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Christmas in Lapland

Escape your daily routine and enjoy an incredible Christmas adventure in an arctic environment.

Traditions and culture are important in the north and the love of nature is strong. Spend time with the locals, including the Sami people who have lived here in harmony with nature for thousands of years. This is their everyday-life, and you are invited to share it with them. You will also be able to stay in some of the most unique accommodation in the world. This is the perfect way to spend the festive season.

Itinerary at a glance

Day 1

Your tour operator will arrange for you to fly north from Stockholm to the town of Luleå just south of the arctic circle. Here your hosts will meet you and fit you out with winter clothing and take you on a private guided tour to the fabulous Treehotel in one of their luxury vehicles. On the way you will visit the World Heritage Gammelstad Church village dating back to the 14th century and your hosts will give you a perfect introduction to the region.

On arrival at the Treehotel your transfer guide will introduce you the team at the Treehotel and help you settle in to enjoy their fantastic service. 

When you arrive at Treehotel, you first check in at the Guesthouse. Then it’s a short stroll through the beautiful nature to your tree-room. From Treehotel’s rooms you get a fantastic view of the Lule River Valley, miles of forest and the powerful river. Breakfast is included in the room price and along with other meals they are available at the Guesthouse. Britta and Kent, the owners of Treehotel, have built a modern hotel with the best of Swedish style and design. They are also known for their warm and cosy atmosphere, their hospitality and most importantly the glorious home style cuisine.

In the tree room the guests will find local snacks, chocolate, local non-alcoholic berry drink and flowers. The guide will be on standby for their service during their stay and can arrange room service for additional products and/or delivery of breakfast.

For dinner you will enjoy an exclusive three course dinner with a selection of local dishes in a private room at the Treehotel restaurant.

Tonight you will join the guide on a Northern Lights spotting and photography tour. Your guide will give you plenty of great tips on how to photograph the northern lights.

That evening you will be called if the northern lights begin to shine later in the evening.

Day 2

After breakfast your guide will be on hand to help with any needs you might may have and will lead on the days first activity. Icefishing in one of the local streams or lakes. This will take 2-3 hours and with luck you will not only learn a fantastic new skill but hopefully be able to take home a trout for dinner.

Lunch is at the Guesthouse restaurant and in the afternoon a private sauna and Jacuzzi has been booked for you to relax and enjoy.

In the evening is an Ice dining experience. You will be taken by snowmobile and sled down to the river where a Teepee tent awaits you. Here your guide will serve a delicious dinner and between courses we hope that you catch a glimpse of the northern lights.

That evening you will be called if the northern lights begin to shine later in the evening.

Day 3

After breakfast you will begin your journey into the world of the Sami.

Your transfer guide is waiting to meet you for your transfer to Nabrreluokta. On the way you will stop in the historic Sami village of Jokkmokk, and home to the famous winter market, and home to a range of boutiques by local artists.

Sápmi Nature Camp is a newly opened, high-end, sustainable and small-scale camp that offers high quality, close to nature accommodation on the border of Laponia World Heritage Area. The area bears traces of the Earth’s early history but also of mankind’s. The landscape has been formed in interaction with a living Sámi tradition where reindeer herding has been pursued for a long time.

The camp consists of newly built ‘double’ rooms in the form of lavvu tents (that looks like a tepee) furnished with comfortable double beds, stoves and cosy furnishings inspired by nature and the Sami culture. The base experience includes accommodation and full board and the guests then choose the nature of the activities they would like to enjoy.

Because this is a small-scale, sustainable business it is personal, comfortable and convenient. It's a authentic Sámi experience and you have the chance to really learn about the Sami culture.

In the afternoon you will take a rare excursion into the daily life of reindeer herding.

Dinner each evening comes from the nature and are most often foraged, hunted or fished by the owner himself. Local meats such as Moose or Reindeer and fish such as trout or arctic char are commonly on the menu and are complemented with local berries, herbs and vegetables.

Day 4

Today you will be transfered from Sapmi Nature to the amazing Icehotel for a 3-night stay.

The ICEHOTEL is Sweden's most iconic and famous hotel and located in the small village of Jukkasjärvi near Kiruna. The icehotel is not just a hotel made of snow and ice. It is by day one of Sweden’s largest art galleries and a great percentage of its rooms are worthy of any gallery in the world.

At the Icehotel there are exclusive service experiences and a variety of fun activities for guests. They will have the following additional services above the ordinary.

  • Welcome gift, ”Ultimate Kit”, premium thermal set, warm socks and beanie
  • Private guide to look after you and your travel company from arrival to departure
  • Express check-in
  • 24 hours VIP phone service
  • Private guided tour of ICEHOTEL with an ice cocktail, one per person, in ICEBAR BY ICEHOTEL
  • Smooth Travel Deluxe package including luggage handling from airport and one room transfer
  • Premium outer clothing; 2-piece set, boots, mittens, balaclava to use through- out your stay. Pre-packed in correct sizes and delivered at airport on arrival.
  • Dog sled transfer to airport to ICEHOTEL on the final day

On the afternoon of your first day your personal guide will take you on a guided tour of the Icehotel that finishes with an ice cocktail, one per person, in the ICEBAR BY ICEHOTEL.

This evening you will enjoy the included 12-course exclusive dinner at Chef’s Table at the Veranda.

On this first night guests will be booked in to a night in one of the deluxe suites where you sleep cold (-5 degrees) but have your own attached warm bathroom. Your personal guide will have briefed you on how to sleep in the deluxe art suite and have a fun night. What an experience!!

Day 5

Breakfast is at the Icehotel restaurant in the morning and afterwards your personal guide will take you on a cross country skiing and/or snowshoe walk in the snow filled forest and across the frozen river. While you are on this tour the hotel staff will move your luggage to your warm Kaamos Hotel room for the next two nights. After this tour you will have lunch in the restaurant before a relaxation afternoon. This evening you can experience the famous 5 course Ice menu in the Hotel restaurant and after dinner your personal guide will take you on a northern lights safari.

Day 6

Breakfast is at the Icehotel restaurant in the morning and afterwards your personal guide will take you on a snowmobile tour. You will learn how to operate the snowmobile and take turns driving (2 per snowmobile) these amazing machines on a tour in the nature around the ICEHOTEL. After this tour you will have lunch in the restaurant before you and your guide will again head out into the nature on a wilderness skills adventure. Here you will learn much more about the arctic nature and how to live like the locals. The evening is flexible for you to choose between the three restaurants at the ICEHOTEL.

Day 7

This morning the adventure continues, and you will again don your winter clothing after breakfast to take a dogsled tour from the Icehotel to the Kiruna Airport. This tour of approximately 1 to 1.5 hours is the perfect finish to your arctic adventure. When you arrive at the airport your personal guide will have brought with him your Luggage and after stepping out of you winter outer clothing you will be ready to head back home with memories that will last a lifetime.

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