Tailor made holidays to stay in Ice & Snow Hotels & Igloos
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For something a bit different as part of your holiday to polar regions or winter frosty magical landscapes, why not stay in an Ice Hotel or Igloo? These ‘hotels’ and lodges are only open in the Northern Hemisphere winter and are rebuilt every year. You can sleep on ice beds covered in matresses, skins and bedding and take drinks in ‘ice bars’. Sometimes a warmer bed in heated accommodation is available and several activities such as snow mobiles or husky sledding can be enjoyed. You may also get lucky and witness the Northern Lights while you are there! Contact us now on 01728 748209, link to the Live Chat on this site or fill out the enquiry form
The original ‘Ice Hotel’ in Sweden is in the village of Jukkasjarvi near Kiruna. DID YOU SEE IT ON ‘LIFE BEYOND THE LOBBY’ RECENTLY? There are about 50 rooms (snow rooms and heated rooms) and they have an ‘Absolut’ Vodka Bar where you will find glasses and seats made from ice – new ice works of art are created here every year. There is a group adventure holiday to Lapland which includes a stay at the Ice Hotel as part of a seven day trip which includes wilderness skills and igloo building, snow shoeing and dog sledding. You could also combine the Ice Hotel with a city break to Stockholm in Sweden.
In Norway at Kirkenes very close to the border with Russia, stay at The Snow Hotel with sculpted blocks of ice and a sauna, meals are cooked on an open fire at the Gabbe Restaurant. You can even stay a night at The Snow Hotel from a Norwegian cruise. At 69ºN, the Kirkenes Snow Hotel is the world’s most northerly Snow Hotel. With intricately sculpted ice art designed and illuminated by sculptors from the Chinese city of Harbin (home to a renowned international Ice & Snow Festival) and with just 20 suites containing double frame beds on ice blocks topped with reindeer pelts, the Kirkenes Snow Hotel is – we think – the ‘boutique’ of the world’s Ice Hotels. The hotel is just outside Kirkenes in an awesome stretch of tundra alongside the Langfjorden 400km north of the Arctic Circle at the apex of the Scandinavian Peninsula where Norway meets Russia and Finland. Here as you eat your supper in a traditional Sami ‘lavvo’ under the Arctic night with reindeer and huskies for company, it’s hard to imagine this being one of the Cold War’s most incendiary flash points, which the watch towered Norwegian Russian border still bears testimony to.
Also in Northern Norway, accessed from Tromso (a great place for winter activities and Northern Lights) is the Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel in Alta, where Joanna Lumley famously spent the night during her BBC northern lights documentary With building beginning as the snow falls the Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel opens its door in January each year and melts away again in the spring. The structure includes just 20 or so rooms and a few suites; ice lounges and sculpture gallery; an exquisitely decorated ice bar and a consecrated chapel. Annexed to the hotel is something akin to a giant, tent shaped, pine cabin with an open fire, sauna, changing cubicles and restaurant serving Sami inspired dishes from aquatic fowl to chanterelle mushrooms. Surrounding the Igloo Hotel in the heart of Norwegian Lapland is the Finnmark plateau with its undulating tundra marked only by the old trekking trails and lushly scarred by river valleys with their pine, spruce and birch trees. This is where you can hear ‘the sound of silence’; be awestruck by the density of stars on a clear night in the canopy above you; watch the cold air – blue, pink and yellow but never black. Ice Weddings can be arranged here.
The Laino Snow Village and Snow Hotel is in the woods near Levi and Yllas in Finland. Made completely out of ice and snow this is a large hotel with ice bar and restaurant and illuminated ice sculptures. Also in Europe you will find an ice hotel in Romania in the Fagaras Mountains at Lake Balea which is only accessible by cable car in the winter, there is an ice church here too. There is an igloo village in Slovenia which is a great spot for enjoying sun by day and sleeping in igloos at night! The rooms are 4 metres high and you can enjoy snow shoeing and evening fondue meals here. It’s very close to the capital Ljubljana so can be combined as part of a winter city break.
Over the other side of the Atlantic in Canada, stay at the Hotel de Glace (open Jan-March) in Quebec just 10 minutes from the city centre. Combine this with a few nights around the city and part of a longer holiday to Canada.
White Weddings can be arranged at some of the Ice Hotels, ask us for details. Any of these ice hotels or igloo options can be tailored to your needs to ask me to put together a holiday including an ice hotel for something very different this winter!