Explore the 15 coolest ice hotels around the globe! Experience a night below zero, where stunning arctic craftsmanship meets thrilling adventure.

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Bedroom in the ice hotel: Arctic Snowhotel in Finland with ice carving of arch above bed and person to side, illuminated with coloured lights and furs on the bed carved from ice.

Ever dreamt of sleeping in a world sculpted entirely from ice and snow? Welcome to the mesmerising realm of ice hotels – where the walls, furniture, and even the glasses at the bar are elegantly carved from ice. Since the pioneering Icehotel in Sweden first opened its doors 35 years ago, these chilly yet charming venues have offered an unforgettable escape, quite unlike any other.  

Promising both awe-inspiring beauty and a cosy snuggle under thermal blankets, ice hotels really are some of the most extraordinary hotels in the world. So, wrap up warm as we take you on a winter wonderland adventure to the world’s coolest hotels, literally!

An ice hotel really is precisely that – a hotel made entirely from ice and snow.  Whilst it may seem like the stuff of fairy tales and North Pole explorers, hotels made from ice and snow have become a reality thanks to the incredible engineering of master ice carvers and Arctic architects. 

And now there are 15 of these incredible have-to-be-seen-to-be-believed ice & snow hotels dotted in nine countries across the world.  

Guests stay wrapped up in extra warm sleeping bags in rooms kept at a manageable -5C.  Each room is designed, moulded, carefully illuminated, and often intricately carved from scratch every single year.  I’ve had the good fortune to have visited three ice hotels in three different countries – slept in one, ate in another, and watched the third being constructed – so can speak from personal experience as we explore these amazing, unique venues.

Looking for more festive adventures?  We’ve got plenty of bucket list worthy inspiration for your Christmas travels.

Where Are The Ice Hotels Located?

As of 2024, the 15 ice hotels can be found in Sweden, Norway, Finland, Romania, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Canada, and Japan.    

Most of the hotels follow a similar format, celebrating the beauty of the Arctic winter and embracing the season to its fullest. The Iglu-Dorf hotel group have brought the ice hotel experience to the alpine mountain range as well with 5 snow igloos in popular ski resort areas.

ICEHOTEL, Sweden

Ice beds Covered in Reindeer Hides lined up on either side of an Intricately Carved Art suite Ice Room at Sweden's ICEHOTEL. Photo: Asaf Kliger ©ICEHOTEL www.icehotel.com

Art suite Ice Room at Sweden’s ICEHOTEL. Photo: Asaf Kliger ©ICEHOTEL www.icehotel.com

Nestled on the bank of the Torne River in Jukkasjärvi, the ICEHOTEL was the original ice hotel, with the very first design constructed 35 years ago this year.

It stands as the world’s largest, with Ice Rooms and Art Suites suitable for two to four guests. Every year, the ICEHOTEL showcases new, awe-inspiring designs by top ice carvers from across the globe, with an annual call for artists and designers to contribute their creativity.

Despite the outside temperatures potentially plunging to -40°C, the hotel’s innovative construction maintains an internal temperature of -5°C to -8°C.

The ICEHOTEL complex includes an Ice Ceremony Hall for up to 40 guests and the iconic Ice Bar, serving drinks in ice-carved glasses. For those preferring warmth as they sleep, or to extend the experience, there’s the adjacent warm hotel with rooms and chalets, alongside ICEHOTEL 365, offering a year-round ice experience.

Overnight stays under the snow(!) conclude the next morning with a hot lingonberry juice and trip to the sauna before breakfast. Dining options in warm restaurants feature local delicacies such as cloudberry, reindeer, and Arctic char.

The location lends itself to unique activities, from ice fishing to Northern Lights safaris and ice carving. You can even choose to switch out your traditional airport transfer from nearby Kiruna Airport for something rather more unique.  We did precisely that during our stay – arriving by snowmobile and departing by dogsled – it was an unparalleled, magical experience that still feels like a Frozen-esque dream!

