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The Complete ICEHOTEL Winter Experience

Break Available: December - March
4 Nights

Price Per Person: From £1,795 (Inc Flights)

Our 4 night ICE HOTEL and Complete Winter experience combines staying 2 nights at the Original ICEHOTEL with 2 nights at our exclusive Máttaráhkká Northern Lights Lodge.

This action packed break ensures you get to enjoy all aspects of the ICEHOTEL & complement this with a host of the best winter experiences.

Husky Sledding in a remote river valley with not a soul in sight,  Snowmobiling in pristine wilderness to a secret lake to try your hand at Ice Fishing and a daytime Sami Culture experience with lunch in a Tepee and a short ride on a reindeer sled are some of the highlights.

Highlights

  •  2 Night stay at the original ICEHOTEL with one in an individually designed Art Suite.
  • 2 Nights at the Boutique Máttaráhkká Northern Lights Lodge.
  • Daytime drive your own Husky adventure in picturesque river valley.
  • Snowmobile safari including Ice fishing for Arctic Char in a secret lake.
  • Sami Culture day with reindeer sled ride & Lunch in Tepee.

Transfers and private options

Private Transfers

We can provide Private Airport Transfers to and from the ICEHOTEL
Alternatively you can have a private husky sled tour transfer to the ICEHOTEL

Private Accommodation

Upgrade is possible to a Deluxe Art Suites at the ICEHOTEL, with their luxurious en suite bathrooms.

Private Activities

We can offer private snowmobile and sled dog safaris whilst staying at any of our Kiruna Hotels, including the ICEHOTEL.

Day by Day Itinerary
 
 
 
 

DAY 1:
Fly to Lapland. Transfer to the ICEHOTEL. Overnight in Cabin or Kaamos Room

DAY 1:
Fly to Lapland. Transfer to the ICEHOTEL. Overnight in Cabin or Kaamos Room

Fly to Kiruna in Swedish Lapland where, on arrival, you will be met by Petri Tuominen or one of the guides and transferred to the ICEHOTEL where you will be provided with the use of Protective Arctic Outdoor Clothing: Thermal Jacket, Trousers, Snowboots, Hat & Gloves.

Check into your cabin or Kaamos room and have the afternoon at leisure to marvel at the ICEHOTEL.

This evening we will book you a table at the ICEHOTEL restaurant.

Meals included: None

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DAY 2:
Husky Wilderness Safari. Overnight in ART SUITE at the ICEHOTEL

DAY 2:
Husky Wilderness Safari. Overnight in ART SUITE at the ICEHOTEL

After breakfast  pick up from the ICEHOTEL for what is for many, the favourite day of a trip to Lapland – driving your own sled dog team. Transfer to the kennel located in a remote river valley where moose congregate in winter.

Ylva Forssén  is an accomplished musher, whose kennel is in a remote valley from where she runs very personal sled dog trips. She has a very special relationship with her dogs and it is a thrill to visit her kennel.

Once you arrive at the kennels get acquainted with the dogs and receive detailed instructions about how to drive them. Head out into the frozen river valley where you will have opportunities to take turns in driving the team whilst making stops to take photos. The location is outside the major tourist areas and we can almost promise that you will enjoy pristine arctic nature alone.

You will be out for around 2 hours before heading back to base for a warming lunch in the traditional ‘Kota’ adjacent to the family home. To make it more exclusive we only take a maximum of 4 sled dog teams at a time.

Return to the ICEHOTEL where you will check into your ART SUITE, one of the individually designed and themed rooms. In our minds if you want to experience the ICEHOTEL properly then this is the best choice. You will be staying in a room that will only exist for one season as when the ICEHOTEL melts  in the spring the rooms disappear back into the Torne River and remain only in the memory.

We will book a table for you at one of the 2 restaurants at the ICEHOTEL

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

A la Carte Optional Extras

  • Upgrade to a Deluxe Art Suite at the ICEHOTEL
  • Extend Your Husky Sledding Experience
  • Overnight Husky & Wilderness Cabin Experience
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A la Carte Optional Extras

Upgrade to a Deluxe Art Suite at the ICEHOTEL

The Deluxe Suites are  individually designed and sculpted thematic suites. The artists, perhaps from Sweden, Germany, UK or the US have been picked from over two-hundred applicants and invited to make the suite you’ll be sleeping in. Each suite is unique and has never been created before.

The Big Benefit is that you have your own private heated bathroom and relaxation space directly connected to the bedroom. The relaxation area also provides storage for your belongings while the suite has a door with lock so you have total privacy.

Upgrade Cost: From £150 per person  per night

Enjoy a drink at the IceHotel bar, Sweden
deluxe art suite at thge ICEHOTEL
Bathroom in feature suite at the ICEHOTEL Sweden

Extend Your Husky Sledding Experience

Many of our clients return from their holiday and feedback to us that they would like to have spent more time with Ylva and her dogs.  So we have arranged for you to have this opportunity.

