With the coming of winters the first thing that comes to the mind is white powdery snow and winter adventure. This winter season think beyond skiing and snowboarding and try something more exciting than this. A night in an ice hotel sounds little weird but the fancy ice hotels are catching up worldwide with new hotels coming up every year. It is true that most of them last only for three to four months but staying in these truly outstanding melt-able structures is truly one-of-a-kind experience catering to adventurous travelers looking for a cool retreat.
About beautiful Ice Hotels around the world for a Winter Tour
These temporary structures require huge investment and lot of hard work to build. The walls, fixtures and fittings all are made entirely of ice or compacted snow and costs huge amounts per night. So come to these architectural splendors made up of ice to have an unforgettable experience of your life and enjoy a night stay in rooms made entirely of ice and snow.
Hotel Kakslauttanen Igloo Village, Finland
Located high up above the Arctic Circle in Finnish Lapland hotel Kakslauttanen is a popular variation on traditional ice hotel, as it offers accommodation in glass and snow igloos. Snow Igloos offer peaceful silent escape from the outside world while the glass igloos with frost resistant thermal glass provide amazing views of starry nights. It also features the world’s largest smoke sauna and has 4 dine-in restaurants, including 2 restaurants in traditional Laplander hut. For a truly Nordic experience book flight to Finland and enjoy accommodation in Igloos or try exhilarating winter safaris by reindeer or take part in a snow rallies.
Balea Ice Hotel, Romania
Romania’s only ice hotel the Balea Ice Hotel is situated 2,000 meters above the sea level offers an ultimate snow escape. The hotel is rebuilt with a new design every year using ice bricks from the nearby Balea Lake. Guests can choose to stay in one of the hotel’s sub-zero rooms or can claim their own private igloo near the hotel. Visitors can dine at the Chalet Balea Lac’s restaurant that offers lip smacking traditional Transylvanian and Romanian delicacies. Visitors can also take part in several winter activities at Hotel’s Winter Park. The hotel is accessible only by a cable car.
The Kirkenes Snow Hotel, Norway
Opened for the very first time in 2006, the Kirkenes Snow Hotel provides its guests a wonderful experience in one of the Norway’s most beautiful surroundings. Located in Arctic town close to the Russian border Kirkenes he hotel rebuilt in each winter and opens in the month of December. Exclusively built with ice and snow it offer cozy beds and mattresses for a healthy sleep comfort. Visitors can also indulge in adventure offered by the hotel which include arctic king crab fishing tour, a cross-country skiing tour etc.
Hotel de Glace, Canada
The Hotel De Glace is located about 5 Km north of Quebec City on the first slope of Laurentian Mountains. The glittering hotel features beautifully adorned 44 rooms and has welcomed over a million of visitors since its opening in 2001. It opens each year in the month of January and brought down in April. Visitors can enjoy behind the scenes tour that shows how the incredible snow building is constructed. They can also take part in Ice Workshop to make their own ice cocktail glass. There is also a chapel where weddings are celebrated.
The Ice Hotel, Sweden
The Icehotel in the tiny village of Jukkasjarvi in northern Sweden was the first ice hotel in the world which was opened in 1990. The hotel has been rebuilt each year from December to April from the ice blocks taken from the frozen Torne River. Visitors can choose from various categories of rooms and suits such as art suites, deluxe suites, northern light suites and simple ice rooms.
Snow Hotel Finland
Made purely from ice and snow, the Snow Hotel is a part of Snow Castle of Kemi in Finland, which is the biggest snow fort in the world. Built first in 1996 it is rebuilt every time in winters with a different architectural style. Despite its varying configurations, the snow castle has few recurring elements which include a chapel, a restaurant and a hotel. During the season numerous shows are held at the castle’s snow stage which entertains its visitors.
Contributor: Noah Wesley – Carlton Leisure