ICEHOTEL Details:

Address: ICEHOTEL, Marknadsvägen 63, 981 91 Jukkasjärvi, Sweden.

Nearest Airport: Kiruna Airport, 14km from the ICEHOTEL, with daily flights to Stockholm.

Season: Year-Round (main ICEHOTEL open December – April).

More Information:  More Information About Sweden’s ICEHOTEL.

Tromsø Ice Domes, Norway

Tucked away in the beautiful Tamok Valley in Northwest Norway, Tromsø Ice Domes return each winter season. 

Transportation is provided from Tromsø city centre for the 90-minute journey to the Ice Domes.  With predominantly double rooms available, you’ll enjoy exploring the hotel and gawping at the incredible ice art sculptures on display.   Enjoy a drink at the hotel’s ice bar and learn more about the hotel and its surroundings at the ice cinema!

An overnight stay here includes a snowshoe hike to a nature camp with plenty of opportunity to spot the Northern Lights on clear nights as you warm up by the campfire.  A 3-course dinner is served in the Ice Domes’ adjoining warm area before you retire to your ice room for a cosy night in thermal sleeping bags atop reindeer fur covered mattresses. 

A traditional Norwegian breakfast is served the next morning.  And you can choose to extend your stay with a selection of seasonal local activities – dogsledding, reindeer sledding or a snowmobile adventure – before returning to the hustle and bustle of Tromsø city life.

Tromsø Ice Domes Details:

Address: Tromsø Ice Domes, Tamokveien 1374, 9334 Øverbygd, Norway.

Nearest Airport: Tromsø Airport, 98km from Tromsø Ice Domes, with daily flights to numerous European cities, including London Gatwick and Luton.

Season: December – April.

More Information:  More information about Norway’s Tromsø Ice Domes.

Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel, Norway

Carved Hall With Ice Pillars On Either Side and Illuminated Ice Sculpture on African Pyramid Type Theme At Far End At Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel Norway ©Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel

Carved Hall With Ice Pillars At Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel Norway. Photo ©Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel

The world’s most northernly igloo hotel!  The 2,500 square metre hotel is rebuilt each year using snow from the neighbouring Alta River and ice from further down the Alta Valley.  With a new theme each year, the hotel is decorated by highly talented ice artists and warrants a visit even if not staying overnight. 

Rooms and suites are available to accommodate up to six people.  And there’s an Ice Chapel for those tempted by a winter wonderland wedding or baptism ceremony! 

Activities include great opportunities for Northern Lights viewing, husky and reindeer experiences, snowshoe hikes, king crab fishing, and snowmobile adventures.  Stays at the Igloo Hotel include sauna access.  Outdoor jacuzzi dips are also available.  Meals are served in the adjoining warm restaurants with focus on local produce such as berries, reindeer, moose, and seafood from the river and Norwegian Sea. 

Whilst the Igloo Hotel melts away each spring, the accompanying Arctic Wilderness Lodge remains year-round, offering warm accommodation for an extended winter stay or the opportunity to enjoy the endless summer nights.

Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel Details:

Address: Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel, Sorrisniva, 20, 9518 Alta, Norway.

Nearest Airport: Alta Airport, 20km from Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel, with daily flights to Oslo.

Season: December – April.

More Information:  More information about Northern Norway’s Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel.

Snowhotel Kirkenes, Norway

The far northeast of Norway is home to Snowhotel Kirkenes – a year-round ice hotel!  Yes, believe it or not, thanks to a special summer wrapper and air conditioning system, this snow hotel is now a permanent fixture and available for overnight stays, even in the height of summer!

Stays in the Snowhotel 365 rooms include sauna access, breakfast, and various other onsite snow fun activities.   The site offers warm wood cabin overnight stays as well as plenty of local produce in the warm restaurant or a refreshing drink at the Icebar.

Slap bang in the middle of the auroral oval, Kirkenes is one of the best places in the world to see the Northern Lights, boasting 200 ‘aurora nights’ per year.  And, as the Snowhotel is set away from the city and light pollution, you have an even greater chance of a sighting.

