Updated: Nov 7, 2019
TOP ICE HOTELS, SOME WITH VIEWS OF THE NORTHERN LIGHTS, ALL WITH UNIQUE ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS.
1. Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort
Where to find it: Lapland, Finland
Why it’s icy hot: At the Kakslauttanen resort, guests can sleep under the Arctic sky and experience the magical wonder of the Northern Lights from the comfort of their bed. How cool is that??
With over 170 accommodations, this resort offers a variety of sleeping options, from charming log cabins to glass igloos. Beyond the luxury rooms and views, the resort has five smoke saunas, two restaurants and access to ice fishing, snowmobiling and cross-country skiing in one of Finland’s largest national parks, Urho Kekkonen. Room rates start at $370 per night.
How cold is it? Don’t worry about the freezing Arctic temperatures outside: The hotel rooms are kept between 21 and 27 degrees Fahrenheit, and guests are provided with a hat, sleeping bag and pair of woolen socks for extra warmth and comfort.
Best time to visit: The seasons are very different, so why not experience them all?
Photo attached by Valtteri Hirvonen.
2. Igloo-Hotel Grandvalira
Where to find it: Grandvalira, Andorra
Why it’s icy hot: Nestled in the Pyrenees mountains, this igloo hotel provides its guests with an authentic experience 7,000 feet above the southern European slopes. The Grandvalira has a bar, terrace, restaurant and five rooms for guests — all made from ice. Completely surrounded by nature and views of the slopes, guests can easily partake in ski lessons or snowmobiling offered by the hotel. Don’t worry about the cold too much: The hotel features two snow jacuzzis where guests can enjoy a 30-minute or hour-long session surrounded by snow. The overnight experience is topped off with a welcome aperitif, snowcat ride, dinner, spa session and breakfast the next morning.
How cold is it? The rooms are kept around 32 degrees Fahrenheit.
Best time to visit: January through April.
3. Icehotel Sweden
Where to find it: Jukkasjärvi, Sweden
Why it’s icy hot: Built each year with 1,000 tons of ice, the Icehotel Sweden provides guests with a grand igloo experience. AN IGLOO!! PLUS, see the Northern Lights! Thanks to newly built solar panels, guests can stay in the permanent ICEHOTEL, open 365 days a year. The Icehotel includes nine cold deluxe suites (with ensuite bath and sauna in a warm part of the room) and another 11 cold art suites. After a refreshing morning sauna, complete the day with a frozen drink from the Ice bar. An overnight stay includes a chance to indulge in a range of winter activities, from snowmobiling to ice driving and a Northern Lights hunt. Rates start at $260 per night.
How cold is it? This hotel keeps room temperatures at 23 degrees Fahrenheit.
Best time to visit: Because it's a great location for experiencing the Northern Lights, consider visiting between December and April.
4. Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel
Where to find it: Alta, Norway
Why it’s icy hot: Located on the banks of the Alta River lies Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel, the northernmost ice hotel in the world. This hotel has 30 rooms and suites and houses an ice bar, ice chapel and beautiful ice sculptures — in addition to an amazing location to view the Northern Lights. Not only do guests have the option of watching the Northern Lights, PLUS they can chase them as well via a reindeer sled ride. End your day with a visit to the hotel’s sauna or outdoor Jacuzzi, or get a drink from the Icebar, where the drinks are served in glasses made from ice, of course. Rates start at $300 per night.
How cold is it? Temperatures are kept between 20 and 25 degrees Fahrenheit, where guests sleep inside toasty sleeping bags on mattresses with reindeer hides.
Best time to visit: Peak season is between January and April.
5. Hotel de Glace
Where to find it: Quebec City, Canada
Why it’s icy hot A little closer to home,: Hotel de Glace is the only ice hotel in North America entirely made of ice and snow. Constructed with 35,000 tons of snow, this hotel has 45 rooms and suites, an ice Bar and a Grand Ice Slide — ideal for families. In fact, this hotel even provides modified sleeping bags for children so that they warm up quickly. An overnight stay includes a welcome cocktail, nordic equipment for the night, access to the spas and sauna, and breakfast. The experience is complemented by kid-friendly activities, such as the indoor water park (Bora Parc), and winter activities like snow slides and snow rafting. Rates start at $209 per person, per night with double occupancy.
How cold is it? The temperature in the room stays between 23 and 27 degrees Fahrenheit. A sleeping bag, an insulating bed sheet and a pillow are given to guests to ensure a comfortable stay.
Best time to visit: January through March.