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This holiday allows you to visit the world-famous ICEHOTEL® and enjoy the wonders of the Arctic in the summer and autumn months. What’s more, you can design your own activity agenda using Lapland’s expansive and dramatic wilderness as your playground.

What's included?

  • Flights: return flights from London to Kiruna (via Stockholm)
  • Transfers: return airport transfers
  • Accommodation: 2 nights in a Kaamos warm room and 1 night in an Art Suite cold room
  • Meals: breakfast
  • Activities: choose from our extensive range of activities (individually priced in the ‘Personalise’ section)
  • Fully qualified guides and instructors during activities

It is fair to say that not everybody enjoys the winter. Often it has been the reason folk who would love to witness the ICEHOTEL® fail to visit such a remarkable monument of snow and ice architecture.

Fortunately, that’s all changed with our summer and autumn tailor-made breaks. Now, you can make the absolute most of stunning Lapland and marvel at the permanent features of the ICEHOTEL® 365 without visiting in the depths of winter.

You’ll spend your first night in a cold room but don’t worry, with an Arctic grade sleeping bag and reindeer hides to sleep on, you’ll stay cosy as you admire the impressive ice and snow structures around you. Your next two nights are in a warm hotel room, so you can still experience all the features of the ICEHOTEL® whilst staying in the luxury of a ‘Kaamos’ room. If you prefer, you can upgrade so all of your nights are spent in a warm room though we thoroughly recommend sleeping in an ice room – the experience really is unmissable!

There are, in fact, many hotels in Northern Scandinavia which are made from snow and ice but only one can call itself “The Original”. You’ll find the pioneering ICEHOTEL® in Swedish Lapland’s Jukkasjarvi, a small village surrounded by wilderness 200km north of the Arctic Circle.

The ICEHOTEL® has traditionally been constructed using frozen ice collected from the Torne River. This, of course, requires the onset of winter and so in the past, the doors have generally opened from mid-December onwards. Come the spring thaw, the ICEHOTEL® melted away for another year.

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However, using the wonders of modern science and the remarkable energy provided by the sun, there is now a permanent ICEHOTEL® 365. It is kept cold by solar panels, which makes a lot of sense when the arrival of the Midnight Sun means the blazing orange ball doesn’t set for over two months between late-May and mid-July. This ingenious use of technology allows you to marvel at the lovingly-crafted ice suites, enjoy a drink in the ice bar and admire the stunning ice gallery at any time of year.

However, this holiday is about more than the ICEHOTEL®.

The summer spectacle, the Midnight Sun, means 24 hours of daylight to give you more than enough time to explore the rugged Lappish landscapes. From white water rafting to hiking, mountain biking to canoeing, there are always plenty of daylight hours to enjoy incredible experiences.

In September and early-October the Midnight Sun might have disappeared but there is a lot to fill its place. The countryside becomes bathed in Autumnal colours and perhaps most exciting of all, the Aurora Borealis returns to the darkened night skies. It is a time for hiking, berry picking, rafting and gazing at night skies ablaze with swirling celestial light. 


©MARTIN SMEDSÉN and Asaf Kliger and ICEHOTEL

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Duration: 3 or more nights
Pace: Set your own
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The ICEHOTEL® 365

Nights: 1-3

The ICEHOTEL® in Jukkasjarvi is the original snow and ice (“snice”) hotel and is undoubtedly one of Northern Scandinavia’s most fascinating sites. Until recently it has always been necessary to brave the sub-zero temperatures of winter if you want to visit or stay. Happily, for anybody who doesn’t like the cold, there is now a permanent ICEHOTEL® 365 which is open every day of the year.

What’s more, you don’t even have to sleep in a cold room as you can upgrade to one of the lovely, warm rooms, chalets and suites on site for the duration of your stay.


ICEHOTEL® Facilities

It is important to remember that the ICEHOTEL® also has a “normal” warm side to it. Inside the main warm building you’ll find a relaxing lounge area, a bar, dressing room, restaurant and the gift shop which sells ICEHOTEL® themed gifts and locally sourced handicrafts.

