Aurora Mountain Lodge and the ICEHOTEL®
- Duration:7 nights
- Suitable for: Ages 18+. Please see our terms for further information
ALL OF THE ACTIVITIES AND SERVICES LISTED BELOW ARE INCLUDED IN THE HOLIDAY PRICE
- Flights: return flights from London to Kiruna (via Stockholm). Flight routes subject to change
- Transfers: return airport transfers (please note that a supplement may be charged depending on arrival and departure time)
- Accommodation: 7 nights in a double room at Aurora Mountain Lodge (cabin upgrades available - supplements apply)
- Meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners (please note that only 6 dinners are included if you spend your final night in the ICEHOTEL®)
- The following activities are included in the holiday: husky safari, Sámi culture and reindeer experience, Northern Lights lavvu walk, snowmobile safari, Aurora mountain snowmobile tour, Northern Lights snowshoe hunt, Aurora snowmobile-pulled sleigh ride, visit to the ICEHOTEL® (the order of activities is subject to change)
- Fully qualified guides and instructors during activities
- Cold weather clothing for the duration of your stay
This week-long winter itinerary is perfect for a varied trip and is brimming with Northern Lights activities. Over seven nights, you will experience a myriad of our winter favourites, complete four different Northern Lights tours and visit the stunningly unique ICEHOTEL®.
This varied itinerary will have you gliding on a husky-pulled sled and driving your own snowmobile over the wintry fells (drivers must have a valid UK driving licence). A visit to a traditional Sámi reindeer farm will add a touch of culture to the trip, and here you will learn about a Sámi family’s lifestyle and their work with reindeer, as well as tasting some reindeer meat for yourself.
When night falls and the sky becomes pitch black, you will venture into the wilderness on some fantastic Aurora activities. You will chase the lights by snowmobile, search for them on a tranquil snowshoe walk and wrap up warm in a cosy sledge as you are pulled by the guide’s snowmobile. You will also take a walk to a lavvu that is hidden away amongst the wintry flora and fauna, where you will sit around an open fire and learn about the Northern Lights, as you hope for them to make an appearance.
On the final day of this trip, you will visit the striking ICEHOTEL®, where you can explore the corridors lined with fascinating ice sculptures and unbelievable architectural features. You can even prolong your time in the ICEHOTEL® by staying overnight here, details of which can be found in the ‘Accommodation’ tab.
Throughout this trip, you will be based in Aurora Mountain Lodge, which sits on the outskirts of Lannavaara Village, surrounded by sparkling open fells and a mountainous backdrop. The lodge itself is beautifully decorated, with a modern yet cosy décor of creams, charcoals and warm browns. You can relax in cosy double rooms, or upgrade to an Aurora cabin.
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Day 1 Arrival and welcome
Upon arrival at the airport, a group transfer will take you to your accommodation, which will be approximately a one and a half hour drive. Sat amongst the snow, Aurora Mountain Lodge will be awaiting your arrival.
You will be greeted by a guide and receive a short introductory meeting about your programme, before heading to your room to settle in and unpack.
Your first dinner of the week will be served in the hotel restaurant, and those who arrive after 10 pm will enjoy a sandwich, sweet bun and hot drinks.
Day 2 Husky safari and Northern Lights sleigh rideToday, you will plunge straight into your activity week with one of our winter favourites, as you set off on a husky safari. First, you will enjoy a delicious breakfast at the lodge, before you head to the lodge’s own husky centre. Here, the huskies will be anticipating your arrival excitedly, and you can get to know them before your safari begins. You will receive a full introduction and safety briefing, then head out into the idyllic winter haven that surrounds the lodge, as you speed over the fells with the enthusiastic huskies pulling you along.After a well-deserved lunch, you will have a free afternoon. You may wish to take this opportunity to visit the sauna and relaxation area, which you have four free entry passes for during your trip. Or, you could borrow some snowshoes from the lodge and make your way to Lannavaara village and explore the area.Dinner will be served in the hotel restaurant before you prepare for your first Northern Lights hunt. You will wrap up warm and take your seats in your sledge that will be pulled by a guide’s snowmobile. Then, you will set off into the night, leaving the light pollution behind and entering the Arctic darkness. You can admire your enchanting surrounds and the star-lit sky above on this soothing journey, and with any luck, you will be gliding beneath the dazzling Aurora Borealis.
Day 3 Sámi culture day and Northern Lights lavvu walk
After breakfast, you will begin your cultural Sámi day, as you take a short walk with your guide from the lodge to visit a local reindeer herder and their family. When you arrive, you can relax in the family’s lavvu (a type of indigenous tent) as you enjoy a hot drink and even try some reindeer meat – a local delicacy here in Northern Sweden. Following this, the family will take you to meet their reindeer, where you can feed them and listen to fascinating stories about why the animals are so vital to Sámi culture.
