The 10 Coolest Ice Hotels Around the World

by Rachel Chang

The 10 Coolest Ice Hotels Around the World

by Rachel Chang

Step aside, Elsa and Anna. These frozen hotels around the globe give you the chance to let it go and chill out by spending a night — typically wrapped up in fur blankets and cozy sleeping bags — discovering the calm serenity of being surrounded by ice.

Step aside, Elsa and Anna. These frozen hotels around the globe give you the chance to let it go and chill out by spending a night — typically wrapped up in fur blankets and cozy sleeping bags — discovering the calm serenity of being surrounded by ice.

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Igloos / Courtesy of Iglu-Dorf
Hôtel de Glace, Quebec
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Hôtel de Glace, Québec

The 42,000-square-foot Hôtel de Glace (located 20 minutes outside of Quebec City) is the only ice hotel in North America. In honor of its 20th anniversary, the property is showcasing themed suites honoring the First Nations, scuba diving, and more. Construction took six weeks and 20,000 tons of snow. Guests in the 42 ice rooms also get a regular room at Hôtel Valcartier the same night — which is great if you need to warm up inside. Rates from $303 per night.

The 42,000-square-foot Hôtel de Glace (located 20 minutes outside of Quebec City) is the only ice hotel in North America. In honor of its 20th anniversary, the property is showcasing themed suites honoring the First Nations, scuba diving, and more. Construction took six weeks and 20,000 tons of snow. Guests in the 42 ice rooms also get a regular room at Hôtel Valcartier the same night — which is great if you need to warm up inside. Rates from $303 per night.

Snow and Glass Igloos
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Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort, Finland

Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort may be just 30 minutes away from Ivalo Airport, but it feels like an untouched corner of the planet. Located 150 miles north of the Arctic Circle in Finnish Lapland, the family-run property has 220 accommodations, including chalets and glass teepees. There are also snow igloos (pending conditions) where guests can stay warm in down sleeping bags, even when it’s -40 degrees out. Rates from 403 euro (about $445) per night. 

Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort may be just 30 minutes away from Ivalo Airport, but it feels like an untouched corner of the planet. Located 150 miles north of the Arctic Circle in Finnish Lapland, the family-run property has 220 accommodations, including chalets and glass teepees. There are also snow igloos (pending conditions) where guests can stay warm in down sleeping bags, even when it’s -40 degrees out. Rates from 403 euro (about $445) per night. 

Suite at Icehotel, Sweden
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Icehotel, Sweden

The world’s first ice hotel — aptly named Icehotel — opened in 1989. Located in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden, the property is home to a permanent ice art hall comprised of 20 snow-and-ice suites where guests can stay overnight year-round. To help you stay warm, the hotel provides sleeping bags and hot lingonberry juice on tap. There's also a sauna and a fireplace. Rates from $156 per night.

The world’s first ice hotel — aptly named Icehotel — opened in 1989. Located in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden, the property is home to a permanent ice art hall comprised of 20 snow-and-ice suites where guests can stay overnight year-round. To help you stay warm, the hotel provides sleeping bags and hot lingonberry juice on tap. There's also a sauna and a fireplace. Rates from $156 per night.

Tomamu Ice Hotel, Japan
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Tomamu Ice Hotel, Japan

As you relax in the hot outdoor bath and take in scenic views of the snow-draped birch forest, you'll (almost) forget that you’re about to climb into a room made of ice at Hoshino Resorts' Tomamu Ice Hotel in Hokkaido, Japan. Warming sleeping bags will leave you feeling toasty and cozy all night long; in the morning, sip on soup to help you stay comfortable. Contact the property directly for rates.

As you relax in the hot outdoor bath and take in scenic views of the snow-draped birch forest, you'll (almost) forget that you’re about to climb into a room made of ice at Hoshino Resorts' Tomamu Ice Hotel in Hokkaido, Japan. Warming sleeping bags will leave you feeling toasty and cozy all night long; in the morning, sip on soup to help you stay comfortable. Contact the property directly for rates.

SnowHotel at SnowCastle - Suite
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SnowCastle, Finland

Located along Bothnian Bay in Kemi, Finland, SnowHotel at SnowCastle has been welcoming guests into its frozen walls — made of 400,000 tons of snow from the local seawater — since 1998. SnowExperience365, which features magnificent art carved from ice along with an ice restaurant, is open year-round. However, SnowHotel will close on April 15, 2020. Contact the property directly for rates.

