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How amazing would it be to celebrate the dawn of a New Year somewhere as pristine and unspoilt as an ice hotel in Swedish Lapland? Under the clear dark skies of the polar night keep watch for nature’s own light show, the northern lights, chink ice glasses and celebrate in style.
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With the Icehotel still looking particularly festive after the Christmas celebrations, New Year here tends to be a more romantic affair. As there are more huskies than people in Jukkasjärvi and its surrounds, people here prefer not to set off fireworks in case they scare the dogs hence the traditional bonfire.
As with our Christmas trip, there is just one departure so spaces are strictly limited!
Day 1 Kiruna to Icehotel fly from the UK to Kiruna direct and transfer to Jukkasjärvi. Check in at the Icehotel for 4 nights (one in an Ice Room, three nights in a warm room) and get kitted out in your thermal clothing, on loan for the duration of your stay. Then have a guided tour around the Icehotel.
Day 2 New Year’s Eve at the Icehotel enjoy a buffet breakfast in the restaurant then the day is free to explore your scenic surrounds on one of the many optional excursions from husky sledding to snowmobiling. In the evening, enjoy a complimentary glass of champagne before a delicious à la carte dinner. Then head back to the Icehotel, wrap up warm and stand around a traditional bonfire within a circle of candles down by the frozen River Torne, faces aglow as the countdown to midnight begins.
Day 3 New Year's Day at the Icehotel after a late night you might wish to have a lazy morning. Alternatively, there will be plenty of things to do should you wish to be more active - don’t forget, it is advisable to book the optional excursions in advance, or at least soon after check in to ensure availability.
Day 4 At leisure at the Icehotel enjoy the scenic surroundings or perhaps join one of the optional activities.
Day 5 Icehotel-Kiruna morning at leisure, perhaps to have one last look around the Icehotel or take part in another optional activity before transferring to the airport for the flight home.
Please note: 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.
Prices in £ per person
|Per person (4 nights)
||30 Dec 2015
|Child, aged 8-11*||£661|
Price includes return direct flights between London Heathrow and Kiruna (with complimentary in-flight meal, beer, wine and soft drinks); 1 night in an Ice Room and 3 nights in a Kaamos room; morning sauna and breakfast; a New Year’s Eve gala dinner; services of a Discover the World representative; airport transfers, airport taxes and a thermal one-piece suit, hat, boots and mittens to use while staying at the Icehotel and Northern Lights Bradt guide.
Direct flight - London-Kiruna | Flight time - 3.5 hours
30 December 2015 - depart London Heathrow at 10:35, arrive Kiruna at 15:00
03 January 2016 - depart Kiruna at 14:30, arrive London Heathrow at 16:55
Please note all timings are local.
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