Lunch will be served at the lodge and, once again, your afternoon is open for you to explore or simply relax before dinner.
After dinner, it is time for your next Northern Lights hunt – this time, on a soothing, short walk over the thick, sparkling powder. You will head towards a secret lavvu that sits amongst the snow-covered landscape, where you can relax by the open fire. Here, you will enjoy a warming hot drink and sweet bun, hopefully, whilst admiring the glow of the Aurora Borealis in the clear Arctic sky.
Day 4 Snowmobile safari
Today, you will hop onto a snowmobile for a day of fast-paced exploration.
Following breakfast, you will meet outside the lodge ready for an approximate 30km snowmobile safari. After a full briefing, you will drive with two people per snowmobile over the fells on a thrilling journey through the picturesque landscape. Along the way, you will stop for a hot drink and a bun. Should you wish, you will have the chance to change drivers during this activity (please note that you must hold a valid UK driving licence in order to drive a snowmobile).
Your afternoon is free, and lunch and dinner will be served as usual.
Day 5 Free day and Northern Lights hunt by snowmobile
Today is completely free, so you can tailor your time to suit your wishes. There are a number of activities that the lodge offers that are bookable and payable locally, such as Arctic horseback riding, a reindeer sleigh ride and a mineral and culture excursion. Or, you can borrow snowshoes from the lodge and explore the area, or relax in the sauna. The decision is yours today.
All meals will be served as normal, and in the evening, you will put your snowmobile skills from earlier in the week to the test on a Northern Lights chase. Sharing a snowmobile, you will drive into the darkness with pace on an exciting hunt through the snow and beneath the beautiful, jet-black sky. Hopefully, conditions will be clear enough to gaze at the glittering stars during the journey. You will be surrounded by the striking mountainous landscape of Lannavaara Mountain, as you drive to a perfect position for Northern Lights spotting. Here, you will sit by the fire and sip on a hot drink whilst, hopefully, admiring the Aurora that will form swirls across the sky.
Day 6 Free day and Northern Lights snowshoe walk
Today is another optional day, completely open for you to decide that you would like to do. If you have enjoyed the snowmobiling experiences so far, why not book the Arctic Tundra Tour that is detailed in the ‘Personalise’ tab for this trip?
After breakfast, lunch and dinner, your final Northern Lights trip can begin. Tonight, you will strap on your snowshoes and leave the lodge for a relaxing walk through the silent night. The pure, white snow, the wintry forests in the distance and the snow-topped mountains can all be admired as you make your way through the snow. After a tranquil walk, you will stop with your guide who will start a fire, which you can sit around and discuss the Aurora whilst being warmed up with a hot drink. Hopefully, you will be gazing at the Northern Lights as you sit and take in the breathtaking views.
Day 7 Visit to the ICEHOTEL®
Today, you will visit the amazing ICEHOTEL®. A transfer will pick you up once you have finished breakfast, and take you on an approximately two-hour drive to the hotel. Once you have arrived, entry is free and you can explore the stunning sculptures made completely from ice, the corridors that sparkle with frost and the unbelievable architecture that forms this unique hotel. This promises to be an experience like no other, and you can reflect on the awe-inducing beauty while you take your lunch in the guesthouse.
If you want to extend your time at the ICEHOTEL®, why not book an overnight stay here instead of returning to the lodge? You could spend your final night of the trip in the most special and unique overnight experience that there is, in whichever room type you choose (subject to availability and for a supplement. Please see the ‘Accommodation’ tab for further details (please note that dinner is not included at the ICEHOTEL®).
Otherwise, you will return to the lodge in time for dinner.
Day 8 Departure
Today, you will have your final breakfast, either at the lodge or at the ICEHOTEL®, before your transfer picks you up for departure. If you are departing from the ICEHOTEL®, this transfer takes merely 15 minutes. Then, it is time to board your plane and return home.
Included in price
Aurora Mountain Lodge
Aurora Mountain Lodge is a stunning complex made up of the main hotel building and a selection of cabins. Its idyllic destination beside breathtaking Swedish mountain ranges and on the edge of Lannavaara village makes it the perfect destination for a getaway. Positioned amongst the wintry wilderness, the lodge operates all of its activities directly from its doorstep, adding ease and convenience to your stay here. The style of the accommodation can only be described as sophisticated and deluxe, with warm browns and creams characterising the décor, and rustic wooden interiors adding to the cosy atmosphere.
