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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 Ice Hotel, a Sami cafe and Sami museum are within easy walking distance (approx. 3km) and are popular options for additional activities (charges apply payable locally for entry to Ice Hotel, entry to the Sami museum is free of charge for guests staying at the Reindeer Lodge).
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 "Good To Know > Combine This With"
Times given below are when choosing these activities in combination with a stay at the Reindeer Lodge. If staying elsewhere in the area, pick-up/drop-off times from local accommodation will be slightly different. Details will be given in booking documentation.
Special dietary options (vegetarian, etc) are available for the activities below if pre-arranged. Please advise dietary requirements in advance.
Reindeer Encounter and Sami Experience
Morning tour 08.30 (for start 09.00)-12.00 or afternoon tour 13.30 (for start 14.00)-17.00
Taking place right at the Reindeer Lodge, this activity 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 all ages.
Private Northern Lights Snowmobile Evening Tour
19.15 (for start 19.30)-23.00
New for this winter, the standard snowmobile tour described will be replaced by a private tour option only, offered on request for groups of min. 2 max. 8 persons. Participants can choose to drive own snowmobile or share one per two persons. Includes sandwich and hot drink.
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.
Private Reindeer Sled Safari
New for this winter, 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.
Introduction to Sami Nature and Bushcraft
The Sami, the indigenous people of the area and your hosts at the Reindeer Lodge, have a very close relationship to their natural environment and a unique knowledge of the nature of the area. Your guide will bring you by snowmobile into what may seem to be a remote wilderness, but which is for a Sami a place of rich cultural heritage and history.
You will have an insight into this landscape and its flora and fauna from the Sami perspective, learning something of their spiritual traditions as well as basic survival skills such as fire making, which have been passed down by a largely oral tradition together with a rich store of knowledge of how to survive in this harsh environment, where temperatures can reach -40 degrees C or lower. The tour provides good opportunities for photography of the local landscape and with luck you may see tracks and signs of wildlife and perhaps catch sight of birds such as the Ptarmigan.
Suitable for all ages, though note that this experience will of most interest to adults and older children.
Northern Lights and Reindeer Evening
Led by Sami guide, take a walk in the winter darkness in the company of reindeer. Beginning from the Reindeer Lodge, you walk approx. 700m through the snow-clad forest to a "vardobaikki", the northern Sami word for viewpoint.
Two reindeer will join you on your excursion, pulling a sled which children can ride in if they wish. You hold burning torches in your hands as you walk to light the way. With luck, the skies above may be dancing with the Northern Lights, which the northern Sami call "Guovssahas" and which have a central place in Sami culture and folklore. At the viewpoint, you warm yourselves around the fire while your guide tells stories of the Sami and their relationship to the Northern Lights. Around the fire you grill a light meal with snacks and hot drink before turning to the Reindeer Lodge late in the evening.
Suitable for all ages, but for younger children please bear in mind that the experience takes place late in the evening.
Sami Cafe and Outdoor Museum
Free of charge for guests the Reindeer Lodge - advance booking not required, open daily 10.00-17.00 except 24th December 10.00-13.00
Easily accessible within walking distance of the Reindeer Lodge lies the Sami Cafe and Museum, an ideal location to spend some time during your stay, offering a good spot for coffee, snacks or lunch around the fire in the cosy cafe building combined with a chance to learn about the Sami culture and way of living. The shop there sells local Sami handicrafts. There are reindeer corralled at the Museum which you are welcome to visit and feed. Guided tours take place daily at 10.30 and 14.00 including feeding of the reindeer, guiding around the Museum and slideshow on Sami life and reindeer herding.
The Northern Lights
The areas in which these activities take place offer 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 1-10 days. See under "Good to Know > Combine This With".
Please let us know your arrival arrangements in advance.
Transfers operate between 13.00-17.00 from Kiruna airport or train station in connection with flight arrival times for SAS airlines.
Check-in to your cabin is from 14.00. Note that you should have lunch elsewhere before arrival.
Transfer to Kiruna via the Ice Hotel, Kiruna airport and Kiruna 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.
Note when checking out that it is only necessary to vacate your cabin by 11.00. If combining your stay with one of our dogsled tours such as One-Day and Overnight Husky Tours in Kiruna or Discover Dog Sledding in Lapland, you are welcome to remain at the camp and make use of the communal cabin while waiting for pick-up.
