I know it's only July, but we are experiencing our usual summer weather, now maybe it's time to plan a winter holiday.
Simply Sweden the Scandinavian travel specialist is adding four new winter adventures to its collection of luxury-in-experience holidays.
Icehotel 365, the innovative new sister property to the iconic seasonal Icehotel, will welcome guests from
1 November. Standing on the shores of the River Torne in Swedish Lapland, Icehotel 365 will use state-of-the-art technology to harness sustainable energy from the Midnight Sun to keep 22 rooms and suites, an ice bar, sculpture gallery and studio, as well as an event space, frozen year-round.
Available from November, a three-night break at Icehotel 365 costs £925 per person on a B&B basis, including one night in a cold room and two nights in a warm room, return flights from the UK, transfers and warm outer clothing.
ICEHOTEL – WILDERNESS CAMPS
Simply Sweden is also offering a unique twist on its Icehotel breaks from January 2017. Icehotel – Wilderness Camps will combine a stay at the famous frozen lodgings with a night in brand-new lakeside wilderness cabins. After two nights at the Icehotel or Icehotel 365, guests will drive themselves across the Arctic tundra to spend the night by Lake Láddjujávri.
Available from January 2017, Icehotel – Wilderness Camps costs from £1,240 per person, based on two sharing, including one night in a cold room and one night in a warm room at Icehotel on a B&B basis and one night in a wilderness cabin on a half-board basis, return flights, transfers and warm outer clothing.
KANGOS GUEST HOUSE – SWEDISH LAPLAND
A warm welcome awaits at cosy lodgings on a break titled Kangos Guest House – Swedish Lapland. There, guests will experience an intimate and authentic insight into life 150 miles inside the Arctic Circle with the help of an experienced guide who will share essential tips on how to survive in such an alien environment. After exploring this remote landscape by husky, snowmobile or snowshoe, and finding out about the life of the nomadic Sami people, evenings will be spent relaxing in the outdoor Jacuzzi or enjoying a sauna by the river under the Northern Lights.
Available from December to March, Kangos Guest House – Swedish Lapland, costs from £1,040 per person, including three nights’ half-board, based on two sharing, including return flights and transfers. Excursions and activities cost extra.
TREEHOTEL AND LOGGERS LODGE – SWEDISH LAPLAND
The two-centre adventure Treehotel and Loggers Lodge – Swedish Lapland combines a stay high in the boughs of the Boreal Forest with a night in a remote wilderness cabin deep inside the Arctic Circle. A husky ride through the spectacular winter landscape, spotting wildlife along the way, connects the two locations. Cross-country skiing, snow-shoeing and watching the Northern Lights from an outdoor hot-tub are among the invigorating and relaxing pursuits on offer.
Available from December to March, Treehotel and Loggers Lodge – Swedish Lapland includes two nights at Treehotel and one night at Loggers Lodge, based on two sharing, on a half-board basis, and costs from £2,070 per adult, £995 per child, including flights, airport transfers and husky transfer. Activities at Treehotel include husky tours and snowshoeing in the wilderness and cost extra.
KALL – JÄMTLAND
Guests can enjoy the unusual freedom of winter self-catering in the remote Swedish mountains on new holiday Kall – Jämtland. Home for the week is a spacious detached house in a tiny village on the shores of Lake Kall, at the foot of Åreskuten, the highest peak in this region of Sweden. The property is well-located for exploring, including enjoying world-class Alpine skiing in Åre and cross-country skiing on a nearby network of illuminated tracks.
Available from mid-December to April, Kall – Jämtland costs from £690pp, including seven nights’ self-catering based on eight sharing, return flights from the UK and car rental.
But baby it's cold outside!