- Wi-Fi is available throughout the accommodation
- All meals are included at the lodge and juice, tea and coffee are also available at meal times
- Hairdryers are not provided in the rooms, however, you are welcome to borrow one from reception
- A relaxation and sauna area is located close to the main lodge; four entrances here are included during your stay
All rooms are equipped with a double bed and full en-suite facilities. The cosy, yet sophisticated, rooms are decorated in rich creams and browns and consist largely of a stylish, wooden interior.
Image credit: Graeme Richardson
Aurora Mountain Lodge - Aurora Cabin upgradeSupplements From: £20pp
These cosy cabins are ideal for slightly larger groups and can accommodate from two to four people. They are conveniently placed approximately 100 metres from the main lodge, meaning that everything is within easy reach. Each cabin consists of a double bed, two single beds, a small kitchen with a mini-bar and free Wi-Fi. You can also relax around the warming wood-burning stove each evening.
Image credit: Graeme Richardson
Stay at the ICEHOTEL® (final night)Supplements From: £35pp
On your final night, you have the option to stay at the ICEHOTEL® rather than returning to the Aurora Mountain Lodge (dinner is not included at the ICEHOTEL®).
Located on the banks of the magnificent Torne River in the village of Jukkasjärvi, the ICEHOTEL® is the world's original ice accommodation. Now in its 26th year, 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 hotel now boasts ICEHOTEL 365, a permanent structure, allowing it to be a year-round destination to it many visitors who travel across the world to sleep in a room of ice and snow. Containing deluxe rooms, art suites, an ice bar and a sculpture hall, this environmentally sustainable building is a construct of glass, metal and concrete, but with the same incredible standard and visual design of snow and ice on the inside, with cooling tubes to keep it at a temperature of around -5 at all times.
Alongside this is the classic ICEHOTEL® building, constructed purely of ice and snow and carefully crafted each December, utilising blocks from the nearby Torne River.
Home to ice rooms, winter suites and a chapel the structure is a marvel to see and, come summer, simply melts back into the river from which it came. Each year, architects, designers and artist submit designs for the hotel's features and a handful are chosen to go forward with their theme.
The hotel consists of several buildings including the main ice building and ICE HOTEL 365. We cannot guarantee which area our guests will stay in.
The rooms which are contained within the ice and snow building will not be available until after the 10th December.
- The reception is in the main warm building which also houses the lounge area, warm bar, dressing room, restaurant and gift shop which sells a selection of ICEHOTEL® themed gifts and locally sourced handicrafts
- Guests who are on a guided tour of the ICEHOTEL® will also visit the large warehouse where you can learn about how the hotel is constructed each season
- The restaurant serves breakfast lunch and dinner which include some wonderful Swedish favourites. Dinner reservations can be booked in advance with us
- As an alternative, guests can eat at the Homestead Restaurant which is a smaller, rustic restaurant a short walk from the hotel
- The classic ICEHOTEL® building is connected to a warm building which houses the toilets, showers and sauna. There are also lockers in here in which to store your valuables and clothes overnight
- The warm building also has a small number of bunk beds in case you decide your ice room is not for you
Guest room types
THE COLD ROOMS
The inside of the cold rooms is kept at around -5°C but you will be equipped with arctic grade thermal sleeping bags so you will stay surprisingly warm!
Please take note that the cold rooms are accommodated in two separate buildings. ICEHOTEL 365 is a permanent building constructed of metal, glass and concrete with an ice and snow interior kept cool via cooling tubes. Some rooms are also in the classic ice building which is made wholly of ice and snow and constructed afresh each winter season. We cannot guarantee which area you will stay in.
ICE ROOMS (in classic ice building) (only available after 10 December)
The ice rooms are the simplest designed rooms which are usually booked as standard. These are made of ice and snow and each contains a mattress topped with reindeer skins and also some ice furniture and carvings. They are closed off from the corridors via thick curtains as opposed to doors, but the thick walls of ice and snow allow for great sound insulation. There are usually around 15 rooms available for guests.
ART SUITES (in classic ice building) (only available after 10 December)
These are uniquely and beautifully designed by chosen artists around the world each year so offer a wide variety of themes and include intricate sculptures and carvings to reflect this. As with the ice rooms, these have curtains instead of doors and there are around 15 in total for guests to book.
DELUXE SUITES (in permanent ICEHOTEL 365 building)
The unique and enchanting Deluxe Suites 365 are individually themed and hand carved by artists commissioned throughout the world. To spend a night amidst the life like and exquisite carvings is a surreal and magical experience. You are awoken by sparkling colours which reflect from the ice and cup of hot lingonberry juice at your bedside table. A sauna session then awaits you before you enjoy a delicious breakfast. The Deluxe Suites are part of the new concept ICEHOTEL 365, available all year round thanks to a new specially designed building which is run on solar power. There are three different types of Deluxe suite available.
