When planning a vacation, your choice of accommodation can have a huge impact on your overall experience. While bed and breakfasts or hotels are the most obvious option, they are not the only choice available. Many other forms of accommodation can offer more unusual and memorable experiences, such as staying in an igloo. If you think that staying in an igloo hotel sounds like a fun idea, then here are the 10 best igloo hotels in the world to help you choose where to book your break.
10. Lucky Ranch Saloon Snow Igloo, Pelkosenniemi, Finland
Guests at the Lucky Ranch Saloon Snow Igloo in Pelkosenniemi, Finland, stay in individual igloos with beds and sleeping bags. The igloos feature wall carvings of polar animals and LED lights. Each igloo can hold up to four people. Included in the package are free Wi-fi, parking, and breakfast. This resort is close to the Pyha-Luosto National Park, where visitors can enjoy a vast array of outdoor activities. One of the highlights of the stay is watching the Northern Lights.
9. Iglu Hotel Grandvalira, Canillo Andorra
The Iglu Hotel Grandvalira is set in Canillo, Andorra, in the Pyrenees Mountains at more than 7,000-feet above sea level. If you book an overnight experience at this resort, you will enjoy a welcome aperitif, a dinner, a snowcat ride, a spa session, and breakfast the following morning. There is a restaurant with a bar and a terrace. The hotel is surrounded by spectacular scenery, and visitors can enjoy skiing and snowmobiling.
8. Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort, Saariselka, Finland
The Points Guy lists Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort in Saariselka, Finland, as one of the best igloo hotels in the world. Unlike other igloo resorts with igloos made with ice and snow, the modern igloos at this resort are constructed from metal and glass. Guests lie in bed below a full view of the night, and they keep warm with the sleeping bags, hats, and woolen socks that the Finland hotel provides. The resort boasts two on-site restaurants and five smoke saunas. It is set within Urho Kekkonen, Finland’s largest national park, so guests can enjoy activities such as snowmobiling, ice fishing, and cross-country skiing.
7. Snowhotel Kirkenes, Kirkenes, Norway
Due to the low temperature in the ice rooms at this hotel, guests are provided with warm thermal sleeping bags. However, not all aspects of this hotel are freezing, as there is a warm restaurant that serves traditional Norwegian dishes, and guests can also warm up in the sauna. Those who stay at this hotel enjoy visiting the nearby husky farm, where they can take part in activities such as a husky safari, a snowmobile safari, and ice fishing.
6. Hotel de Glace, Quebec City, Canada
Hotel de Glace is North America’s only hotel that is made entirely from snow and ice. Each year, the hotel is recreated using a new theme, design, and decorations. There are 42 suites, and the amenities include spas, a sauna, an ice bar, an ice-skating path, and free ski equipment rental. Two of the most popular activities at this hotel are snow rafting and snow slides.
5. Hotel of Ice, Sibiu, Romania
If Romania is your destination of choice and you want to stay in a memorable location, then book yourself into the Hotel of ice in Sibiu. The ice suites are finished with interesting decorative features that are all made of ice, including chandeliers, chairs, and beds. There is an on-site ice restaurant and bar and a church made of ice. Some major drinks brands sponsor this hotel, including RedBull, Jagermeister, and Jameson Irish Whisky.
4. Lapland Hotels SnowVillage, Kittila, Finland
The Lapland Hotels SnowVillage in Kittila, Finland, is rebuilt with a new theme each year and uses 350,000 kilograms of natural ice and 20 million kilograms of snow. There are snow suites, an ice chapel, an ice bar, and an ice restaurant, all of which are decorated with ice sculptures. Other features of the hotel include a sauna and Jacuzzis. This hotel is close to several ski resorts, so there are plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy.
3. The ALPENIGLU Igloo Village, Brixem im Thale, Austria
At this resort, guests stay in individual igloos rather than in a larger hotel. It is also known as the White Village, and it sits in the Kitzhubel Alps in Austria. Visitors can opt from the VIP overnight stay or a romantic igloo package, with the latter including a candlelight dinner. Some of the activities for visitors to enjoy are hitting the slopes, drinking in the ice bar, or having a go at creating their own ice sculptures.
2. Icehotel Sweden, Jukkasjarvi, Sweden
Although the name of this hotel is hardly original, the experience that it offers is far from mundane. While most hotels are permanent structures, this hotel is rebuilt annually using more than 1,000 ice blocks. There are 20 ice rooms and 15 ice suites that are kept at a low temperature to maintain the ice structure of the hotel. So that visitors can keep warm, there are furs and thermal throws on the beds. The hotel is positioned to give guests stunning views of the northern lights. Other activities for guests to enjoy are snowmobiling, dog sledding, or relaxing in the sauna. There is also a permanent hotel from the same company nearby called Icehotel 365.
1. Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel, Alta, Norway
According to the New Jersey Digest, the best igloo hotel in the world is the Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel. At this hotel, there are 30 rooms and suites, all of which are made of ice. Other ice features at this hotel include an ice bar, an ice chapel, and ice sculptures. In addition to the unique surroundings, the experiences available at this hotel are what make it such an amazing place to stay. There are sleigh rides pulled by reindeers and the opportunity to see the Northern Lights.
Written by Dana Hanson
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