Would you like to spend your holiday in a crazy ice hotel? From Sweden to Slovenia, from Alaska to Andorra, we have prepared for you 11 of the best designed ice hotels in the world with great features.
1. Hotel de Glace, Quebec, Canada
Hotel de Glace, located near Quebec, is designed and rebuilt every year within a few weeks. For those who wish to have a wedding in the ice, there is a huge ice chapel, just like the hotel itself. Hotel de Glace stands out as one of the most luxurious and exclusive examples of its kind.
2. Jukkasjärvi Ice Hotel, Sweden
The Jukkasjärvi Ice Hotel, the first (and still the largest) of its kind, is located in a small town at 66th latitude, 200 km from the Arctic Circle. This small settlement, where only 1100 people and a large number of dogs live, is small but welcomes 50,000 people who want to observe the Northern Lights every year during the winter months.
Covering an area of 5500 square meters, almost all furniture is made of ice, but luckily the bathrooms have heating! The hotel serves from December to mid-April every year until the ice starts to melt.
3. Arctic Resort Kakslauttanen, Finland
If you want to stay in a cozy Esquimau hut with a glass ceiling and watch the Northern Lights while lying on your bed at night, Arctic Resort Kakslauttanen in Finland offers this comfort. Kakslauttanen, located 250 km north of the Arctic Circle, is only 30 km from Ivalo Airport, although it may seem remote.
4. Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel, Alta, Norway
In Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel, thermal sleeping bags and a fully-fledged sauna are at your service to keep you warm. The hotel also organizes snowmobile safari, sled tours with sleds pulled by Eskimo dogs (Husky) and tours where you can see the Northern Lights.
5. Igloo Hotel, Grandvalira, Andorra
You don’t have to go to the North Pole to experience sub-zero temperatures. This small but perfect hotel in Andorra, the Igloo, has only four rooms and is located in the Pyrenees at an altitude of 2350 meters. You can ski from the moment you leave the hotel door. On top of that, you can take your snowshoes at night and take a pleasant walk under the sky illuminated by thousands of stars.
6. Snow Village, Finland
Established on an area of 20000 square meters, Snow Village, the “Snow Village”, welcomes its guests in a different shape and size every year during the winter months. In addition to its snow rooms, suites, ice restaurant and ice bar, Snow Village welcomes its guests with its ice corridors displaying ice sculptures and artworks. The hotel, which is rebuilt every year with a mixture of 15,000 tons of snow and 300 tons of crystal clear natural ice, has 30 rooms. There are also special heated rooms for those who do not want to sleep on the ice.
7. Aurora Ice Museum, Alaska, USA
This hotel, which was built under the name of “Aurora Ice Hotel” in Fairbanks, Alaska in 2003, unfortunately melted away with the arrival of summer. Later, the Aurora Ice Museum was established at the location of the hotel. Thanks to the advanced technology geothermal cooling system used here, the museum can remain open not only in winter, but all year round. Although you may not be able to spend the night in the museum because it is no longer a hotel, you can admire the chandeliers that mimic the Aurora Borsalis, the Northern Lights, which are individually processed from ice crystals and change color every 6 seconds.
8. Hotel of Ice, Romania
Romania’s “Ice Hotel”, or Hotel of Ice, as it was originally called, is the first ice hotel in Eastern Europe. Established on the Carpathians, adjacent to Lake Blake, the facility has an extraordinarily beautiful location. We recommend cross-country skiers to try skiing on the famous Transfagarasan Road. If you love horror stories, remember; You are in the homeland of the famous vampire Dracula!
9. Kemi Snow Castle, Finland
For Kemi Snow Casle, we can say that it is the showcase of snow architecture. While the children have fun with the playground (made of snow and ice, as you can easily guess), the expectations of the adults are not forgotten. Specially designed “Olokolo”, love nests for couples who want to spend a romantic holiday, the hotel has glass roofs where you can watch the sky so that the Northern Lights can be watched comfortably.
10. Igloo Village, Slovenia
This Eskimo hotel in Slovenia is part of an Eskimo Village connected by tunnels. This hotel is definitely not suitable for those looking for luxury, because there is no shower in the hotel! It is not known if those who want to take a shower prefer to have a snow bath that will be a little too refreshing, but the special production of Eskimo wines in the hotel offer a pleasant option to warm up.
11. Kirkenes Snow Hotel, Norway
Even if the thickness of the snow walls of the Kirkenes Snow Hotel is 200 cm and the temperature is constant at -5 degrees, you can fall into a warm sleep at the hotel thanks to the polar sleeping bags that are resistant to -35 degrees.