If you can drag yourself away from the night sky, other activities include King Crab fishing – these 6ft creatures from the deep have arrived here in abundance in the last decade, snow yoga(!), snowshoe walking and adventures with the huskies and reindeer that live onsite. 

Snowhotel Kirkenes Details:

Address: Snowhotel Kirkenes & Gamme Northern Lights Cabins, Sandnesdalen 14, 9910 Bjørnevatn, Norway.

Nearest Airport: Kirkenes Airport, 12km from the Snowhotel, with daily flights to Oslo.

Season: Year-Round.

More Information:  More information about Norway’s Snowhotel Kirkenes.

Hunderfossen Snøhotell, Southern Norway

The Hunderfossen Snøhotell is Scandinavia’s southernmost ice hotel.  Set just 16km from Lillehammer, the hotel is park of the Hungerfossen Winter Park resort (a magical Norwegian Theme Park celebrating the cold winter season).

The snow hotel is located right next to the Fairytale Castle, and adjacent to Norway’s largest Ice Cathedral (rebuilt annually since 2007).  Family ice suites are available for up to 6 guests and King Valemon’s Ice Bar is available for hot and cold drinks.  Stays include a sled ride from the year-round Hunderfossen Hotel & Resort with a night host who reads bedtime stories and is on call throughout your stay. 

Hotel bookings include entrance to the Winter Park with its array of seasonal activities including snow slides, mini snowmobiles, winter shows in the snow, and nightly fireworks.  Norway’s only full-time snow and ice artist is responsible for the Winter Park décor so you can be sure of a treat!

Hunderfossen Snøhotell Details:

Address: Hunderfossen Snøhotell, Hunderfossen Hotell & Resort, Fossekrovegen 71, 2625 Fåberg, Norway.

Nearest Airport: Oslo Airport, 155km from Hunderfossen Snøhotell.  (There are direct trains from Oslo Airport to Lillehammer, with connecting train onto Hunderfossen.)

Season: February – early March.

More Information:  More information about Southern Norway’s Hunderfossen Snøhotell.

Arctic Snowhotel, Finland

Tables Carved From Ice With Wooden Placemats And Ice Benches With Reindeer Hides at Ice Restaurant With Carvings To Represent Dream Theme at Arctic SnowHotel & Glass Igloos Finland ©Arctic SnowHotel & Glass Igloos

Ice Restaurant Dream Arctic SnowHotel & Glass Igloos Finland. Photo ©Arctic SnowHotel & Glass Igloos

Rovaniemi lies exactly on the Arctic Circle and is home to Santa Claus Village, the official home of Father Christmas. 35km from the airport, in the forest by the shore of Lehtojärvi lake, you’ll find the Arctic Snowhotel and Glass Igloos. 

One of the largest ice hotels in the world, it can accommodate around 70 guests in the cold hotel.  There’s a further 39 glass igloos on site with warm accommodation boasting 360-degree panoramic views from which to enjoy the starry night skies.  Currently home to the ice carving champion of the world, the intricate ice art sculptures around the snow hotel and its exterior are breath taking.  The hotel had just hosted the annual Arctic Art Festival when we visited, and the grounds were filled with beautifully lit displays. 

Ice rooms and suites can accommodate up to six guests.  And the hotel is also home to an Ice Chapel, Ice Bar, and even an Ice Restaurant where you can enjoy a 3-course meal in -5C!  We decided to try out the restaurant, with a traditional Finnish meal of mushroom soup, elk or salmon, followed by dessert served on an ice plate!  

The aurora alarm ensures no one will miss the Northern Lights should they appear.  And the low level of light pollution outside the front of the hotel and by the glass igloos means you can easily watch and enjoy without having to travel anywhere else.  (We were just finishing our drinks in the Ice Bar when we got the Aurora call!) 

One of the hotel’s unique offerings is its Snow Saunas – saunas genuinely carved from ice.  It’s a bit of a mind-bender, there’s no denying.  But they really are effective and a must-try experience!  Classic saunas and outdoor jacuzzis are also available in the hotel’s sizeable spa. 

