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A stay in the wilderness cabins at the Reindeer Lodge, just a few minutes from the small village of Jukkasjärvi, the location of the world-famous Ice Hotel, is an ideal option for a Lapland winter experience, either as a stand-alone break or in combination with one of our multi-day dog sledding experiences in the area.
Situated in the heart of the reindeer camp, with the reindeer enclosure just a few metres from your door, the cabins offer simple but comfortable and cosy accommodation for 2-3 persons per cabin. Each cabin has a wood-burning stove and also electric heater. Meals are taken together in the dining cabin and 2-course dinner and breakfast is included for each night's stay. Meals are prepared from local ingredients wherever possible and will typically feature traditional dishes from Lapland including moose, reindeer, arctic char and cloudberries (special dietary options are also available).
Also included each evening is wood-fired sauna at the camp - a wonderful winter experience, an ideal way to keep an eye out for a spectacular display of the Northern Lights and - who knows? - you may even feel brave enough for a roll in the snow after heating up in the sauna!
The camp is a working reindeer corral and offers a very special atmosphere. In connection with your stay it is also possible to arrange a number of winter activities, from reindeer and Sami-related experiences to snowmobiling and Northern Lights.
The activities below can also be booked separately if not staying at the reindeer lodge, for example as extra activities for the arrival/departure day of any of our dogsled tours in the area - see under "Combine With..."
Special dietary options (vegetarian, etc) are available for the activities below if pre-arranged. Please advise dietary requirements in advance.
Reindeer Sled Safari (08.30-13.00)
(If doing this activity without staying at the Reindeer Lodge, transfer is from/to accommodation in Kiruna or Tourist Information Office at 08.15 returning 13.30)
A unique morning experience driving your own reindeer sled through the winter forests. You will be shown how to handle your reindeer sled before setting out into a landscape of snow-clad forest and frozen lakes. Each participant drives their own sled in standing position (similar to dog sledding). Reindeer sledding is the traditional mode of transport used by the Sami, the indigenous people of Swedish Lapland, and your tour is led by Sami guides. You return to the Reindeer Lodge after approx. 1.5-2 hours, where you unharness your reindeer and release them into the corral. A traditional lunch, normally of smoked reindeer, is served in the Sami lavvu (tipi), with a chance to learn more about the Sami from your guide.
Minimum age 8. Minimum age to drive own sled 16. Children under 16 will ride as passenger.
Reindeer Encounter and Sami Experience (08.30-12.00 or 13.30-17.00)
(If doing this activity without staying at the Reindeer Lodge, transfer is from/to accommodation in Kiruna or Tourist Information Office at 08.15 returning 12.30 (morning tours) or 13.00 returning 17.30 (afternoon tours).
Taking place right at the Reindeer Lodge, this morning or afternoon activity (depending on dates) gives you the opportunity to get "up close and personal" with the reindeer at the corral, including feeding the calves, trying your hand at the traditional lassoing technique, and trying a short reindeer sled ride on the track at the camp. Your guide will introduce you to the culture of the Sami and the life of a working reindeer herder. After meeting the reindeer, lunch is served in the Sami lavvu (tipi) - sitting around the fire on a warm base of reindeer skins is a magical experience and the perfect setting to learn more about Sami culture from your guide, while a traditional lunch is served of coffee and suovas, the Sami national dish of smoked reindeer.
Suitable for families.
Northern Lights Snowmobile Evening Tour (19.15-23.00)
(If doing this activity without staying at the Reindeer Lodge, transfer is from/to accommodation in Kiruna or Tourist Information Office at 19.15 returning 23.00)
With its ability to cover relatively large distances in a short space of time, snowmobile can be a wonderful way to experience the Lapland winter landscape. This evening tour combines the excitement and adventure of snowmobiling with good chances to see the Northern Lights. After a short minibus transfer you will be instructed in how to handle your snowmobile. Snowmobiles are powerful machines, but straightforward to drive, and you will be given advice on safety procedures before beginning your tour. Participants can share one snowmobile per two persons or drive own snowmobile depending on preference. Far away from light pollution, the stars are at their brightest and it is a wonderful experience to travel through the winter darkness. The tour includes stop with hot drink and snack before returning.
