Ice hotels come in all shapes and sizes. Build out of ice blocks and mounds of packed snow each winter in sub-zero temperatures, ice hotels offering unique accommodations that are strategically build year after year. Guest accommodations can be in large buildings with many guest rooms, while others offer individual igloos for guests instead.
Ice hotels often have unique “ice bars” and “ice rooms” with beautiful works of art created entirely from ice. The room temperature in ice hotels ranges from 32 to 21 degrees Fahrenheit (0 to -6 degrees Celsius). Creative architects and designers, have made the concept of sleeping in a block of ice comfortable, cozy and inviting. Amenities like saunas can also be part of some ice hotels. Equipped with ice-molded cocktail glasses and dinnerware, ice hotels definitely give guests something to talk about after their trip.
Ice hotels are a special experience and it’s uncommon for guests to spend their whole trip at an ice hotel. Most visitors stay one or two nights and spend the rest of their trip at one of the regular hotels nearby. Depending on the weather, most ice hotels are generally open from January to April.
Here are some of the most incredible ice hotels around the world to entice your imagination.
1. SnowCastle of Kemi – Kemi, Finland
The temperature inside the rooms is always around 23 degrees Fahrenheit (-5 degrees Celsius), but lambskin covers, fleece sheets, and sleeping bags rated for Arctic conditions make it surprisingly cozy. Hotel can hold up to 48 overnight guests, its build in different architectural style every year.
2. The SnowVillage Snow Hotel – Kittila, Finland
30 rooms made of ice and snow, incredibly detailed art in the walls, an ice chapel and underground sauna. All that, buried under 20 million kilos of snow and 350,000 kilos of ice. 23 to 28 degrees Fahrenheit (-5 to -2 degrees Celsius) may not seem like the ideal sleeping temperature but, with thermal sleeping bags provided to keep you warm and some hot berry juice when you wake up, you’d be surprised how comfortable the whole experience really is.
3. Kirkenes Snow Hotel – Kirkenes, Norway
Unique destination with lots of room inside and beautifully lighted artwork made of snow. Guest rooms come with sleeping bags, mattresses and, naturally, lots of snow and ice. Temperatures maintained at a chilly 25 degrees Fahrenheit (-4 degrees Celsius). In the morning, walk down to the sauna by the lake to warm up. Kirkenes has an extended winter season that sometimes extends through May.
4. Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel – Alta, Norway
With more than 6,500 square feet of guest rooms, amenities, an ice bar, a chapel and an impressive ice gallery Sorrisniva Igloo hotel is rebuild each winter in different theme. 26 guest rooms of the Igloo Hotel keep a constant temperature of 21 to 25 degrees Fahrenheit (-4 to -6 degrees Celsius). Guests sleep in cozy sleeping bags on authentic, traditional reindeer fur.
5. Jukkasjärvi Icehotel – Jukkasjärvi, Sweden
A hotel and art exhibition made of ice from the river Torne, each year reincarnated in a brand new design. A place to discover silence, northern lights, glistening snow clad forests, reindeer, cloudberries, kettle coffee and much more.
6. Hotel de Glace Igloo – Quebec City, Canada
Hotel de Glace has some beautiful snow art and ice couches and tables paired with warm and cozy blankets. Each of the 44 rooms has a bed made out of a block of ice, topped with a wooden base, mattress, and sleeping bag or furs for warmth.