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The Magic of Moving on Snow

(5 days / 4 nights)

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Mush, snowshoe and snowmobile through the arctic

This lively winter break is perfect for those who don’t like to sit still! When in Lapland, do as the locals and try out traditional means of transportation like snowshoeing under the moonlight, “mushing” with a team of eager huskies, and snowmobiling through the frozen wilderness. With cosy accommodations in Kiruna as well a rustic cabin far from the city lights, you will also have the chance to see the awe-inspiring northern lights.

Please note that we cannot guarantee availability for this package before making all the necessary reservations for accommodations and excursions. Therefore, we recommend that you wait for the travel consultant’s final confirmation before booking flights.

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Travel style

Partially Guided i

Interest

Active i, Cottages i, Culture and History i, Dog Sled i, Northern Lights i, Snowmobiling i, Snowshoe Walk i

Season

1 Dec - 31 Mar

Departure

Daily

Attractions Everything is a highlight in Lapland, but here are a few things to look forward to.

Itinerary

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

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  • Day 1: Arrival and Moonlight Snowshoe Trek

    This action-packed holiday begins at Kiruna Airport where your local guide awaits to greet you and drive you to your cosy hotel in Kiruna, Sweden’s northernmost city located 145 km north of the Arctic Circle. As dusk settles, head out into the wild with your guide to try out the most basic mode of winter transportation—snowshoeing! Enjoy the serenity away the city lights and keep your eyes to the sky to catch a glimpse of the magical northern lights. Before returning to the hotel, enjoy a hot coffee and snack around a campfire in the woods. 

    * Please note that the northern lights (aurora borealis) are a natural phenomenon and sightings cannot be guaranteed. 

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  • Day 2: The ICEHOTEL and Snowmobile Adventure

    After breakfast at your hotel, it’s time to head to the world-famous ICEHOTEL in nearby Jukkasjärvi for a guided tour. Upon arrival to the ICEHOTEL, enjoy a guided tour of the fascinating ICEHOTEL complex, including the original snow-and-ice structure that is rebuilt each winter and a new permanent structure, the ICEHOTEL 365, which offers a year-round winter experience inside thanks to solar energy. You’ll be able to see an assortment of ice rooms and ice suites as well as the chic ICEBAR, ice church and other creative works of ice and snow. After the tour, you are transferred back to Kiruna where you can enjoy a nice lunch at one of the local restaurants and relax for a while.

    Around 15:00, you are picked up by your guide for your next encounter with Arctic transportation—snowmobiling! This exciting overnight snowmobile journey takes us through some of the most beautiful winter scenery as you glide through the snow towards your rustic accommodation for the night. Two people share one snowmobile and take turns in driving. Just in time for dinner, arrive to the cosy cabins where your guide will prepare a traditional Lappish meal for the hungry group. Although the cabins are without modern features like running water, the soothing Swedish sauna will make you forget all about the modern world!

    Please note that the Icehotel is under construction and opens up on December 15th. Until then, the guided tour and accommodation will be at the Icehotel 365, which is also used throughout the season.  

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  • Day 3: The Beauty of Nature

    After a hearty wilderness breakfast together at the cabins, it’s time to hit the trail again for more adventure in the snow! Today’s route takes us near the frozen Torne River with possible sightings of local wildlife along the way including moose, reindeer, lynx, wolverines, and eagles. Far from human interference, this is an ideal opportunity to enjoy Lapland’s pristine nature and unspoilt landscapes. Later, return to the cabins for another tasty dinner together. 

  • Day 4:  Back to Civilization

    Enjoy an energizing breakfast before you are being picked up and transferred to your next stop, a husky kennel, where you get to try yet another time-honoured mode of winter transportation—dog-sledding! Under the guidance of a skilled musher, you will learn to drive your own team of huskies through the breathtaking Lapland landscape. Two people share one sled and take turns in driving. The hard-working sled dogs howl and pull at their harnesses to get moving, showing you just how eager they are to start pulling the sled over the plains and through the woods. During the break, enjoy a hot coffee and a light lunch around a campfire. Back at the kennel, say goodbye to your trusty canine companions and then return to the hotel in Kiruna in time for a nice dinner at one of the local restaurants.

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  • Day 5: Departure

    After a breakfast at the hotel, transportation is provided to Kiruna Airport in time for your departure flight.

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Map

Here’s a map of Lapland, to help put things in perspective.

Reviews

We don’t like to brag, so we’ll let our happy customers do it for us.

We all had a fantastic time

We arrived home from Lapland last night and I just wanted to let you know that we all had a fantastic time. Lapland Safaris, who took us on the night-time snowmobile safari, dog-sledding adventure and reindeer farm, were excellent, very well organised and friendly. The hotel, Clarion Santa Claus, was very comfortable, terrific breakfast each morning and check-out wasn't until 12 noon on the day we left which was great. All your arrangements and bookings worked very smoothly. Thank you.