Meals are served in the warm restaurant. The breakfast buffet provides plenty of hot and cold choice to fortify you for the day ahead. Please note that dinner reservations must be made in advance and can be done through us.

If you are spending the night in one of the suites then you’ll change in the facilities provided at the Riverside Lobby next to the main building before walking over to ICEHOTEL® 365 (approx. 60 to 80 metres).


Accommodation

ICEHOTEL® 365 – Cold Accommodation:

Accommodation at ICEHOTEL® 365 consists of 9 Deluxe Suites and 11 Art Suites. Ice artists from all over the world come to Jukkasjarvi to create these rooms and no two suites are the same. The expertise and skill is remarkable and each artisan carves his or her own unique vision into each room.

Temperatures inside the suites sit constantly between -5°C and -8°C and, we know that sounds cold but, without any wind chill factor, it’s really very tolerable. This is especially the case when you are lying on your comfortable bed, insulated from the cold by a reindeer skins and a thermal sleeping bag.                  

There are also lockers where you can leave your valuables overnight as well as toilets, showers and, rather temptingly, a sauna. The warm building also has a small number of bunk beds in case you decide your ice room is not for you.

Deluxe Ice Suites 365 (upgrade):

All deluxe suites are individually themed and come equipped with a heated relaxation area.         

ICEHOTEL® 365 – Warm Accommodation ‘Kaamos’:

All warm hotel rooms are spacious and tastefully decorated with natural materials. Each room has two beds, a desk, seating area with two armchairs and a coffee table and the en-suite bathroom comes equipped with heated floors. You can also upgrade a superior room for more space. 


Photography by Asaf Kliger, Vanessa Romano And ICEHOTEL. 

Suites featured: ‘Oh Deer’, designed by Ulrika Tallving & Carl Wellander. ‘Dancers in the Dark’, designed by Tjåsa Gusfors & Patrick Dallard. ‘You Are My Type’, designed by John Bark & Charli Kasselback.

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On each of our holidays you will see a clear outline of exactly what's included in the price of your holiday. We never use 'headline' or 'lead-in' prices like so many tour operators, as we prefer to include as much as we can, rather than see our clients incur considerable additional costs in our destinations.
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To secure your holiday for next season, you can make a pre-reservation by paying only £50pp. The provisional departure dates, prices and itineraries remain subject to change. We will contact you when the final dates, prices and itineraries are confirmed and you will have 14 days to decide if you would like to go ahead. Should you wish to proceed then a further deposit (typically of £250pp) will be payable at this stage. If you decide not to travel, we will refund your initial £50pp payment. Our Travel Experts will happily provide you with full terms and a complete quotation.

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Holiday group size (approximate)

Minimum 2, maximum 24 (approximately). All activities require a minimum of 2 people to operate.

Group Size

We always try to provide an approximation of the group size you can expect to be with for the duration of each of our holidays. It may be that you are joined by others for parts of your holiday (such as transfers and particular activities) but the above number reflects those you can normally expect to be with from beginning to end. If group size is something which is particularly important to you, please speak to our Travel Experts and they can suggest the best holidays for you.

Tailor-made holiday group sizes will vary for all activities as will the group size for any additional activities you book.

Minimum and maximum age

If a specific minimum age applies to this holiday, it can be found in the Key Facts box on the holiday Overview page.

Unless otherwise stated in the in the Key Facts box on the holiday Overview page, the minimum age for participation in an Artisan holiday is typically 8 years old (there may be younger children in some destinations who have booked with other companies). If an adult-only environment is important to you, then please contact our Travel Experts and they will advise on the best dates and destinations for you. If you are looking for a holiday designed specifically for families then please see our sister company www.activitiesabroad.com

Itinerary amendments

The order of activities listed in this agenda is provided for guidance only, your final and detailed itinerary will be provided either with your final travel documents (which are uploaded into your online account around a week prior to departure) or upon arrival.

Medical History and Advice

We want our holidays to be accessible as they can be and will do our best to accommodate any special requests and requirements where possible. We have a wide range of holidays and destinations and so our travel experts will help find the best holiday for you.

