Dog Sledding, Snowmobiling and sleeping in a room made of ice!

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The view out our warm rooms window at 8:00am when we woke up.

After a great night sleep, we woke up around 8:00am…still dark out side. Other than the place we stayed at in Santorini, this room, as all the rest I’m sure, had the nicest view outside I’ve ever seen! A beautiful winter landscape greeted us this morning, and it’s still snowing and about -18C

We walked to the restaurant for breakfast and found a great buffet set up with many types of sliced meats, cheese, fruit, breads, cereals, hard & soft-boiled eggs, scrambled eggs, bacon, little sausages, mushrooms, meatballs, juice & coffee. This is the first place we’ve ever been that served soft-boiled eggs that actually cooked them correctly!! Usually when we get them, they are over-cooked and you can’t tell the difference between the soft-boiled eggs and the hard-boiled eggs, which are usually under-cooked.

Some of the many things to choose from for breakfast.
But not here! They were done just right!! Breakfast is served between 7:00am and 10:00am, and is included in the price of the room, so eat your fill!!

With our tummies full, we took a short walk around before checking out of our warm room accommodations, and checking in to our ice room. Now when you check in to an ice room, depending on what type of room you are sleeping in, you either get a small changing room that is accessed with your “room” key, or you get a large locker to store your stuff in and you change in a common changing area. Since we are staying in an Art Suite, we get our own changing room where we can store our stuff. There are also large shower rooms with separate saunas for the guys and girls. The ice rooms them selves are only for sleeping, so it’s best to have some activities to keep you occupied  before you decide to call it a night.

Me & Lena during our walk around the Ice Hotel property.

Now that we are checked in, and have our luggage stored away, we decided to take a walk around and see everything in the light of day. We also took a walk to the end of the road to see the old homestead and the Sami Museum. The Sami’s are Sweden’s native northern people. There is a small gift shop and café there, as well as an outdoor walk through museum with reindeer, but you had to pay to enter the museum, so we didn’t go in there. After a short visit to the gift shop, we walked around an old church that was near by, and then headed back to the hotel.

Thermostat on the outside of our building
It’s still lightly snowing out, and about -17C, but it’s very beautiful out!!

After our walk, we warmed up in the ice room reception area, then got our cold weather gear the hotel supplies for our dog sledding adventure. They will supply you with very warm boots and gloves, a snow suit and face mask to keep you warm, just incase what you have isn’t warm enough. I highly suggest you take advantage of using their gear if you are going dog sledding or snowmobiling. We brought along very good snow gear, but using theirs keeps you stuff clean and dry to use later.

It was now time to get to the meeting place and wait for our guide for the dog sledding trip. There are two large blocks of ice just outside the ice room reception building that have a large “M” on them.

Me & Lena relaxing in the lobby for the ice rooms before our dog sledding trip.
This is the meeting place if you are going on any of the hotels excursions.

Once our guides arrived, we were divided up in groups of four and then we walked around the back of the Ice Hotel to the Torne River where the dogs and sleds were waiting for us. We were sharing a sled with another couple, and since we are seated tallest person in the back, and the other man was taller than me and his wife the same height as me, they sat in the back. This put Lena in the very front, which you would think was a good thing, but as we found out later, dogs can poop while they run, so Lena had a front row seat for all that as well!! HAHA!! We started out following the river, and then took a trail through the woods.

During our stay at the Ice Hotel in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden, Lena and I went dogsledding through the frozen Northern Swedish wilderness, stopped for coffee and cake, then returned to the Ice Hotel about an hour and a half later
About half way through our trip, we stopped for a little break. This gave us an opportunity to meet the dogs and take some pictures with them. We all entered a small hut where they had a nice fire going, and then we were served coffee, tea and some spice cake with cream cheese frosting. It was all very good!! After we all had warmed up, it was time to board our sleds and continue our trip. We continued through the woods, and then ended back on the frozen Torne River headed back to the hotel. The entire trip took a little more than 1-1/2 hours, but it seemed to go by much faster. We had a great time and are very glad we did this during the day. Watching the dogs work and their enthusiasm to just run was fun. If we would have done this at night, it would have just been a ride on a sled with nothing to see or experience.
Second serving of lunch after dogsledding.