After your morning tour and lunch in the family home embark upon an afternoon husky sled adventure in this magical part of Swedish Lapland. This will also allow you to get to know the dogs better and build a rapport with these incredible animals. You will also be able to witness at closer quarters the special relationship Ylva has with the dogs. If you have been to a husky kennel before you will know just how calm and unique Husky Home is!

This certainly make the most of this day of your holiday and will leave you with a host of memories.

 

Cost £ 120 per person

Includes: Your own sled dog team for 2 people. Return transfer to your lodge /hotel

Ylva Forssen with Kevin Collins of weekend a la carte at Husky Home Kennel Kiruna Sweden
Ylva Forssen at Husky Home Kennel Kiruna Sweden
Husky adventure in Swedish Lapland

Overnight Husky & Wilderness Cabin Experience

There is something quite special about being whisked away on huskies for a night away in a wilderness cabin.

After your morning of driving your own husky sled dog team enjoy lunch before Ylva or one of the guides take you on a private adventure through the riverine valley to the Arctic Gourmet cabins run by Johan & Malin.

Arrive in time for a glorious  aurora hot tub under the stars prior to savouring one of Johan’s fine meals cooked in what is most probably the smallest restaurant in Sweden and served at the chef’s table. Johan used to work in some of the top restaurants in Kiruna before setting up his own retreat.

From this isolated location northern lights viewing is excellent. Sit round the fire and see how the evening develops prior to retiring to your cabin. The following morning enjoy breakfast prior to transferring to the airport for your flight home or continuing your journey.

With only 2 cabins there is always a feeling of being pampered

This is perfect for a romantic getaway!

Note: This experience can be inserted as an extra night in your itinerary or as a substitute for a night in the suggested itinerary

Price : £395 per person  (This will be reduced if you are substituting a night already costed into the break)

Includes:

  • Husky transfer to wilderness cabin
  • Aurora Hot tub
  • 3 course gourmet dinner
  • I night in wilderness cabin with breakfast
  • Transfer to airport following day  (or to next location on holiday)

 

 

Husky sled ride in Lapland beneath the aurora borealis
Arctic Gourmet cabins Kiruna Sweden
Johan preparing dinner at Arctic Gourmet Cabins in Kiruna Sweden

DAY 3:
Day Snowmobile Tour with IceFishing. Overnight at Boutique Máttaráhkká Northern Lights Lodge.

DAY 3:
Day Snowmobile Tour with IceFishing. Overnight at Boutique Máttaráhkká Northern Lights Lodge.

After Breakfast check out from the ICEHOTEL and pick up by  Andreas Mikko who will pick you up and will take you out for a very special day in the wilderness. He will transfer you to your base for the next two nights, the 7 room boutique Máttaráhkká Northern Lights Lodge.

This wonderful Lodge situated with far reaching views towards the Abisko Alps is the perfect complement to the ICEHOTEL and with only 7 rooms it has a ‘home away from home’ atmosphere.

After check in hop on your snowmobile right outside the front door and head out on private trails into some spectacular arctic landscapes with comanding views towards Kebnakaise, Sweden’s tallest mountain. Follow frozen river valleys and ride up the Fells to the guide’s secret lake where Arctic Char abound. Put your Reindeer skins on the ice, drill a hole and see what you can catch. We have been known to catch 3-4kg Char up here!

Part of the beauty is purely being away from anything and feeling like you own this wilderness for a moment in time. The guide will also have snow shoes with him so that you can try your hand.Lunch is taken in the wild and will be cooked on a fire in the great outdoors.

Return to the lodge to relax by the fire, read a book or enjoy a glass of wine.

Dinner will be served at the lodge and you have options to do an aurora photographic evening or book spend some relaxing time in the exclusive roof top hot tub. If you want to do more snowmobiling or have another husky experience we offer both of these as night time activities searching for the northern lights.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

A la Carte Optional Extras

  • Dinner, Hot Tub and Northern Lights
  • Aurora hunt by dogsled
  • Northern lights hunt by snowmobile
  • Aurora Hunt & Photography
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Dinner, Hot Tub and Northern Lights

A wonderfully relaxing evening hopefully seeing the Northern Lights at Mattarahkka Sami Lodge. After an excellent 3-course Lappish dinner spend time in the roof-top hot tub from where you can relax and enjoy the star filled night sky and with a little luck even see the Northern Lights dancing above you. Although the temperature outside is below zero, you will be really warm in the hot tub. If the 35-40 degree Celsius water isn´t enough enjoy a warm sauna in the special relaxation zone.

You get a 1 hour private use of the hot tub.