Our boys enjoyed the huge snow slide with inflatable donut rings and I caught up with the local reindeer.  The hotel has a wide variety of more adventurous activities on offer in the local area too, including electric snow scoot safaris, ice fishing and husky dog sledding.

Arctic Snowhotel Details:

Address: Arctic Snowhotel & Glass Igloos, Lehtoahontie 27, 97270 Sinettä, Finland.

Nearest Airport: Rovaniemi Airport, 35km to the Arctic Snowhotel, with regular flights to London Gatwick & Stansted.

Season: December – April (with the glass igloos available from September).

More Information:  More information about Finland’s Arctic Snowhotel.

Lapland Hotels SnowVillage, Finland

Ice Bedroom With Easter Island Style Ice Carvings Around Arched Enclave Where Ice Bed Is Positioned & Two Large Illuminated Sculptures In Rest Of Room At Lapland Hotels SnowVillage Finland. Photo ©Lapland Hotels

Ice Bedroom With Easter Island Style Ice Carvings & Sculptures At Lapland Hotels SnowVillage Finland. Photo ©Lapland Hotels

Nearly 200km north of the Arctic Circle, you’ll find the Lapland Hotels SnowVillage, complete with Ice Bar, Ice Restaurant, Decorated Snow Suites, and plenty of beautiful ice sculptures.

A daily three course meal is available in the hotel’s Ice Restaurant (with additional clothing on offer should you start to feel the chill!).  The warm Log Restaurant is also available for those in need of a bit more warming!  As with most Ice Hotels you can purchase a ticket for a day trip visit to admire the hotel’s ice art installations and enjoy a drink at the Ice Bar.  But for the brave, there are snow suites available for 2, 4 or 5 guests to enjoy a nice in the ice. 

Lapland Hotels is part of the Lapland Safaris organisation, with a whole array of activities available to book in nearby Ylläs and Levi. 

Lapland Hotels SnowVillage Details:

Address: Lapland Hotels SnowVillage, Lainiotie 566, 99120 Kittilä, Finland.

Nearest Airport: Kittilä International Airport, 31km, with direct daily flights to Helsinki.

Season: late December – early April.

More Information:  More information about Finland’s Snow Village.

Hotel of Ice, Romania

Snow Tubing Slide Down Hillside Between Warm and Ice Hotels in the Snowy Mountains of Romania at the Hotel of Ice. Photo ©Hannah Bartlett www.jollyfestive.com

Snow Tubing Slide Between Warm and Ice Hotels in the mountains at Romania Hotel of Ice. Photo ©Hannah Bartlett www.jollyfestive.com

Transylvania seems an unlikely home for an ice hotel!  And that was certainly what we thought when we stumbled across the Hotel of Ice under construction on our way back to Sibiu airport from Dracula’s Castle one December day.  But, if you’re looking for an affordable ice hotel experience, this Transylvanian Ice Hotel is well worth considering.

Tucked away in the Făgăraș Mountains, the hotel sits 2000m above sea level on the edge of the frozen Bâlea Lake and is only accessible by a (spectacular) 3m cable car journey.  It is rebuilt each year using blocks of ice carved from the lake and, when completed, the complex includes hotel rooms, an ice church, bar, and restaurant. 

50m from the Bâlea ice hotel is the year-round Bâlea Lake Chalet where warm accommodation and facilities can be found.  People have been known to book accommodation in both the cold and warm in case they decide they’ve had enough partway through their ice experience!

The ice restaurant offers a selection of dining options, all focused on local dishes and produce.  And there’s a warm restaurant in the chalet too.  Activities on the mountain top are designed with the thrill seeker in mind, with snowmobiling, ice rafting and even snow banana rides!  Plus, there’s a huge ice slide for tubing – we can attest firsthand to how much fun that one is. 

Hotel Of Ice Details:

Address: Hotel of Ice, Strada Zăpezii nr. 1, Transfăgărășan, jud. Sibiu, Romania.

