As temperatures plummet in Northern Europe during the winter months, the environment becomes a construction site where building blocks of ice are used to create some of the world's coolest places to stay. Expect a frosty reception when you check in to a frozen artwork for a night at -5°C. Read on to find out more about our favourite ice hotels in Sweden, Finland and Norway.
Ice Hotel Holidays
From guided tours of ice hotels to a night spent in the most luxurious frozen room in the world, we can design the right chilly experience for you. Below you'll find a selection of our favourite ice hotel holiday ideas for inspiration.
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SWEDEN'S WORLD FAMOUS ICEHOTEL
The world's very first ice hotel
In 1989 the world’s first ice hotel opened its doors and invited visitors to sleep overnight in sub-zero temperatures. Three decades later, Jukkasjärvi, located 200 kilometers above the Arctic Circle in Swedish Lapland, has become acclaimed for its annual arctic masterpiece. Using blocks of ice harvested from the nearby River Torne, talented artists from all over the world come together to craft this seasonal hotel, and guests from all corners of the globe flock here to tick off a bucket-list desire.
Icehotel 365 days a year
Gone are the days where rooms made of ice only appear in winter. IceHotel in Swedish Lapland now offers guests the chance to sleep in a frozen room year-round at IceHotel 365. Home to nine Art Suites and four Deluxe Suites with private bathrooms, as well as an ice gallery and bar, solar panels located on the roof of 365 collect power from the sun during the endless summer days, and this power is used to keep the refrigeration unit that is Icehotel 365 a constant minus five degrees celsius during all seasons.
Yngve Bergqvist | Founder Icehotel, Sweden
"In 1989 we had no idea how much attention a hotel made of ice and snow would get… But here we are, ready to celebrate Icehotel’s fantastic history as well as exciting future"
What to expect when spending the night in an Ice hotel
Sleeping in a room made entirely out of ice is a magical experience, but it's important to be prepared. Temperatures in the ice hotels typically hover around -5°C degrees, so you will be provided with a expedition-style thermal sleeping bag which will keep you properly insulated for your night on a bed of ice. Saunas, bathroom and showers are also available in adjacent buildings as well as spaces to safely store your luggage. A heated, serviced lounge is available 24 hours a day at all of the accommodations with friendly, experienced staff on hand to talk you through logistics and answer any questions you might have.
How to keep warm in an Ice hotel
Dressing properly to keep warm is key to staying safe and enjoying your night sleeping on a bed of ice to the fullest. Make sure to pack lots of layers, which will allow good ventilation of body heat in materials that breathe and avoid perspiration. We recommend thermal underwear (preferably wool), breathable clothing, plenty of socks (again, preferably wool, rather than cotton or synthetic), and a warm hat. Functional outer clothing is available to loan from the ice hotels to keep you properly warm in the Arctic temperatures.