- Prices 2018/19
- Not Included
- Wilderness Cabin season dates from arrival 05.11.18 to departure 07.04.19*.
The optional guided activities at the Reindeer Lodge are offered on different days and for different durations during the season. See under "Prices" for dates for activities.
Best snow conditions normally from mid/late November onwards.
Check-in 14.00-18.00 on arrival day, please check out by 11.00 on departure. Please see under "Included" for information on transfers included at fixed times.
*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.
Prices are in British Pounds and Euros. If you wish, you are also welcome to make your payment in Swedish Kronor (SEK) - please contact us for details.
- Low Season rates apply for stays between 05.11-09.12.18, 07.01-03.02.19 and 01.03-06.04.19.
- High Season rates apply for stays between 10.12.18-06.01.19, 04.02-28.02.19.
|Adult/night (2 or 3 persons/cabin)||GBP 162||EUR 183|
|Child 3-12/night (sharing with 2 adults)||GBP 95||EUR 107|
|Single occupancy/night||GBP 257||EUR 290|
|Adult/night (2 or 3 persons/cabin)||GBP 181||EUR 205|
|Child 3-12/night (sharing with 2 adults)||GBP 105||EUR 119|
|Single occupancy/night||GBP 277||EUR 312|
Adult prices based on 2-3 persons per cabin. Child prices apply when staying with 2 adults. 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.
|Optional Extras (see description below)|
|Reindeer Encounter and Sami Experience/adult (low season)||GBP 189||EUR 213|
|Reindeer Encounter and Sami Experience/child 3-12 (low season)||GBP 95||EUR 107|
|Reindeer Encounter and Sami Experience/adult (high season)||GBP 218||EUR 246|
|Reindeer Encounter and Sami Experience/child 3-12 (high season)||GBP 109||EUR 123|
|Private Northern Lights Evening Snowmobile Tour/person (drive own snowmobile)||GBP 381||EUR 431|
|Private Northern Lights Evening Snowmobile Tour/person (share snowmobile)||GBP 324||EUR 366|
|Private Reindeer Sled Safari|
|Adult||GBP 477||EUR 538|
|Child 8-15||GBP 286||EUR 323|
|Introduction to Sami Nature and Bushcraft|
|Adult||GBP 151||EUR 170|
|Child 3-12||GBP 76||EUR 85|
|Northern Lights Evening with Reindeer|
|Adult||GBP 122||EUR 138|
|Child 3-12||GBP 61||EUR 69|
For detailed description of activities, please see under "Itinerary".
- Reindeer Encounter and Sami Experience: Afternoon tour offered daily 05.11.18-07.04.19 (except 24th December). Morning tour offered daily 10.12.18-06.01.19. Min. age 3*.
- Private Northern Lights Evening Snowmobile Tour: Offered daily on request (subject to availability) from 01.12.18 to 07.04.19. Minimum age 8. Note that this tour is always offered as a private tour and is bookable as min. 2 persons max. 8 persons.
- Private Reindeer Sled Safari: Offered daily on request (subject to availability) from 07.01.19 to 07.04.19. Minimum age 8. Minimum age to drive own sled 16. Children under 16 will ride as passenger. Note that this tour is always offered as a private tour and is bookable as min. 2 persons max. 8 persons.
- Introduction to Sami Nature and Bushcraft: Daily between 07.01-07.04.19. Min. age 3*.
- Northern Lights Evening with Reindeer: Daily between 05.11.18-07.04.19. Min. age 3*.
*While some activites at the Reindeer Lodge are possible for min. age 3, we do not recommend the Wilderness Cabin at the Reindeer Lodge experience for families with children under 6. See under "Good to Know > Required" for more information.
- 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, which has free wi-fi.
- 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 18.00. 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. The skis are "forest skis" which are used with normal winter boots.
- At 10.00 each morning there is the opportunity to join in the reindeer feeding at the corral.
- If booking one of the optional activities or if staying two or more nights, warm clothing (see image below - 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.
Exaple winter clothing provided when staying 2 or more nights or doing activities.
Transfer is included to/from Kiruna on arrival/departure at fixed times. See under "Itinerary" for details. Transfers at other times can be arranged by taxi at additional charge.
