Would you like ice with that? I wouldn’t, since it’s getting colder and colder. I love the summer, the warmth and the almost naked ladies, so one of thse 12 most incredible ice hotels are giving me the chills right now – you take that however you want. However, if you’re one of those people who enjoys winter more than anything, feel free to check out this list and let me know how it went – the trip, I mean.
1. Jukkasjäroi Ice Hotel, Sweden
Jukkasjäroi Ice Hotel was the first of its kind, and is the largest. Located in a small town 200 km from the Arctic Circle inhabited by 1,100 people and 1,000 dogs, more than 50,000 people stay here in the hope of seeing the Northern Lights. Covering 5,500 square meters, the hotel is built with 1,000 tonnes of ice and 30,000 tonnes of a mixture of snow and ice to strengthen the structure.
2. Hotel de Glace, Quebec, Canada
The luxurious Hotel de Glace near Quebec is designed and built every year in a matter of weeks. It features a massive ice slide and a wedding chapel; if there’s whiskey, everything’s fine.
3. Arctic Resort Kakslauttanen, Finland
At the Arctic Resort Kakslauttanen in Finland you can stay in a igloo with a glass roof, allowing you watch the Aurora from your bed. Kakslauttanen is about 250km north of the Arctic Circle, which might seem a bit out of the way, but it’s only 30 minutes from Ivalo airport.
4. Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel, Alta, Norway
Reindeer blankets, thermal sleeping bags and a sauna will keep you warm at the Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel. The hotel also organises activities such as snowmobile safaris, husky sledding and outings to see the Lights. It sounds like an epic Viking adventure.
5. Igloo Hotel, Grandvalira, Andorra
Andorra’s bijou Igloo Hotel has just four rooms and is situated at 2,350m up in the Pyrenees, so you can ski up to your front door and go snowshoeing by night under the stars. Is Yeti anywhere around?
6. Snow Village, Finland
Covering an area of 20,000 square meters, the Snow Village changes shape and size every winter, but always features ice sculptures, ice bars, an dice chapel and a 30-room snow hotel ship. There’s also a more traditional heated accommodation available.
7. Ice hotel, Quebec City, Canada
The standout feature of Montreal’s Hotel de Glace is its Jägermeister ice bar. It describes itself as a ‘unique hotel experience, a gastronomic adventure and a source of family entertainment and urban culture and sports’. An outdoor spa, a 60-seat restaurant, a convention center and a maze will keep you busy.
8. Aurora Ice Museum, Alaska, USA
The Aurora Ice Hotel was built at Chena Hot Springs Resort in Fairbanks, Alaska in 2003. Unfortunately, next summer it melted and the Aurora Ice Museum took its place.. It’s open all year round thanks to a hi-tech geothermal cooling system., although you can’t spend the night there.
9. Hotel of Ice, Romanía
The Hotel of Ice was the first of its kind in Eastern Europe. The hotel is spectacularly sited next to Bale Lake high in the Carpathian Mountains. Cross-country skiers should take the famous Transfagarasan Road, although it’s closed during the winter. Be sure to try out traditional foods and drinks.
10. Kemi Snow Castle, Finland
Kemi Snow Castle is features an indoor playground made of snow and ice. The most romantic option is ‘Olokolo’ – love-nests built in the SnowCastle walls equipped with warm sleeping bags with clear roofs for Aurora-watching. I’m there!
11. Kirkenes Snow Hotel, Norway
The Kirkenes Snow Hotel features walls are over 70 inches thick and while its temperature is stable at -5 degrees, polar sleeping bags able to withstand up to -35 degrees will keep you snug.
12. Eskimo Village, Slovenia
Slovenia’s Igloo Hotel is part of a whole Eskimo Village with igloos joined together by a system of tunnels. It’s not luxurious – no showers available; however, if it’s cold outside, you can warm the cockles with some ‘self-brewed igloo mulled wine’.