Price per person: £95 includes: sauna, hot tub , towel, robe and slippers

Enjoy a hot tub under the Northern Lights at Mattarahkka Lodge, Sweden
Dinner at the Arctic Gourmet Cabin
Northern Lights above the hot tub at Mattarahkka, Sweden

Aurora hunt by dogsled

The Aurora Hunt by dogsled is the perfect way to increase your chances of spotting the often exclusive Northern Lights. Immerse yourself in the dark wintry nights of Lapland and escape the city lights by sitting on a big sled pulled by a team of excitable yet friendly Alaskan Huskies. The trail winds its way through pine and birch forest down to the famous Torne River where you can see the night sky stretching far in front of you.

At the half way point  stop at a traditional Sami-style lávvu ( tepee), for a warming drink and a popular Swedish snack. Here you can choose to take comfort and warmth from the open fire or, if luck is on your side, you can marvel at the display of Aurora Borealis outside.

Duration: 2.5 Hours

Price: £120 person

 Includes:  Transfer, guide, appropriate warm clothing, coffee/tea and “fika” snack

Northern Lights
View from husky sled in the snow in Swedish Lapland
Husky sled ride in Lapland beneath the aurora borealis

Northern lights hunt by snowmobile

Join in on an exciting hunt for the northern lights by snowmobile. From  Camp Ripan or Máttaráhkká Northern Lights Lodge ride out into the polar night to get a glimpse of the mythical  light phenomena. During the trip take a break out in the wilderness and enjoy a light snack  and hot drink.

Duration: 2 hours

Price:  £130 – £150 per person (2 people/snowmobile)

Includes: Guide, appropriate warm clothing, coffee/tea, home made cake and sandwich

Additional charge for one snowmobile per person  £90 per person

Northern Lights by snowmobile
Snowmobiling beneath the Northern Lights in Swedish Lapland
snowmobile on frozen waters of the Lulea Archipelago Sweden

Aurora Hunt & Photography

This evening  after an outdoor BBQ on the aurora deck at Máttaráhkká Northern Lights Lodge venture out to hunt and photograph the Aurora Borealis.

The guides will track local aurora activity using the Northern Lights forecast and will have a minivan on hand in case you need to travel away from Kiruna to see them. In case of bad weather or a bad aurora forecast  Plan B will entail you  venturing out on a nighttime snowmobile adventure instead.

Our mission is to get you to see the aurora and manage your itinerary to achieve this goal.

Price per person: £98

Includes: Camera for use  (1 per couple) vehicle and guide. You need to take SD card with you.

Northern Lights photography in Lapland
Northern Lights display in Lapland
Aurora Hunt and photography in Abisko Lapland

DAY 4:
Sami Introduction day with Nils Håkan Enoksson. Northern Lights Optional Experiences

DAY 4:
Sami Introduction day with Nils Håkan Enoksson. Northern Lights Optional Experiences

After breakfast at the lodge transfer to the Sámi village of Rávttas, 20 minutes west of the lodge to meet with Nils Håkan Enoksson. Nils Håkan can trace back his family roots several hundred years and has interesting insights into how life has changed in this period.

This experience will give you a glimpse of the traditional lifestyle of the Sámi people and affords the opportunity to get up close with Lapland’s most iconic creature – the reindeer.

During the visit you will have an opportunity to feed the reindeer and absorb the magical relationship between the Sámi and their most prized resource. Your visit includes a ride on a traditional ‘Reindeer powered sled’, the means by which the Sami people traversed the arctic for centuries.

To end the encounter Hakan will invite you into his traditional Sámi lavvu (teepee) where you will be served a fresh and delicious meal around an open fire.

Return to the lodge to relax by the fire or perhaps do an optional northern lights activity

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

A la Carte Optional Extras

  • Aurora Hunt & Photography
  • Aurora hunt by dogsled
  • Dinner, Hot Tub and Northern Lights
  • Northern lights hunt by snowmobile
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A la Carte Optional Extras

Aurora Hunt & Photography

This evening  after an outdoor BBQ on the aurora deck at Máttaráhkká Northern Lights Lodge venture out to hunt and photograph the Aurora Borealis.

The guides will track local aurora activity using the Northern Lights forecast and will have a minivan on hand in case you need to travel away from Kiruna to see them. In case of bad weather or a bad aurora forecast  Plan B will entail you  venturing out on a nighttime snowmobile adventure instead.

Our mission is to get you to see the aurora and manage your itinerary to achieve this goal.

Price per person: £98

Includes: Camera for use  (1 per couple) vehicle and guide. You need to take SD card with you.

Northern Lights photography in Lapland
Northern Lights display in Lapland
Aurora Hunt and photography in Abisko Lapland

Aurora hunt by dogsled

The Aurora Hunt by dogsled is the perfect way to increase your chances of spotting the often exclusive Northern Lights. Immerse yourself in the dark wintry nights of Lapland and escape the city lights by sitting on a big sled pulled by a team of excitable yet friendly Alaskan Huskies. The trail winds its way through pine and birch forest down to the famous Torne River where you can see the night sky stretching far in front of you.

