SWEDEN

Arctic Feel-good at Ripan Resort

Husky sledding, Swedish Lapland
from £1916 3,4 nights | Dec - Mar Inc. flights See price details
  • Departs:
  • Dec - Mar

Overview

With a husky safari, cross-country skiing lesson, indulgent spa session, fine dining and a visit to the Icehotel all included, we can’t think of a better way to spend a long weekend than on this invigorating break at Ripan Resort – Kiruna's 'feel-good hotel'. It’s not only an ideal place to relax, rejuvenate and revel in Lapland’s magnificent winter scenery, but you’ll also have a good chance of witnessing the northern lights.

Highlights

  • Fly direct from Heathrow to Kiruna on our exclusive flights
  • Various activities and meals included
  • Join a husky safari and learn how to go cross-country skiing
  • Visit the amazing Icehotel, see the stunning suites and raise a glass in the Icebar
  • Relax in the Aurora Spa with a fabulous Spa Bucket full of self-treatment goodies
  • Set off on snowshoes in search of the mesmerising northern lights


Culinary treats and spa indulgence

Located on the outskirts of Kiruna – served by our direct flights from Heathrow – Ripan Resort has smartly furnished cabins and a restaurant renowned for delicious Nordic cuisine. The hotel’s Aurora Spa has indoor and outdoor pools, an aroma sauna and ‘mountain stream’. Included in your holiday, you’ll enjoy a special evening of fine Nordic cuisine. Also part of your ‘feel-good package’, a session at the Aurora Spa comes with a complimentary Spa Bucket containing local products such as birch leaf body scrub and pine-scented body oil.

Winter activities at Ripan Resort
An exhilarating husky safari and a lesson in cross-country skiing are included in your holiday (add a Sami reindeer excursion if you opt for the four-night package). Snowshoes are also available for you to explore the snow-clad forests right on Ripan’s doorstep, or to venture off on a quest for the northern lights. Ripan Resort is also conveniently located about a 10-minute walk to Kiruna’s shops and restaurants.

Visit the Icehotel
Kiruna is just a 20-minute drive to the Icehotel in the village of Jukkasjarvi. A guided tour of this seriously cool masterpiece – forged using thousands of tonnes of ice from the frozen River Torne – is included in your holiday. You will be enchanted by the ice-crystal chandeliers in the main hall and the exquisite, sometimes surreal, ice sculptures in the elaborate suites. The Icehotel even has a ceremony hall for fairy-tale weddings and, of course, no visit would be complete without sampling a cocktail at the Icebar.

Itinerary & Accommodation

3 night itinerary
Day 1: UK to Kiruna
Fly on our exclusive direct flight from Heathrow to Kiruna where you will be met by a guide and transferred (approximately 15 minutes) to Ripan. This evening you will be served a three-course dinner in the main restaurant. Following 3 nights at Ripan Resort Hotel.

Day 2: Husky Safari and Aurora Spa
This morning, travel by minibus to a family-run husky farm in the remote and beautiful wilderness of the Kiruna Mountains. Mushing is easy to master and you will be given a full briefing on how to handle your dog team before hitting the trail. There will be two people per sled, swapping half way to allow both a chance to mush the dogs (please note you must be over the age of 16 to drive your own team of huskies). Once back at the farm, help unharness and feed the dogs before enjoying hot soup and drinks.

Returning to Ripan early afternoon, you have a few hours to relax or perhaps take a walk into Kiruna, before your indulgent spa session at the Aurora Spa. You will be given a Spa Bucket containing a selection of wonderful self-treatment products, made using raw natural ingredients, free of preservatives, based on ancient Swedish, Sami and Torne Valley Finnish medical knowledge. Gently massage your face and hands with aromatic coffee scrub, treat your feet to a juniper-and-salt foot bath complete with massaging iron pellets, exfoliate with a body scrub of newly sprouted birch leaves and finish off with a relaxing body rub of pine-scented canola oil. You can mix and match these at your own pace as you move between the indoor and outdoor pools, mineral and aromatic saunas and ‘mountain stream’. Round off your sauna ritual with a glass of wine or a cool smoothie in the relaxation area.

Enjoy a three-course dinner at Ripan’s restaurant. Later, if the sky is clear, head outside on a self-guided snowshoe walk on the lookout for the northern lights. It’s a great way to get away from the city lights and explore the surrounding area.

