Imagine vacationing in a hotel made of ice and snow! This magical, memorable experience is possible during winter months in several northern global locations.
Ice Hotel, Jukkasjarvi, Sweden:
Founded in 1989, the original ice hotel is constructed each year from thousands of tons of snow and ice from the TorneRiver. The hotel includes a main hall, church, ice restaurant, and artistically sculpted ice rooms with themes like Before the Big Bang and Song of Lotus. Ice block beds come with thick mattresses, reindeer skins, and sleeping bags (Although, warm chalets and classic hotel rooms are available in case sleeping on ice isn’t quite for you.) Activities include ice sculpting lessons, overnight tours with dogsled or snowmobile, and wilderness camping. Ice Hotel will even lend you a snowsuit!
Arctic Snow Hotel, Rovaniemi, Finland:
Guests at this resort on the shores ofLehtojärviLakeenjoy a unique choice of accommodations. The snow hotel has 2 and 3-person suites, where furniture is made of ice and snow. (The beds are, of course, padded with warm bedclothes.) For a truly breathtaking experience, rent a glass igloo and view the beautiful Northern Lights from the comfort of your bed. Igloos are warmly heated and furnished with motorized beds, refrigerator, electric kettle, toilet, and shower. Other amenities and activities include an ice bar, ice restaurant, snow sauna, hot tub, ice fishing, and snowshoe hiking.
Iglu-Dorf, Gstaad, Switzerland:
Iglu-Dorf’s igloo village is constructed from 3000 tons of snow and decorated with candlelit ice sculptures created by Canadian Inuit artisans. Beautifully sculpted private sleeping igloos range from a romantic 2-person to a practical 6-person family size. Each igloo has a private toilet and whirlpool. Sleeping bags are provided and floors are covered with authentic lamb-skin rugs. Igloos are connected by a tunnel system to a dining room, bar, and meeting room. Additional amenities include an outdoor heated pool, sauna and church. Iglu-Dorf has six other igloo villages acrossEurope.
Hôtel de Glace, Quebec City, Canada:
Constructed from some 15,000 tons of snow and 500 tons of ice, Quebec’s Hôtel de Glace is the only ice hotel in North America. It boasts a grand hall furnished with a fiber optic ice candelabra, ice bar, chapel, and dozens of handcrafted, themed rooms and suites. Premium suites even have a fireplace! Furniture is made of ice; beds come with cozy sleeping bags. The hotel offers heated indoor washrooms, outdoor hot tubs, saunas, and an ice slide. Learn how to make an ice cocktail glass, or take a tour and see how the snow building is made. Choose from a variety of packages such as Romantic and Adventurous for a personal touch.
With indoor temperatures necessarily below freezing to keep walls and furniture solid, you will want a winter coat, gloves, hat, and boots. ecbc’s Falcon Wheeled Duffle Bag (22") and Pegasus Convertible Wheeled Backpack conveniently convert to carry-on for easy transport on ice and snow. Both bags are made of durable, water resistant nylon and contain multiple compartments to help you stay organized. Like all ecbc luggage, the Falcon and Pegasus bags come with our unique FastPass® system, which allows you to go through airport or train station security without removing your electronics. Now start packing your warm clothing for an unforgettable winter vacation!