At the half way point  stop at a traditional Sami-style lávvu ( tepee), for a warming drink and a popular Swedish snack. Here you can choose to take comfort and warmth from the open fire or, if luck is on your side, you can marvel at the display of Aurora Borealis outside.

Duration: 2.5 Hours

Price: £120 person

 Includes:  Transfer, guide, appropriate warm clothing, coffee/tea and “fika” snack

Northern Lights
View from husky sled in the snow in Swedish Lapland
Husky sled ride in Lapland beneath the aurora borealis

Dinner, Hot Tub and Northern Lights

A wonderfully relaxing evening hopefully seeing the Northern Lights at Mattarahkka Sami Lodge. After an excellent 3-course Lappish dinner spend time in the roof-top hot tub from where you can relax and enjoy the star filled night sky and with a little luck even see the Northern Lights dancing above you. Although the temperature outside is below zero, you will be really warm in the hot tub. If the 35-40 degree Celsius water isn´t enough enjoy a warm sauna in the special relaxation zone.

You get a 1 hour private use of the hot tub.

Price per person: £95 includes: sauna, hot tub , towel, robe and slippers

Enjoy a hot tub under the Northern Lights at Mattarahkka Lodge, Sweden
Dinner at the Arctic Gourmet Cabin
Northern Lights above the hot tub at Mattarahkka, Sweden

Northern lights hunt by snowmobile

Join in on an exciting hunt for the northern lights by snowmobile. From  Camp Ripan or Máttaráhkká Northern Lights Lodge ride out into the polar night to get a glimpse of the mythical  light phenomena. During the trip take a break out in the wilderness and enjoy a light snack  and hot drink.

Duration: 2 hours

Price:  £130 – £150 per person (2 people/snowmobile)

Includes: Guide, appropriate warm clothing, coffee/tea, home made cake and sandwich

Additional charge for one snowmobile per person  £90 per person

Northern Lights by snowmobile
Snowmobiling beneath the Northern Lights in Swedish Lapland
snowmobile on frozen waters of the Lulea Archipelago Sweden

DAY 5
Fly Home or Extend your Holiday to See Stockholm or Norway

DAY 5
Fly Home or Extend your Holiday to See Stockholm or Norway

Breakfast and at leisure to explore around the lodge or perhaps try out a pair of snowshoes or Cross Country skis.

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or perhaps consider extending your trip to see Stockholm, Scandinavia’s capital city, or perhaps venture through to Tromso in Norway on our Aurora Addicts extension.

Take a look at our other breaks that include The ICEHOTEL

We have an extensive Northern Lights Information Hub if you need further information on anything from What are the Northern Lights? to Where can I see them? and when is the best time to see them?

Meals included: Breakfast

A la Carte Optional Extras

  • Extension to See Stockholm Scandinavia's Capital City
  • Aurora Addicts Extension into Norway
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A la Carte Optional Extras

Extension to See Stockholm Scandinavia's Capital City

Stockholm is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and always rates in the top 10 most desirable cities in the world to live in. It is also the perfect contrast to a break in the arctic.

The old town in Stockholm is very picturesque and compact and can be done in a full day. Your time will be spent exploring some fascinating landmarks. The VASA museum is world class, the Nobel museum of local interest and for ABBA fans; new in 2013 is the ABBA interactive museum.

Also in December Stockholm has many Christmas markets so a break can allow you to do some shopping and get into the Christmas spirit.

You will stay in the Rival Hotel owned by Benny Anderson of Abba fame. The hotel is an excellent 4* hotel in a quiet square but within walking distance of the old town.

Cost From:

£230 per person for Standard room (weekend rate).

£278 per person for Superior room  (weekend rate)

£332 per person for Deluxe Room (weekend rate)

Includes  2 nights in standard double room – bed and breakfast, private airport transfers to and from Arlanda airport

Stockholm, Sweden
Harbour area, Stockholm, Sweden
Hotel Rival Stockholm Sweden

Aurora Addicts Extension into Norway

This fantastic 3 night extension to your break enables you to extend your holiday into Norway and attempt to see the northern Lights from Sky Land and Sea!

We will manage this bolt on to your itinerary so that it logistically ties in with what you are doing in Abisko.

DAY 1

Transfer down to Narvik in Norway following the iron ore railway, an historic route with great scenery. In Narvik check into the striking Scandic Hotel. Visit the war museum this afternoon which documents the German Occupation of the WW2. Tonight enjoy dinner at the Hotel before pick up for a night of Northern Lights hunting in the spectacular Mountains behind Narvik with a local Sami Guide

DAY 2

Catch the bus via the Polar Park to Tromso. The Polar Park is home to many of the indigenous wildlife of the region. Wolves, bears, Moose and lynx are just a few. On arrival in Tromso check into your hotel the Clarion Edge, your base for the next 2 nights. Tonight enjoy dinner at the hotel and a wonder around the town.

