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Arctic Sweden & the Icehotel - Exodus Travels
Arctic Sweden & the Icehotel - Exodus Travels
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35 reviews
Starts
Kiruna
Destinations
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Ends
Stockholm
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Highlights

  • Learn about raising reindeer
  • Try traditional ice fishing
  • Enjoy exhilarating dog sledding
  • Take in the Northern Lights
Age range
18 to 80 year olds
Accommodation
Hotel
Max Group Size
12
Start in Kiruna and end in Stockholm! With the adventure tour Arctic Sweden & the Icehotel, you have a 7 day tour package taking you through Kiruna, Sweden and 2 other destinations in Sweden. Arctic Sweden & the Icehotel is a small group tour that includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.

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  • Arctic Sweden & the Icehotel reviewer 1
    Written on April 10, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    This was without a doubt one of the best holidays I have ever had.  It gave a great taster for some winter based activities that I had been reluctant to book for a whole week.  Dog sledding, even if, like me, you're not very good at it, is incredible.  I was not a great lover of dogs before I went but the Huskies are so friendly and their enthusiasm for sledding is infectious, I plan to do a whole week of this in the future.  Igloo building is also great fun.  I loved the snow shoeing and snow mobiling (an optional extra).  We saw the Northern Lights but frankly everything else was so great I would not have been devastated had we not seen them.  The Ice Hotel was a novel experience and an unusual way to end a holiday.  The accommodation was great, the wilderness camp is actually not that wild and is quite comfortable. The food was absolutely amazing, you will not lose weight on this holiday!!!What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Driving a dog-led sled through stunning scenery, snowshoeing through similar stunning scenery and seeing the Northern LightsWhat did you think of your group leader?No single Exodus groupo leader.  Bart from Lappis Lodge explained everything and was kind enough to 'phone us when he spotted the Northern Lights. Sabina who took us dog sledding, snowshoeing and snowmoibiling was excellent and very patient with my frankly poor dog-sled driving skills.  Cecilia who taught us to build our own igloo and ice fish was also excellent.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Don't overpack.  My advice would be to take thermal long johns, a couple of thermal tops, thermal trousers, walking boots, thermal socks, down jacket and gloves. You just need a few other items of clothing to change into in the evenings.  You don't need to take lots of water bottles as lots of drinks provided, sleeping bag or liner as always provided.  Take lots of batteries as they will lose charge quicker in the cold and don't forget your sunglasses.Is there anything else you would like to add?Do not worry about how you will get from the Ice Hotel to the airport on the way home, a bus is organised for you and if, like us, you appear to have a very tight transit time at Stockholm Airport please do not panic, you (and your luggage) will make it, SAS are extremely organised.

  • Arctic Sweden & the Icehotel reviewer 2
    Written on April 10, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    This was without a doubt one of the best holidays I have ever had.  It gave a great taster for some winter based activities that I had been reluctant to book for a whole week.  Dog sledding, even if, like me, you're not very good at it, is incredible.  I was not a great lover of dogs before I went but the Huskies are so friendly and their enthusiasm for sledding is infectious, I plan to do a whole week of this in the future.  Igloo building is also great fun.  I loved the snow shoeing and snow mobiling (an optional extra).  We saw the Northern Lights but frankly everything else was so great I would not have been devastated had we not seen them.  The Ice Hotel was a novel experience and an unusual way to end a holiday.  The accommodation was great, the wilderness camp is actually not that wild and is quite comfortable. The food was absolutely amazing, you will not lose weight on this holiday!!!What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Driving a dog-led sled through stunning scenery, snowshoeing through similar stunning scenery and seeing the Northern LightsWhat did you think of your group leader?No single Exodus groupo leader.  Bart from Lappis Lodge explained everything and was kind enough to 'phone us when he spotted the Northern Lights. Sabina who took us dog sledding, snowshoeing and snowmoibiling was excellent and very patient with my frankly poor dog-sled driving skills.  Cecilia who taught us to build our own igloo and ice fish was also excellent.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Don't overpack.  My advice would be to take thermal long johns, a couple of thermal tops, thermal trousers, walking boots, thermal socks, down jacket and gloves. You just need a few other items of clothing to change into in the evenings.  You don't need to take lots of water bottles as lots of drinks provided, sleeping bag or liner as always provided.  Take lots of batteries as they will lose charge quicker in the cold and don't forget your sunglasses.Is there anything else you would like to add?Do not worry about how you will get from the Ice Hotel to the airport on the way home, a bus is organised for you and if, like us, you appear to have a very tight transit time at Stockholm Airport please do not panic, you (and your luggage) will make it, SAS are extremely organised.

