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Husky sledding through the snow in Kiruna ©Camp Ripan

Christmas Adventure in Swedish Lapland

(5 days / 4 nights)

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Festive fun near the North Pole

Celebrate Christmas in a true winter wonderland! In Kiruna in Swedish Lapland, the spectacular snowy landscapes are the perfect backdrop for thrilling Arctic excursions. Ride a husky sled through the forests, meet local reindeer, and decorate a Christmas tree with Santa Claus himself. Enjoy delicious local food at a Christmas Eve buffet and warm up after your days in the snow in the tranquil Aurora Spa. This is guaranteed to be a Christmas celebration like no other.

5 days / 4 nights

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Approx 1896 EUR

— Why book with Nordic Visitor

  • Seamless travel experience
  • Handpicked hotels, services & routes designed by Lapland travel experts
  • Comprehensive itinerary & travel guide
  • 24/7 helpline during your tour
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Tour Highlights

  • Enjoy a memorable time in the true Arctic north
  • Sleep in a cosy cabin at Camp Ripan
  • Deeply relax with the traditional ritual stävan in the Aurora Spa
  • Visit the world-famous ICEHOTEL
  • Feel the wind on your cheeks on a sled pulled by huskies
  • Speed through the frozen wilderness on a snowmobile
  • Celebrate in style with a Christmas dinner and festivities
  • Take in the snowy scenery of the Swedish valleys and woodlands
  • Explore the eclectic city of Kiruna and see its changing landscape
  • Have a chance to glimpse the colourful northern lights in the night sky

Travel style

Partially Guided i

Interest

Christmas i, Dog Sled i, Ice/Snow hotel i, Northern Lights i, Snowmobiling i

Season

Dec 23

Interest

Christmas i, Dog Sled i, Ice/Snow hotel i, Northern Lights i, Snowmobiling i

Itinerary

A day-by-day plan to guide your northern adventure.

  • Day 1: ARRIVAL IN SWEDISH LAPLAND

    Welcome to magical Kiruna in Swedish Lapland! When you arrive at Kiruna Airport a driver will meet you to take you to your accommodation at Camp Ripan. Settle into your cabin, then venture out to the on-site restaurant to enjoy a delicious 3-course. If it’s a clear night, keep an eye out on the sky as you might spot the dancing northern lights.

    Spend the night at Camp Ripan.

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  • Day 2: SNOWMOBILING & FESTIVE FUN

    After breakfast at Camp Ripan, head out into the snow for your first Arctic excursion. An experienced guide will give you a short snowmobile lesson, then in no time you’ll be off. Speed past snowy forests and frozen plains and feel the wind on your cheeks. On your drive, look out for the camp Christmas tree to help your guide bring it back.

    Once back at Camp Ripan, decorate the tree with colourful baubles while enjoying a hot chocolate next to a "lávvu", a traditional Sámi tent. Santa Claus himself will then arrive for a visit!

    In the evening, gather with your fellow travellers around a traditional Swedish Christmas smörgåsbord with a wonderful selection of local dishes, including salmon, herring, hams, smoked reindeer, lamb, deer, meatballs, ribs and more.

    Spend the night at Camp Ripan.

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  • Day 3: CHRISTMAS DAY AT THE ICEHOTEL

    Merry Christmas! Today, a local Sámi guide will take you to the nearby village of Jukkasjärvi. Here, discover the world-famous ICEHOTEL, the world’s first (and largest) hotel made entirely of ice. You’ll embark on a tour to explore the mystical frozen rooms complete with fantastic sculptures, a chic ice bar and even an ice church.

    Then, your guide will take you onwards to Jukkasjärvi Kyrka, a traditional Sámi church built in 1607. It’s the oldest church in Swedish Lapland and is made of wood painted a bright red-and-white. Admire the reindeer-horn organ decorated with images from Sámi mythology.

    The tour ends with a visit at Nutti Sámi Siida where you could pop into the Café Sápmi to have a hot drink and pastry by the open fire. You could also book a reindeer encounter to end your day on a unique experience (limited availability so advance booking is recommended). Then head back to Camp Ripan where you’ll enjoy dinner.

    After a busy day, your guide will take you back to camp in time for a festive 3-course dinner in the on-site restaurant.

    Spend the night at Camp Ripan.

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  • Day 4: HUSKY SLEDDING & AURORA SPA

    This morning, you’ll join a guided dog sledding excursion. When you arrive at the kennel you’ll hear the excited huskies waiting for their chance to run. You will be sitting on a sled driven by a professional guide so you can relax and enjoy the nature all around you. Halfway, you'll stop at a "lávvu", a traditional Sámi style tipi, to warm up by a roaring fire. Enjoy a hot drink and snack and cuddle the friendly dogs.

    When you’re back, spend the afternoon in the incredible Aurora Spa in Camp Ripan. The ritual stävan is a relaxation experience that involves many natural treatments for your skin, based on traditional practices and made from locally sourced ingredients. Perform the ritual at your own pace, all while unwinding in the warm natural pools with mesmerising views of the snowy world outside.

    End the day with a 3-course dinner at Camp Ripan and spend the night in your cabin.

    Spend the night at Camp Ripan.

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  • Day 5: DEPARTURE FROM KIRUNA

    Today is your last day in Swedish Lapland! Start the morning with a hearty breakfast to prepare for today’s trip back home. Later on a driver will take you to Kiruna Airport in time for your departure flight.

Optional extras

Customise your adventure with these Optional Extras.

We recommend adding your extra activities to the tour now for the best booking experience and to secure your spot, as activities are likely to sell out.