DAY 3

Explore Tromso, ‘Paris of the North’. There is plenty to see including the Polar Museum, Mack Brewery and the Arctic Cathedral. This evening enjoy a northern lights hunt on the water as you enjoy a luxury Catamaran cruise around the fjords near Tromso.

DAY 4

At Leisure until your flybus transfer to the airport for your flight home.

To see a fuller description of the journey please follow this link:

 

Price: From £995 per person

Includes: 3 Nights accommodation with Breakfast, 3 dinners, experiences as described, buses and transfers

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Northern lights hunt in Beisfjord mountains Narvik Norway
Narvik Fjords - Copyright Markus Eriksson
Beautiful wolf in Sweden
The Arctic Cathedral in Tromso
Accommodation

Where You'll Stay

The Original ICEHOTEL - Swedish Lapland

Entrance to the IceHotel, Sweden
IceHotel 365 and IceHotel, Sweden
Ice room at IceHotel, Sweden
Enjoy a drink at the IceHotel bar, Sweden

The Original ICEHOTEL - Swedish Lapland

The Original ICEHOTEL is situated in Jukassjarvi Swedish Lapland. It is a feat of engineering and artistic creation and still one of the most impressive and unusual places to stay.

The hotel has 2 restaurants, one serving gourmet food, whilst its more informal Homestead restaurant serves hearty traditional food.

From 2015 The ICEHOTEL consists of 2 structures - the temporary hotel is rebuilt each year from blocks of ice harvested from the Torne river which runs adjacent to the IceHotel. These are stored for the summer in a huge warehouse and as the late Autumn temperature in Jukkasjärvi drops below zero ice artists arrive from the world over to build this magnificent creation. They build the 4 levels of rooms, the ice chapel and the ice bar. Their art is created with imagination and hard work, only to melt away under the unforgiving rays of the spring sun.

The new ICEHOTEL 365 is a permanent ICEHOTEL and a feat of engineering which offers visitors the chance of staying the whole year round. It is an all suite hotel and also house the celebrated ICEBAR. On request we can ask for the luxury suites which have adjacent bathrooms. These carry a supplement.

You will leave your luggage in an adjacent service block where there are saunas and showers, whilst all you will take into the hotel is you and your thermal arctic sleeping bag!

Wake up to a hot Lingonberry juice served in your room prior to the very substantial ICEHOTEL breakfast served in the main restaurant.

 

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Original ICEHOTEL warm accommodation

IceHotel cabins with northern lights
Bedroom in a warm chalet at IceHotel, Sweden
Northern Lights over Nordic Chalets Ice Hotel Sweden. Copyright Graeme Richardson
Kaamos Room at the IceHotel Sweden - copyright Johan_Broberg

Original ICEHOTEL warm accommodation

Situated within the ICEHOTEL complex are three accommodation options that offer both comfort and warmth!

Kaamos Rooms - Perfect for couples these rooms are spacious and comfortable with a calm feel. Natural materials are complemented by organic shades of white, grey and brown that tone into the colours of Lapland.  Kaamos have 2 beds side by side, desk and a seating area with two armchairs and a small coffee table.  The hallway and en-suite tiled bathroom have heated stone floors. Each room has two floor-to-ceiling corner windows that let in plenty of light and overlook spruce and birch growing wild

Nordic Chalets - These apartments have two bedrooms, a kitchenette and a simple lounge area, ideal for family or friends sharing. The décor is calm and classic Scandinavian, with white-washed wooden panel walls, birch wood details, heated tiled floors and shades of natural shades of grey, white and brown.

The apartment is spacious with two bedrooms, one with a double bed and one with a bunk bed, and sleeps four. There is also a small lounge and kitchenette and heated tiled flooring in the hallway, lounge and bedrooms. Our Arctic Chalets are traditionally Scandinavian with natural materials and colors. Rustic, simple and comfortable, this two bedroom apartment is decorated in natural materials and organic shades of dark blue, white and brown.

Arctic Chalets - have a rustic character, with pine wood paneled walls, tiled floors and birchwood details complemented by shades of dark blue, grey and white.

New is that the master bedroom is furnished with a comfortable Carpe Diem Bed (160 x 200 cm). There is also one single bedroom, a small lounge, kitchenette and a bathroom with shower.

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Máttaráhkká Northern Lights Lodge

Snow covered Mattarahkka Lodge, Sweden
Northern Lights above Mattarahkka Lodge, Sweden
Sleeping area in a typical room at Mattarahkka Lodge, Sweden
Dining area at Mattarahkka lodge Kiruna

Máttaráhkká Northern Lights Lodge

We are proud to offer this small intimate lodge for exclusive use by our clients.