In order to give us the best possible chance to do this we ask that if you or any member of your party has any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday or has any special requirements, that you tell us at the time of enquiry or booking. You must also promptly advise us if any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday develops after your booking has been confirmed. You may need to provide a doctor’s note and proof of insurance in some cases as the health and safety of our clients is absolutely paramount.

In providing this information you are allowing us to work with our expert local partners to ensure that your whole party can enjoy the holiday. By letting us know in advance we can discreetly work with you to adapt any part of the holiday which may potentially be challenging. Being able to prepare for this in advance makes an incredible difference to what we can offer and minimises any impact on your party and the rest of the group.

Unfortunately, if you choose not to share this information with us in advance then it may limit some or all of the itinerary you have booked, and we cannot be held accountable for any additional costs or missed activities resulting from this.

Insurance

Insurance is not included in your holiday, but it is a pre-requisite to travelling with us. You will need to ensure that you have cover for all the activities that you will be participating in during your holiday.

It is extremely important that you take out a suitable travel insurance policy at the time of booking. Plans do sometimes change, and you will need this policy should you need to cancel your holiday.

If you are struggling to find a suitable policy then details of our preferred provider, who will cover you for all the activities we offer, can be found on our website by clicking here. Please note that this policy is available to EU residents under the age of 75 only.

The UK Foreign Office Advice

Our clients’ safety is at the centre of everything we do, and our operations team continually assesses and monitors the destinations we feature. We carry out thorough risk assessments and work closely with all of our suppliers to continually follow best practice. For up to date travel advice the UK government offers its Travel Aware website as well as the advice detailed below.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office Advice

We receive all updates from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) with regards to travel advice and we always ensure that we follow this advice in our operations. The FCO issues travel advisories for countries based on a very wide range of factors. They may provide notification about things as simple as a football match and crowds, or they may go so far as to advise against all travel to a region. We ask all our clients to refer to the relevant Travel Advice by Country for the destinations they are visiting in order to make an informed decision on the safety of the destination based on the details provided. It also provides vital information regarding entry requirements, embassy information, local laws and customs as well as specific safety and health. Guests should take responsibility for keeping themselves up to date with this advice. Please also ensure that, if you are transiting through another country, you have read the advice and meet the entry requirements for that destination too.

The FCO travel advice is applicable to British Passport Holders. Most governments will issue their own travel advice for a region and, if you are not a UK resident then you can find some helpful links below:

Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/                                                   

New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade http://www.safetravel.govt.nz/                                                 

Canadian Consular Affairs Bureau http://voyage.gc.ca/                                                                                                     

The U.S. Bureau of Consular Affairs http://travel.state.gov/content/travel/english.html

If the FCO deems that there is an unacceptable level of risk for UK citizens then, together with the government, they may issue an advisory against all travel to a region or country. If such an advisory is published, then we will act accordingly, and this may require the cancellation, curtailment or amendment of a holiday itinerary. These decisions are made on the basis of ensuring our clients’ safety and will affect all clients on the holiday, regardless of their nationality.

If one of our local experts suggests an amendment due to a situation which develops locally then we may also take the decision to amend an itinerary appropriately.

If we have to cancel your holiday prior to departure you will be offered the option of an alternative trip (where any price difference will either be refunded to or covered by you) or a full refund of the monies paid.

If we have to curtail a holiday, then you will be refunded for any costs for the elements we have been unable to deliver, where we have been able to secure a refund from our suppliers. If we must reroute a holiday, then any basis for refund is determined on a case by case basis and dependent on whether the central holiday experience was provided or not.

Booking activities locally

Additional activities can be booked locally in almost all our destinations. However, as per our booking conditions, we cannot be held responsible for any injury or loss incurred through participation in activities which are booked at your destination outside of our holiday itinerary (see our ‘Terms and Conditions’ for further details).

When arranging any such activity please always ensure that safety is your primary concern.

In some of our destinations, you can borrow or hire equipment for use in your free time. You do so entirely at your own risk. You must ensure that you are properly prepared, have the necessary equipment and knowledge (maps, etc) and ensure that where applicable, you follow marked routes. We recommend discussing your plans with the local teams who will be able to advise on the most suitable options for you.

