The Best Ice Hotels In The World
Frequent travelers may find themselves bored with traditional hotels and on the hunt for accommodation that’s unlike anything they have experienced before. If you’re a fan of winter then staying at an ice hotel should be your next move. If you plan on taking a trip abroad, consider spending your nights curled up in a professionally-built igloo where you’re surrounded by intricate ice sculptures and wall carvings. Ice hotels are available in several destinations, including Canada, Sweden, Norway, Romania and Finland, and are known for offering the thrill sought by adventure travelers. Here are three of the best.
1. Hotel de Glace, Canada
Hotel de Glace in Quebec looks more like Santa’s village than a place for travelers to stay the night. Guest rooms are more than your typical igloo with large, pointed snow roofs carved with whimsical designs that invite visitors right in. According to Conde Nast Traveler, the room temperatures linger around 25 degrees Fahrenheit with beds made of ice. However, you don’t have to worry about staying warm, as the hotel equips guests with arctic sleeping bags and the option to upgrade to a room with a fireplace.
Each of the 44 rooms is lit with neon lighting that reflects bright purple and pink across the area, further enriching the unique experience. According to the hotel’s website, if hot tubs and saunas aren’t enough to satisfy travelers, the ice hotel also offers special packages that include dog sledding tours and five course dinners at a world-class restaurant. Meanwhile, the “Ultimate Getaway” package entices a significant amount of visitors each year, offering a personal valet, access to popular attractions in the area and meals at various restaurants.
2. SnowCastle, Finland
Finland’s SnowCastle is located in Kemi and is one of the area’s most visited destinations. It’s been around for fifteen years, accommodating up to 48 travelers at once. Lit up with colorful lighting similar to the Hotel de Glace, the many sculptures and designs found throughout the resort are impossible to miss. The SnowCastle hotel recommended that visitors take a break from the frigid temperatures in their snowy guest rooms at CastleLounge, which is built like a traditional cafe with no snow or ice to be found. After some good food, there are showers and saunas that visitors have full access to as well.
In addition to the SnowCastle and the CastleLounge, there’s also the SnowChapel and the SnowRestaurant, which were built by some of Finland’s renowned architects. Unlike CastleLounge, guests at SnowRestaurant sit on chairs made completely out of solid ice and eat at ice tables as well. The SnowChapel hosts dozens of weddings every year on its charming ice alter. To top it off, Conde Nast Traveler also noted that travelers who visit the hotel can say that they’ve stayed at the largest igloo in the world.
3. Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel, Norway
Conde Nast Traveler recommended that travelers who find themselves in Norway stay in one of the Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel’s ice rooms, where guests sleep on reindeer hide and have a chance to try true Nordic cuisine.
According to TripAdvisor, many travelers take the dog sled tour and have a lot of fun exploring the hotel’s many features, including an ice chapel. If the unique igloo resort doesn’t appeal to you on its own, consider making the trip to catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights – visitors can take a tour in which they get to explore the surrounding area by scooter to see if they can spot the colorful display. If you plan your trip during the perfect time, you can even see the lights from right outside your room.