Swedish Lapland offers a wide range of thrilling winter
activities. From snowmobiling through snow-clad forests in the dark
of night and exhilarating Ice Driving experiences, to husky
on wilderness adventures and the surprisingly entertaining ice carving
using the same ice from which the ICEHOTEL is built. You can even
choose to travel from the airport to the ICEHOTEL on a snowmobile
or by husky sledge!
Several of the excursions include itineraries to see the northern lights. These include husky sledging, snowmobiling, the safaris and starlit dinner*.
• Transfers from the airport to the ICEHOTEL
Transfer by Husky Sledge
Arrive in style at the ICEHOTEL by sledge (max 4 per sledge), pulled by a team of 10-14 very eager canine companions. Your first glimpse of the ICEHOTEL has even more impact after emerging from a pristine snowcovered forest. It is also possible to travel by husky sledge back to Kiruna Airport (max 3 per sledge).
• Husky Sledging at the ICEHOTEL
There are more dogs than people in Jukkasjarvi and its surrounds! Enjoy a husky sledge ride through quiet forest trails with a skilled musher. A short stop is made for coffee and cakes by a campfire.
Northern Lights Husky Safari
Wrap up warm, sit back on the sledge and enjoy the silence of the night time forest. In fact the only sound you'll hear is the sledge gliding over the snowy tracks and of course, the dogs barking every time you slow down and stop - they really are that keen to keep going! With the snow sparkling in the moonlight, keep watch skywards and hopefully the northern lights will illuminate your adventure.
An Ultimate Husky Sledge Tour
An exhillarating day on husky trail to the wilderness and get an insight to a musher's every day life. This excursion includes a two-course lunch in a wilderness lodge and concludes with a visit to the dog kennels. You can either choose to sit on the sledge as a passenger or try out your skills as a musher.
• Snowmobiling at the ICEHOTEL
Snowmobiling Experience - 40 klicks of Freedom
You will receive short instruction before heading off on a guided tour through the forests surrounding Jukkasjarvi. Price includes third party insurance (self-risk excess SEK 8000). Drivers must hold a valid driving licence.
Wilderness Snowmobile Tour
A longer guided tour into the wilderness around Jukkasjarvi with stops en route to take in the wonderful scenery. Traditional wilderness lunch included. Price includes third party insurance (self-risk excess SEK 8000). Drivers must hold a valid driving licence.
Northern Lights Snowmobile Tour
A guided snowmobile tour through snow clad forests, across a frozen lake and past the impressive ICEHOTEL in search of the northern lights (sightings cannot be guaranteed). Trip includes a traditional dinner at a wilderness hut (smoked salmon sandwich, moose soup, apple cake, tea/coffee or hot lingonberry juice). Price includes third party insurance (self-risk excess SEK 8000). Drivers must hold a valid driving licence.
Moose Safari by Snowmobile
Travel by minibus and take snowmobiles deep into the heart of the pasture - then it is time to wait. This excursions is operated in co-operation with Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and the ICEMOOSE project. The guide on this exclusive trip is very careful not to disturb the animals and it is often possible to have them grazing close by. Sightings cannot be guaranteed. Lunch included. Price includes third party insurance (self-risk excess SEK 8000). Drivers must hold a valid driving licence. Limited to 8 spaces.
Overnight Snowmobile Tour
For those with experience of snowmobiling, travel deeper into the forests and scenic surrounds of Jukkasjarvi. Overnight at a Wilderness Camp, where facilities are basic and accommodation shared, but with a unique chance of experiencing the traditional wood-fired sauna. Everyone lends a hand - great team spirit required! Price includes third party insurance (self-risk excess SEK 8000). Drivers must hold a valid driving licence.
• Reindeer Sledging & Moose safaris at the ICEHOTEL
Reindeer Sledging in the Sami Camp - Raidu
Travel the short distance by snowmobile pulled sledge to the camp in Jukkasjavi for a glimpse of rich Sami culture. Learn how to drive a reindeer sledge and practice your skills before enjoying a traditional meal in a lavvu, a Samistyle tent, and then return to the ICEHOTEL.
Reindeer Sled Excursion - Vuojan
Experience handling and driving your own reindeer sledge through the unspoiled natural forest in Lapland. Back at the camp learn how to feed your reindeer. Traditional Sami lunch included. Not suitable for children under 8 years of age and to drive your own reindeer you must be 16 years old.
Northern Lights Tour on Horseback
Transfer to the farm where the sure footed Icelandic horses are waiting. After an introduction and getting familiar with your horse, saddle up and ride through the magical winter forest, lit by the stars, moon and if we are lucky, the northern lights. There is also a chance to spot moose. Dinner back at the farm in a traditional Sami hut. Min age 12, max weight 90 kg.
Moose Safari on Horseback
Travel by minibus to the riding stables, where the eager Icelandic horses are waiting. After an introduction and getting familiar with your horse, saddle up and ride through the snow clad forest in search of the moose. It is often easy to find these majestic animals as they are not scared of the horses. Lunch back at the farm, before return transfer to the Icehotel. Min age 12, max weight 90 kg.
• Skiing & Snowshoeing at the ICEHOTEL
A short walk with your guide to the surrounding forest of the ICEHOTEL. After an introduction to the technique, you can try cross-country ski-ing in the specially made tracks, whilst the guide prepares the camp fire and hot drinks.
A short walk with your guide to the surrounding forest of the ICEHOTEL. After an introduction to the technique, you can try snowshoe walking in the deep snow of the forest, whilst the guide prepares the camp fire and hot drinks.
• Ice Driving at the ICEHOTEL
This is an experience that gives you the opportunity to improve your driving skills and have a great deal of fun at the same time! Head out to a specially built ice track. Under the supervision of skilled instructors, begin with manoeuvring tests on the ice which push the ABS and stabilization systems to the limit. Everyone gets a chance to drive, two drivers to a vehicle with 2 passengers (on back seat) per vehicle.
• Ice Sculpting at the ICEHOTEL
On site at the ICEHOTEL be guided by an expert, often someone directly involved in the building of the hotel or the decoration within, and learn how to fashion a small block of ice into your very own masterpiece. This is a truly absorbing activity and surprisingly entertaining. As sharp implements are used, the minimum age for participants is 12 years but for anyone above that, this is a highly recommended way to spend some time. And, the best sculptures are presented around the ICEHOTEL complex and at dinner that evening in the ICEHOTEL restaurant.
• Starlit Dinner at the Wilderness Camp
Experience the snow clad forest and the wilderness camp to look out for the northern lights (sightings cannot be guaranteed). A three course dinner and wine is included.
• LKAB Mine
This is a fascinating 2-hour guided tour of the world’s largest iron-ore mine, just outside of Kiruna. Explore part of the intricate tunnel system and various underground facilities then learn about the plans for future expansion which include moving the town above! Transportation between the ICEHOTEL and Kiruna at additional cost. Please note that this excursion can only be booked locally.
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"We went up the chair lift to the sky station to wait for the Northern Lights and saw an amazing display, couldn't have asked for anything more."
Rik and Angie Humphries,
Tromso, Abisko and Icehotel 2013