  • Arctic Sweden & the Icehotel reviewer 3
    Written on March 19, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    The trip was like a dream come true - dog sledding, ice hotel, snow mobiling and eventually seeing the Northern lights as the lights were at its lowest.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?I loved the dog sledding, I fell in love with the dogs, it was wonderful to experience their excitement pulling the sleighs. The scenery is absolutely beautiful you dont see anyone else on route. Very exclusive.The other amazing moment was seeing the Northern lights on the last night of our trip at the Ice Hotel, what an experience they came up at 24h30 and we could see if with our naked eye. What did you think of your group leader?I felt Barbara, who ran the lodge, was not very welcoming, social and did not communicate very well with the group. The Northern Lights came out the first evening but it looked like clouds, she never once mention to us to still take photo's as the camera on the right setting of ISO will pick up the Norther Lights. We have travelled from South AFrica to see the lights and you can imagine our disappointment to have found this out the next day and missed out on the photo's.They were also not very proactive in waking up the group when there were Northern lights to be seen, our group had to google the weather forcast to see when was the most likely time we would see them. I would have expected this info from Barbara. Making up our own beds was another disappointment as you would have expected this for the price we paid.    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Follow the trip notes and you wont go wrong but we purchased inner sheets for the sleeping bag and took a towel for the Wilderness night but you did not need them as they provided these for you.Is there anything else you would like to add?It has been one of my best holiday's ever, I made new friends with amazing people. We all got along so well which made the trip even better. All the activities were mind blowing and just as I would have imagined it would have been.I never expected the food to be great but it was better than great, the flavours and variety was very impressive. They accommodate food for everyones needs which was very impressive even when we were in the wilderness for an outside lunch.

  • Arctic Sweden & the Icehotel reviewer 4
    Written on March 19, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    The trip was like a dream come true - dog sledding, ice hotel, snow mobiling and eventually seeing the Northern lights as the lights were at its lowest.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?I loved the dog sledding, I fell in love with the dogs, it was wonderful to experience their excitement pulling the sleighs. The scenery is absolutely beautiful you dont see anyone else on route. Very exclusive.The other amazing moment was seeing the Northern lights on the last night of our trip at the Ice Hotel, what an experience they came up at 24h30 and we could see if with our naked eye. What did you think of your group leader?I felt Barbara, who ran the lodge, was not very welcoming, social and did not communicate very well with the group. The Northern Lights came out the first evening but it looked like clouds, she never once mention to us to still take photo's as the camera on the right setting of ISO will pick up the Norther Lights. We have travelled from South AFrica to see the lights and you can imagine our disappointment to have found this out the next day and missed out on the photo's.They were also not very proactive in waking up the group when there were Northern lights to be seen, our group had to google the weather forcast to see when was the most likely time we would see them. I would have expected this info from Barbara. Making up our own beds was another disappointment as you would have expected this for the price we paid.    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Follow the trip notes and you wont go wrong but we purchased inner sheets for the sleeping bag and took a towel for the Wilderness night but you did not need them as they provided these for you.Is there anything else you would like to add?It has been one of my best holiday's ever, I made new friends with amazing people. We all got along so well which made the trip even better. All the activities were mind blowing and just as I would have imagined it would have been.I never expected the food to be great but it was better than great, the flavours and variety was very impressive. They accommodate food for everyones needs which was very impressive even when we were in the wilderness for an outside lunch.

