Hi guys and girls,
anyone been to the ice hotel in Sweden.
I am going in 10 days time or so and had a few questions.
I know it is close to Kiruna - we have transport booked to get to hotel.
However, is there anything else like hotels, bars, restaurants close by?
How much is a beer?
Would you recommend any activity in particular - snowmobiles, dog sleds?
Any other info on the area would be fantastic.
Lol! I thought that thing was a myth!
...Oh the joys of commercials.
Hopefully you have a good time, and sorry I don't know any of the answers to your questions... I guess curiousity got the best of me.
Yup, it does indeed exist (there are a few around - in past years there has even been one in Morocco, in a huge chilled tent!!) and i've been there. I've also spent a chunk of my time living near by as well.
There is a small village by the Ice Hotel, with a couple of small restaurants etc, whilst the IceHotel itself has a couple fo restaurants on the complex. The one directly over the road isn't hugely cheap, but the food is fantastic. Reindeer is wonderful if done properly.
The IceHotel itself has a Bar, the IceBar which is probably the most famous part of the complex, and sponsored by Absolut. Drinks aren't thecheapest (this is sweden after all), but they aren't too bad. And you get to eat the glasses after two or three drinks (they are made of ice).
Go to the IceTheatre one night, where you sit watching shoes (different each year and night - we had Macbeth) in the open air wearing big capes watching in an exact copy of shakespeare Globe theatre.
Beer in Kiruna in a bar will probably cost you 35krona, up to 52ish. 40 is average across most of sweden. If you bring your own, bear in mind that alcohol over 3.5% can only be bought in the systembolaget (state run) and the opening hours aren't huge.
All activities nearby are more expensive than prvately booked, but not bad. We went dogsledding (3nights camping in the wilderness, and so we could drive our own sleds) which was utterly fantastic. Some have big teams of dogs and you just sit in the sled, so if you want to try yourself, make sure you check first. Snow shoes etc can be got easily. Snowmobile tours are available, although obviously you need a driving licence. I haven't done any of the snowmobile stuff there as we have our own anyway.
Sometimes the space centre at Esgrange can be visited, and it's worth a look. Cross country skiing also possible on some laid tracks. If you have a chunk of time, Abisko (3ish hours East by train) is good for activities, whilst Riksgransen, another 45mins on the Norwegian border is a good place for skiing/boarding, plus iceclimbing etc and sleding/mobiling. And of course there is a good chance of Northern Lights, although generally the best times are 2-4am, or thereabouts.
Anything else, just ask.
Have a great trip and enjoy. It's warm up there right now, so it should be fine.
This info is fantastic thanks.
We won't be doing any overnight trips as we are only there for 4 days/3 nights and there is a wedding in the middle of that.
Looking into going ont he snow mobiles for a small trip and perhaps the fishing.
Do you know if you need to take your drivers licence with you for the snow mobiles?