Northern Lights & Ice Hotel Break

Stay at the world renowned Ice Hotel in Swedish Lapland and explore the Northern Lights during the dark polar nights. This tour includes a 1,5- hour dog sledding excursion and an evening visit at the famous Aurora Sky station in Abisko.

Duration

3 days

Transportation

Train

Season

Winter

Tour Type

Self-guided

Itinerary - Day by day

  • Arrival in Kiruna.
  • Transfer from Kiruna airport to the Ice Hotel in Jukkasjärvi
  • Day at leisure in Jukkasjärvi.
  • Recommended winter activities:
    • Wilderness Snowmobile Safari
    • Ice Sculpting
    • Visit to a Reindeer farm
    • Snowmobile Northern Lights tour
    • Northern Lights tour on horseback
  • Overnight at the Ice Hotel.

Arrival in Kiruna according to your own itinerary. Transfer from the airport or train station in Kiruna to the Ice Hotel in Jukkasjärvi. The Ice Hotel is Scandinavia's original, as well as largest ice hotel in the world. Each year the ice hotel is built from ice from the Torne River, and artists from all over the world gather in the small village of Jukkasjärvi to create the Ice Hotel and all its art made of snow and ice. The interior is always between -5°C to -8°C, even when it gets up to -37°C outside. The Ice Hotel will open early December and some building work will continue into early January where guests can watch the creation of this masterpiece. Today we recommend joining one of the optional winter activities, including ice sculpting and snowmobile tours or rent your own cross country skies or snowshoeing equipment and head off on your own. In the evening, guests can dine at the Ice Hotel Restaurant, or at the authentic and charming Old Homestead Restaurant. There are also several optional Northern Lights tours on offer in the evening. Accommodation 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).

Accommodation included at the Ice Hotel

  • Morning sauna, followed by breakfast
  • Dog sledding 1,5 hours
  • Transfer from the Ice Hotel to Kiruna train station
  • Train from Kiruna to Abisko Tourist Station.
  • Return ticket by cable car to Aurora Sky Station, including hire of warm aurora watchers overall and a guided tour.
  • 4-course dinner at the Aurora Sky Station (Hotel Category GOLD only).
  • Accommodation at Abisko Tourist Station.

In the morning you will wake up to a cup of hot lingonberry juice at your bedside. Take a walk to the sauna to warm up before breakfast is served at the restaurant. At 9:30 am you will depart for a 1,5 hour dog sledding tour in a comfortable sled pulled by 12 friendly huskies through magical winter landscape of snow-clad forests and frozen lakes. After lunch, you will transfer from the Ice Hotel to the train station in Kiruna for your train towards Abisko (1,5 hrs train ride). Here you will stay at Abisko Tourist Station, located only a few minutes’ walk from the chairlift going up to the Aurora Sky Station. Before travelling up to the station in the evening you will be provided with warm overalls and blankets. The mountain station is an excellent location to observe the Northern lights since there is no air pollution and the nearby lake Torne träsk, "the blue hole of Abisko” is said to keep the skies above the mountain station clear, even when fog covers other parts of Lapland. Upon arrival you will join a guided tour. At the Aurora Sky Station you will find a panorama café selling coffee, tea, cakes and sandwiches, a souvenir shop and look-out tower. There is also a northern lights exhibition, which emphasizes observing and understanding the Northern lights. The observations are made with help of both radio receivers and northern lights cameras. Please note that for guests booking category GOLD, a 4-course dinner is included at the restaurant. Accommodation at Abisko Tourist Station.

Add extra nights in Abisko - From EUR 155 per person per night

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Train from Abisko to Kiruna. Alternative transfer by bus if this corresponds with your flight.
  • Departure from Kiruna according to your own itinerary.

Breakfast at the hotel. Your train back to Kiruna leaves around noon. On certain weekdays transfer can be done by bus directly to the airport if this corresponds with your flight. Please note that the flight from Kiruna via Stockholm and to your destination must be booked by yourself. Alternatively, spend the day in Abisko and catch the overnight train back to Stockholm in the early afternoon with arrival the next day at in the morning (please see add-ons).

Tour category

Ice Hotel - Ice Room

Silver

Accommodation at good tourist class hotels equal to 3 to 3+ stars according to Scandinavian standard.

Inside cabin included during overnight cruises.

See Silver accommodation

Ice Hotel - Art Suite

Gold

Accommodation at 4 star hotels or at unique properties, like historic hotels or manor houses, selected for their atmosphere.

Outside (seaside) cabin included during overnight cruises.

See Gold accommodation

Services included: 

  • 1 nights hotel accommodation in a standard room with private shower/WC, including breakfast.
  • 1 night in a “Ice Room” at Jukkasjärvi Ice Hotel, including warm facilities as described, including breakfast.
  • Transfer from the airport/train station in Kiruna to the Ice Hotel.
  • Transfer from the Ice Hotel to the train station in Kiruna.
  • Return train from Kiruna to Abisko. (The return train might be replaced by a bus directly to the airport if it corresponds with your flight).
  • 1,5-hrs dog sledding at the Ice Hotel.
  • Return ticket by cable car to Aurora Sky Station, including warm aurora watchers overall and a guided tour.
  • Electronic travel documentation, including a detailed travel itinerary and travel vouchers.
  • Additional services included for Tour Category GOLD only:
  • Category GOLD hotels (accommodation in standard rooms)
  • Guests booking category 1 will be staying at a “Art Suite Winter” at Jukkasjärvi Ice Hotel.
  • 4-course exclusive dinner at Aurora Sky Station.
    • The Sky Station is open Nov. 29- Mar. 23. 

The Ice Hotel opens December 14 2018. When booking a tour between December 1 and December 13 you will spend the night in an Art Suite at Icehotel 365, the permanent ice hotel structure which opened in 2016.

Travelling before December 14 2018:
This tour is available from December 1, but please be aware that the seasonal ice hotel is under construction during this period. It is however a great opportunity for a behind the scenes experience (you will not be able to enter the ice hotel). Please note that some of the optional winter activities might not be available though.

ABISKO: Additional costs on New Year’s Eve:
On New Year's Eve there will be a supplement for the visit at the Aurora Sky Station as per below:

  • EUR 27,- per person. This includes a glass of champagne and Swedish style canapés which will be served at midnight.