  • Arctic Sweden & the Icehotel reviewer 5
    Written on January 10, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    Simply loved the whole experienceWhat was the most inspirational moment of your trip?I loved dealing with the dogs on the dog sled trip, and it was quite exciting in partsSeeing the Northern Lights for the first timeSipping vodka in an ice glass in the stunning Ice Hotel Waking up in minus 5 degrees in the Ice Hotel and realising I'd slept well. I was dreading being cold, but wasn't. What did you think of your group leader?Lovely, friendly and approachable. Very laid back. Liked the fact she sat down with us and just chatted.Sometimes we could have done with a little more info, like what to take on the dog sled trip, but we managed. Overall extremely well organised.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Good quality thermals and fleeces are essential. Outside it gets very cold. Take the advice of the tour leaders on how many layers to wear, based on each day's temperature and activity.Take a good quality camera and tripod if you want to take piccies of the Northern Lights.I don't eat meat and was concerned about food, but every meal had a fish or vegetarian equivalent. I ate very well.Alcohol is expensive. Buy in Britain and pack in your suitcase Is there anything else you would like to add?Enjoy this amazing experience.

  • Arctic Sweden & the Icehotel reviewer 6
    Written on January 10, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    Simply loved the whole experienceWhat was the most inspirational moment of your trip?I loved dealing with the dogs on the dog sled trip, and it was quite exciting in partsSeeing the Northern Lights for the first timeSipping vodka in an ice glass in the stunning Ice Hotel Waking up in minus 5 degrees in the Ice Hotel and realising I'd slept well. I was dreading being cold, but wasn't. What did you think of your group leader?Lovely, friendly and approachable. Very laid back. Liked the fact she sat down with us and just chatted.Sometimes we could have done with a little more info, like what to take on the dog sled trip, but we managed. Overall extremely well organised.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Good quality thermals and fleeces are essential. Outside it gets very cold. Take the advice of the tour leaders on how many layers to wear, based on each day's temperature and activity.Take a good quality camera and tripod if you want to take piccies of the Northern Lights.I don't eat meat and was concerned about food, but every meal had a fish or vegetarian equivalent. I ate very well.Alcohol is expensive. Buy in Britain and pack in your suitcase Is there anything else you would like to add?Enjoy this amazing experience.

  • Arctic Sweden & the Icehotel reviewer 7
    Written on January 9, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    A fantastic trip, with a great group that exceeded our expectations and will live in the memory for a long time.  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?There was no one inspirational moment as every activity was as good as the other.  The two days with the huskies was great and the dogs are lovely and friendly and you could spend all day making a fuss of them (this is from someone who does not like dogs!).  The dogs were very excited at the start, however they soon listened to us and stopped and started when instructed. There was a bit of standing around during the igloo building, however again this was a great experience and a real sense of achievement once it was finished – one of our group even slept in it one night. Skidoos were good fun, although cold. The Ice Hotel was another highlight and this is the way to see it – you do not need too long there and Exodus seem to allow the right amount of time.What did you think of your group leader?There was no group leader – however Barbara and her team at the lodge looked after us very well and made sure that any needs were meet. The leaders for each activity were very knowledgeable and enthusiastic.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Book it is my only advice! Take good quality thermals and wear plenty of layers that are easily removed/added - outside it was minus 24C and you would then walk indoors to plus 21C and need to strip off quick.Is there anything else you would like to add?We have been on a few Exodus trips and were not expecting too much from the lodge and we were pleasantly surprised – the rooms are clean, very warm and well laid out.  The food was exceptional. This is the best way to see Lapland and stay at the Ice Hotel – although the trip seems expensive it is good value for money.  If you stay at the Ice Hotel for 3 -4 days you will spend a fortune and miss out on the lodge and beauty of this area. The day trips from the Ice Hotel were an unbelievable price (Overnight Husky trip £600 per person)

