Igloos have always caused curiosity in people who have never experienced being in one, or knowing what it is really like. Enjoying winter surely means accepting it as it is, with snow, ice, and very low temperatures. When you think of the idea of living or spending time in a very cold city, country or town, the first things that will come to your mind, for sure, is to have a warm place, where you can be inside, protected and isolated from the freezing weather outside. Well guess what? Not everybody dreams about a warm house, a warm room or a warm building. It turns out in some very cold places around the world, one of the biggest attractions and special places you can visit, and even spend the night at, are Ice Hotels or hotels made of Ice. Ice Hotels are really amazing places where almost everything is ice cold but even with that premise, people look forward to staying there for a few days and actually enjoy it. Almost everything, from the floors, the walls, chairs, tables and the bars where you can share a drink with friends and family are made out of ice or snow.
The fact that Ice Hotels are mainly made of ice, doesn’t mean you have to freeze yourself while you are there, it’s just part of the experience to adapt your body and eyes to the cold structures that you see around, and also to the comfortable services these hotels are ready to offer you. Keep always in mind that the main purpose of these hotels is to make your stay as good as possible and that is why the ice and the snow shouldn’t be a problem. It is very common to see Ice hotel rooms with fireplaces and you don’t have to worry about being cold at night because the down beddings and mattresses are normally specially made for 30 below zero.
In this list you will see the 5 most amazing Ice Hotels in the world. If you are looking for a different and unique stay during a trip to a winter destination, you should visit at least one of them, just for the fun of it.
Alpeniglu, Thale – Austria
The hotel rooms at the Alpeniglu have been made after real igloos structures. One night at the hotel includes breakfast and dinner at the igloo restaurants, on tables fully made out of ice, a sleeping bag and an inner cover that will keep you warm. Visitors can enjoy ice carving workshops with ice sculpting experts, a guided tour around the igloo village and of course a welcome drink.
The Glace Ice Hotel, Quebec – Canada
Built since 2001, the Glace Ice Hotel located in Quebec offers its visitors a true winter wonderland experience. The hotel has 44 rooms, each one with a different theme. The bathrooms are fully heated by a warming center and the rooms have mattresses with blankets and sheets that are perfect for low temperatures such as the hotel has, in order to keep people warm. The hotel has also an Ice Bar where you can drink out of real ice glasses.
Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort, Saariselkä – Finland
Although this resort is open all year long, the scenery is particularly prettier during the northern lights season, which goes each year from August to April. The Aurora Borealis is one of the natural shows this amazing place has to offer to its visitors. The igloo rooms are made for 2 or 4 persons and have private bathrooms. There are also saunas and hot showers and if you are not in the mood for sleeping in an igloo, the hotel has luxury log cabins. The resort offers different activities like sled dog training, reindeer sleigh rides and ice fishing.
Iglu Dorf, Engelberg – Switzerland
Matterhorn Mountain in Switzerland is the home to the Iglu Dorf Ice Hotel. The rooms have fireplaces inside of them and some even have clear roofs so visitors can see the stars at night and have natural light by day. The outdoor hot tubs are definitely one of the main attractions for guests and the bar and restaurant offer great winter drinks and delicious fondues.
Hotel of Ice, Balea Lac – Romania
Located in the Carpathian Mountains, the Hotel of Ice is one the most unique Ice Hotels in the world. Every year, between November and December this hotel is rebuilt to offer the most wonderful winter experiences in the world. The hotel is naturally built with ice from a glacial lake in the Fagaras Mountains. The hotel offers activities such as skiing, snowboarding and ice skating. It has 12 rooms with furniture made completely out of ice, except for the mattresses, the sheets, the blankets, the sleeping bags and the fluffy animal furs that will keep guests warm in the -2 degrees Celsius temperature of the rooms.