Located along Bothnian Bay in Kemi, Finland, SnowHotel at SnowCastle has been welcoming guests into its frozen walls — made of 400,000 tons of snow from the local seawater — since 1998. SnowExperience365, which features magnificent art carved from ice along with an ice restaurant, is open year-round. However, SnowHotel will close on April 15, 2020. Contact the property directly for rates.

Igoo
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Iglu-Dorf, Europe

Every year, Iglu-Dorf constructs new igloo villages across Europe. (This year, you'll find them in in Switzerland, Austria, and Germany.) There are group igloos for families to huddle close, as well as couples suites — some of which are equipped with hot tubs. However, building these igloos are no easy feat: One village alone take over 3,000 hours to construct. Rates from 258 euro (around $285) per night. 

Every year, Iglu-Dorf constructs new igloo villages across Europe. (This year, you'll find them in in Switzerland, Austria, and Germany.) There are group igloos for families to huddle close, as well as couples suites — some of which are equipped with hot tubs. However, building these igloos are no easy feat: One village alone take over 3,000 hours to construct. Rates from 258 euro (around $285) per night. 

Schneedorf Igloo Village - accommodations
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Schneedorf Igloo Village, Austria

Perched 6,562 feet above sea level in the Austrian Alps, the country’s first igloo village hosts two chilling experiences. The Classic Igloo Overnight Stay includes a cheese fondue dinner and a torch hike in the mountains (from 144 euro, approximately $160, per person, per night). Alternatively, the Candlelight Night is perfect for couples and comes with champagne and a two-person sleeping bag (from 188 euro, approximately $208, per person, per night). 

Perched 6,562 feet above sea level in the Austrian Alps, the country’s first igloo village hosts two chilling experiences. The Classic Igloo Overnight Stay includes a cheese fondue dinner and a torch hike in the mountains (Rates from 144 euro, approximately $160, per person, per night.) Alternatively, the Candlelight Night is perfect for couples and comes with champagne and a two-person sleeping bag (from 188 euro, approximately $208, per person, per night). 

Snowhotel Kirkenes - Igloo
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Snowhotel Kirkenes, Norway

In the upper reaches of Norway is the Snowhotel Kirkenes, which offers its Snowhotel365 overnight stays year-round. The experience includes visits to the reindeer and husky farm, snowshoe and ski rentals, and access to the Snowfun program, which hosts activities like snow yoga and puppy walks. Rates from 3,100 NOK (about $347) per adult, per night and 1,550 NOK (around $172) per child, per night.  

In the upper reaches of Norway is the Snowhotel Kirkenes, which offers its Snowhotel365 overnight stays year-round. The experience includes visits to the reindeer and husky farm, snowshoe and ski rentals, and access to the Snowfun program, which hosts activities like snow yoga and puppy walks. Rates from 3,100 NOK (about $347) per adult, per night and 1,550 NOK (around $172) per child, per night.  

Horse Suite
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SnowVillage, Finland

Lapland Hotel’s SnowVillage is not to be missed. Accommodations include snow suites, which can house up to four people, and cabins that can sleep up to six guests. If sleeping among the ice sculptures isn’t adventurous enough for you, consider visiting nearby Ylläs and Levi ski resorts (both are accessible via snowmobile). Rates from 221 euro ($244) per night. 

Lapland Hotel’s SnowVillage is not to be missed. Accommodations include snow suites, which house two to four people, and cabins that can sleep up to six guests. If sleeping among the ice sculptures isn’t adventurous enough for you, consider visiting nearby Ylläs and Levi ski resorts (both are accessible via snowmobile). Rates from 221 euro ($244) per night. 

Igloos
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Iiyama Snow Hut Village, Japan

For about one month a year, Iiyama Snow Hut Village — located in the northernmost section of Japan’s Nagano Prefecture — springs to life with about 15 to 20 huts illuminated by lanterns (weather permitting, of course). While the stay is actually in a nearby farmhouse, the traditional hot pot dinner, Noroshi Nabe, is prepared by locals and takes place inside the ice huts. Rates from 12,900 JPY ($117) per adult, per night and 9,900 JPY ($90) per child, per night. 

 

 

For about one month a year, Iiyama Snow Hut Village — located in the northernmost section of Japan’s Nagano Prefecture — springs to life with about 15 to 20 huts illuminated by lanterns (weather permitting, of course). While the stay is actually in a nearby farmhouse, the traditional hot pot dinner, Noroshi Nabe, is prepared by locals and takes place inside the ice huts. Rates from 12,900 JPY ($117) per adult, per night and 9,900 JPY ($90) per child, per night. 

 

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