Igloo Building in Swedish Lapland

Igloo Building in Swedish Lapland

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Igloo Building in Swedish Lapland (Sweden)

Build and sleep in your own igloo in the Lapland mountains

Igloo Holidays in Sweden: Lapland

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New for 2014: Combine igloo building with Discover Mountain Ski Touring in Lapland

Dates for this experience have now been aligned with dates for our Discover Mountain Ski Touring in Lapland experience, giving the option to do both experiences back-to-back at reduced cost. See under "Dates and Prices" for details.

Overview

  • Required: Normal level of fitness. Minimum age 16. Previous skiing experience not required.
  • Duration: 4 days/3 nights.
  • Accommodation: 2 nights in mountain station, 1 night in self-build igloo.
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This unique winter adventure, set in the stunning surroundings of the mountains of northern Sweden, gives you the chance to build and sleep in your own igloo while enjoying the beauty of the surrounding area and, with luck, perhaps a display of the spectacular Aurora Borealis, the Northern Lights.

OYou will travel by skis (no previous experience required) through the winter landscape from your base at Saltoluokta Mountain Station to the spot where you will build your igloo. Under the instruction of your guide, an expert igloo-builder, you will construct your igloo using nothing but snow saw, blocks of snow and some hard work!

As the sun sets over the Lapland mountains, it is time to retire to your very own "ice hotel"! Sleeping on a comfortable mattress of reindeer skins in polar sleeping bag, you will be surprised how cosy an igloo is inside, no matter the temperature outside. The light filtering through the snow walls creates beautiful patterns and a magical atmosphere - a night in an igloo, with dinner cooked out in the open beneath the stars, is an experience not to be forgotten!

Your experience also includes the opportunity to explore the beautiful natural surroundings on skis in the company of your guide, as well as to enjoy two nights at the Mountain Station and 3-course dinners in its award-winning restaurant with a presentation on ice and snow art and a selection of igloo stories from your guide.

Igloo Building in Swedish Lapland is a moderately challenging but fun winter holiday experience suitable for participants aged 16+ who love the winter outdoors and have always dreamed of sleeping in an igloo in the winter wilderness!

Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival at Kebnats for transfer by snowmobile to Saltoluokta Mountain Station (snowmobiles are used for transport only and have environmentally-friendly 4-stroke engines). Lunch at the station followed by short ski tour in the area to get accustomed to your ski equipment. At the station you will have a 3-course dinner in the mountain station restaurant (a former winner of Sweden's "Wilderness Chef" competition) followed by a slide show and information meeting on the days to come.

Day 2

You will travel by skis approx. 3km to the spot where you will build your igloo. Using snow saw and knife and under the instruction of your guide, you will spend the day building your very own igloo, where you will later spend the night. Northern Sweden is one of the world's best locations for seeing the Northern Lights, and with luck you will be treated to a display in the evening as you enjoy dinner together in the forest. You will spend the night in your igloo, sleeping on reindeer skins (an excellent insulator) in warm thermal sleeping bags, enveloped by the silence of the surrounding Lapland wilderness.

Day 3

After a light breakfast together, you return by skis to the mountain station for brunch and sauna. A wonderful chance to relax after your night under ice in the wilderness and discuss the finer points of igloo building technique!. In the afternoon you will explore the area using skis or snowshoes depending on your preference/abilities. Returning to the mountain station in the evening, you will be treated to a 3-course dinner in the station restaurant. Your last night in the Lapland mountains ends with a slide show on snow and ice art and some igloo story telling!

Day 4

Breakfast and check out for transfer by snowmobile to Kebnats for onward travel.

Please note that the above itinerary is subject to change depending on weather and snow conditions.

Dates & Prices

Dates

Scheduled dates:

  • 28.03-31.03.14 (or 29.03-31.03.14*)
  • 11.04-14.04.14 (or 12.04-14.04.14*)

Groups of min. 4 persons can book private tours at standard prices on dates by arrangement from mid-March to mid-April.

The Price

Prices are in British Pounds. If you wish, you are also welcome to make your payment by bank transfer in Euros or Swedish Kronor. If this would be of interest, please let us know and we will be happy to provide prices.

  • £690/person for 4 days/3 nights.
  • £505/person for 3 days/2 nights when combined with Discover Mountain Ski Touring in Lapland.*

*This experience can be booked in combination with Discover Mountain Ski Touring in Lapland 23.03-29.03.14 or 06.04-12.04.14, which begin/end at the same location. Participants in the igloo building tour will then join the itinerary on the morning of Day 2, that is 29th March or 12th April, the normal departure day for the Ski Touring experience.

What The Price Includes

Accommodation

  • Two nights in Saltoluokta Mountain Station in shared multi-person rooms. Note that bedding (available to hire at the station) and end cleaning are not included. Private 2-person rooms are available on request at additional charge (please contact us for details and prices).
  • One night in self-build igloo. Number of igloos built will depend on factors such as group size and snow conditions, but an igloo typically sleeps 2-3 persons.

Meals

All meals from lunch on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 4. Full board at Saltoluokta Mountain Station and meals while out in the mountains as per itinerary. The majority of food served during the experience is prepared from local ingredients.

Equipment

  • Ski equipment (please advise shoe size and height in advance)
  • Safety equipment
  • Tools for igloo building
  • Thermal sleeping bags and reindeer skin for night in igloo
  • Winter boots: A selection of sizes are available to borrow (subject to availability). If you wish to borrow winter boots, please let us know your shoe size in advance.

Guide

Experienced and knowledgeable guide.

Transfers

Snowmobile transfer (4km) between Kebnats and Saltoluokta Mountain Station on arrival/departure.

What The Price Does Not Include

Alcoholic drinks.

Practical Info

Health requirements/experience

You should have a normal level of fitness and enjoy the outdoors. This experience involves sleeping one night in self-build igloo in the mountains. Previous ski experience not essential. Minimum age 16.

Equipment/clothes needed

A detailed recommended equipment list will be sent with your booking confirmation.

NB: We advise you not to buy equipment or clothes for your trip or to incur other non-refundable expenses such as flights until you have received confirmation of your booking from us in writing.

Groups

Minimum number required for scheduled tours to run: 4 persons. Maximum number of participants for scheduled tours: 10 persons

This experience is ideal for private groups of 4-10 persons and is bookable as a private experience from mid-March to mid-April. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

Igloos

The Inuit word "iglu" can be used to refer to any dwelling, not only those made of snow/ice. In English, "igloo" refers to a traditional dome construction made of snow. When constructed properly, igloos make a wonderful shelter, with the air pockets trapped in the snow serving as an excellent insulator. The sleeping platform is often raised with the entrance lower than the sleeping area - as cold air falls, the entrance area acts as a "cold trap". Body heat alone can raise the inside temperature of an igloo to significantly above the outside air temperature.

Additional Notes

This provider has received prestigious Swedish Ecotourism certification for its commitment to high standards to cultural and environmental sensitivity.

Location

Detailed information on travel options will be sent with your booking documentation. We are happy to advise on suitable connections and assist you with any aspect of planning your journey.

By Air

Fly to Stockholm. Night train to Gällivare and bus to Kebnats (approx. 2 hours).

Without Flying

Ferry from Harwich to Esbjerg (Denmark) for onward train connections to Gällivare.

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