Nearest Airport: Sibiu Airport, 78km from the Bâlea Waterfall Cable Car, with direct daily flights to London Luton.

Season: Late December – April.

More Information:  More information about Romania’s Hotel Of Ice.

Iglu-Dorf, Locations in Switzerland, Austria & Germany

Intricately Carved Igloo Suite With Bedhead Carved From Ice, Bedside Tables and Ice Lamps at Iglu Dorf alpine ice hotels. Bed Covered In Animal Hides and Two Arctic Grade Sleeping Bags Photo ©www.iglu-dorf.com

Intricately Carved Igloo Suite at Iglu Dorf alpine ice hotels. Photo ©www.iglu-dorf.com

The Iglu-Dorf hotel group offer a slightly different take on an ice hotel with a focus on the Alpine ski market rather than an Arctic experience.  There are five Iglu-Dorf snow igloo hotels dotted in the high mountains across Switzerland, Austria, and Germany.  With a focus on using the mountain public transport system and walking to reach them, you’ll find them near cable car stations and mountain train stops.

Hotels are open to day guests for drinks and fondue.  Overnight visitors also get to enjoy the ice bar and an all-you-can-eat cheese fondue (in an ice restaurant or outside at some locations).  Snow rooms have thermal mats and expedition-grade sleeping bags on top of snow-formed beds.  Many rooms are intricately decorated with ice carvings and artwork, have actual wooden doors rather than a rope or curtain, and there’s even the option of a private WC with a few (don’t get too excited; it’s not plumbed in!).   

Some hotels have saunas and/or outdoor jacuzzis included in the experience.  And each offers an after-dinner snowshoe hike, complete with schnapps toast finish. Morning tea is served directly to your sleeping bag before breakfast (either on site or at another location nearby).   

Bespoke activities can be arranged but the unique overnight stay is the primary experience and for many will be a special break during a skiing holiday.  We’re excited about the latest activity on offer at Iglu-Dorf Gstaad – an escape room style challenge to solve winter puzzles against the clock and solve the igloo mystery!

Iglu-Dorf Details:

Locations:

Switzerland – Davos Klosters, Gstaad, Zermatt

Austria – Innsbruck Kuhtai

Germany – Zugsptize

Season: Varies by hotel but broadly from late December until late March / early April.

More Information:  More information about Iglu-Dorf snow igloo hotels.

Hôtel de Glace, Canada

Exterior Of Entrance To The Hôtel de Glace with Three Arched Entranceway Made From Snow and Ice With Open Wooden Doors and Illuminated Interior Beneath A Blue Sky in Quebec Canada. Photo ©Valcartier

Exterior Of Entrance To The Hôtel de Glace in Quebec Canada. Photo ©Valcartier

20 minutes north of Québec City, the Hôtel de Glace is part of the Village Vacances Valcartier resort complex in Saint-Gabriel-de-Valcartier.  It’s currently the only ice hotel in North America, having moved location around the Québec area a few times before settling here.

There’s a variety of accommodation available, from simple family ice rooms that can sleep up to six people to themed suites complete with ice carving décor.  Some of the snow suites even come with a fireplace (!!) and private jacuzzi and/or sauna.  And all rooms have access to the communal Nordic spa area.  Overnight bookings here actually include a room at the sister ‘warm’ hotel where luggage can be stored and showers enjoyed. 

There’s an ice bar in the hotel, with a drink in an ice glass included in the price of the stay.  And a beautiful ice chapel.  The Canadian ice hotel even has its very own indoor ice slide!

The resort is also home to ‘North America’s largest winter playground’, with ice skating and snow tubing on offer, as well as an indoor waterpark for those in need of a proper warm up!  There’s five snow tubing slides, with some for big kids only, so expect plenty of fun for the whole family.

Hôtel de Glace Details:

Address: Hôtel de Glace, Village Vacances Valcartier, 2280 Valcartier Boulevard, Valcartier, QC, G0A 4S0, Canada.

Nearest Airport: Québec City Airport, 25km from the Hôtel de Glace.