It was now 2:30pm, dark out and we were hungry for lunch. We went right from the dog sledding to the restaurant to get lunch. Luckily for us, lunch is served until 3:00pm, so we still had to time to get something to eat. Just like the breakfast buffet, there was a large selection of food to choose from, only you do have to pay for lunch, but for only 150sek per person, you can’t beat it! They had many types of lunch meats, as well as different types of cold Salmon and hot veal wrapped in bacon and potatoes and carrots. There were also two kinds of soup to choose from, potato or shitake mushroom. I had the potato soup and Lena had the shitake, both of which were very good, as was everything else!

We now have until 7:00pm until our snowmobile trip, so we checked out our ice suite and the ice bar, but we didn’t have a drink there yet.

The other wedding party.
We also noticed there were a couple weddings going on here, which was pretty cool to see. At 5:00pm, we took a short tour through the Ice Hotel on how to sleep in -5C. After the tour, we spent the rest of our time hanging out in the lounge while we waited for our meeting time to start our 4 hour snowmobile trip.

It was now time to start our snowmobile trip which will include dinner at a remote camp. After getting helmets and a short lesson on how to operate the snowmobile, we were off across the frozen river and through the woods. We took the first snowmobile behind our guide, and during our trip, we made a few stops to see if the clouds would clear so we could see the Northern Lights. But, it was snowing steadily and the chances of us seeing anything was very slim. Driving a snowmobile through the woods was very exciting, and the path got quite narrow at times, and we had to duck a few times to avoid the low tree branches! I drove a snowmobile a few times before when I was younger living in Wisconsin, but it is actually very easy to do, so even if you never have, it’s very easy to learn and the guide will help you out.

During our stay at the Ice Hotel in Jukkasjärvi Sweden, Lena & I took a guided 4 hour snowmobile trip through the frozen Swedish wilderness, stopping for an hour for dinner at a remote wilderness camp. I did all the driving, and Lena shot this video.

After a few hours, which went by very fast, we stopped at a small camp where there were a few small huts set up. Our guide got the fire going, and then started fixing us moose and potato stew. She also served us warm lingonberry juice, coffee and tea. We all chatted, and got to know a little bit more about each other. We found out our guide is from Norway originally, but now lives here giving tours during the winter, as well as racing her dog sled, and during the summer months she guides fishing and hunting trips. After we finished our stew, we had a little cake for dessert. It was now time to head back home. I gave Lena the opportunity to drive, but she was happy sitting behind me. Guess it warmer behind me :)) Once we got back on the river, we really started going fast, which was really fun!! I looked down at the speedometer once and we were going 51kh, which is between 35 & 40 miles per hour!! Doesn’t sound fast, but on a snowmobile at night across a frozen river, it’s very fast!! We returned back to the ice hotel just after 11:00pm, and after turning in our helmets, I was ready for a drink to warm up! I’m sure glad we used the hotels gear because I’m not sure if our gear would have been warm enough during this trip! The only thing I wish we had that they do not supply is goggles.

Lena and me in the Ice Bar
I wear glasses, so I was ok, but goggles would have been warmer for my face.

We stopped in the Ice Bar for a drink, and then relaxed in the lobby before getting changed for bed. When sleeping in the ice room, you wear long underwear or thermals, socks and a hat. You walk to your room from your changing room in just that and boots. You can wear a sweater over that if you want, but you have to keep it in the sleeping bag with you or it will be frozen in the morning when you put it back on. Once in our room, we slipped off our boots and got in to our double sleeping bag. Lena fell asleep first, but I wasn’t far behind. She did get up a couple times in the night to use the bathroom, so of course I woke up too because she let cold air in the bag. Lena also has a bit of claustrophobia, so sleeping in a sleeping bag is difficult for her, so around 6:30am, she was up for good, but I fell right back to sleep.

