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Enjoy the ultimate foodie experience in the Arctic wilderness
It sounds like something from Disney's Frozen - at the
Icehotel, in Jukkasjärvi, a peaceful village high above the Arctic
Circle in Sweden, you can spend the night in a sparkling room
carved entirely out of ice.
On this four-day winter adventure, exclusively for Red readers, you'll enjoy one night in a Classic Ice Room, wrapped up in a cosy sleeping bag on top of reindeer furs, and one in a warm Kaamos Room. There will also be time to try exciting optional activities, including husky sledding, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.
Your final night in Swedish Lapland will be spent at the equally
unique Camp Ripan in Kiruna, which has one of the region's best
spas as well as a gourmet restaurant. You'll get a free pass for
the Aurora Spa, and another highlight will be a culinary evening
focused on the indigenous Sámi people's traditional cuisine.
Being so far north and away from light pollution, there's also an excellent chance of spotting the mesmerising Northern Lights during this magical break, which can be taken on selected dates from December to March 2021.
Reasons to book
Free spa pass
Sámi foodie experience
Search for the Northern Lights
- Fly from London Heathrow to Kiruna via Stockholm.
- Spend one magical night in a Classic Ice Room at the Icehotel.
- Use thermal suit, boots and mittens during your stay at Icehotel.
- Spend one night in a Kiruna Cabin at Camp Ripan.
- Eat breakfast at Camp Ripan.
- Enjoy an evening culinary experience with Camp Ripan's master chef.
- Unwind in the Aurora Spa at Camp Ripan once during your stay.
- Have airport and hotel transfers included in Sweden.
- Travel on the following dates: 17, 14 or 31 December, 2020; 14, 21 or 28 Jan 2021; 04, 11, 18 or 25 Feb, 2021; and 04, 11 or 18 March, 2021.
Day1Welcome to LaplandIcehotel , Sweden
Fly directly from London Heathrow to Swedish Lapland on Discover The World's exclusive direct flight. Up on arrival you will be transferred to the Icehotel for your stay in an Iceroom.
Day2Day at the IcehotelIcehotel , Sweden
Today is free for optional activities such as husky sledding, snowmobiling, cross country skiing and snowshoeing. Tonight you will be staying in one of hotel's warm rooms.
Day3Camp Ripan foodie experienceCamp Ripan, Sweden
Optionally have morning activity or a leisure start before being transferred to Camp Ripan for your final night. Enjoy lunch at Camp Ripan's restaurant and enjoy a complimentary spa access included to your holiday.
In the late afternoon you will join a culinary experience focused on the region's sami heritage. Since time immemorial, the Sami people have prepared food using that which the mountains, lakes, rivers and forests had to offer. When the farming pioneers arrived, their crops and domesticated animals were included in what the region offered. Over the centuries, the best of both kitchens has resulted in this region's traditional fare.
The Dinner is served in Andrum, Breathing Space, a separate wing inspired by three cultures - the Sámi, Torne Valley Finnish, and Swedish. The floor-to-ceiling windows of the wing entice time and space to disappear and you become one with the landscape on the other side. During the meal you'll learn the history behind the dishes set in their cultural context. It will truly be an evening to remember.
Day4Explore KirunaKiruna, Sweden
Morning in your leisure to visit the town of Kiruna or explore the nature surrounding the hotel. At noon you will be transferred to Kiruna airport for your return flight back to London Heathrow.
You may expect it to be chilly lying on a bed made of ice - but when you’re wrapped inside an arctic sleeping bag and lying on a thick mattress covered with reindeer hides, you’re guaranteed to keep warm. With this exclusive offer, you will spend one night in an Iceroom and the other in the comfort of a traditionally-designed warm room.
Located in Swedish Lapland, the seasonal Icehotel is rebuilt every year from the frozen water of the nearby Torne River. In summer, rising temperatures melt the hotel, returning the water to its source.
Close by, in the year-round Icehotel 365, you'll find a handful of luxurious Art Suites and Deluxe Suites - all of which are hand-sculpted from ice. It's like sleeping in a frozen work of art.
Over 200 artists apply to help sculpt the rooms and suites, which are created using a unique combination of ice and snow known as 'sn-ice.' Around 40 artists are selected, none of which are required to have worked with ice before. The designs are selected based on originality, meaning that no two suites are ever the same!
There are two restaurants to choose from, as well as the famous Icebar, where guests are invited to mingle in the evenings. The warm accommodation comprises Scandinavian-style hotel rooms and wooden cabins.
Sleeping inside the ice...
The Icerooms are furnished with frozen décor and a bed made of ice, made cosy by reindeer hides and a thermal sleeping bag. Held at a temperature of -5 to -8 degrees, each Ice Room is concealed behind a set of curtains. The warm building adjacent to the hotel houses the dressing room, with access to communal changing rooms, toilets and saunas. Guests can keep their luggage in the luggage storage room.
All the Art Suites are individually-designed and sculpted by artists commissioned from around the world. Art Suites can be found in both the Icehotel and permenant Icehotel365 and each one is completely unique. They are all held at a temperature of -5 to -8 degrees celsius and feature an ice bed covered in Arctic furs and a thermal sleeping bag. The warm building adjacent to the hotel houses the dressing room with communal changing rooms, toilets and saunas for men and women.
Deluxe Suites are only available in the permanent Icehotel 365 structure and, like Art Suites, they are designed by artists commissioned from around the world. They are the largest of the suites, featuring a heated en suite bathroom and relaxation area (which provides storage for belongings). They come complete with Carpe Diem beds covered in reindeer hides and a thermal sleeping bag for warmth. Deluxe Suites are set at a temperature of -5 to -8 degrees celsius and are the only cold rooms that can be locked for privacy.
Icehotel's warm hotel rooms
Kaamos rooms are traditional in style with wood-panelled walls painted in calm shades of white brown and grey. These rooms are furnished with two beds, a desk and seating area with two armchairs and a small coffee table. The private en suite features a shower with a heated tiled floor. A TV, iron and board is also included.
These wood-panelled apartments are wonderfully spacious and are equipped with a kitchenette and simple lounge area. Nordic Chalets sleep four people in two bedrooms, one with a double bed and one with a bunk bed.
These are simple yet traditional apartments located between the Icehotel, reception and shop. They sleep three and come equipped with a master bedroom, a single bedroom, small lounge, kitchenette and bathroom.
Camp Ripan in Kiruna has one of the region’s best spas as well as a gourmet restaurant
Surrounded by mountains and just a 10-minute walk from the centre of stunning lakeside city Kiruna, the family-owned Camp Ripan offers gourmet dining and the Aurora Spa, which is one of the best in the region. A certified environmentally-frinedly hotel, Ripan uses local Nordic ingredients such as reindeer and fish in its traditional, seasonal Swedish and Sami cooking. Spread over three buildings, the cosy, chalet-style rooms have private entrances and bathrooms with showers. Many offer kitchenettes and convenient private ski storage.