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VISITING: Sweden BROCHURE CODE: 5116
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Design your dream winter itinerary during this tailor-made trip to Swedish Lapland. With an array of memorable day time and nightly excursions available and your excellent base at the original and world-famous ICEHOTEL®, you have all the makings for a complete Arctic adventure.

What's included?

  • Transfers: return airport transfers
  • Accommodation: 2 nights in a Kaamos warm room and 1 night in an ice room
  • Meals: 3 breakfasts
  • Activities: choose from our extensive range of activities (individually priced in the ‘Personalise’ section)
  • Fully qualified guides and instructors during activities
  • Cold weather clothing during activities
  • A note on flights: whilst flights are not included in the holiday price, our team will happily provide a quote and arrange them for you. Simply ask one of our Travel Experts for details of the available options for you

Though there are now many hotels made of snow and ice, there is only one original and during this holiday, the world-famous ICEHOTEL® is your base for your brilliant winter break.

After admiring the impressive ice sculptures, winter suites and ice chapel, you’ll get to experience both the cosy hotel ‘warm’ rooms as well as the incredible opportunity to stay in an ice room. Don’t worry, the Arctic grade sleeping bag means you will be surprisingly warm through the night.

The wonders continue outside too, with an array of amazing Arctic experiences on offer. Your time has been left completely free so that you can decide which activities suit you best. Perhaps you want to snowmobile over the frozen landscape or instead, take a tranquil horse ride into moose-grazing territory. Then, as darkness falls, give yourself an even better chance of seeing the Northern Lights during a dedicated activity that takes you further into the wilderness.

The ICEHOTEL®’s location in the Swedish village of Jukkasjärvi and 200km north of the Arctic Circle gives you a pristine winter wonderland environment to enjoy. From the impressive Torne River, whose frozen waters shapes the hotel to the mighty mountain range Kebnekaise, there is plenty of wilderness to explore here and our range of activities help you do just that. See our ‘personalise’ section for more details.

Please note, ICEHOTEL® is open to the public between 10 am and 6 pm. Guests sleeping in a cold room will get exclusive access to their rooms from 6 pm, and a wake-up call is around 7:30 am.

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Duration: 3 or more nights
Pace: Set your own
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ICEHOTEL

Nights: 1-3

Located on the banks of the magnificent Torne River the ICEHOTEL® in Jukkasjärvi is the original snow and ice (“snice”) hotel and is undoubtedly one of Northern Scandinavia’s most fascinating sites. The concept began when a Swede by the name of Yngve Bergqvist built a small igloo to display locally designed art. Some of the guests asked if they could spend the night and it was from these small beginnings that this concept began, rapidly growing in scale each season.

The classic ICEHOTEL® structure is created usually by mid-December using around 30,000 tonnes of snow and ice with ice blocks harvested from the nearby Torne River. This structure is home to the ice rooms, winter suites and chapel. Come summer, the hotel simply melts back into the river from which it came.

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. A specially designed, permanent ice art hall housing luxury and art suites, an ice bar, sculpture gallery, and an event hall. The exciting new environmentally-friendly concept holds the same standard and visual design as the purely ice and snow building and is kept at the same temperature via inner cooling tubes.


Facilities

It is important to remember that the ICEHOTEL® and ICEHOTEL® 365 also have a “normal” warm side to them. Inside the main warm building, you’ll find a relaxing lounge area, a bar, dressing room, restaurant, warm accommodation options and a gift shop selling 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 cold rooms then you’ll change in the facilities provided at the Riverside Lobby next to the main building before walking over to your cold room (approx. 60 to 80 metres).


Cold rooms:

ICEHOTEL®

Inside the cold rooms, the temperature is on average around -5°C, but with the Arctic-grade sleeping bag, insulating reindeer skins and your thermal layers, you will stay surprisingly warm!

There is a range of cold rooms to choose from:

  • Ice rooms: These are the simplest rooms which we usually book as standard. These rooms are made of snow and ice and had an ice bed with a mattress topped in reindeer skins, as well as some ice carvings and furniture. The ice rooms are closed off from the corridors by thick curtains rather than doors, but the walls of snow and ice ensure excellent sound insulation. There are around 15 ice rooms available for guests.
  • Art suites: Uniquely and expertly designed, the stunning art suites are envisioned and carved by chosen artists and architects from around the world each season. Each room varies in style and is based around a certain theme, utilising sculptures, light and carvings to set the scene. As with the ice rooms, these are closed off from the corridors using thick curtains. There are around 15 art suites available for guests

ICEHOTEL® 365

Accommodation at ICEHOTEL® 365 consists of 9 Deluxe Suites and 11 Art Suites. Ice artists from all over the world come to Jukkasjärvi to create these rooms and no two suites are the same. The expertise and skill are 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 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.

