Our trip was booked with Oliver at Robert Broad Travel who were fantastic. They took care of everything for us, and kept us very informed.
The Hotel itself is incredible. Having now been back 4 days I want to go again. It really is quite unexplainable. One of those things you just cant make people understand until they have seen it themselves. It was very cold, but we wore a set of thermals, then a fleece set, and then either the snow suit or salopettes and ski jacket and were toasty. I would recommend a balaclava or face mask for the trips, and my skiing goggles came in really handy.
We stayed in the Peel room, Art suite 306 which was just amazing. Very cold at night, we wore thermals, hat and socks. As long as you dont move around too much in the night then the cold air doesnt get in. You can choose a double or single sleeping bag which is good. We had an art suite and so had a little changin room where we could keep our things, and get changed. The warm changing room is fantastic, beautiful and very clean. The Snow rooms have a locker to keep their things in, a communal changing area with private booths also. The heated sauna and the ice sauna were both fantastic, and very welcome after a trip.
The warm cabins were fantastic. We stayed in the Aurora cabins with a velux window to see the stars. Very cosy, hair dryers are provided ( Wish I knew that before) and all the usual bits and pieces.
The food is very expensive. WIth the £ exchange rate at the moment (21/12/08) we paid £100 for dinner, which was 2 x main courses, 2 x deserts and 1 x glass of wine. Typically a cup of tea or hot chocolate is about £3, and lunches start from around £7-8. The Old Homestead is a bit cheaper because it is an all you can eat style buffet, but the food is not as good, and that cost us about £110 for 2 x 3 courses and 2 x beers.
We went to the Co-op to get snacks and things, and used the hot drinks facilities in the cabin and it worked out so much cheaper. The gift shop again is great but very expensive.
We did the 4 hour Reindeer trip, 1 and a half hour Husky ride and the 4 hour Skidoo trip, all of which were fab. Food and drinks are provided on all trips, didnt get to see the Aurora Borealis which was gutting but still an amazing trip. I will say it was a little disappointing to see so much of the hotel not finished. (There was only one corridor of Art Suites and one of Snow rooms finished) But it was fascinating to see them being made.
However, once in a lifetime trip, would definitely go again if we could afford to.
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- Also Known As:
- Icehotel Hotel Jukkasjarvi
- Icehotel Sweden/Jukkasjarvi
- Ice Hotel Sweden