Always let the reception/guide know where you are planning to go and take a torch and mobile phone (with the hotel/guide’s phone number stored). It is also a good idea to leave your contact number and the time you expect to return to the hotel should the hotel need to contact you.

Brexit information for British Passport holders

For the most up to date information on how the UK’s departure from the EU may affect your holiday please click here to view our Brexit information for British Passport holders.

Flight schedule changes and connecting transportation

On your documentation, we will confirm your flight schedule. Sometimes the flight number, routing and timings might change prior to your departure. If the change is classed as a significant change then we will contact you to discuss this. Please see our booking conditions for details.

Flight schedule changes can impact on your pre and post-holiday travel arrangements if these have been booked separately to your holiday. We strongly recommend that you do not book transport (such as trains or transfers), car parking or non-connecting flights to the departure point for your holiday until you have received your final confirmed travel times when your final travel documents are issued. We are not responsible for the effect of any schedule change on your pre or post travel arrangements. We strongly recommend that you do not purchase non-flexible or non-refundable tickets to avoid cancellation and penalty charges.

Booking your own flights - cancellation disclaimer

If you have chosen to book your own flights, then you will need to wait until we confirm to you that the holiday departure has met the minimum numbers required to run (if applicable to your chosen holiday). Once the holiday is guaranteed to run, you will be informed and you can then make your arrangements.

If transfers are included in your holiday, please ensure that any potential flights will be met by our standard transfers (speak to one of our Travel Experts for advice) otherwise private transfer supplements may be applicable. Once your flights are booked, please send us a copy of your detailed flight itinerary.

Please be aware that most tickets are non-refundable in the case of cancellation. For this reason, we strongly advise you check the rules of the ticket and check the limitations of your cancellation insurance before booking. We cannot be held liable, in the unlikely eventuality that we should be forced to cancel or amend your trip, for losses incurred relating to any flight booking you have made.

Terms and Conditions

Our full booking terms and conditions can be found on our website: https://www.artisantravel.co.uk/booking-conditions

Additional Cancellation Terms and Conditions

Please note that the following cancellation terms supersede those mentioned in section 7 of our general booking terms and conditions.

- More than 63 days prior to departure - Loss of deposit (including the full cost of flights or other services where paid at the time of booking)

- 63 to 47 days prior to departure - 40%

- 46 to 29 days prior to departure - 75%

- 28 to 15 days prior to departure - 80%

- 14 or less days - 100%

Traveller Reviews

Thank you- I had a great, stress free enjoyable holiday 28 July 2019 by Mary-Anne Jeffs

Genuinely surprised by how great a holiday I had. Staff at the office, hotel and the guides were all really helpful and friendly. Guides were knowledgeable and friendly. All transfers were easy, on time etc and utterly painless. Really enjoyed the destination- beautiful setting, great accommodation and the activities I took part in were really good. My room had a direct, close view of the river
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which was beautiful. Especially recommend the photoadventures which has been one of my favourite days. The ice hotel experience was amazing. The equipment provided meant that it was very comfortable and the artistry of the rooms is phenomenal. Before going, I had an issue with no baggage applied for one way of the trip, but this was fixed very quickly by office staff. Only downside was that the location is relatively remote and food options are therefore limited if you were peckish between meal times or wanted food outside of the hotel. The photoadventures was a great day. Annette (the guide) arrived with good equipment which she talked me through. We then went out and I could ask to stop wherever I saw something I wanted to photograph in addition to pre determined stops. We took short strolls out into the countryside to get good views of the environment and had an amazing lunch bonfire on the beach. She had put lots of thought and effort into finding food for me with my difficult dietary needs and it was a really enjoyable experience. She guided me to take some great pictures of the mountains and also of close up photography. On our way back we came across reindeer which we stopped for to take lots of photos. Throughout the day, we had get conversation as she is a Sami, sharing Sami history and experiences, life with the reindeer, life in Sweden etc and our chats really added to the value of the day. Now need to go and review the photos and edit them but I have some amazing images.
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