  • Art Suites 365: These are the same as the art suites in the ICEHOTEL® but being part of the permanent building allows them to have a proper door. Each is independently designed by chosen artists and architects. There are 12 Art Suites 365 in total.
  • Deluxe Ice Suites 365 (upgrade): All deluxe suites are individually themed and come equipped with a heated relaxation area. These are the largest cold rooms available and offer incredible ice and art design along with the comfort of your own warm en-suite shower room, toilet and private sauna (as well as space to store your luggage). Each room has a bed with a wooden base and extra thick mattress topped with reindeer hides and thermal sleeping bags. There are 10 deluxe suites available.

Warm rooms:

Whether you travel in the summer or winter, however, you don’t 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.

  • Kaamos Hotel Room: 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.
  • Nordic Hotel Chalet: These are designed to accommodate up to four people. Each has one double/twin bedroom and one room with bunk beds, making them ideal for families or small groups of friends. Each has an ensuite bathroom with shower, small living room with a fridge and kettle and TV.
  • Arctic Chalet: These have a double and a single room are best suited to three people. Each chalet is en-suite and has a shower room, a small living area, fridge, kettle, TV and telephone.

Image credits: Peter Grant & Magnus Skoglöf & Martin Jakobsson & imagebank.sweden.se, credit www.icehotel.com & Asaf Kliger
Please note that the images used are from both the ICEHOTEL® & ICEHOTEL® 365

Special Nights

A Night in Rapid Lodge

From: £513pp

Take your Arctic experience even further with a snowmobile ride and an overnight stay in a wilderness camp.

After a full safety briefing, you will follow the guide and snowmobile across the Torne River and further into the wilds where you will reach the wilderness lodge Luspen, situated on the riverbanks.

There is no Wi-Fi, running water or electricity in the lodge, making it an ideal location to switch off and relax in the winter wonderland surroundings. Unwind further in the traditional wood-fired sauna as the guide prepares a two-course dinner.

You will travel two people per snowmobile. Please note, you must be at least 18 years old and hold a full driving licence to drive a snowmobile.

Please note: You will sleep in bunk beds in the sleeping cabin.

Duration: overnight

Available: Friday and Saturday 4 pm – 10 am Dec 13 – Apr 13

Please note: you will also keep your room at the ICEHOTEL®


Credit Asaf Kliger & imagebank.sweden.se

 

Spend a night at The Treehotel

From: £620pp

An incredible example of the talent and imagination of Swedish architecture, the Treehotel is one of the most sought after accommodation options in Swedish Lapland.

Here you can spend the night in one of the remarkable concept rooms. You can choose from The Mirror Cube with its stunning exterior, The Bird's Nest tucked high up in the trees, The UFO (any sci-fi addicts dream), or The Blue Cone which offers wonderful views a bit closer to the ground. All of the rooms are surrounded by the forest and offer an unforgettable place in which to end your holiday.

This one night package is an ideal extension to your trip and includes an overnight stay at the Treehotel (based on two sharing a tree room, excludes The Dragon Fly or The Cabin), a delicious three-course meal at the nearby Britta's Guesthouse, breakfast and transfers to the airport the following day.

Please note: A supplement is required if you wish to stay in either The Cabin or Dragonfly. Please speak to a Travel Expert to find out more.

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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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Next season’s pre-sale dates and prices

To secure your holiday for next season, you can make a pre-reservation by paying a deposit of only £50pp. The provisional prices, departure dates, and itinerary remain subject to change. We will contact you when final details 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 £350pp) 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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The Specifics

Holiday group size (approximate)

A minimum of 2 and a maximum of 30 people

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 Numbers Required For A Holiday To Operate

Some of our holidays require a minimum number of participants to operate (as listed in the ‘Group Size’ section). If your holiday departure has not yet reached the minimum number, you will be told at the time of booking. In the unlikely event that your chosen date is not guaranteed by nine weeks before your scheduled departure date, we will contact you to discuss the available options as per our booking conditions. 

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 is always subject to change and guests will be provided with their final itinerary upon arrival. The trip dossier is standard to the holiday and does not account for any amends, additions or personalisation to an itinerary. Clients should refer to their booking documents for this information.

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

We have no reason to believe that our holidays will be impacted after Brexit and so it is business as usual for us. The European Commission has stated that no aircraft will be grounded, even if no deal is reached between the EU and the UK.

However, the Foreign Office are advising people take the following steps so please review this information and take any necessary action.   

The relevant points include:

  • check your passport
  • get travel insurance which covers your healthcare

If the UK leaves the EU with no deal, the rules for travel to most countries in Europe will change. If your adult passport was issued over 9 years ago, you may be affected. You should use this tool to check your passport is still valid for your trip before booking travel.

Adult and child passports should have at least 6 months’ validity remaining on your date of travel. If you renewed your passport early, extra months would have been added to your new passport. Any extra months on an adult passport will not count towards the validity requirement, so some passport holders will need to have more than 6 months remaining in order to travel.

You will also need to double check your travel insurance as after Brexit there is no guarantee your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) will be accepted.

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



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