Season: January – March.

More Information:  More information about Canada’s Hôtel de Glace.

Ice Hotel, Hoshino Resorts TOMAMU “Ice Village”, Japan

Ice Room Interior With Curved Double Ice Bed and Soft Covers, Ice Sofa, Bookcase & Wine Cabinet all carved from ice at Japan's Ice Hotel at Hoshino Resorts TOMAMU Ice Village ©Hoshino Resorts

Ice Room Interior at Japan’s Ice Hotel at Hoshino Resorts TOMAMU Ice Village. Photo ©Hoshino Resorts

There’s a whole new village that comes to life once the winter arrives in Hokkaido, Japan’s most northerly island.  One made entirely of ice!  In Japan’s winter playground, Hoshino Resorts TOMAMU “Ice Village” offers something unique amongst the nearby ski adventures.

With everything from an ice general store to ice mini-mart, outdoor ice theatre, and ice rink, there truly is something for everyone.  And alongside all the wintry facilities lies Japan’s ice hotel.

The Ice Village’s Ice Bar offers over 50 drinks to try, from ice glasses of course.  The Ice Ramen Restaurant’s speciality is, unsurprisingly, an ice ramen which even comes in an ice bowl!  You’re starting to get the picture now, I imagine.  In true Japanese style and beauty, there is stunning commitment to the theme and a whole ice experience in which to indulge.  Why not take a zipline over the ice-skating rink or try your hand at craft designs in the ice atelier?

It is worth noting that the 2024 ice hotel season was regrettably cut short due to unseasonably warm weather.  (Fingers crossed not a sign of things to come with climate changes.) 

The rest of the Ice Village experience is still on offer though, so there’s still plenty of reason to visit with warm accommodation options available. And hopefully the ice hotel will return for early 2025.  Plus, Hoshino Resorts TOMAMU has a whole host of outdoor winter adventures to try, including snowmobiling, snow buggy tours, snow rafting, winter horse riding, and ice fishing. 

Hoshino Resorts TOMAMU “Ice Village” Details:

Address: Hoshino Resorts TOMAMU “Ice Village”, Naka-Tomamu Shimukappu Yufutsu, Hokkaido JAPAN 079-2204.

Nearest Airport: New Chitose Airport, 109km from Hoshino Resorts TOMAMU “Ice Village”, with direct daily flights to Tokyo.

Season: Ice Village opens from mid-December – mid-March.

More Information:  More information about Japan’s Ice Village at Hoshino Resorts TOMAMU.

Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to a few of the most common questions about ice hotels.  Check out our other article for more about what it’s like to stay at an ice hotel and what you need to know.

Ice Hotels & Northern Lights

Can you see the northern lights at ice hotels?  Many of the world’s ice hotels sit under the auroral oval (area around the magnetic North Pole where the lights are most likely to be seen).  Plus, chances are you’ll be visiting during the winter months of extended darkness.  So, yes, you’ll have a decent chance of seeing the Northern Lights (aurora borealis) during your stay.

You’ll need a clear night and magnetic activity for the sky to come alive.  And a bit of luck to be looking at the right time of course.  Many of the hotels in the auroral oval offer aurora watch services to keep you informed if the Northern Lights do appear.

Exceptions are:

  • Iglu-Dorf hotels and the Hotel of Ice in Romania which are in more southerly European locations and hence you’re unlikely to see the Northern Lights.
  • Hoshino Resorts TOMAMU “Ice Village” in Hokkaido, Japan which, despite its snowy vistas, is only around 43 degrees north, putting it on a par with southern France and the Mediterranean. Visibility of the Northern Lights is a very rare occurrence here.
  • Hôtel de Glace near Quebec in Canada which, whilst in a northern location, it is not typically located within the auroral oval.
Northern Lights Above The Arctic SnowHotel & Glass Igloos by AllAboutLapland taken in Lehtojarvi, Rovaniemi, Finland Photo: ©Arctic SnowHotel & Glass Igloos.