Day 3: Icehotel Visit and cross-country ski lesson
Spend the morning visiting the world famous Icehotel. Here you will be able to join the guided tour at 10am or spend time exploring the spectacular interior yourself. Take a look inside the magical Ice Chapel and enjoy a drink in the Icebar, sipping cocktails or juices from ice glasses.

You will be transferred back to Ripan for lunch before setting off again in the afternoon for a lesson in cross-country skiing. A guide will teach you all the basics, then you’ll practise your newfound skills on forest trails around Ripan.

This evening, Ripan’s Master Chef invites you to an unforgettable evening of great food and northern lights at the hotel restaurant. The menu is based on wonderful local produce from the Kiruna area and after dinner you can relax in the Northern Lights room to hopefully witness the aurora through floor-to-ceiling windows. Later, you can use snowshoes for another evening seeking out the lights.

Day 4: Kiruna - UK
After breakfast you will have some free time before your afternoon transfer to Kiruna airport and fly back on our direct flight to London Heathrow.

4 night itinerary
Day 1: UK to Kiruna
Fly on our exclusive direct flight from Heathrow to Kiruna where you will be met by a guide and transferred (approximately 15 minutes) to Ripan Resort. This evening you will be served a three-course dinner in the main restaurant. Following 4 nights at Ripan Resort Hotel.

Day 2: Husky Safari and Aurora Spa
This morning, travel by minibus to a family-run husky farm in the remote and beautiful wilderness of the Kiruna Mountains. Mushing is easy to master and you will be given a full briefing on how to handle your dog team before hitting the trail. There will be two people per sled, swapping half way to allow both a chance to mush the dogs (please note you must be over the age of 16 to drive your own team of huskies). Once back at the farm, help unharness and feed the dogs before enjoying hot soup and drinks.

Returning to Ripan early afternoon, you have a few hours to relax or perhaps take a walk into Kiruna, before your indulgent spa session at the Aurora Spa. You will be given a Spa Bucket containing a selection of wonderful self-treatment products, made using raw natural ingredients, free of preservatives, based on ancient Swedish, Sami and Torne Valley Finnish medical knowledge. Gently massage your face and hands with aromatic coffee scrub, treat your feet to a juniper-and-salt foot bath complete with massaging iron pellets, exfoliate with a body scrub of newly sprouted birch leaves and finish off with a relaxing body rub of pine-scented canola oil. You can mix and match these at your own pace as you move between the indoor and outdoor pools, mineral and aromatic saunas and ‘mountain stream’. Round off your sauna ritual with a glass of wine or a cool smoothie in the relaxation area.

Enjoy a three-course dinner at Ripan’s restaurant. Later, if the sky is clear, head outside on a self-guided snowshoe walk on the lookout for the northern lights. It’s a great way to get away from the city lights and explore the surrounding area.

Day 3: Icehotel Visit and cross-country ski lesson
Spend the morning visiting the world famous Icehotel. Here you will be able to join the guided tour at 10am or spend time exploring the spectacular interior yourself. Take a look inside the magical Ice Chapel and enjoy a drink in the Icebar, sipping cocktails or juices from ice glasses.

You will be transferred back to Ripan for lunch before setting off again in the afternoon for a lesson in cross-country skiing. A guide will teach you all the basics, then you’ll practise your newfound skills on nearby forest trails.

This evening, Ripan’s Master Chef invites you to an unforgettable evening of great food and northern lights at the hotel restarant. The menu is based on wonderful local produce from the Kiruna area and after dinner you can relax in the Northern Lights room to hopefully witness the aurora through floor-to-ceiling windows. Later, you can use snowshoes for another evening seeking out the lights.

Day 4: Free morning and Reindeer excursion
After breakfast you will have some free time when you can hire snowshoes and cross-country skis or take a walk into Kiruna.

This afternoon, visit a Sami village in Ravttas, 20km from Kiruna and close to a mountain range. You have an opportunity to get close to the reindeer and feed them, learn about reindeer husbandry, traditional Sami lifestyles and how to throw a lasso. Climb aboard for a 5km reindeer sledge ride through the forest, before enjoying lunch by an open fire. Smoked reindeer meat (suovas) and traditional bread (gahkku) are often served (please request a vegetarian meal at the time of booking). This evening, you will be served a three-course dinner at Camp Ripan’s main restaurant.

