Last Updated on June 22, 2020 by Iris Sinilong
Discover the world’s most beautiful ice hotels, located in Canada, Finland, Sweden & beyond.
What a luxurious vision – sleeping in a warm, soft comforter and gazing with sheer amazement at the walls made of ice, illuminated by the softest colours that soothe and comfort the soul. Ice hotels offer an experience like no other.
Here are some of the world’s most beautiful ice hotels we think will captivate your senses.
IceHotel, Jukkasjarvi, Sweden
The IceHotel in Sweden was the first official hotel on the planet made of ice and snow. Every year, artists from all over the world take ice from the Torne River to build a new hotel that stays intact until it melts one spring arrives. The hotel is located conveniently close to the Kiruna airport (9 miles away), the Kiruna train station, and a shuttle service to Stockholm is available.
Hotel De Glace, Quebec City, Canada
Since 2001, Hotel De Glace has captured hearts and blown visitors away with its charm and elegance. Claiming to be the one and only hotel in North America made solely from snow and ice, it boasts a 36-room capacity with a café, an ice bar, several outdoor hot tubs and even a sauna! It takes nearly twenty sculptors to come up with a new design each year, and the ice hotel is a mere ten minutes from downtown Quebec City for your convenience.
Snow Village Canada, Montreal, Canada
Quebec City’s Hotel De Glace isn’t the only kid on the block when it comes to ice hotels in Quebec, since Snow Village Canada is just a few hours away in Montreal. With a restaurant, outdoor recreation area and even a chapel at your disposal, there is a lot to do at this breathtaking hotel. Not only that, you can get there by the Metro subway system! Talk about convenience. Each year the designs change, depicting a different city in the snow village. The hotel is open from the beginning of January to the end of March.
Snow Village Finland, Kittila, Finland
Finland’s ice hotel named Snow Village Finland is back for the 11th season! With lovely details such as actual beds to sleep in (versus those made of ice) and restaurant tables carved from ice, guests can stroll from room to room in beautiful snowy hallways. To keep the ambiance cozy and friendly, the doorways are covered with fleece curtains. Talk about a stunning, inviting touch! Only a half hour from Finland’s Kittila Airport, there is also a connection to Helsinki available.
Kirkenes Snowhotel, Kirkenes, Norway
Norway is a perfect spot for an ice hotel with all the snow that arrives each year. Kirkenes Snowhotel makes the most of the snowy climate by having beautifully lit ice sculptures created by Chinese artists, gorgeous cavern-style rooms with ice beds, and a wake-up call to witness the Northern Lights! Three-course dinner and a wonderful breakfast is included in the room rates, as well as the sauna and transportation from the Kirkenes’ downtown center. There is a connection to Oslo from the Kirkenes Airport for added convenience.
Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel, Alta, Norway
Another Norwegian ice hotel escape is the Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel. Located at the edge of a river roughly 15 miles from Alta, the architecture and pleasing atmosphere will take your heart away. With 30 bedrooms, lounge areas, an ice bar and a chapel, the accommodations are plentiful. There is also a restaurant, sauna and several hot tubs to be enjoyed at your leisure. For a winter adventure, try the snowmobile tour amidst the crisp, cool winter landscape. Breakfast, transportation to the city center, sleeping bags and sauna use are all included in the room rates. Alta Airport is the closest one nearby, with connections to Oslo available.
Igloo Village At Hotel Kakslauttanen, Saariselka, Finland
Another ice hotel in Finland, Hotel Kakslauttanen takes a slightly different approach to embracing the winter wonderland. Professionally made snow igloos and thermal glass igloos are two of the options, with wool socks and amazingly warm sleeping bags available. Imagine taking in the snowfall from the comfort of your very own thermal glass igloo! Log cabins are also offered for those with a slightly different idea in mind, and the resort is open all year. There are bus rides to and from Ivalo Airport with a connection to Helsinki.
Ice Hotel, Balea Lake, Romania
Get this – you can only access Balea Lake’s Ice Hotel by cable car! How romantic is that? Located high up in the mountains, this very intimate location has no more than 14 rooms designed and built each winter. Another cool (pardon the pun) twist is that each room is designed with a musical theme! There is an awe-inspiring church carved from ice that will have you reaching for your camera the moment you see it! The nearest airport is Sibiu (30 minutes away), or Bucharest (roughly four and a half hours away).
Take your winter experience to the next level by going to one of the world’s most spectacular ice hotels. For a memorable winter adventure you will always cherish, ask your vacation expert for more details about ice hotels.