An ice hotel is quite simply a work of art, nowhere better proven than by the world famous ICEHOTEL in Sweden, one of the most remarkable hotels in the world. The ingenuity of the design and construction has to be seen to be believed and, with an interior temperature kept at a constant -5°C, it really does take your breath away. Each winter the ICEHOTEL is built to a new design, filled with all manner of amazing ice sculptures and features, only for it to melt back into the river from sometime in April.
The original ICEHOTEL in Sweden is famous the world over and it still leads the way in offering the complete ‘sleeping on ice’ experience. However, we are able to offer a similar experience, albeit on a smaller scale, at the Lainio Snow Village near Yllas and at Kakslauttanen near Saariselka in northern Finland. Each location provides good opportunities for seeing nature's very own light show, the northern lights.
Each of the constructions we feature have different amenities – for example it is possible to get married in an ice chapel at the Swedish ICEHOTEL, Lainio Snow Village and Kakslauttanen and Lainio and the ICEHOTEL both have impressive ice bars - a place to meet fellow travellers, swap stories about your days adventures and share a warming glass or two of vodka-based cocktails!
Sleeping in a hotel or room made of ice and snow is an experience that will stay with you forever. Beds are usually constructed from a huge block of ice upon which sits a wooden frame and mattress. This is then covered in layers of reindeer skins although some use sheepskin. Polar thermal sleeping bags, tested to around -40°C, cocoon the occupant and there is no need to dress like a Michelin Man! Most ice hotels have a separate heated locker room so you can store your belongings away from the snow carpeted ice rooms - washroom facilities are also, thankfully heated.
Our trips to the Swedish ICEHOTEL generally consist of a night 'on ice' and two nights in warm accommodation but if you’d prefer to stay in heated accommodation throughout your ICEHOTEL break, or simply just visit, let us know. Staying in an ice room at Lainio or Kakslauttanen is one of many options at these two destinations.
As our ice hotels are located amidst some of the most beautiful snowy scenery, you really must explore your surrounds - perhaps on a reindeer safari, by snowmobile, snow shoe or the ultimate, by husky sledge. Many places also offer saunas and hot tubs for that total ‘chill out’.
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We had a fantastic holiday at the Icehotel, one that will stay in our memories for life, it was not so much a holiday but more a life experience never to be forgotten.Louise Gallagher, Icehotel Break