7 best ice hotels from around the globe
If igloos and snow are more your thing during the Yuletide season, check out our pick of the best ice hotels from around the world. While some feature domed glass roofs to take in the Northern Lights, others boast extras including reindeer sleigh rides, outdoor hot tubs and even an underground ice cave. Prost!
By Annie Reid
1. Ice Hotel Jukkasjärvi, Sweden
With igloo rooms and artwork carved from the River Torne each year in a different design, Ice Hotel Jukkasjärvi is not only spectacular to look at, it’s also a feat in engineering and design. Offering both warm and cold rooms, the Ice Hotel is particularly magical during the festive season as guests take in the northern lights, snow-clad forests and wild reindeer in the spectacular Swedish landscape.
2. Sorrisniva, Alta, Norway
Established in 1999, Sorrisniva was the first of its kind in Norway and the second in the world to make a hotel entirely built of snow and ice. Among the 26 bedrooms on offer to guests is an ice chapel, ice bar and many works of sculpted ice art that follow themes such as Vikings, Arctic wildlife, Nordic legends and myths.
3. Hôtel de Glace, Quebec, Canada
Canada is well-known for its pretty snow-capped landscapes during winter and a stay at Hôtel de Glace in Quebec would make for a fairly show-stopping Christmas holiday. Uniquely re-built each year, this is the only hotel built entirely of snow and ice in North America. Guests can warm up in the outdoor hot tubs and sauna before retreating to one of the 44 themed rooms with impressive ice décor.
4. Schneedorf, Austria
Appropriately, ‘schneedorf’ translates to ‘snow village’ and is the name of Austria’s first igloo village. Sitting among the Alps, guests can choose from a romantic overnight stay for two, or a night in a larger igloo that sleeps up to four people. The ice beds are lined with sheepskin rugs and sleeping bags and guests are welcomed with a glass of warm mulled wine.
5. Snow Hotel, Kirkeness, Norway
Established in 2006, Kirkenes Snowhotel offers guests a winter wonderland adventure in the picturesque surrounds of Norway. The hotel’s 20 rooms are decorated and designed by different artists from around the world to a theme from Norway’s Arctic culture and natural surrounds. The hotel is consistently -4°C, but warm clothing and a thermal sleeping bag is provided – as well as breakfast, dinner and a guided tour. All they ask is for their guests to bring a sense of arctic adventure.
6. Arctic Snow Hotel, Finland
Distinctive from other ice hotels, the Arctic Snow Hotel offers both ice and glass igloo accommodation. Set in the magical surrounds of Finland, the glass igloos are perfect for sky gazing and every better for viewing and experiencing the northern lights. For a more authentic ice hotel experience, guests can also choose from a range of well-designed igloos. The Arctic Snow Hotel is a popular destination for weddings and parties, especially during the festive season.
7. Le Village Igloo, France
Located in Les Arcs ski resort in Savoie, France, Le Village Igloo is a buzzing hive of activity and a great place to holiday during winter. Not only complete with the requisite ice bar and restaurant, this hotel also offers an underground ice cave. Here, sculptures and artistic ice work can be viewed before guests retreat to their private quarters in one of the village’s famous igloos.
About the Author: Annie Reid
Annie Reid is a qualified journalist, professional copywriter and published author with a passion for everything bricks and mortar. For many years, she’s written thousand of stories for newspapers, magazines and clients around the world. Somewhere between the heady buzz of headlines and deadlines, she discovered a niche for creating tailor made content for the property, real estate, architecture and design industries. Annie holds a Bachelor of Arts and is currently studying a Masters in Publishing and Communications, both from the University of Melbourne.