Lena in our ice room ready for bed :)

katiegell says:
how much did the safari and snowmobile cost? planning to go in about a year and want to do these things but im on a tight budget! and did they offer any other types of husky safaris where u can drive yourself and maybe with an overnight stay? just curious :)
Posted on: Sep 14, 2011
es1418 says:
I appreciate the detailed description. Now I know I'd need to bring goggles if I ever visit the ice hotel.
Posted on: Jun 24, 2011
marksreynolds says:
I think there should be an award for adding videos...Directors Award ;)
Posted on: Jan 06, 2010
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Lena and me in the Ice Bar
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My third plate...I'm full now! :)
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Some of the other warm rooms
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Don't lick the ice!
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A little house just down the road…
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Some of the forms used to build t…
A view across the Torne River.
A view across the Torne River.
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One of the houses at the old home…
Wood carving at the old homestead
Wood carving at the old homestead
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Building at the old homestead.
Old church
Old church
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Enterance to the Sami Museum, gif…
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Enterance to the Sami gift shop
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Inside the Sami gift shop
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Front of the old church
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Inside the church
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Ice rink in someones back yard do…
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Lena enjoying some warm lingenber…
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Items for sale in the lobby for t…
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Me ready to go dogsledding
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Lena ready to go dogsledding
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Our dog sled team
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Lena ready to go!
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Me with two members of our team o…
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Me & Lena with our sled dogs
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Can I drive?
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The fire inside the outpost hut d…
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The lunch buffett back at the Ice…
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First serving of lunch after dogs…
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Dessert
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Lunch - Veal wrapped in bacon & p…
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Front of the Chapple
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Inside the Chapple
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Inside our ice room
Inside our ice room
Inside our ice room
Inside our ice room
Inside our ice room
Inside our ice room
Inside our ice room
Inside our ice room
Inside our ice room
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This is our room.
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One of the couples getting marrie…
Inside the Deluxe ice Suite
Inside the Deluxe ice Suite
Inside the Deluxe ice Suite
Inside the Deluxe ice Suite
Inside the Deluxe ice Suite
Inside the Deluxe ice Suite
Inside the Deluxe ice Suite
Inside the Deluxe ice Suite
Ice Hotel floor plan
Ice Hotel floor plan
We are way up here!!
We are way up here!!
Inside the Ice Bar
Inside the Ice Bar
Inside the Ice Bar
Inside the Ice Bar
Inside the Ice Bar
Inside the Ice Bar
Inside the Ice Bar
Inside the Ice Bar
Inside the Ice Bar
Inside the Ice Bar
Inside the Ice Bar
Inside the Ice Bar
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Lena inside the Ice Bar
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Lena looking through a large bloc…
Lena inside the Ice Bar
Lena inside the Ice Bar
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Inside the Ice Bar
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Inside the lounge/bar
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These are the lockers and changin…
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Me and Lena waiting for our snowm…
Me ready to ride.
Me ready to ride.
Me on our snowmobile
Me on our snowmobile
One of the trails we rode down.
One of the trails we rode down.
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Lena on the snowmobile...she didn…
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Inside the hut at the remote camp…
Inside the hut at the remote camp …
Inside the hut at the remote camp…
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Me & Lena inside the hut at the r…
Our tour guide fixing our dinner.
Our tour guide fixing our dinner.
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Inside the hut at the remote camp…
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The hut at the remote camp where …
Ice Bar menu
Ice Bar menu
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Me and our bar tenders in the Ice…
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Inside the Ice Bar
Inside the Ice Bar
Inside the Ice Bar
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Lena having a drink in the Ice Ba…
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This is the top of one of the tab…
Inside the Ice Bar
Inside the Ice Bar
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