  • Arctic Sweden & the Icehotel reviewer 8
    Written on January 9, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    A fantastic trip, with a great group that exceeded our expectations and will live in the memory for a long time.  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?There was no one inspirational moment as every activity was as good as the other.  The two days with the huskies was great and the dogs are lovely and friendly and you could spend all day making a fuss of them (this is from someone who does not like dogs!).  The dogs were very excited at the start, however they soon listened to us and stopped and started when instructed. There was a bit of standing around during the igloo building, however again this was a great experience and a real sense of achievement once it was finished – one of our group even slept in it one night. Skidoos were good fun, although cold. The Ice Hotel was another highlight and this is the way to see it – you do not need too long there and Exodus seem to allow the right amount of time.What did you think of your group leader?There was no group leader – however Barbara and her team at the lodge looked after us very well and made sure that any needs were meet. The leaders for each activity were very knowledgeable and enthusiastic.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Book it is my only advice! Take good quality thermals and wear plenty of layers that are easily removed/added - outside it was minus 24C and you would then walk indoors to plus 21C and need to strip off quick.Is there anything else you would like to add?We have been on a few Exodus trips and were not expecting too much from the lodge and we were pleasantly surprised – the rooms are clean, very warm and well laid out.  The food was exceptional. This is the best way to see Lapland and stay at the Ice Hotel – although the trip seems expensive it is good value for money.  If you stay at the Ice Hotel for 3 -4 days you will spend a fortune and miss out on the lodge and beauty of this area. The day trips from the Ice Hotel were an unbelievable price (Overnight Husky trip £600 per person)

  • Arctic Sweden & the Icehotel reviewer 9
    Written on March 16, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    Fabulous holiday!  Great snow!  Great to do things that are not possible in England: igloo building; snow skooter safari; husky safari with overnight wilderness stay, snow shoe safaris  and finally the ice hotel, also we saw the northern lights on several nights!  What a fantastic holiday, would do it all again!What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?For me the husky safari was wonderful; what great creatures the dogs are, and so friendly!  Alothough it was a bit hair raising when all the dogs started howling!  The call of the wild!What did you think of your group leader?All the leaders we had were great, one for each activity.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Go for it!Is there anything else you would like to add?If you like snow, you'll love Lapland :-)

  • Arctic Sweden & the Icehotel reviewer 10
    Written on March 16, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    Fabulous holiday!  Great snow!  Great to do things that are not possible in England: igloo building; snow skooter safari; husky safari with overnight wilderness stay, snow shoe safaris  and finally the ice hotel, also we saw the northern lights on several nights!  What a fantastic holiday, would do it all again!What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?For me the husky safari was wonderful; what great creatures the dogs are, and so friendly!  Alothough it was a bit hair raising when all the dogs started howling!  The call of the wild!What did you think of your group leader?All the leaders we had were great, one for each activity.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Go for it!Is there anything else you would like to add?If you like snow, you'll love Lapland :-)

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  1. Day 1: Start Lappis Lodge, Lappeasuando.
  2. Day 2: Morning at leisure; afternoon snowshoe excursion.
  3. Day 3: Morning guided ice fishing; afternoon free for optional snowmobiling.
  4. Day 4: Dogsled training and expedition to wilderness camp.
  5. Day 5: Return to base on dogsleds via frozen lakes and pine forests.
  6. Day 6: Traditional Sami lunch with reindeer encounter; afternoon transfer to Icehotel.
  7. Day 7: End Icehotel, Jukkasjarvi.

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Covering a total distance of approx 1,118 km.
  • Kiruna (Sweden)
  • 82 km
  • Gallivare (Sweden)
  • 82 km
  • Kiruna (Sweden)
  • 954 km
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