Northern Lights Above The Arctic SnowHotel & Glass Igloos by AllAboutLapland taken in Lehtojarvi, Rovaniemi, Finland Photo ©Arctic SnowHotel & Glass Igloos.

Are the Hotels Really Made Of Ice?

Yes!  Hard as it can be to believe, these hotels really are built literally just from ice and snow using astounding creativity and craftsmanship.  The hotels are built from scratch each year as the weather gets cold and then simply melt away come the warmer weather. 

How Cold Is It Overnight?

Believe it or not, the ice and snow act as a sort of insulator.  So, despite the outside temperatures often dropping well below zero (and even down to -40C or lower in some cases), the interior of the hotel maintains a “toasty” constant -5C temperature on average.

When Should I Go To An Ice Hotel?

Most of the snow and ice hotels are unsurprisingly open for the winter season only.  Peak season varies by location but typically December and February are most popular.  Your preferred activities will determine the best time to visit. 

  • For serious Christmas winter wonderland vibes and darkest nights, December is obviously best.
  • For quieter times and a true winter experience, January can work well.
  • The Northern Lights can show at any time for hotels in the auroral oval. But often the clear cold skies of February-March can be more reliable for a higher chance of viewing.
  • March & April bring longer days and slightly warmer weather, ideal for making the most of the activities on offer.

Any there any year-round Snow Hotels?

Most of the hotels are designed to melt away come the springtime thaw.  However, there are two exceptions:

  • Sweden’s ICEHOTEL has had year-round ice suites available since the introduction of their ICEHOTEL 365 in 2016. Set within a specially designed Ice Art Hall, there are currently 9 ice suites on offer for a night spent amongst hand carved ice art installations throughout the year.
  • Snowhotel Kirkenes in Norway is now a year-round ice hotel. Wrapped in a special coat for the summer, with a very clever air conditioning system, you can now stay at the Snowhotel 365 right through the year.
Entrance of the Ice art hall for year-round ice experiences at ICEHOTEL 365 Sweden. Aerial shot of curved building covered in snow with huge glass entrance and grey stone walls, snow covered evergreen trees in distance behind. Photo Asaf Kliger ©ICEHOTEL www.icehotel.com

Entrance of the Ice art hall for year-round ice experiences at ICEHOTEL 365 Sweden. Photo Asaf Kliger ©ICEHOTEL www.icehotel.com

What’s It Like Staying In An Ice Hotel?

Whilst each hotel offers an unique take on the experience, they all broadly follow the same format.  Jo and I have been fortunate to have stayed in the original ICEHOTEL in Sweden as well as my visits to further ice hotels since. We’ve shared our firsthand experience overnighting in an ice hotel, together with loads more information and tips.

No ice hotels in Alaska

There are currently no ice hotels in Alaska, or any other part of the United States of America.

The northernmost American state was briefly home to an ice hotel near Fairbanks – the Aurora Ice Hotel, Alaska.  However, it was not meant to be.  If the rumours are to be believed, the hotel was ironically closed due to concerns around fire safety regulations!!  But all’s well that ends well as the hotel was repurposed as the Aurora Ice Museum which is open to visit year-round at Chena Hot Springs resort. 

No ice hotels in Iceland 

Despite the country being perfectly named for such a hotel, there are currently no ice hotels in Iceland.  But don’t let that put you off a fabulous Icelandic adventure as the island still has plenty of winter wonderland magic on offer and is considered by many one of the top Christmas holiday destinations.

Can you stay at Snowcastle of Kemi in Finland?

Although this resort as operated as a snow hotel in the past, the Snowcastle of Kemi in southernmost Finnish Lapland no longer offers overnight stays in the snow.  There are still plenty of snow and ice experiences on offer and glass igloo accommodation.  

Whether you’re seeking a serene arctic escape or an exhilarating winter expedition, these ice hotels offer a magical experience, transforming the coldest of nights into the warmest of memories.  Have you spent a nice at an ice hotel?  Which one would you visit first?  What other winter / Christmas vacation dreams do you have on your wish list?

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