Staying at an Ice Hotel is a must for the modern adventurer – an experience unlike any other hotel stays! Stay at the world famous Ice Hotel in Jukkasjärvi and travel by train through the stunning Arctic wilderness to Norway. Join a cruise by Hurtigruten along the Norwegian coastline to the Northern Light city of Tromsø.
Arrival in Kiruna according to your own itinerary. Upon arrival you will be met at the airport in Kiruna and transferred to Sweden's Ice Hotel in Jukkasjärvi. Please note that it is possible to combine the tour with a visit to Stockholm and an overnight train from Stockholm to Kiruna (see add-ons). The Ice Hotel is situated in the small village of Jukkasjärvi in Swedish Lapland. Since 1999 artists from all over the world have gathered here to create the world's largest Ice hotel. The hotel has over 50 rooms built each year from snow and crystal clear ice and you can also find an ice chapel, an ice art exhibition hall, and the famous ‘ICEBAR by ICEHOTEL’. The interior temperature is always between -5°C to -8°C, even when it gets up to -37°C outside. The Ice Hotel opens in mid-December for the season. Some building work will continue into early January where guests can watch the creation of this masterpiece. Winter activities have not been included in this tour giving you the opportunity to choose freely amongst the activities on offer in Jukkasjärvi. It is recommended that you book these in advance. This evening we recommend joining one of the Northern Lights tours. Overnight at Kaamos Hotel (warm accommodation) next to the Ice Hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel. This day is at your own leisure. Try one of the optional winter activities such as dog sledding, where you can experience driving your own team of huskies, a snow mobile safari or renting cross country skies or snowshoeing equipment and head off on your own. In the evening, guests can choose to dine at the Ice Hotel Restaurant or at the authentic and charming Old Homestead Restaurant 800 meters away from the Ice Hotel. Tonight you will stay at the Ice Hotel, in rooms furnished with furniture made from ice and snow. You will sleep in a thermal sleeping bag on comfortable reindeer skins in a special bed built of snow and ice (please see hotel description for further details about the Ice Hotel and dining options).
Breakfast at the hotel followed by transfer to Kiruna train station for your three-hour train ride to Narvik, Norway. Today you have the option to break the tour and disembark the train already when passing Abisko, approximately one hour after leaving Kiruna. Here you can stay the night at Abisko Tourist Station next to the Aurora Sky Station, famous for its Northern lights observations (please see add-ons) or continue the journey onwards to Norway. You will travel by train on a scenic route passing through Abisko National park, with the mountain Kebnekaise as backdrop, towards the port town of Narvik on the Norwegian coast. Just after having passed the border between Sweden and Norway the train travels slowly downhill from the mountain region and for the last part of the journey you can look down into the deep Rombakks fjord with a view of Lofoten Mountains in the far background. From Narvik you will travel by two buses for approximately three hours to Harstad, including a 45-minute stop at Evenes airport (please note that this bus does not run on Saturdays). Harstad is a small coastal town located on the island Hinnøya. Accommodation in Harstad.
Breakfast at the hotel. Spend the morning at sea onboard Hurtigruten. Hurtigruten is often referred to as the world’s most beautiful sea voyage where along the way you will experience the Norwegian spectacular nature. The ship arrives to Tromsø at 14:15 hrs. Tromsø is surrounded by mountains, fjords and islands and is the largest town in the Nordic countries north of the Arctic Circle. It is placed right in the Northern Light’s belt making it one of the best places in the world for spotting the Northern Lights. Sights of interest include the Polar Museum, Northern Light Planetarium and Tromsø Museum. This evening we recommend joining one of the Northern lights excursions. Accommodation in Tromsø.
Breakfast at the hotel. This day is at your own leisure to experience Tromsø, often referred to as Paris of the North due to its lively atmosphere. Today you will have the possibility to join one of the optional winter activities. In the evening we recommend having dinner at one of Tromsø’s excellent restaurants. Accommodation in Tromsø.
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure from Tromsø is according to your own itinerary. Or perhaps you would like to combine your tour with Tromsø Dog Sledding Adventure, Northern Lights & Winter break or our Northern Lights Cruise?