Deluxe Suite Hilla: Hilla Suites are beautifully decorated suites available throughout the year. They contain a bathroom, two comfortable armchairs, a shower and a sauna, which is directly connected to the bedroom. A comfortable bed decorated in reindeer hides and inclusive of a thermal sleeping bag lies at the centre. The design is a mixture of local culture and history created by Marjolein Vonk and Pia Sandgren. A heated relaxation area is available which provides storage for your belongings.
Deluxe Suite Jáuvre: These majestic suites are furnished with comfortable Carpe Diem beds covered in reindeer hides and inclusive of a thermal sleeping bag. Inside the room, there is a bathroom, two comfortable arm chairs, a shower, sauna and a bathtub. Similarly, to the other suites, the Jáuvre suites are designed with a combination of local culture and history by Marjolein Vonk and Pia Sandgren and they have a heated relaxation area from where you can store all your belongings.
Deluxe Suite Johka: This spacious suite contains a comfortable double bed, a connecting bathroom, two comfortable armchairs and double waterfall showers, which are directly connected to the room. The design features a combination of local culture and history and was created by Marjolein Vonk and Pia Sandgren. A heated relaxation area provides storage for your belongings.
ART SUITES 365 (in permanent ICEHOTEL 365 building)
These offer the same amenities as the art suites in the classic ice building but being part of the permanent building allows them to have a proper door. Each is independently and artistically designed by chosen artists and architects to reflect new carefully chosen themes each year. There are 12 art 365 suites in total.
THE WARM ROOMS
For those less keen on sleeping in low temperatures, the ICEHOTEL® also has a number of warm accommodation options:
KAAMOS HOTEL ROOM: Light and airy, these ensuite rooms have modern décor and furnishings. Each has a double bed or twin beds and TV.
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 fridge and kettle and TV.
ARCTIC CHALET: These have a double and a single room so are best suited to three people. Each chalet is en-suite and has a shower room, small living area, fridge, kettle, TV and telephone.
Please note: Prices are based on you spending the first or last night of your holiday in this unique accommodation and not keeping your original accommodation. If you would like to do this on any other night during your holiday you will need to keep your accommodation and supplements will apply.
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Personalise this tour
The Arctic Tundra tour by snowmobileFrom £218pp
Speed through the stunning nature of Lannavara on this tour of the wintry tundra. This is a longer and more advanced snowmobile tour than those already included in your package, so you can really test yourself after all the practise. If you would like to do this snowmobile tour alone, rather than sharing a snowmobile, you can do so for a supplement. Please speak to our Travel Experts for details.
Along the way, you will stop to enjoy lunch by an open fire before beginning your return journey back to the lodge.
Duration: 6 hours
Available: On request
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Holiday group size (approximate)
Minimum 2 and maximum 12 people (approximately)
Group sizes and minimum numbers
Most of our holidays require a minimum number of participants to operate. Minimum numbers are detailed on each holiday page and are always approximate. Group sizes for tailor made holidays will vary for each of the activities. For private departures you may also be joined by other guests during the activities unless you have discussed specific private activities with us.
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If we are unable to operate the holiday then you will be offered the chance to transfer to an alternative holiday or date (subject to availability). If the alternative is more expensive you will be asked to pay the difference, if it is cheaper then you will be reimbursed. You will also be offered the option to cancel and receive a full refund of all monies paid.
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Order of activities
The order of activities is always subject to change and you will be provided with your final itinerary upon arrival at your destination
Medical History and advice
If you or any member of your party is pregnant or has any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday or has any special requirements as a result of any medical condition or disability (including any which affect the booking process), please tell us before you confirm your booking so that we can assist you in considering the suitability of the arrangements and/or making the booking. In any event, you must give us full details in writing at the time of booking and whenever any change in the condition or disability occurs. You must also promptly advise us if you become pregnant or any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday develops after your booking has been confirmed.
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We offer a vast choice of holidays which range from 'relaxed' to 'active' so there really is something for everyone and our holidays can be filtered by how active they are. Regardless of the chosen holiday, all activities will include tuition from a beginner's lever and no prior experience is assumed.
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Guides and safety
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Best holiday ever 19 February 2017 by Richard Barford & Fi Bailey
I would like to say a Big thank you for sorting our trip to The Mountain Lodge. It was the best holiday ever, the place was lovely and beautiful and relaxing plus the staff were out of this world, So happy and willing to teach us and care for us.Thank you for the Birthday cake. Would I recommend you guys to someone else - ABSOLUTELY.