Have you ever imagined what it feels like to live in an ice castle that looks like that of Queen Elsa’s in Frozen? Well, if you have then you are very lucky since it is possible to live that dream (or something similar to it) if you visit these ice hotels located in different parts of the globe. Here’s our list of the Top 6 Ice Hotels in the World.
HOTEL DE GLACE (QUEBEC, CANADA)
Hotel de Glace in Quebec, Canada is the first and only ice hotel in North America. The hotel is built in December and opens in early January. The hotel is made from 15,000 tons of snow, 500 tons of ice and its walls are up to four feet thick. It has 44 rooms, snow art and an ice chapel that has been listed as one of the “10 dream wedding locations” and performed 275 weddings since its opening. Hotel de Glace is located 10 minutes outside of Quebec.
SNOWCASTLE (KEMI, FINLAND)
The SnowCastle in Kemi, Finland, like other ice hotels is built anew every season. The guests of the SnowCastle can enjoy a meal around ice tables at the SnowRestaurant. They can try some of the restaurant’s specialties like cream of smoked deer soup and filet of reindeer with game sauce and lingonberries. The SnowChapel, located in the castle, performs marriage ceremonies and christenings. Aside from these, a number of shows are also held at the castle’s snow stage every season.
SORRISNIVA IGLOO HOTEL (ALTA, NORWAY)
Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel has been rebuilt every year since its founding in 1999. It features 30 rooms, an ice chapel, ice gallery and an ice bar that serves drinks in ice glasses. The hotel has a sauna and outdoor bathtubs with heater. It also provide sleeping bags sitting on reindeer hides to keep the guests warm as they sleep. One of the hotel’s must-do adventures is a snowmobile safari that takes the guests into the mountains to see breathtaking panoramic views.
KIRKENES SNOWHOTEL (FINNMARK, NORWAY)
Kirkenes Snow Hotel opened in 2006 and is located in Northern Norway, not too far from the Russian Border. It features a 20 rooms (individually decorated by ice sculptors from Japan and Finland), bar and chapel that are built with new designs every winter with the help of the ice sculptors from the well-known Harbin Ice & Snow Festival in Harbin, China. Overnight guests are offered a drink made from local berries and a locally-sourced, three-course dinner. They are also invited to try adventure activities such as arctic crab fishing tour, a cross-country skiing tour or a northern lights tour by husky ride.
HOTEL OF ICE (BALEA LAKE, ROMANIA)
The Hotel of Ice in Romania sits at the top of the Fagaras Mountains and is only accessible via cable car. The hotel has 12 rooms, 3 igloos, an Ice Church, Ice Restaurant and Ice Bar. Its rooms are built anew with a different theme each year and the craftsmen have to wait for the Balea Lake to freeze before they can start using the ice to build the gigantic ice structure. Aside from enjoying the cold temperature and gorgeous view, guests may also enjoy various activities like sledding and skiing.
ICEHOTEL (JUKKASJARVI, SWEDEN)
Icehotel was founded in 1989, making the first of its kind in the world. The hotel is made of pure ice and snow and is reborn with a new themed design each year. The ice used to create the massive structure comes from the frozen Torne River during winter and returns to it when the hotel melts in the summer. IceHotel has 80 rooms and suites, an entrance hall, a chapel, and and ice bar, named Absolut IceBar. IceHotel is located in the village of Jukkasjarvi, Sweden.
Keep in mind that when visiting these hotels and enjoying the unique adventures that they offer, you have to keep yourself warm by wearing appropriate clothes (and protective gears if needed) to avoid become a part the hotel’s decoration (even if you’re gorgeous enough to be one).
We hope you had a great time reading this article on the Top 6 Ice Hotels in the World. Till next time.