Cool off in the heatwave with the world’s most amazing ice hotels

Team Hoo
11th August 2020

If you’re looking for an experience that will keep you cool in the high temperatures, and a memory that will last forever, a trip to some of these incredible ice hotels in the world should be next on your to-do list. Made entirely out of sculpted ice and snow, ice hotels are fully equipped with amenities to make your stay an exciting adventure to remember, from services such as ice restaurants and bars, to hot tubs.

As with every new experience, there are pros and cons with ice hotels too. Below are listed some possible advantages and disadvantages you might find from your weekend away at an ice hotel.

Will you love them?

You can enjoy stunning fairy-tale scenic views around the hotels whilst you stay in them. The services provided are also often the same as those from a standard hotel, and can expect modern architecture and infrastructure due to the hotels being rebuilt every season.

Why you (might) hate them

Ice hotels are only available at certain months in the year, which might not be convenient for those with a hectic schedule. The interiors of the hotels are also rather chilly, so you definitely need to enjoy cold temperatures and not be looking to cosy up or go sunbathing!

The Top 10 Ice Hotels In The World

The Hotel of Ice, Romania

Located deep in the Fagaras Mountains, this peaceful and relaxing hotel offers a cosy room for 2 people, or a magical igloo. Featuring gorgeous hand sculpted ice furniture, including plates in the restaurants, and furry pillows and blankets, you will be fully comfortable and looked after during your unique stay here.

Hotel de Glace in Quebec City, Canada

Situated just out of downtown Quebec City, this hotel boasts forty-two rooms and fruity cocktails on hand for you to unwind when arriving. Sleeping is luxurious with warm sleeping bags, and you can relax under the nights sky in one of their several comforting jacuzzis.

Kirkenes SnowHotel, Norway

Upon arrival, guests can relax with an incredible three course meal, and drinks made from real fresh berries from the nearby towns. With pet reindeer and adorable huskies to stroke, this hotel is the one for you if you want to enjoy some animal company while being surrounded by breath-taking ice and snow.

Jukkasjaroi ice hotel, Sweden

Being completely original in its style, it is also the biggest ice hotel in the world. With 50,000 people staying in the hotel a year with the goal of seeing the famous Northern Lights, everything here is made entirely out of 30,000 tonnes of snow and ice, from ice beds, to ice sofas.

Artic Resort Kakslauttanen, Finland

Treat yourself to a mythical stay in a range of accommodation at this snowy resort, including an igloo with a clever glass roof so you can see the stars from your bed. Being only 30 minutes from the Ivalo Airport, this ice hotel is perfect for those looking for ease and convenience during their stay.

Schneedorf Igloo, Austria

Cleverly placed 2,000 metres above sea level, the altitude of this hotel retreat makes it available through any weather condition in the winter period. Greeted with mulled wine upon arriving, you can indulge yourself with a cheese fondue dinner, and sleep in igloos that can sleep up to 4 of your friends and family.

Ice Hotel, Japan

Incredibly, everything here is made from ice, from wall decoration and art, to bed frames. The hotel boasts an impressive “open bath” for its guests, meaning you can unwind in the steaming water surrounded by beautiful ice and snow. With a modern lounge and bar holding 40 different types of whiskey, you will be fully looked after and spoiled during your stay here.

Iglu-Dorf, Switzerland

A trendy, upbeat and friendly ice hotel, featuring magical handcrafted igloos to sleep in. What could be better? This hotel has many fun activities for you to take part in, such as a mulled wine tasting experience, tours around the igloos, and exhilarating cable cars. It proudly caters to all ages, making it the perfect place for a family weekend away.

The SnowCastle of Kemi, Finland

This castle has been around since 1996, and has just 14 rooms to stay in. Being rebuilt every season, this hotel is ever expanding and improving in style and appearance. With shows being put on at the castle’s own snow stage, you will never be short for entertainment during your stay here.

The Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel, Alta, Norway

For a more private, intimate getaway, this ice hotel is really the one for you. Situated on the Alta River banks, this hotel proudly features luxurious saunas and fully included breakfasts, allowing you to fully relax and have your needs taken care of throughout your whole stay.

Just looking at all these gorgeous hotel options may give you the chills but the only way to really beat the heat is get out there! Where will your next escape from the summer hot weather be?

Team hoo.


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