Whether you are alone, with your family or travelling as a couple, few winter adventures compare to staying in one of the best ice hotels.
The ceilings, walls, tables, chairs, and even the beds, are all made of snow and ice, by artisans with fantastic techniques. And their creations are always most impressive. These are true architectural wonders!
Here is a list of the most beautiful ice and snow hotels in the world!
Located in northern Sweden, IceHotel was the first ice hotel in the world to open its doors. It offers a good fifty rooms and requires nearly 40 000 tons of ice and snow to create it.
Opened 23 years ago, it welcomes visitors from December to April. The IceHotel visitors are amazed by its scenery, as well as its museum and its ice cathedral. Also offering weddings and meetings for companies, it is distinguished by its gigantic dimensions, ideal to accommodate a large number of visitors at the same time.
Opened for 14 years, this hotel offers a little of everything: shops, saunas, meeting rooms, restaurant, bar, fireplaces, a cathedral and even a museum. It is open from January to April and proposes to organize weddings and business meetings.
Situated in the northernmost part of Norway, near the Alta River, the hotel is ideal for enjoying the Northern Lights. It also offers ephemeral works of art, present throughout the establishment. It helps to be in Norway winter clothing when visiting the hotel.
Hotel de Glace in Quebec, Canada – Royalty Free Stock Photo
Built on nearly 3000 square meters and designed with 15,500 tons of ice and snow, the Quebec Ice Hotel has 44 rooms. It is open from January to April. The hotel is currently celebrating its 15th anniversary.
More than a million visitors have been there since 2001, but having visited it once does not mean we know the place, as the Ice Hotel renews its decoration each year. So there is always something new to discover. In addition to its bar, cathedral and museum, the hotel offers saunas and hot tubs.
The craftsmen, at the origin of its unique design and architecture, have made it all available: the hotel proposes to meet all your desires, for example an ice bar!
Lainio Snow Village of Yllasjarvi, Norway – Photo Courtoisie
Located next to the Ylläsjärvi lake, the Norwegian hotel opened its doors 13 years ago. On more than 3000 square meters, it offers courageous customers 23 rooms made of ice and snow. For the less reckless, there are also 2 rooms at usual temperature.
The hotel is open from December to April and offers a bar, a sauna, a museum and a restaurant. Large ice sculptures are installed inside and outside. They even have toboggans for fun outside! In addition to organizing weddings, the snow villiage offers activities such as ice sculpting classes or snowmobile tours.
SnowCastle from Kemi, Finland – Royalty Free Stock Photo
Located on the Finnish coast, the SnowCastle is the largest of the ice hotels. It is built on a surface of approximately 20,000 square meters and has about twenty rooms. It celebrates 20 years of operation this year. Open from January to April, the hotel has a bar, a restaurant, a shop, a museum and a cathedral, to accommodate couples wishing to get married in a magical atmosphere.
Kirkenes SnowHotel in Kirkenes, Norway – Royalty Free Stock Photo
Not far from the Finnish border and the Russian border, the Kirkenes SnowHotel is the most northern ice hotel in the world. Opened in 2006, the hotel is located in one of the most beautiful areas of Norway. It has 20 rooms of ice that all have a different theme. The décor and sculptures are inspired by Arctic culture.
The Kirkenes SnowHotel also offers activities such as dog sledding, ice fishing or hiking.
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