Aurora Mountain Lodge - Aurora Hunting and the ICEHOTEL®
- Duration:4 nights
- Suitable for: Ages 18+. Please see our terms for further information
- Flights: Return flights from London Gatwick to Kiruna (via Stockholm). Flight routes subject to change
- Transfers: Group return airport transfers
- Accommodation: 4 nights in a double room at Aurora Mountain Lodge (cabin upgrades available - supplements apply)
- Meals: 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners (please note that only 3 dinners are included if you spend your final night in the ICEHOTEL®)
- The following activities are included in the holiday: Snowmobile safari, Northern Lights Snowshoe tour, Husky safari, Northern Lights Lavvu walk, a 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 itinerary includes all of the must-do highlights of any visitor’s time in Lapland, really making the most of a short itinerary and including a snowmobile safari and a husky safari. These experiences are almost indescribable as words fail to explain the exhilaration and excitement as you explore the idyllic winter landscape in the stunning Lannavaara region.
We have included two exceptional Northern Lights activities, making sure to offer a variety of fast-paced exploration by snowmobile, and a more tranquil snowshoe walk to a hidden lavvu amongst the snow. Both of these tours include a hot drink by an open fire whilst you admire the stars hanging delicately in the sky and look out for the mystical Northern Lights that dance in the darkness.
Finally, the trip will end with an unforgettable visit to the ICEHOTEL®, one of Sweden’s major attractions. The shimmering hallways, glittering sculptures and inconceivable architecture make for a fantastic day out. If you wish to extend your time at the ICEHOTEL®, you can stay overnight here instead of returning to your accommodation in Lannavaara.
During this fantastic short break, you will be based in the beautiful Aurora Mountain Lodge. On the outskirts of Lannavaara village, this lodge ensures that every trip is comfortable, relaxing and simple. The décor is warm and cosy, yet modern and sophisticated, with creams and rustic, wooden browns characterising the style of the rooms and communal areas. Merely 800 metres from the lodge lies a sauna and relaxation area, which you can enter up to four times during your stay for no extra charge. Another advantage of this accommodation is the simplicity and practicality, as every activity begins directly from the lodge; no travelling is required before you are out in the wilderness, experiencing new adventures.
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Day 1 Arrival and welcome
You will arrive at Kiruna Airport and take your transfer to Lannavaara, a quaint and remote village that lies approximately a one hour and thirty-minute drive away from the airport.
Your lavish accommodation will be awaiting your arrival, and you will be greeted and receive a brief introduction to your programme before settling into your room. Dinner will be served in the lodge’s restaurant. Those arriving after 10 pm will enjoy hot drinks, a sandwich and a sweet bun instead.
Day 2 Snowmobile safari and Northern Lights hunt by snowmobile
This morning, you will enjoy breakfast before your fantastic itinerary can begin. What better way to start than with a fast-paced snowmobile safari over the enchanting tracks that are brimming with sparkling snow? The activity begins from the lodge itself, so you do not have to travel far. Make the most of this thrilling experience, as later tonight you will take to a snowmobile again in search for the magical Aurora Borealis. The activity will last for around two and a half hours, and two people will share a snowmobile (please note that in order to drive a snowmobile you must hold a valid UK driving licence).
Lunch will be served at the lodge, and you will have the rest of the afternoon to unwind. This may be the perfect opportunity to take advantage of the lodge’s ‘sauna and relax area’, which can be visited, free of charge, four times a week. Ideally located merely 800 metres from your accommodation, this area has been built specifically for relaxation.
After dinner, your first Northern Lights activity will commence as you take your snowmobiles into the dark night. Speeding away from the lodge, you will escape the light pollution and immerse yourselves in darkness. The breathtaking starlit sky will be enough to entertain you during this trip, and you may even have the unique chance to glimpse the dazzling Northern Lights. You will drive up Nunasvaara Mountain, to an ideal spot for searching for the Aurora, where your guide will make a fire and you can discuss the lights as you watch out for them.
Day 3 Husky safari and Northern Lights lavvu walk
Following breakfast, your activity will begin directly from your accommodation once again as you go to meet the lodge’s own huskies. You'll be greeted enthusiastically by the animals as they eagerly await your arrival, ready to take you on your sleigh ride.
You will ride through your tranquil, ethereal surroundings, admiring the open fells and the distant mountains, for around two and a half hours. Two people will share a sled, with the opportunity to change between passenger and driver, on this magical tour of the fells.
After lunch, the afternoon will be free for you to choose how to spend it. You can borrow snowshoes from the lodge and explore the snow, or use them to walk to the nearby village.
You will have dinner in the restaurant, as usual, then you will prepare for your second Northern Lights activity. This time, you will take the pace down a notch as you set out into the Arctic night on a short walk to a secret lavvu. Inside the lavvu, there is a spruce twig floor which is covered with reindeer skins. Here, you will enjoy a hot drink and a bun by the open fire, while your guide tells you about the fascinating science behind the Northern Lights. Hopefully, you will be admiring the Aurora simultaneously. Afterwards, you will return to the lodge and settle into your cosy room for a good night’s sleep.
Day 4 Visit to the ICEHOTEL®
After breakfast, your final day of the trip will commence, and what better way to spend it than by visiting the dazzling ICEHOTEL®.
A transfer will take you from the lodge directly to the ICEHOTEL®, which will take approximately two hours. Entrance is included in the price, so you can explore the glistening hallways and the sparkling ice sculptures at your leisure. Afterwards, you will enjoy a mouth-watering lunch in the guesthouse with your guide, before returning to the lodge. You will visit the ICEHOTEL® for approximately three hours.
If you want to take full advantage of this experience, this is your opportunity to stay overnight in the ICEHOTEL®. Instead of taking your transfer to the lodge, you will remain at the ICEHOTEL® and check into your room for the evening. You can choose from a range of accommodation and spend a unique night like no other (please note that if you choose to stay overnight in the ICEHOTEL®, dinner is not included. Speak to a member of our team for assistance in booking a table in the restaurant).
Otherwise, you will return to the lodge in time for dinner.
Day 5 Departure
This morning you will enjoy your final breakfast before taking the transfer to the airport, in time for your flight 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.
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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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