Achieve the perfect balance of adventure and experience on this luxurious break to Swedish Lapland. With a night in the renowned ICEHOTEL, staying in a freshly carved, individually-designed Ice Room, and two more in warm accommodation, you’ll be perfectly placed to sample winter activities, undertake thrilling excursions, discover Nordic traditions and indulge in Lappish food and cocktails at the hotel’s ICEBAR. Traditionally a purely winter time escape, the innovative ICEHOTEL 365 is a permanent structure cooled by solar power, which enables you to experience the ICEHOTEL all year round and allows you to swap hunting the Northern Lights for lazing under the Midnight Sun before you settle down to sleep on your bed of ice.
Start with a chauffeur-driven transfer to the airport and a short flight to Kiruna, via Stockholm. We will whisk you from the airport to the ICEHOTEL, or you might choose to kick off your adventure by arriving in style on a husky sleigh. Located around 150 miles north of the Arctic Circle, this is the original, occasionally-imitated but never bettered ice hotel. Your first glimpse of the incredible structure will be extraordinary; there’s nothing else quite like it. Everything from the foundations to the furniture is carved from ice cut out of the frozen Torne River. Inside, sculptures and chandeliers are also cut from ice and the theme is carried right through to the 45-foot ICEBAR and even the glasses you’ll toss back welcome drinks from. Collect your thermal clothing and let yourself be led to your Ice Room. Spoil yourself with an upgrade to an individually themed and beautifully carved Art Suite for a one-off sleeping experience in a room that has never been created before or push the boat out and bag yourself a larger Deluxe Suite. Settle into the chilly space, taking note of the surprisingly comfortable ice bed, a carved block covered in reindeer hides, on which you’ll sleep in an expedition-strength sleeping bag to combat the cold, which hovers at around -5°C. Steel yourself with a shot of something in the atmospheric ICEBAR and turn in for an exclusive stay in your own private ice cavern.
Having experienced an unforgettable night in the ICEHOTEL, awake to a cup of hot lingonberry juice at your bedside. Step into a warming morning sauna to thaw any lingering chills and then fuel yourself with a hearty breakfast buffet. After breakfast, the tempo quickens as you try your hand at one of the many activities and winter sports available. We’ll help you explore further by setting up snowmobile excursions through the unspoiled wilderness, dog-sled safaris in the surrounding forests and cross-country skiing expeditions through the Poikkijarvi Woods. Next, if you’re inspired by your surrounds, take a class on ice sculpting using traditional tools, try your hand at mushing and steering a reindeer sleigh and let a local guide lead you in search of moose, foxes, hares and grouse. We’ll also arrange an introduction to the local Sami people, so you can learn a little more about their traditional way of life through their stories, folk tales and seeing how they live today.
After all the adrenaline and exertion, relax in the lounge bar with a cocktail inspired by the Arctic – what could be more appropriate than a Dog Sled Sour or a Sparkling Polar Night? Swap stories of your own with other guests and prepare for a culinary feast prepared by a Michelin-trained chef. We recommend a seat at the Chef’s Table on the Veranda and a leisurely 12-course tasting menu for the ultimate dining experience, or for an intimate, adventurous meal, ask us about an outdoor wilderness feast inspired by the season. Afterwards, treat yourself to a nightcap and keep a watchful eye on the star-strewn sky for a hint of the Northern Lights appearing as ethereal waves of green and purple light. We’ll help you to hunt for them on a snowmobile safari or horseback ride after dark as well. Finally, retire to your warm room for a less extreme evening and a toasty night’s sleep.
After the thrill of exploring and discovering Swedish Lapland, prepare to return home. We will transfer you to Kiruna, from where your onward flight will depart, via Stockholm.
"For those who are looking to experience Scandinavia at its best, look no further. This iconic hotel is the first of its kind and although it has since been copied, nowhere does it better than the original ICEHOTEL. To get the most out of this once-in-a-lifetime experience, I recommend upgrading to an Art Suite. These handcrafted rooms have that extra je ne sais quoi having been designed and beautifully carved by various dedicated artists, including two brothers from Liverpool who created a room that they have called 'A Rich Seam'. "
Year Round from: £915 pp
Be part of a small group of privileged guests and stay at the ICEHOTEL on its opening night 2018/19. This exclusive departure will operate 12 - 15 December. Contact us for further information.