Check out our list of the world’s coolest ice hotels that should definitely be on every traveler’s bucket list.
Ice Hotel, Jukkasjärvi, Sweden
Located in Jukkasjärvi, a small village in northern Sweden that has only 1,100 inhabitants, the Ice Hotel is constructed every year from ‘snice’ – a mixture of snow and ice. Guests are greeted by surprisingly warm beds, which are actually ice blocks covered in reindeer skins. Ice Hotel is the world’s largest and oldest ice hotel and undoubtedly the most popular one.
Hotel de Glace, Quebec, Canada
Quebec’s ice hotel will quickly make you forget the downside of the word ‘cold’. Located only a few minutes from downtown Quebec City, Hotel de Glace has chilly rooms with sleeping bags and premium suites which even have their own fireplaces! You even get a complimentary access to the hotel’s spa, and can take a behind-the-scenes tour, which shows how the snow building is made, or learn how to craft your own ice cocktail glass.
Hotel of Ice, Balea Lac, Romania
Nestled in a mountain valley built on top of a frozen glacial lake, the Hotel of Ice is perhaps the ultimate snow escape. This Transylvanian ice hotel has a gondola-only accessibility; an elaborate ice church; and rooms with unique, individually sculpted designs. Guests can choose to stay in one of the hotel’s sub-zero rooms or claim their own private igloo near the hotel, how exciting is that?
Snow Village, Kittila, Finland
Did you know that more than 33 million pounds of snow is used to make Finland’s Snow Village every winter? This exotic chilly holiday getaway is located more than 120 miles north of the Arctic Circle in the Finnish Lapland. Snow Village has more than 30 rooms, a chapel, two restaurants, and a bar where you’ll never have to worry about your drink getting warm!
Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel, Norway
This Norwegian gem has a bit of everything – shops, meeting rooms, saunas, a museum, and an ice cathedral. For those of us who are accustomed to many options and amenities, Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel won’t disappoint. The hotel changes its theme every year, except for its plush sleeping bags and hot tubs to keep you warm.
Alpeniglu Igloo Village, Austria
More than a dozen igloos make up this tiny snow village that’s located in a ski resort in the Kitzbuehel Alps. You can stay overnight in one of them, explore the extensive art exhibition of ice sculptures and even get married in the incredibly ornate ice chapel!
The Snow Castle of Kemi, Finland
This popular 21-rooms snow castle will be celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. Perched on the northern end of the Gulf of Bothnia, the Kemi Snow Castle is rebuilt every year. However, a chapel, a restaurant and a hotel are its staple features. The temperature inside the castle is a sharp -5 Celsius, but your rooms are well-equipped with sleeping bags that have thermal fleece linings. While most of your meals will be on the sparkling ice tables, you can enjoy your complimentary breakfast in the slightly warmer and equally beautiful Castle Lounge.