This 7 room intimate lodge is situated in a super location on a slight elevation with magnificent views across the arctic tundra to the Abisko alps. The emphasis at the lodge is on two elements, Sami culture and ensuring you have the best chance of seeing the northern lights.

 

This small intimate lodge used to be a Sami handicraft centre until the owners had the idea to turn it into an exclusive retreat. With only 7 bedrooms and an open plan lounge and dining room, the emphasis is on relaxing in a cosy environment. The rooms have a downstairs en-suite room with a staircase leading to a loft sitting room.

If you are a group of 8 or more friends or family traveling together and wish to have the lodge privately please let us know. This is a great way of celebrating a big birthday or wedding anniversary

The lodge has a fabulous sauna and a very unusual northern lights hot tub on the roof where you can star gaze or hunt for the Aurora. (This carries an extra charge).

Other benefits of a stay here mean that you can snowmobile straight from your doorstep into the Arctic wilderness.

Evenings are focused on good food, relaxation and the Northern Lights so if you are looking for a 'home away from home' experience then look no further.

 

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Hotel Rival Stockholm

Hotel Rival Stockholm Sweden
Hotel Rival Stockholm Sweden
Hotel Rival Stockholm Sweden
Hotel Rival Stockholm Sweden

Hotel Rival Stockholm

For those clients wishing to stay in Stockholm overnight we recommend the Rival Hotel. The Rival has its own cinema built 1937 where film previews, concerts and other events are held.

Located at the Mariatorget park on the South Island within short walking distance from the Old Town and 3 stops on the subway from the Central Railway Station.

When opening a decade ago the Rival was widely hailed as Stockholm’s first boutique hotel. Some things have changed since but Rival continues to exude charm and often takes the top spot on Tripadvisor.

The hotel has 7 floors of comfortable rooms. Birch panelling keeps decoration light although in contrast to many other Scandinavian boutique hotels the Rival uses colours and heavy fabrics in a stylish Art Deco-way. The furniture consists mostly of design classics from well-known names such as Claesson and Erik Gunnar Asplund. Portraits of movie stars adorn the comfortable guestrooms. All rooms have 32-inch plasma TV, DVD, iPod dock and Wi-Fi. The front desk has a large collection of DVDs available free to guests.

Little touches are evident throughout the decor and with its cafe and restaurant we think its the best hotel to offer our guests!

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Optional Extras
Upgrade to a Deluxe Art Suite at the ICEHOTEL
Enjoy a drink at the IceHotel bar, Sweden

The Deluxe Suites are  individually designed and sculpted thematic suites. The artists, perhaps from Sweden, Germany, UK or the US have been picked from over two-hundred applicants and invited to make the suite you’ll be sleeping in. Each suite is unique and has never been created before.

The Big Benefit is that you have your own private heated bathroom and relaxation space directly connected to the bedroom. The relaxation area also provides storage for your belongings while the suite has a door with lock so you have total privacy.

Upgrade Cost: From £150 per person  per night

Extend Your Husky Sledding Experience
Ylva Forssen with Kevin Collins of weekend a la carte at Husky Home Kennel Kiruna Sweden

Many of our clients return from their holiday and feedback to us that they would like to have spent more time with Ylva and her dogs.  So we have arranged for you to have this opportunity.

After your morning tour and lunch in the family home embark upon an afternoon husky sled adventure in this magical part of Swedish Lapland. This will also allow you to get to know the dogs better and build a rapport with these incredible animals. You will also be able to witness at closer quarters the special relationship Ylva has with the dogs. If you have been to a husky kennel before you will know just how calm and unique Husky Home is!

This certainly make the most of this day of your holiday and will leave you with a host of memories.

 

Cost £ 120 per person

Includes: Your own sled dog team for 2 people. Return transfer to your lodge /hotel

Overnight Husky & Wilderness Cabin Experience
Husky sled ride in Lapland beneath the aurora borealis

There is something quite special about being whisked away on huskies for a night away in a wilderness cabin.

After your morning of driving your own husky sled dog team enjoy lunch before Ylva or one of the guides take you on a private adventure through the riverine valley to the Arctic Gourmet cabins run by Johan & Malin.

Arrive in time for a glorious  aurora hot tub under the stars prior to savouring one of Johan’s fine meals cooked in what is most probably the smallest restaurant in Sweden and served at the chef’s table. Johan used to work in some of the top restaurants in Kiruna before setting up his own retreat.

From this isolated location northern lights viewing is excellent. Sit round the fire and see how the evening develops prior to retiring to your cabin. The following morning enjoy breakfast prior to transferring to the airport for your flight home or continuing your journey.

With only 2 cabins there is always a feeling of being pampered

This is perfect for a romantic getaway!

