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Sami / Raidu Reindeer Tour - Ice Hotel or Kiruna Guideturs?

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Sami / Raidu Reindeer Tour - Ice Hotel or Kiruna Guideturs?

I'm visiting the Ice Hotel in early March and have already booked a snowmobile moose safari with Kiruna Guide Tours.

I'd like to do a Raidu reindeer or Sami culture tour but am not sure whether it's worth it?

I'd love to hear from anyone who's done the tour and if they booked through the Ice Hotel or Kiruna Guide Tours. The price isn't that different as KGT add on a pick-up charge for the Ice Hotel now and the Ice Hotel seem to offer more on their tour?

Thank you.

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1. Re: Sami / Raidu Reindeer Tour - Ice Hotel or Kiruna Guideturs?

Hi! We returned from Kiruna/Jukkasjarvi/iceHotel last week and had great tours. We booked all 3 through KirunaGuidetur, so we can't say what the difference would be if you used the Ice Hotel's tours. The least exciting/rigorous was the Sami tour -- we fed reindeer, took individual reindeer sled rides, had lunch (reindeer stew) in the Sami Elder's hut while he talked about life in the north. We had a child with us, so he thought it was fun. The snowmobile trip at night was fast, fun and cold; the dogsled trip during the day was fun and cold, not as fast. this is Sweden's coldest winter since 1868, so be prepared!

If you stay at the Ice Hotel, there is a reindeer/Sami culture museum that is not expensive to visit (you can feed the reindeer, too) -- it's about 15-20 minutes away by foot. Our warm accommodations were terrific, but we all agreed that the Ice Hotel is better to visit than to sleep in! You get a pass to visit the IceHotel when you check into warm accommodations. It was not too comfortable to spend the night in the cold accommodations. Good luck! You'll have a memorable time!

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