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.