HIGHLIGHTS:
* 4 days / 3 nights
* 1 night in a luxury hotel with Swedish spa/sauna experience
* 1 night in a deluxe wilderness cabin with three course dinner
* 1 night in the world famous Ice Hotel
* Private overnight dog sledding experience
* Private snow mobile experience
* Good chances to see the Northern Lights

Day One:
As you touch down on the snowy runway at Kiruna airport you will be filled with excitement at the contrasting environment now beneath your feet. It feels a world away from where you started your journey and you will no doubt want a few hours to soak in this awesome landscape and what awaits you over the following days.

You will be met by your guide at the airport and taken to one of Kiruna’s highest quality hotels known for it’s outstanding restaurant and authentic Swedish-style rooms. Included in the price is a spa experience at the hotel so you can enjoy their range of saunas (with locally sourced body treatments) and even an outdoor hot tub beneath the dark, aurora-filled skies.

No meals included. We recommend dining at the hotel’s restaurant and would be happy to make a reservation for you.

Day Two:
After a hearty breakfast the morning is yours to enjoy as you wish. Maybe you’ll wander into town and take a look at Kiruna’s Church famed for being one of Sweden’s oldest wooden buildings, or try your hand at cross-country skiing on trails that start right from your doorstep at the hotel but whether you decide to relax or start your adventures early, your afternoon activities will surely be the focus of the day: you will be dog sledding through the Arctic wilderness!

First you will be met at your hotel and driven 15 minutes to the kennels near a village called Kurravaara. Here you will be kitted out with Arctic outerwear to keep you toasty during your snowy adventure. Once comfortable in your new gear, you can take a seat on a large sled driven by an expert guide or choose to drive your own small team of dogs. Once on the trail you’ll wind your way through forests, along frozen rivers and across large lakes. The ride takes about 1.5 hours so you will have plenty of time to marvel at this incredible mode of transport as the pitter patter of dogs feet in the snow is the only sound around. Your evening destination is luxury wilderness cabin, located beside a frozen lake, where you can enjoy some private time in the sauna with a big viewing area over the sky before a sumptuous 3-course dinner. Your overnight stay is in private, heated cabins with a separate area housing showers and toilets.

Breakfast and dinner included.

Day Three:
After breakfast, you will be taken by dog-sled back to the kennels. The ride takes about 2 hours including a stop for fresh coffee at a traditional Sami-style Lavvu where you’ll get an idea of how the Lappish people once lived. Once back at the kennels you can enjoy a light lunch before boarding a vehicle to take you to the world-famous Ice Hotel. Once there, you’ll have the whole afternoon to enjoy your surroundings, walking around the many ice sculpted rooms with individual themes, enjoying a drink at the Ice Bar, a hot chocolate in the warm bar or maybe you’d like to try the sauna. Whatever you choose it will be a fun-packed afternoon.

Later you may decide to dine at one of the Ice Hotel’s two restaurants: the Homestead, or the Ice Hotel restaurant. This evening you will sleep in a Suite at the Ice Hotel, an individually crafted ice room that provides a once in a lifetime sleeping experience. (Ice Hotel subject to availability).

Breakfast and lunch included.

Day Four:
After a hearty breakfast, it’s time to pack up and get ready for your last adventure before heading for the airport. You’ll be picked up and taken to a local snow mobile centre where you’ll get some protective clothing and helmet and receive instructions on how to drive a snowmobile*. It’s not long before you’re on the trail again enjoying a 2-hour tour. Each person can drive their own machine (unless you would prefer to share) and the contrast to the dog sledding is quite significant. Will you prefer the silence of the dogs or the power and adrenalin of the snow mobile? Time will tell but rest assured when it’s time to head back to the airport for your journey home, you’ll be full of fond memories of your experiences inside the Arctic Circle.

Breakfast included.

* Drivers must be at least 21 years of age with a full Drivers License.

Includes:  Accommodation, food and activities as detailed in the itinerary, free transfers as defined in the itinerary, hire of special arctic clothing during your activities (boots, mitts and a fur hat).

Excludes:  International flights (approx. £150-£400 from the UK to Kiruna, these can be arranged for you through our ATOL bonded partner), tips and gratuities.

Group size: Minimum 2 people.

Dates available:  Dates available from mid December through to end of March. Please note, because of SAS and Norwegian limited flight schedules during Christmas and New Year, it’s not usually possible to do this tour as a standalone experience – you will need to extend your holiday beyond the four days to suit flight arrangements. The Northern Lights are visible all season long but December and January have longer nights (22 hours of darkness at some points) so some may argue you have a better chance of seeing them during this time. However, these months often bring colder temperatures. If you struggle with the cold we would recommend February or March.

Price: From £1795 per person excluding flights (based on two sharing). Single supplement for entire stay £775.

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