following forest trails and watching the sun rise or finding a quiet spot overlooking the frozen Torne River to enjoy the silence and solitude of this beautiful winter setting.

Visit the Aurora Spa

You are transferred from the Icehotel to Camp Ripan in Kiruna town (20 minutes) to enjoy lunch at their restaurant before heading to the Aurora Spa. The emphasis here is total relaxation and to use the different spa facilities to create a sense of well-being; wandering between indoors and out, using heat and cold as well as soothing waters and crystalline snow. Apply treatments and exfoliate with coffee scrubs whilst enjoying saunas, showers, hot tubs and pools.

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Prices & Dates

Prices from per person based on two sharing, unless stated otherwise; travelling on our exclusive direct flight from Heathrow to Kiruna, spending one night sleeping on ice and the rest of your stay in warm accommodation.

Departure Duration Ice Room Art Suite Deluxe Suite
Sat 14 Dec 2019 3 nights £1,564 £1,649 £1,793
Tue 24 Dec 2019 3 nights £1,600 £1,686 £1,829
Fri 27 Dec 2019 3 nights £1,564 £1,649 £1,793
Mon 30 Dec 2019 3 nights £1,721 £1,799 £1,966
Sat 18 Jan 2020 - Limited availability 3 nights £1,564 £1,649 £1,793
Sat 15 Feb 2020 3 nights £1,564 £1,649 £1,793
Thu 20 Feb 2020 3 nights £1,564 £1,649 £1,793
Sat 07 Mar 2020 3 nights £1,425 £1,507 £1,593

What's Included

  • Return flights from London Heathrow to Kiruna
  • 1 night in an Ice Room with shared facilities
  • 2 nights accommodation in a warm room with private bathroom
  • Daily breakfast
  • Activities include cross-country skiing, husky sledding and ice sculpting
  • Aurora Spa visit with lunch at Camp Ripan
  • Return transfers in Sweden
  • Services of a Discover the World representative
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • Full financial protection »

Itinerary & Accommodation

Itinerary & Accommodation

Day 1: arrive at the Icehotel

Fly direct to Kiruna on our exclusive charter from Heathrow and on arrival transfer to Jukkasjarvi (20-minutes). Check-in at the Icehotel for a 3-night stay, the first night sleeping in an Ice room. Speak to our Icehotel specialists if you wish to upgrade to an Art Suite or Deluxe Suite.

Day 2: Cross-country skiing

After the night sleeping in the Icehotel, warm up in the sauna and get prepared for the morning activity - cross-country skiing. After an introduction to the technique, you can practice on the specially made trails, whilst the guide prepares the campfire and hot drinks. You can keep the skis for the rest of the day improving your skills around the Icehotel. The afternoon is free to explore the Arctic wilderness, enjoying the peaceful environment at your leisure.

Day 3: Husky sledding and Aurora Spa

After breakfast, don the winter clothing and get ready for your journey by husky sled. The trip begins when you meet the dogs - their excitement proves incredibly contagious. Sitting on the sled led by an expert musher, you will experience the landscapes in traditional style, flashing down snow-strewn trails and through forests to a campfire that awaits your arrival. Warming yourself over the crackling fire, you will be served a cup of coffee and freshly baked cakes before your return journey on the sled.

You have a short time to relax before being transferred from the Icehotel to Camp Ripan in Kiruna town (20 minutes) to enjoy lunch at their restaurant, then to use the facilities at the Aurora Spa. The spa opens at 14:00 and you will have approximately 2 hours in the spa. The return transfer to the Icehotel will depart at 17:00 from Camp Ripan Hotel.

Day 4: Ice sculpting and departure

Your final morning includes ice sculpting. With instructions from an expert, often someone directly involved in the building of the hotel or the decoration within, learn how to fashion a small block of ice into your very own masterpiece. This is a truly absorbing activity and surprisingly entertaining. You may wish to think of your design ahead of the activity, so no time is wasted in planning and more fun time is spent with creating your piece of art. Due to timings, you will be required to check-out of the Icehotel before the activity begins. Afterwards, you are transferred back to Kiruna Airport for the direct flight to Heathrow.

Icehotel Accommodation

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Type: Unique And Boutique

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Excursions

Enhance your holiday by pre-booking a selection of excursions and activities. View or download the pdf below and then talk to our Travel Specialists about how best to fit these into your holiday.

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