With summer right around the corner, snow and ice are probably the farthest things from your mind right now. But these awesome ice hotels are so popular, you’ll want to make your booking now if you want to stay in them come winter! Check out these 15 amazing ice hotels from around the world and start planning an unforgettable winter getaway now.
The IceHotel in Jukkasjarvi, Sweden is one of the most well-known ice hotels. It was founded in 1989 and is created each year anew by a team of artists and engineers. During your stay, you can also take part in activities like cross-country skiing, snowmobile rides, and wilderness expeditions. This year it opens December 11, and is already taking bookings!
The SnowCastle in Kemi, Finland is another popular ice hotel. Besides an entire SnowHotel made of snow, the castle also has a SnowRestaurant, a SnowChapel, and a lounge. Guests can participate in activities like riding down the snow tube slide, curling, cross-country skiing, and even ice fishing.
If you’ve always wanted to see the Northern Lights, Kakslauttanen is the place to do it. With their glass igloo accommodations, you can watch the starry sky and the aurora from the comfort of a cozy room. If you want to have the full arctic experience, the resort also offers snow igloos. During the day there is plenty to do, like ice fishing, reindeer safaris, and cross-country skiing.
The largest ice hotel in France, Village Igloo Les Arcs houses an ice bar, igloos for overnight guests, and even a “dance floor igloo.” Access to the ice hotel is only by skiiing or snowshoes, so make sure you’re ready for an athletic winter adventure if you decide to stay here!
The Hotel de Glace of Quebec is probably the most famous ice hotel in Canada, and for good reason. It’s located only 10 minutes outside Quebec City, and houses some of the most beautiful snow and ice artwork in the world each winter. Besides rooms equipped with nordic sleeping bags, the hotel has an ice bar, an ice cafe, and an ice chapel. Book your room well in advance – you can do it through Hotels.com to get a deal.
The Hotel of Ice is built every year with ice from a glacial lake, and is surrounded by snowcapped peaks and stunning winter scenery. Rooms in the hotel are made completely of ice, and near the hotel there are also private igloos that you can stay in. The hotel’s winter park offers ice skating and snow sports, too.
Located in Rovaniemi, the “official hometown of Santa Claus” (we’ll believe them on this one), the Arctic SnowHotel offers rooms completely made of snow and ice, as well as arctic glass igloos, a snow sauna, and an ice restaurant. The hotel’s arctic location makes it perfect for Northern Lights sightings, and they offer an “aurora alarm” service free of charge.
The Alpeniglu ice hotel is located in the beautiful Austrian Alps, making it the perfect place to enjoy a winter getaway. After a full day at the ski resort, you can spend some time in the ice bar and restaurant (which features tables made completely of ice), and then stay the night in a cozy igloo in the igloo village.
Another alpine getaway, the Schneedorf Igloos offer a classic ice igloo overnight stay. When you arrive you’ll have a welcome drink, then dinner and a cozy night in an igloo with a provided sleeping bag.
The Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel is located on the banks of the Alta River in Norway, and is recreated every winter with a new theme and construction. It is decorated everywhere with beautiful ice sculptures, giving its 30 rooms a whimsical atmosphere. Its far northern location also makes it a great place to try to catch the Northern Lights!
We have the Chena Hot Springs Resort and Ice Museum right here in the good ol’ USA! The Ice Museum is a year-round attraction, so you can take an icy tour even in the middle of summer. While the resort doesn’t offer snow-constructed rooms like other ice hotels, you can stay in a cozy lodge room and visit the Ice Museum and the Aurora Ice Bar.
Rooms at the Snowhotel in Finland’s Snow Village are made of snow and feature illuminated ice sculptures in every room. After sleeping surrounded by ice art in your fleece-lined sleeping bag, you’ll get woken up with hot berry juice and a buffet breakfast. Everyone knows that a stay at an ice hotel is not for the faint of heart, so you’ll also get a diploma to commemorate your stay!
In Norways’ Kirkenes SnowHotel, you can stay in an igloo-like room at night and spend your days doing fun winter activities like snowmobiling, dog sledding, and ice fishing. The restaurant has great reviews, and at night you’ll be cozy in your ice room with a thermal sleeping bag.
A night in one of the igloos at the Iglu-Dorf hotel is something special – you’ll sleep in a private igloo room surrounded by snow art made by international artists. Be sure to check out the Igloo Bar and don’t miss Igloo Fondue, either, when you visit!