See more information on Northern Lights below. Minimum age 8. Participants who wish to drive must hold full driving licence and be aged 18 or over. An excess of 8000 SEK (approx. £800) applies to the driver in the event of damage. Children ride behind driver or in sled.
Northern Lights at Abisko National Park (19.30-00.30)
(If doing this activity without staying at the Reindeer Lodge, transfer is from/to accommodation in Kiruna or Tourist Information Office at 19.45 returning 00.15)
To the north of the Reindeer Lodge lies the mountain region of Abisko National Park, one of the best places in the world to see the Northern Lights due to its microclimate giving a high incidence of clear skies. The experience begins at the Reindeer Lodge with a short slideshow introducing the phenomenon of the Northern Lights. The Aurora plays an important part in Sami culture and mythology and your hosts will share with you some of the many stories and traditions connecting the Northern Lights with Sami life. You are then transferred by minibus north towards the Abisko National Park (transfer time approx. 1.5 hours) - with luck there may already be a display of the Aurora visible along the way. Once at the park, you will explore by foot and make a stop for some traditional Sami snacks and watch for the Lights, before returning to the Reindeer Lodge.
See more information on Northern Lights below. Suitable for families, though note that this experience will be of most interest to adults and older children.
The Northern Lights
The areas in which these activities take place offer very good chances to see the Northern Lights. The Aurora is of course a natural phenomenon, and possibilities to see the lights depend not only on factors such as solar activity but also on local weather conditions such as cloud cover. Sightings can of course not be guaranteed.
Combinations with Dog Sledding
Wilderness Cabin at the Reindeer Lodge makes an ideal combination with any of our dogsled tours in the area, which are located just 15 minutes away, duration 1-12 days.
Please let us know your arrival arrangements in advance.
If arriving to Kiruna in connection with your stay, scheduled pick-up times are 14.30 or 17.45 from Kiruna Tourist Information Office (in the centre of town).
Check-in to your cabin is from 14.00. Note that you should have lunch elsewhere before arrival.
Transfer to Kiruna airport or train station leaves the Reindeer Lodge at 11.00. If you prefer, you can be transferred to central Kiruna at this time to look around before departure (free shuttle buses run to the train station). Please check out by latest 11.00.
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2015/16 Winter Season
Wilderness Cabin: Start any day 01.11.15 to 15.04.16*. Best snow conditions normally from mid/late November onwards.
*The Northern Lights are visible from around September to early/mid April. The deep midwinter period of November-January offers the longest hours of darkness, which is of course required for the Northern Lights to be visible, while the "spring winter" of March and April offers longer hours of daylight and typically milder temperatures. The Northern Lights can be visible at any time during this period, including during March to mid-April. While March and April have shorter nights, on the other hand these months can also have a greater incidence of clear skies.
Check-in 14.00-18.00 on arrival day, please check out by 11.00 on departure. Please see below regarding included transfer arrangements.
See price information below for dates for optional activities.
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.
- High Season (07.12.15-31.03.16): Based on 2-3 persons per cabin*: £159/adult/night; child aged 3-12 years staying with 2 adults** £75/child/night. Single occupancy: £236/person/night
- Low Season (01.11-06.12.15 and 01.04-15.04.16): Based on 2-3 persons per cabin*: £112/adult/night; child aged 3-12 years staying with 2 adults** £56/child/night. Single occupancy: £176/person/night
*Families of four can also be accommodated in a single cabin with children sharing sofa bed.
**Solo adult plus child charged at 2 x adult price.
- Reindeer Sled Safari: £255/adult, £181/child aged 8-15. Offered daily 07.01-15.04.16.
