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Culture & Adventure in Lapland

(4 days / 3 nights)

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Family-friendly adventure in Lapland

Visit Santa in his secret hideaway, come face-to-face with reindeer and search for the dazzling northern lights on this family-friendly journey into Lapland. You’ll also experience Swedish yuletide traditions and learn about the fascinating culture of the Sami people while spending the night in a traditional reindeer lodge. And there’s no better place than Lapland to get the heart racing, which you’ll do on an exciting dogsled safari.

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

Cottages i, Culture and History i, Dog Sled i, Family i, Northern Lights i, Reindeers and Sami Culture i, Santa Claus i, Soft Activities i

Season

1 Dec - 31 Mar

Departure

Daily

Itinerary

A day-by-day plan to guide your Swedish road trip.

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  • Day 1: Arrival, Huskies & Northern Lights

    Your family vacation starts at Kiruna Airport, where you will be greeted and transferred to your hotel. As dusk settles, bundle up for a thrilling guided dog sled tour into the wild to experience Lapland’s magical northern lights.* The guide will mush a team of 10-12 dogs as you sit 4-5 people on one big sled. Later, enjoy a hot beverage and snack around the fire before returning to your hotel.

    *Please note that the northern lights are a natural phenomenon, so sightings cannot be guaranteed.

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  • Day 2: Swedish Christmas Traditions with Santa

    Even if it’s not Christmas Eve today, every day feels like it in wintery Lapland! Today you will be taken by minivan to a site where we will go in search of a Christmas tree to decorate. For this excursion, you will ride in a sled pulled by the guide’s snowmobile. Afterwards you’ll get to bake ginger bread cookies and experience more Swedish yuletide traditions.

    Of course, the highlight today is a visit to Santa at his secret forest cabin, where children will receive small gifts. Afterwards you will head to another rustic cabin nearby to enjoy a traditional Swedish “Julbord”, a hearty buffet with all the typical Christmas delicacies of this region.

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  • Day 3: The Magical World of the ICEHOTEL

    Today, you will 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.

    In the afternoon you will be picked up and taken on a tour to a Sami reindeer farm for a close encounter with Rudolf and his friends, followed by a traditional snack in a Sami tepee. You can also try driving a reindeer sled! You will get the opportunity to learn about the daily lives and history of the Sami people, the native people of northern Scandinavia.

    Tonight you will spend the night in a scenic and cosy cabin nestled in the winter wonderland of Swedish Lapland. Arctic wildlife and reindeer are the natural residents and, if you're lucky, the northern lights will put on a glorious display. Cosy up around the fireplace and unwind from everyday life. In the evening you will enjoy an excellent dinner made from local ingredients in the small timber lodge. You can borrow snowshoes and cross country skis (there is a marked ski trail from/to Reindeer Lodge through the forest) and have a relaxing bath in the steaming wood-fired sauna with a refreshing jump in the powder snow as a finale.

    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 4: Departure

    Enjoy a nice breakfast before you are transferred back to Kiruna where you return your borrowed thermal clothing. You will then be transferred to Kiruna Airport in time for your departure flight. If you leave in the afternoon you might want to take some time to explore Kiruna on your own and do some last minute souvenir shopping.

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Map

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

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.
 
Payment terms
This package requires a deposit payment of 50% 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: 50%
Less than 30 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.
  • 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.
 
Cabin at Reindeer Lodge
At the Nutti Sámi Siida Reindeer Lodge you'll stay in a cabin of about 20m² with a double bed (some cabins also have a sofa bed that can accommodate up to two more people). Cabins are equipped with both a fire place and an electric heater as well as sleeping bags, bed linen and towels. Breakfast and dinner will be served in the communal timber log building. Sauna with showers and WCs are located in separate communal facilities.Snowshoes and cross country skis are free for use for guests staying at Reindeer Lodge.
 
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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