Staying in a hotel made of ice and snow is a true arctic experience unlike anything you have ever tried before. We have gathered the nine best in Sweden, Finland and Norway.
The ICEHOTEL, Kiruna, Sweden
Nominated as one of the seven wonders of Sweden, the ICEHOTEL in Jukkasjarvi is already world-famous for its clear ice and beautiful creations inside. Constructions of the hotel begins every year in November, and in mid December the firsts guest can check in.
ICEHOTEL also housed a bar called the ABSOLUTE ICEBAR, which is definitely worth a visit during the night. The hotel is located just 15 minutes from Kiruna airport.
The Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel, Alta, Norway
With a location only 3 hours from the North Cape, this ice hotel is as authentic as it gets. The beautiful igloo hotel is located just 15 kilometers from the town of Alta in the northeastern Norway, and guests are welcome from mid January to mid April. The earlier you visit, the better options you have to experience the stunning Polar Nights.
Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel offers 2.000 square meters of guest rooms, an ice bar, a chapel and a breathtaking ice gallery. All guests will sleep on traditional reindeer fur, which only makes the whole experience even more authentic. Oh, and did we mention that there is also a sauna and several hot tubs?
The Kirkenes Snow Hotel, Norway
In Kirkenes you will find a spacious ice hotel with beautifully lighted artwork in snow. The hotel, which opens in mid December, offers cosy snow suites, and in the morning guests can go to the lake to warm up in the sauna. The restaurant is completely snow-free, and it also houses a small sleeping area for guests having trouble sleeping in the snow suites.
Bjorli Ice Lodge, Bjorli, Norway
One of the most luxurious ice hotels are located in a national park in the northern part of Norway. The lodge offers individually designed suites with lots of beautiful details and decorations. Depending on the weather, this ice lodge opens its doors in mid January until April, and due to its high altitude, it’s typically the last ice hotel remaining open in Scandinavia. Animal lovers will be stunned by the fact that there are a lot of wild animals in the area such as wolves, reindeer and moose.
The igloo village, Saariselka, Finland
With its very unique concept, the Igloo Village at Hotel Kakslauttanen is a popular destination for many adventurous travelers. All guests can book their own private igloo between January and April and have an open view to the breathtaking Northern Lights. After a cold night it’s recommended to try out the smoke sauna (which is said to be the largest in the world), or why not jump in the river while you’re at it? Yes, the locals do it as well!
This ice hotel located in Lapland, offers yet another record-breaker; the world’s largest snow restaurant with room for 150 people inside a single igloo! Then there’s also the Ice bar, the Ice Chapel and the Ice Gallery.
The Ice Hotel in Hunderfossen, Norway
In the region of Lillehammer in Norway one will find this popular ice hotel, which is part of the Hunderfossen Winter Park. It’s a magical - almost Disney like - getaway for families, who appreciate a lot of activities and beautiful surroundings. Apart from the hotel, there’s also an Ice Bar, a fairytale castle, a cathedral (perfect for a different wedding experience!) and loads of winter sport activities.
The hotel opens in late December and closes in early March. For those preferring to sleep in a regular hotel, the ice hotel offers guided tours during the day.
The Lainio Show Village Hotel, Finland
This breathtaking ice hotels is more like an arctic adventure offering both a restaurant, an ice bar and countless activities such as snow slides. The hotel is also close to two ski resorts. With an average temperature of 0 to -5 degrees guests might want to use the heated area with warm showers, a sauna and a fireplace.
The largest Ice Bar in Europe is located in this hotel, and it’s incomparable. Last, but not least there’s 20 igloo rooms and 7 ice suites.
Lumilinna SnowHotel in Kemi, Finland
This snow hotel is beautifully designed with 18 normal rooms, family rooms for maximum five people and a special honeymoon suite. The hotel, which is open from late January till mid April also offers an arctic adventure land for children, a theater, an ice art gallery, a restaurant and an ice chapel, so there’s no time to be bored. There are no saunas or showers here, so guests will have the opportunity to go to a regular hotel in the area for that every morning.
Lumilinna is located south of the Arctic Circle, which is further south than most other ice hotels.