Note: This experience can be inserted as an extra night in your itinerary or as a substitute for a night in the suggested itinerary

Price : £395 per person  (This will be reduced if you are substituting a night already costed into the break)

Includes:

  • Husky transfer to wilderness cabin
  • Aurora Hot tub
  • 3 course gourmet dinner
  • I night in wilderness cabin with breakfast
  • Transfer to airport following day  (or to next location on holiday)

 

 

Dinner, Hot Tub and Northern Lights
Enjoy a hot tub under the Northern Lights at Mattarahkka Lodge, Sweden

A wonderfully relaxing evening hopefully seeing the Northern Lights at Mattarahkka Sami Lodge. After an excellent 3-course Lappish dinner spend time in the roof-top hot tub from where you can relax and enjoy the star filled night sky and with a little luck even see the Northern Lights dancing above you. Although the temperature outside is below zero, you will be really warm in the hot tub. If the 35-40 degree Celsius water isn´t enough enjoy a warm sauna in the special relaxation zone.

You get a 1 hour private use of the hot tub.

Price per person: £95 includes: sauna, hot tub , towel, robe and slippers

Aurora hunt by dogsled
Northern Lights

The Aurora Hunt by dogsled is the perfect way to increase your chances of spotting the often exclusive Northern Lights. Immerse yourself in the dark wintry nights of Lapland and escape the city lights by sitting on a big sled pulled by a team of excitable yet friendly Alaskan Huskies. The trail winds its way through pine and birch forest down to the famous Torne River where you can see the night sky stretching far in front of you.

At the half way point  stop at a traditional Sami-style lávvu ( tepee), for a warming drink and a popular Swedish snack. Here you can choose to take comfort and warmth from the open fire or, if luck is on your side, you can marvel at the display of Aurora Borealis outside.

Duration: 2.5 Hours

Price: £120 person

 Includes:  Transfer, guide, appropriate warm clothing, coffee/tea and “fika” snack

Northern lights hunt by snowmobile
Northern Lights by snowmobile

Join in on an exciting hunt for the northern lights by snowmobile. From  Camp Ripan or Máttaráhkká Northern Lights Lodge ride out into the polar night to get a glimpse of the mythical  light phenomena. During the trip take a break out in the wilderness and enjoy a light snack  and hot drink.

Duration: 2 hours

Price:  £130 – £150 per person (2 people/snowmobile)

Includes: Guide, appropriate warm clothing, coffee/tea, home made cake and sandwich

Additional charge for one snowmobile per person  £90 per person

Aurora Hunt & Photography
Northern Lights photography in Lapland

This evening  after an outdoor BBQ on the aurora deck at Máttaráhkká Northern Lights Lodge venture out to hunt and photograph the Aurora Borealis.

The guides will track local aurora activity using the Northern Lights forecast and will have a minivan on hand in case you need to travel away from Kiruna to see them. In case of bad weather or a bad aurora forecast  Plan B will entail you  venturing out on a nighttime snowmobile adventure instead.

Our mission is to get you to see the aurora and manage your itinerary to achieve this goal.

Price per person: £98

Includes: Camera for use  (1 per couple) vehicle and guide. You need to take SD card with you.

Aurora Hunt & Photography
Northern Lights photography in Lapland

This evening  after an outdoor BBQ on the aurora deck at Máttaráhkká Northern Lights Lodge venture out to hunt and photograph the Aurora Borealis.

The guides will track local aurora activity using the Northern Lights forecast and will have a minivan on hand in case you need to travel away from Kiruna to see them. In case of bad weather or a bad aurora forecast  Plan B will entail you  venturing out on a nighttime snowmobile adventure instead.

Our mission is to get you to see the aurora and manage your itinerary to achieve this goal.

Price per person: £98

Includes: Camera for use  (1 per couple) vehicle and guide. You need to take SD card with you.

Aurora hunt by dogsled
Northern Lights

The Aurora Hunt by dogsled is the perfect way to increase your chances of spotting the often exclusive Northern Lights. Immerse yourself in the dark wintry nights of Lapland and escape the city lights by sitting on a big sled pulled by a team of excitable yet friendly Alaskan Huskies. The trail winds its way through pine and birch forest down to the famous Torne River where you can see the night sky stretching far in front of you.

At the half way point  stop at a traditional Sami-style lávvu ( tepee), for a warming drink and a popular Swedish snack. Here you can choose to take comfort and warmth from the open fire or, if luck is on your side, you can marvel at the display of Aurora Borealis outside.

Duration: 2.5 Hours

Price: £120 person

 Includes:  Transfer, guide, appropriate warm clothing, coffee/tea and “fika” snack

Dinner, Hot Tub and Northern Lights
Enjoy a hot tub under the Northern Lights at Mattarahkka Lodge, Sweden

A wonderfully relaxing evening hopefully seeing the Northern Lights at Mattarahkka Sami Lodge. After an excellent 3-course Lappish dinner spend time in the roof-top hot tub from where you can relax and enjoy the star filled night sky and with a little luck even see the Northern Lights dancing above you. Although the temperature outside is below zero, you will be really warm in the hot tub. If the 35-40 degree Celsius water isn´t enough enjoy a warm sauna in the special relaxation zone.

