Is winter your favorite season? Are you looking for an adventure? Perhaps it is time to take the plunge, pack lots of sweaters and long underwear, and venture out to one of the world’s best ice hotels! Ice hotels offer a wide variety of winter activities that most people can only experience during the occasional heavy snowfall. However, for those willing to travel, the world’s many ice hotels can combine winter fun with unbelievable luxury. In fact, your hardest choice may simply be deciding which one you want to visit. These are just a few of your options.
Hotel de Glace (Canada)
Hotel de Glace is located in Quebec, Canada and is created anew from 15,000 tons of snow and 500 tons of ice every year, making each stay unique. Visitors to the hotel can sit back and enjoy an ice bar, a restaurant, a spa and even a sauna. For those who want to enjoy an unusual wedding or just want to elope, Hotel de Glace features an ice chapel and can take care of all necessary planning to make your wedding day magical.
Snow Castle (Finland)
Heading to Finland, you will find Snow Castle in Kemi; it offers many of the same amenities found at the Hotel de Glace. This hotel is open every year from January through April and includes an ice bar, a snow restaurant, a snow chapel, a sauna and an art gallery. The castle walls stand more than 17 meters high, and the construction of the hotel changes each year.
Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel (Norway)
Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel in Alta, Norway covers 2,000 square meters of ice and snow. Believe it or not, Sorrisniva provides free Wi-Fi and separate tubs and showers in every guest room. Other amenities include high-end sleeping bags and leather sleeping pads to ensure all guests stay warm and comfortable.
Aurora Ice Hotel (United States)
The only ice hotel in the United States, the Aurora Ice Hotel, is situated on the Chena Hot Springs resort in Alaska. It is absolutely breathtaking, featuring an ice-carved pipe organ and fiber optic chandeliers that give off a magnificent, colorful glow. Even though ice hotels are reconstructed every year, this one offers all visitors year-round access to its museum for a minimal fee.
Jukkasjarvi Ice Hotel (Sweden)
One of the largest ice hotels in the world is located in Jukkasjarvi, Sweden; it spans over 30,000 square feet. Every guest can stay warm at night on beds covered with furs, skins, hides and sleeping bags. The hotel offers numerous activities for guests to enjoy, including skiing, snowmobiling, dog sledding and even nude ice swimming!
Have you ever visited an ice hotel, or do you plan to in the future?
Amanda from Michigan, United States on March 31, 2015:
I think I've just added a stay at the Hotel de Glace to my bucket list thanks to this Hub! While all the pictures are awe-inspiring, the very first one left me unable to glance away for a minute or two of fantasy. I imagine I might have tears in my eyes were I to see it in person, it's so beautiful and something about the lights and luxury just draw me in.
I've always been attracted to colder climates, so the concept of sleeping surrounded by ice certainly doesn't bother me! If anything it intrigues me. I like to be a little chilly as I climb into bed - the blankets wrapping around you then only feel that much cozier!
Definitely voted up!
Judy Specht from California on March 30, 2015:
Fascinating . I think I like my hotels to stay in the the same place year after year.