- Reindeer Encounter and Sami Experience: £184/adult, £92/child aged 3-12 (under 3s free of charge). Afternoon tour offered daily 07.12.15-15.04.16 (except 24th December), also morning tour 14.12.15-06.01.16.
- Northern Lights Evening Snowmobile Tour: £117/person (two persons sharing snowmobile), £170/person (drive own snowmobile). Offered daily 01.12.15-31.03.16.
- Northern Lights at Abisko National Park: £172/person. Offered every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday between 01.11.15 and 31.03.16.
- Wilderness cabins at the Reindeer Lodge. There are five cabins in total, each approx. 20 sq.metres with one double bed and one sofa bed (1.6 x 1.8m). Cabins are suitable for up to 3 adults or a family of 4 (children share sofa bed) and heated by wood-burning stove and electric heater. Meals are taken in communal log building at the camp.
- No running water in cabins. Shower, WC and wood-fired sauna (included) available in separate communal buildings.
- Warm thermal sleeping bags, linen and bathing towels are provided for the cabins.
Breakfast and 2-course dinner for each night's stay. Dinner is served at 18.30. For lunch (if not booking an activity which includes lunch), provisions can be purchased from the local store in Jukkasjärvi for self-catering at the camp, or can be taken at local restaurants in Jukkasjärvi. For example, the Ice Hotel restaurant serves a lunch buffet and lighter meals daily.
Equipment and Activities
- Snowshoes and cross country skis are available to borrow for guests free of charge for self-guided activities in the surrounding forest - please ask your local hosts on arrival if you wish to borrow equipment.
- If booking one of the optional activities or if staying two or more nights, warm clothing (snowmobile suit, warm hat, gloves and boots) are provided and you are also able to keep this clothing for the duration of your stay at the cabins. Note that warm clothing is not normally provided if staying one night only without activities, though your hosts will of course assist with provision of clothing for guests who do not have suitable own clothing.
Transfer is included to/from Kiruna on arrival/departure at fixed times. Transfer on arrival day leaves Kiruna Tourist Information in central Kiruna at 14.30 and 17.45. Alternatively, if you wish to visit the Ice Hotel on your arrival day or are staying there the night before, transfer leaves the Ice Hotel at 13.30 or 16.30. Guests arriving by train should take the free shuttle bus into Kiruna (if you wish to look around Kiruna before pick-up, luggage can be left at the Tourist Information Office). Guests arriving by flight should take local taxi-bus into central Kiruna for pick-up from the Tourist Information Office. Transfer on departure day leaves the camp at 11.00 for central Kiruna and Kiruna airport. Transfers at other times can be arranged at additional charge.
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General good health and fitness. See activity descriptions for minimum age requirements for optional activities.
A detailed recommended packing 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. Note of course that the most appropriate clothing to use as well as the level of challenge experienced during any outdoor activity may vary significantly depending on factors such as the time of year and the particular weather/temperature conditions during your trip.
Detailed information on travel options to this experience will be provided in response to your enquiry. We are happy to advise on suitable connections and assist you with any aspect of planning your journey.
Please ensure that you make a booking with us first and wait for confirmation that your spaces are reserved before making any travel arrangements.
Fly to Stockholm then onward to Kiruna by night train or domestic flight connection. Transfer from central Kiruna on arrival and to Kiruna airport/train station on departure is included.
Ferry Dover-Dunkirk or Newcastle-Amsterdam for onward train connections to Kiruna.
The log cabins are each suitable for 1-3 adults (a family of 4 can also be accommodated). There are five cabins in total, max. group size 10-15 persons.
Optional activities require total min. 2 participants (you are of course welcome to book as a solo traveller). With the exception of "Reindeer Encounter and Sami Experience", all optional activities listed have max. group size 8 participants.
This host has received a prestigious Swedish Ecotourism award for commitment to high standards to cultural and environmental sensitivity.
Photo: Hans Olof Utsi
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