- Travel: We do not arrange flights or domestic travel, but are happy to advise on suitable connections and assist you with any aspect of planning your journey. See under "Good to Know > Getting There" for general travel information.
- Alcoholic drinks.
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General good health and fitness. Min. age 6 years (also see activity descriptions for minimum age requirements for optional activities).
While the Reindeer Lodge can be suitable for adults with older children, this experience is not suitable for families with children under 6 (some activities are classed as min. age 3, but activities can also be booked as stand-alone options if staying elsewhere). The specialist clothing provided is not available in sizes suitable for younger children, and the general environment of and facilities at the Reindeer Lodge are intended to be most suitable for older children and adults.
What makes this "Easy"?
As a catered/hosted experience, there is great flexibility to make your stay as relaxing or active as you wish, but any activities are optional. Level of challenge of activities will vary. The simple nature of the accommodation and facilities at the camp gives slightly higher level of challenge compared to hotel, etc.
NB: Perception of difficulty is very subjective. What is hard to one person may be easy for another and vice versa, depending on factors including level of fitness, age and previous experience. Weather conditions/temperatures can also dramatically affect the actual level of challenge encountered.
For information on any equipment and/or clothing included as standard for this experience, please see under "Dates and Prices > Included".
A detailed recommended packing list for personal items to bring will be sent with your booking documentation.
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.
Preparing for your trip:
For further reading, we also have a number of general information articles to get you ready for your trip, covering a wide variety of topics from what to do on a city break before/after your tour, advice on packing, eyewear for winter and considerations for female travellers.
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.
Combine This With
This experience makes a good combination with the following:
- Aurora Lodge Escape in Lapland (4 or more days, one hour by transfer)
- Discover Dog Sledding in Lapland (4 days, 15 mins by transfer)
- Dog Sledding and Winter Camping on the King's Trail (8 days, 15 mins by transfer)
- Husky Mountain Expedition in Lapland (8 or 12 days, 15 mins by transfer)
- Northern Lights Dog Sledding in Lapland (8 days, 15 mins by transfer)
- One-day and Overnight Husky Tours in Kiruna (1-2 days, 15 mins by transfer)
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.
"You were very responsive and helpful. Our guide was excellent - patient, helpful, and very accommodating. We loved the dogs and all our experiences while sledding. We also enjoyed the Reindeer Lodge, including the cabins, food, and activities. My wife has celiac disease, and everyone did an excellent job with gluten-free food on both the dogsledding trip and also Reindeer Lodge." Trevor, who combined a stay at the Reindeer Lodge with Northern Lights Dog Sledding in Lapland, January 2018
"We had the most fantastic holiday, both my daughter and myself consider that it was one of the best things we have ever done. The information given beforehand was comprehensive and most helpful and so we felt very well-prepared with equipment, etc. All the pickups and transfers worked very smoothly and on time and our hosts and guides both at the Reindeer Lodge and the kennels were very welcoming and a pleasure to be with. Our guide on the dog sledding tour was a lovely guy, very funny, knowledgeable, always puts the welfare of the dogs first and foremost and we were sorry to leave him, the beautiful, hardworking and friendly huskies and our fellow guests behind. Thanks a million to you and the team at Nature Travels for your wonderful organisation, there was nothing to fault at all." Liz, who combined a stay at the Reindeer Lodge with a stay at Discover Dog Sledding in Lapland, February 2018
"I just wanted to say a HUGE thank you to you and everyone at Nature Travels! We had he most incredible time - it was absolutely unbelievable and one of the most memorable holidays I think I’ve ever been on." Emily, who combined a stay at the Reindeer Lodge with Discover Dog Sledding in Lapland, January 2018.
"The husky sledding was amazing and the people at the Reindeer Lodge were lovely. Johan is a brilliant cook and we had some delicious meals, way better than I imagined! The snowmobiling was fun too and Daniel was a good tutor/host. Visiting the Sami village by walking across the frozen lake should be recommended, the cafe there is so warm and welcoming, we went back twice, the staff in there were also very welcoming and friendly and the food was good, a nice place to go for lunch." Tara, who combined a stay at the Reindeer Lodge and snowmobile tour with Dogsled Tour with Overnight in Wilderness Cabin, December 2017.