Location: Sweden Duration: 5 nights Price: From £3,350 per person in low season based on a family of four travelling together and including all flights in economy class, accommodation, most meals, private transfers, transportation, activities and experiences as stated and taxes

There’s no more magical way to spend the winter than a luxury family adventure holiday in Sweden, taking in the stunning scenery and natural wonders of Arctic Lapland. From dog-sledding through the wilderness to meeting Santa Claus and seeing the Northern Lights at the world-famous ICEHOTEL, this trip is perfect for families with younger and older children alike.

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KIRUNA: FJELLBORG ARCTIC LODGE – 3 nights

Flying in to Kiruna, you’ll be transferred to the first stop on your luxury winter adventure, Fjellborg Arctic Lodge – around 20 minutes’ drive away. The Fjellborg family have lived in Arctic Lapland for nine generations, and use their expertise to deliver fantastic experiences, ranging from accessible activities to wilder excursions to suit kids of all ages and families of all sensibilities. Included in your itinerary is the Best of Arctic Lapland package, specifically designed for families, which begins on arrival at Fjellborg where you’ll change into Arctic clothes and meet the lodge’s Alaskan huskies, who are great with kids, having grown up with the family’s own children. Kids will spend the afternoon driving mini snowmobiles and will have the chance to mush their own small dog team.

You’ll spend the night at comfortable lodgings in the main Poikkijärvi, which has a magnificent setting overlooking the Torne River. The next day the dogs will take you to the isolated Väkkärä Lodge wilderness retreat, where you can either ride as passengers or, with children over the age of 12, drive your own team of dogs. You’ll stay in a cosy private log cabin, and be served delicious delicacies of the regional cuisine. The days will see you sledding through the wilderness, stopping off en route for a hearty lunch around the campfire, before heading back to the lodge for a hot sauna and a delicious dinner.

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KIRUNA: ICEHOTEL – 2 nights

After exploring the wilderness from Fjellborg, you’ll be transferred to the nearby ICEHOTEL in Jukkasjärvi, the first of its kind in the world and one of the most iconic hotels in Scandinavia. Rebuilt every year from ice and snow from the Torne River, this is a truly unique travel experience which will delight kids of all ages and adults alike. The hotel’s transient nature and annual rebirth allows for the ice suites to be redesigned each year by artists, who carve the ice into unique themed creations. You sleep on an ice bed on reindeer hides and under a thermal sleeping bag, and wake up to a hot cup of lingonberry juice before heading for a sauna and hot shower. Staying in an ice room is a strange and magical experience, and we recommend that you keep it to one night and spend the other in one of the hotel's warm rooms: these follow a Nordic chalet theme and are made of local wood.

Lapland is, of course, the home of Santa Claus, and this is a fantastic place for young children to enjoy an unforgettable Christmas: there’s a torchlight procession and traditional carol concert, Christmas games on the frozen Torne River, and even an appearance or two from Santa Claus himself. Just when you though it couldn’t get any more otherworldly, this is also one of the best places to view the aurora borealis, an absolute must during the winter months – although, even here, there’s no guarantee of a light display. With children over 13, you can get a taste of how the hotel is built with an ice sculpting class, and dog sledding, snowmobile tours, and cross-country skiing are among the other activities on offer here. After two nights at the ICEHOTEL, your Arctic adventure is over, and you’ll be transferred to Kiruna for your flight home.

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