10. Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel, Alta, Norway [ book here ]
The hotel was built in 1999 and it is among the first of a kind. There are lot of igloo hotels but this one will remain the first one forever. It has 30 different rooms, an ice-chapel, ice-bar and couple lounges. All the decorations are made by professional ice-artists. Everything looks very sophisticated and charming. The temperature inside is kept at -4-7C°, which, as the administration claims, makes an ideal surrounding for a deep sleep and relaxation. Of course, reindeer leather covers every bed and extra-warm sleeping bags are offered. The hotel has hot showers and saunas, but a unique experience can be found in a hot tub outdoor while watching the northern lights.
9. Iglu-Dorf, Switzerland [ book here ]
A very unique snow hotel resort. It is not simply made of snow, but it combines all the amenities and rooms under one roof. From the outside it looks like a small dwarf-door to nowhere, but when you actually enter, you see a magnificent winter kingdom. The village is a tunnel system with igloos, entertainment spaces and bars connected to each other. All the interior was decorated by different international artists to create a miraculous fantasy atmosphere of a snow-world. You will definitely feel like getting into another realm.
8. Grandvalira Igloo Hotel, Andorra [ book here ]
Special attention in this luxurious hotel is dedicated to the details. The desired romantic atmosphere is achieved through elegant decorations and carvings on the walls, that symbolize flowers, mythical creatures, and intricate ornaments. Rooms are also illuminated with green, purple, pink, blue or white colors to create a fantastic impression of something magical. The hotel also has a comfortable location high (2350 meters) in the mountains. Whether you want to ski in the near Ski resort, or just observe picturesque views of endless immense mountains’ beauty – it is all possible in Grandvalira.
7. White Lounge Igloo Hotel, Mayrhofen, Austria [ book here ]
An excellent place for an active and adventurous vacation. All the typical igloo-style conveniences are nicely performed in all the 7 Igloo Suits. The resort gives a feeling of a winter camp with various adventures. It is located in the mountains and to the highest point you are offered to ride in the largest Austria’s gondola Ahornbahn. The program includes having a delicious fondue with the view on the Zillertal Alps as a preparation for a thrilling torch hike through the pristine winter landscape. Back at the hotel you can roast some marshmallows on the bonfire or practice in curling. The day ends in a warm sleeping bag in a chilling igloo house.
6. Lainio Snow Village, Lapland, Finland [ book here ]
Occupying an area of about 20 000 square meters Lainio Snow Village is like a snow palace with magical winter premises. Along the hotel, ice restaurant, ice cocktail bar, a slide, snow rooms and suites, there is a vast network of astonishing corridors with tons of ice and snow to explore. The illumination always refracts in the ice crystals and provides different colors and emotions. The average temperature inside is -2-5C°
regardless of the weather outside.
5. Kirkenes Snowhotel, Norway [ book here ]
Everything you can expect of a winter adventure of staying in a hotel made of snow can be found in Kirkenes Snowhotel. The temperature inside is at a constant level of -4 C°. Every room is a small treasure with a unique illumination, carvings on the walls and even a spirit. The attitude to clients fulfils the highest standards, which becomes obvious immediately after arriving in Hurtigruten Harbour and being meet by a hotel’s guide.
4. Balea Ice Hotel, Cirtisoara, Romania [ read review ] [ book here ]
The hotel is located in the Carpathian Mountains 6,700 feet above sea level. It is an ice-type hotel with a unique design every year. The illumination inside is usually very intensive and bright creating an impression of a celebration. The hotel actually offers a wide range of possibilities for celebrating birthdays, anniversaries, weddings or other special occasions.
3. Hotel de Glace, Quebec City, Canada [ read review ] [ book here ]
Hotel de Glace is an authentic ice-hotel and claimed to be the only of a kind in North America. It seems strange that there are not so many ice hotels in snow land but it’s a fact. It is built of 30,000 tons of snow and 500 tons of ice with walls as thick as up to four feet. It consists of rooms, a grand hall, a chapel, a bar and a grand ice slide. All the furniture and servings are made of ice with a classic design. Amenities include indoor heated washrooms and outdoor hot tubs. The hotel is very popular among tourists. Over 13 seasons it hosted around 1 million visitors.
2. Kakslauttanen Igloo West Village, Lapland, Finland [ book here ]
The territory of this arctic resort offers such types of accommodations as: glass-igloos, kelo-glass igloos, and snow igloos. First two types are designed to provide comfort and luxury while observing legendary Northern lights either through a glass ceiling that goes over the whole building or the special part of a house with glass walls and ceiling. The second type is the most challenging. It is a snow-made construction for a really rough travelers. Even though the temperature inside during the most severe -40C° cold varies around -3-5C° it is not very pleasant and welcoming to stay overnight. Also, for a sensation of a truly winter fairy, there is a possibility to stay at Santa’s house and even to take his room.
1. Arctic Snow Hotel in Rovaniemi, Lapland, Finland [ read review ] [ book here ]
Located in the north of Finland, SnowHotel is one of the biggest in the Nordic region. Each year it is different. The architecture and the interior change in size, shape and illumination. Moreover, every room is intended to be unique. The average temperature inside is around 0-5C°, so the administration advises to have warm clothes and be ready for an overnight adventure. However, you will be given a reindeer fur blanket and a sleeping bag designed for extreme conditions to feel some comfort and warmth. All the challenges can be endured to see the famous Northern Lights. Hotel provides every room with a very comfortable option – Aurora Alarm service. Every time the lights can be observed in the sky, the alarm would notify people inside the igloos, so there’s no need to freeze outside while waiting.