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Ice hotels: 12 of the world’s coolest places to stay

Ice, ice, baby: check in to 12 of the world's most incredible ice hotels, all with stunning pictures.

Would you like ice with that? 12 of the world’s most incredible ice hotels, from Sweden to Slovenia, Alaska to Andorra. Expect a frosty reception…

1. Jukkasjäroi Ice Hotel, Sweden

Jukkasjäroi Ice Hotel was the first of its kind, and is the largest. It is located in a small town 200km from the Arctic Circle inhabited by 1,100 people and 1,000 dogs, but every winter more than 50,000 people stay here in the hope of seeing the Northern Lights. Covering 5,500 square meters, the hotel is built with 1,000 tonnes of ice and 30,000 tonnes of a mixture of snow and ice to strengthen the structure. Everything in the rooms is made of ice: ice block beds, ice sofas, ice bars… but at least the bathrooms are heated. The hotel is open from December to mid-April, when it starts to melt.

© Christopher Hauser / ICEHOTEL

2. Hotel de Glace, Quebec, Canada

The luxurious Hotel de Glace near Quebec is designed and built every year in a matter of weeks. Features include a massive ice slide and a wedding chapel (made of ice, of course).

Hotel de Glace Quebec Canada photo by Luc Rousseau

3. Arctic Resort Kakslauttanen, Finland

At the Arctic Resort Kakslauttanen in Finland you can stay in a (warm) igloo with a glass roof so you watch the Aurora from your bed. Kakslauttanen is about 250km north of the Arctic Circle, which might seem a bit out of the way, but it’s only 30 minutes from Ivalo airport.

Kakslauttanen Ice Igloos Finland photo by Kaklsauttanen Arctic Resort

4. Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel, Alta, Norway

Reindeer blankets, thermal sleeping bags and a sauna will keep you warm at the Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel. The hotel also organises activities such as snowmobile safaris, husky sledding and outings to see the Lights.

Sorrisniva Ice Hotel Valhalla Suite photo by Vidar Hoel

5. Igloo Hotel, Grandvalira, Andorra

Who says you have to go to the frozen north to enjoy a sub-zero experience? Andorra’s bijou Igloo Hotel has just four rooms and is situated at 2,350m up in the Pyrenees, so you can ski up to your front door and go snowshoeing by night under the stars.

Hotel Iglú Grandvalira Andorra foto by Grandvalira

6. Snow Village, Finland

Covering an area of ​​20,000 square meters, the Snow Village changes shape and size every winter, but always features ice sculptures, ice bars, an dice chapel and a 30-room snow hotel ship. If you don’t want to sleep in the ice, there is more traditional heated accommodation available.

@ Snow Village Finland

7. Ice hotel, Quebec City, Canada

The standout feature of Montreal’s Hotel de Glace is its Jägermeister ice bar. It describes itself as a ‘unique hotel experience, a gastronomic adventure and a source of family entertainment and urban culture and sports’, but whatever, it’s got a Jägermeister ice bar And an outdoor spa, a 60-seat restaurant, a convention center and a maze.

Snow Village Montreal Canada @ Matthieu Bichat / Snow Village Canada

8. Aurora Ice Museum, Alaska, USA

The Aurora Ice Hotel was built at Chena Hot Springs Resort in Fairbanks, Alaska in 2003. Unfortunately, next summer it melted. In its place is the Aurora Ice Museum. It’s open all year round thanks to a hi-tech geothermal cooling system. Although you can’t spend the night there, you can admire the museum’s chandeliers made of individually carved ice crystals which change colour every six seconds mimicking the Northern Lights and sculptures including a gigantic chess set and life-sized jousting knights,.

Aurora over ice museum at Chena Hot Springs Resort Alaska USA by Travis Knauss

9. Hotel of Ice, Romanía

The Hotel of Ice was the first of its kind in Eastern Europe. The hotel is spectacularly sited next to Bale Lake high in the Carpathian Mountains. Cross-country skiers should take the famous Transfagarasan Road, but this is Dracula country, so watch out, especially at night.

Hotel of Ice Romania @ Chris Burton

10. Kemi Snow Castle, Finland

Kemi Snow Castle is a ‘true showcase of architectonic snow-work of the local constructors’. Kids will be impressed by the indoor playground made of (yes, you guessed it), snow and ice. The most romantic option is ‘Olokolo’ – love-nests built in the SnowCastle walls equipped with warm sleeping bags with clear roofs for Aurora-watching.

Snow Castle of Kemi Little Mermaid Cabinet @ Timo Laapotti / Foto4U

11. Kirkenes Snow Hotel, Norway

At Kirkenes Snow Hotel they say: ‘snow is often described as something negative, when snow is falling in larger European or American cities society stops completely and traffic is in chaos. We consider snow our friend’. Its walls are over 70 inches thick and while its temperature is stable at -5 degrees, polar sleeping bags able to withstand up to -35 degrees will keep you snug.

Kirkenes Snow Hotel Norway, sculpture @ Nevra Arts

12. Eskimo Village, Slovenia

Slovenia’s Igloo Hotel is part of a whole Eskimo Village with igloos joined together by a system of tunnels. It’s not luxurious – the website warns that there are no showers available, although ‘using the snow to wash up a bit can be very refreshing’. However cold it is on the outside, you can warm the cockles with some ‘self-brewed igloo mulled wine’.

Eskimo Village Slovenia romantic igloo @ Eskimo Village