Accommodation

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

Comfort

Rooms with private shower or bath and WC. These are in three-star hotels and are all centrally located within towns. Daily breakfa..

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Camp Ripan 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 fres..

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Tour Information

If you would like to book this tour with an arrival date 4 weeks or less from today, please contact us for assistance.
 
  • Kiruna is a highly popular destination during the winter season and often get fully booked. Therefore we recommend you to book as early as possible and wait with booking your flights until you have received a written confirmation of your travel arrangements from your designated travel consultant.
  • If your dates are not showing as bookable in our calendar, please contact us for further details - it might still be availabilities
  • Extra nights can be added on request; contact us for details.
  • This tour has an age limit of 14 years.
  • All guided excursions require a minimum of 2 adult participants, though for excursions that already have other confirmed participants we may be able to offer solo travellers a better price. Please contact us for details.
Payment terms
This package requires a deposit payment of 20% of the total price at the time of booking. The final payment is charged 1 month prior to arrival.
 
Cancellation Charges
More than 31 days prior to arrival: 20%
Less than 30 days prior but more than 15 days to arrival:50%
Less than 14 days prior to arrival: 100%
 
Adventure Packages
All of Nordic Visitor’s Lapland travel packages should be considered adventure travel on account of being operated in the Arctic during sometimes extreme weather conditions and with the use of live animals for many excursions. For this reason, those booking a travel package in Lapland (except for those considered family travel packages) should consider themselves at least moderately physically fit and comfortable engaging in activities that are considered adventurous or strenuous.
 
Some things to keep in mind:
  • There will be snow and ice on the ground, sometimes making it difficult to walk.
  • No luggage handling services will be available. You must be prepared and able to carry your own luggage in snowy conditions.
  • Accommodations will be simple in comparison to what you’d find in major urban centres.
  • WC facilities encountered during excursions may be unheated outhouses without running water.
  • During husky safaris where you share one team of huskies with another person, the person standing to drive the sled will need to kick to assist the dogs and may be required to run when sledding uphill.
  • Reindeer and huskies run very fast. Those interested in participating in either a reindeer or husky safari should keep this in mind.
  • Some snowmobile safaris may require you to drive in the dark. Those interested in participating in snowmobile safaris should keep this in mind.
  • By law, those interested in driving a snowmobile must be able to present a valid driver’s license.
The safety of our travellers is our top priority at Nordic Visitor. We reserve the right to change or cancel departures if we feel the conditions will jeopardize the safety of our customers.
 
Snowmobile tours
  • The driver of a snowmobile must be at least 18 years of age with a valid driver’s license.
  • Drinking alcohol is not allowed before driving a snowmobile.
  • Children are seated in a sled pulled by the guides snowmobile during snowmobile safaris
Northern Lights
The northern lights are a natural phenomenon and sightings cannot be guaranteed. Evening excursions will operate according to the tour schedule, even in unfavourable viewing conditions, and our guides will do their utmost to determine the best possible location for sightings.
 
Activities & Guides
This is a self-guided tour with scheduled guided excursions and activities. All accommodations and included activities and services (as specified in the itinerary) will be pre-booked by Nordic Visitor in close co-operation with trusted local suppliers. You will not have a dedicated guide for the duration of your time in Lapland, but can expect a different qualified guide for each planned excursion. You are responsible for making your way to the specified meeting point for the start of each excursion. The time between scheduled excursions and activities will be free-time.
 
Cabins
The accommodation during the husky tour is in simple cabins without running water or electricity. Water is collected from a river or a lake. All cabins have a sauna. It may be necessary to share cabin with other tour participants but you will have your own room. These cabins can also be upgraded to a cabin with private toilet, shower and sauna against an additional cost. Please ask our travel consultants for more details.
 
After booking with Nordic Visitor
After booking your package with Nordic Visitor, you will be contacted within two working days by one of our travel consultants, who will serve as your dedicated contact person for all of your travel needs before, during and even after your holiday. Before you travel, Nordic Visitor will provide you with a detailed personal itinerary and vouchers for all services and activities booked for your travel package. You will also be provided with Nordic Visitor’s 24/7 emergency helpline phone number where you can always reach a Nordic Visitor representative during your time in Lapland.
 
Please note: It takes time to make all the arrangements for a complete travel package. The travel consultant must book or reserve each included service individually with each supplier and personalize each itinerary accordingly. For this reason, we encourage our clients to book as far in advance as possible to ensure that your preferred travel dates, accommodation class and additional activities are available.

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