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Accommodation

Sleep soundly, in the accommodation type of your choice, and wake up ready to enjoy another day of exploration.

Cabin

Camp Ripan is a family-run hotel with cosy semi-attached cabins in the town of Kiruna. The hotel has a restaurant that serves f..

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Tour Information

We recommend that you read carefully through the following section about travelling to Kiruna, Swedish Lapland. It includes some important information about what the tour includes, accommodation, and more about your thrilling activities.

Please note that this package is subject to availability. Please wait to book your flights until after we have confirmed your reservation. If the accommodation at Camp Ripan is fully booked on your preferred travel dates, your travel consultant will be in touch with information about the next available dates.

INFORMATION ABOUT OUR MULTI-DAY TOURS
On a multi-day tour, Nordic Visitor books your accommodation and excursions for a self-guided travel experience. That means you’ll enjoy some free time to explore on your own as well as planned, guided day tours.

Each activity is run by a different tour operator, so you’ll get to meet a few local guides throughout your trip.

You can rest assured that Nordic Visitor only works with a small number of handpicked suppliers that meet our high standards. The activities you’ll participate in are all extremely well rated so you’re sure to have a memorable time.

During your tour, we’re with you every step of the way. Plus, you’ll always be able to reach us on your trip by calling our 24/7 helpline.

ACCOMMODATION
Camp Ripan is a family-run hotel with semi-attached private cabins for guests. All the cabins include a bathroom with a shower and WC, a refrigerator, a hot water kettle, cable TV, telephone and internet. There is an on-site restaurant serving fresh local food and daily breakfast is provided.

ITINERARY TIMETABLE
Closer to your arrival in Kiruna, we will email you with the specific timings for your ICEHOTEL visit, spa and dinner reservations.

SNOWMOBILE TOUR
Please note for all snowmobile tours, each snowmobile is shared by 2 guests taking turns driving. The driver of the snowmobile has to be at least 18 years old and hold a driver’s licence valid in Sweden on the tour. Under Swedish law, you cannot drive a snowmobile under the influence of alcohol.

There is a height restriction for children. Children measuring under 140 centimetres (4.5 feet) will be seated in a sleigh pulled by the guide’s snowmobile. Children over 140 cm are allowed to sit on the snowmobile behind an adult.

AURORA SPA & SPA RITUAL STÄVAN
The package includes one entrance for adults only to Aurora Spa including the Spa ritual Stävan, . Please note that your spa visit may occur on 23, 25 or 26 December.

FITNESS LEVEL AND ADVENTURE PACKAGES
You should have moderate to good physical fitness to take part comfortably in this tour. This is because packages set in the Arctic are considered adventure travel due to the specific conditions you’ll experience. Arctic travel can sometimes involve extreme weather conditions as well as vigorous activity and animals (like huskies and reindeer) on many excursions.

SAFETY AND WEATHER CONDITIONS
Please note that sightseeing and tours are dependent on weather and road conditions and might need to be altered if they are not favourable. If something unexpected occurs, you can call our 24-hour helpline to speak directly with Nordic Visitor staff.

As you’re visiting Lapland in winter, there will be snow and ice on the ground. This can sometimes make it difficult to walk. Please note that there are no luggage handling services available in Lapland. You must be able and prepared to carry your own luggage in snowy conditions.

NORTHERN LIGHTS & DAYLIGHT HOURS
The northern lights are a natural phenomenon, which means that sightings cannot be guaranteed. Evening excursions will operate according to the tour schedule, even in unfavourable viewing conditions. Your guide will do their utmost to determine the best possible location for sightings and make this an enjoyable experience for you.

Please be advised that because of its northerly location close to and inside the Arctic Circle, Swedish Lapland has limited daylight in winter. For a few weeks of the year Kiruna enters a polar night, meaning the sun doesn’t rise at all. This makes Kiruna a very atmospheric and unique place to visit between November and February. In March, daylight hours increase steadily from about 5 at the beginning to 15 at the end.

TRAVELLING WITH YOUNG CHILDREN
As it is a top family travel destination, generally our Lapland packages are child friendly. That said, many activities (e.g., snowmobile and dog sled tours) have a minimum age limit of 4 years old.

On snowmobile excursions, height restrictions also apply. Children measuring under 140 centimetres (4.5 feet) will usually be seated in a sleigh pulled by the guide’s snowmobile. Children over 140 cm are allowed to sit on the snowmobile behind an adult, when paying the adult price.

TRAVELLING WHILE PREGNANT
If you are pregnant we do not recommend taking part in dog sledding and snowmobiling excursions due to safety concerns. Please let us know in advance and we can offer alternative options.

ADD-ONS & OPTIONAL UPGRADES
You can customise this tour online. During the booking process, you can add extra nights to your itinerary as well as optional day trips, excursions and upgrades. You are also welcome to combine this tour with any of our Scandinavian packages.

If you have something specific in mind, get in touch with your travel consultant and they’ll create your dream trip.

AFTER BOOKING WITH NORDIC VISITOR
After booking your tour package online, you will be contacted within 2 business days by your own dedicated travel consultant. They will be your point of contact for all your travel needs before, during and even after your trip.

We aim to complete bookings within a few weeks. During this time we take care of booking your accommodation, activities, and transport, confirming all parts of your journey. Once this is done, your travel consultant will provide you with all the details of your trip.

CARBON OFFSETTING YOUR TOUR
Nordic Visitor is working on offsetting the estimated carbon footprint of your package. We’ve partnered with an environmental fund in Iceland to carbon offset all our tours. Carbon offsetting your international flights is not included, but we highly recommend you look into possibilities with your airline or directly through a local environment fund.

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