You get a 1 hour private use of the hot tub.

Price per person: £95 includes: sauna, hot tub , towel, robe and slippers

Northern lights hunt by snowmobile
Northern Lights by snowmobile

Join in on an exciting hunt for the northern lights by snowmobile. From  Camp Ripan or Máttaráhkká Northern Lights Lodge ride out into the polar night to get a glimpse of the mythical  light phenomena. During the trip take a break out in the wilderness and enjoy a light snack  and hot drink.

Duration: 2 hours

Price:  £130 – £150 per person (2 people/snowmobile)

Includes: Guide, appropriate warm clothing, coffee/tea, home made cake and sandwich

Additional charge for one snowmobile per person  £90 per person

Extension to See Stockholm Scandinavia's Capital City
Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and always rates in the top 10 most desirable cities in the world to live in. It is also the perfect contrast to a break in the arctic.

The old town in Stockholm is very picturesque and compact and can be done in a full day. Your time will be spent exploring some fascinating landmarks. The VASA museum is world class, the Nobel museum of local interest and for ABBA fans; new in 2013 is the ABBA interactive museum.

Also in December Stockholm has many Christmas markets so a break can allow you to do some shopping and get into the Christmas spirit.

You will stay in the Rival Hotel owned by Benny Anderson of Abba fame. The hotel is an excellent 4* hotel in a quiet square but within walking distance of the old town.

Cost From:

£230 per person for Standard room (weekend rate).

£278 per person for Superior room  (weekend rate)

£332 per person for Deluxe Room (weekend rate)

Includes  2 nights in standard double room – bed and breakfast, private airport transfers to and from Arlanda airport

Aurora Addicts Extension into Norway
Aurora-Borealis-Norway-copyright-Arild-Heitmann

This fantastic 3 night extension to your break enables you to extend your holiday into Norway and attempt to see the northern Lights from Sky Land and Sea!

We will manage this bolt on to your itinerary so that it logistically ties in with what you are doing in Abisko.

DAY 1

Transfer down to Narvik in Norway following the iron ore railway, an historic route with great scenery. In Narvik check into the striking Scandic Hotel. Visit the war museum this afternoon which documents the German Occupation of the WW2. Tonight enjoy dinner at the Hotel before pick up for a night of Northern Lights hunting in the spectacular Mountains behind Narvik with a local Sami Guide

DAY 2

Catch the bus via the Polar Park to Tromso. The Polar Park is home to many of the indigenous wildlife of the region. Wolves, bears, Moose and lynx are just a few. On arrival in Tromso check into your hotel the Clarion Edge, your base for the next 2 nights. Tonight enjoy dinner at the hotel and a wonder around the town.

DAY 3

Explore Tromso, ‘Paris of the North’. There is plenty to see including the Polar Museum, Mack Brewery and the Arctic Cathedral. This evening enjoy a northern lights hunt on the water as you enjoy a luxury Catamaran cruise around the fjords near Tromso.

DAY 4

At Leisure until your flybus transfer to the airport for your flight home.

To see a fuller description of the journey please follow this link:

 

Price: From £995 per person

Includes: 3 Nights accommodation with Breakfast, 3 dinners, experiences as described, buses and transfers

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Reviews & Feedback

"Just to let you know Steven has just called us. He’s just come back from Lapland and wanted to feedback the following (his words): - Everything was absolutely fantastic - Everything was exactly as advertised - All went like clockwork - The guides were amazing and work hard - Only saw the Lights a little bit, but it was 4th place with the rest of the experiences even if the Lights had been better - Loved snowmobiling and huskies - Everything first class - Everyone in Lapland was singing your praises - Amazing trip".

Sue

"All the arrangements ran like clockwork and the team in Kiruna couldn't have been better - they ensured our stay was excellent and we were well looked after. It was a truly memorable trip which is just what we wanted, and it was so well organised we were stress-free".

Rob

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Price Per Person: From £1,795 (Inc Flights)
What's included & departure airports

What's Included?

  • Flights (from the UK) with one hold bag per person
  • 4 nights Accommodation as detailed
  • Drive your own husky team in pristine river valley
  • Daytime Snowmobile Safari  on private trails with Ice Fishing
  • Authentic Sami Culture Introduction day with Reindeer ride and lunch in Tepee
  • 4 breakfasts, 2 dinners and 3 lunches
  • Transfers & guides
  • Arctic clothing loan

Break Available :

December to March

Departure Airports

  • Heathrow
  • Manchester (limited)
  • Stockholm

For clients wishing to travel from the USA, Australia and Asia we can advise of best options.

If you have booked your own flights we can organise ground plans only.

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