Day 5: Kiruna - UK
After breakfast you will have some free time before your afternoon transfer to Kiruna airport and fly back on our direct flight to London Heathrow.

Notes
  • The weather in Sweden can be unpredictable and therefore can cause substantial delays which can result in the need to re-arrange or extend your holiday itinerary. Whilst we and our contacts in Sweden will do everything possible to minimise any disruption, it is important that you check the details of your travel insurance and allow for some flexibility in your plans.

Accommodation Options

Ripan Resort Hotel, Kiruna

  • Grade: Standard
  • Type: Hotel

Located on the outskirts of Kiruna, with easy access to …

Excursions

Aurora Borealis through your Camera (Ripan)

Learn the art of northern light photography

Aurora Hunt by Dogsled (Ripan)

A traditional means of travelling over the Arctic snows.

Aurora Spa with Sauna Bucket (Ripan)

Relax and enjoy the treats of the Aurora Spa

Aurora tour with dinner at Abisko (Ripan)

Travel by minibus towards Norway in search for the elusive …

Cross Country Ski Course for Beginners (Ripan)

A traditional means of travel in the northern reaches.

Forest Escape by Dogsled (Ripan)

Meeting your dogs at your base in Ripan Resort, before your…

Forest Tour by Snowmobile (Ripan)

Snowmobile is the most popular mode of transport to get out…

Moose Safari by Minibus (Ripan)

This morning tour into the pristine Swedish wilderness in s…

Moose Safari on Horseback (Ripan)

A forest tour on Icelandic horses through moose winterland.…

Mountain Tour by Snowmobile (Ripan)

In collaboration with the Swedish University of Agricultura…

Musher school in the Mountains (Ripan)

Learn how to be a musher for a day and beautiful scenery an…

Northern Lights Hunt by Snowmobile (Ripan)

This tour heads by snowmobile in pursuit of the aurora bore…

Northern Lights by Horseback (Ripan)

After transferring to the nearby horse stables, you will be…

Northern Lights with Sami Dinner (Ripan)

An insight into the Sami culture and the myths and legends …

Ordinary Life as a Reindeer Herder (Ripan)

The only indigenous people of Scandinavia, the Sami have ma…

Reindeer Sledding with Lunch (Ripan)

You will have the opportunity to get close to both the icon…

Snowshoe Above the Arctic Circle (Ripan)

Explore the winter landscape on snow shoes

Traditional Sami Walk (Ripan)

Ever since ancient times, the reindeer has been a central p…

Wildlife tour with Camera (Ripan)

Capture Lapland wildlife with your camera!

Prices & Dates

3-night Break

Per personDec - Mar (2017-18)
Twin £1,916
Single £2,138
Child £948

Twin price is based on 2 adults sharing a twin/double room. Child price is based on sharing a twin room with two adults.

Prices include return direct flights between London Heathrow and Kiruna (with complimentary in-flight meal, beer, wine and soft drinks); 3 nights at Ripan Resort hotel on a half board basis; a thermal one-piece suit, hat, boots and mittens to use while at the Ripan Resort; Musher school in the mountains husky excursion; visit to the Aurora Spa with a Sauna Bucket; visit to the Icehotel; cross-country ski lesson; two unguided Northern Lights snowshoe walk; culinary experience in the Spirit of the Northern Lights; all transfers and airport taxes.

Prices excludes all beverages; optional excursions

4 night break

Per person13 Feb 2018
Twin £2,347
Single £2,642
Child £1,138

Twin price is based on 2 adults sharing a twin/double room. Child price is based on sharing a twin room with two adults.

Prices include return direct flights between London Heathrow and Kiruna (with complimentary in-flight meal, beer, wine and soft drinks); 4 nights at Ripan Resort Hotel on a half board basis; a thermal one-piece suit, hat, boots and mittens to use while at the Ripan Resort; Musher school in the mountains husky excursion; visit to the Aurora Spa with a Sauna Bucket; visit to the Icehotel; cross-country ski lesson; two unguided Northern Lights snowshoe walk; culinary experience in the Spirit of the Northern Lights; reindeer excrusion; all transfers and airport taxes.

Prices excludes all beverages; optional excursions

 

Direct Flight - Departure Dates Winter 2017/18

London-Kiruna | Flight time 3.5 hours

2017
16, 26 December

2018
20, 27 January
10, 13*, 17 February
03 March

* denotes 4-night trip

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