Spending the night in an ice hotel may not be at the top of your bucket list, but it should be. Yes, they are not cozy but staying in one of these majestic hotels is a once in a lifetime experience.
Ice hotels have the most stunning architectural style. No two ice hotels are exactly alike, which makes staying in them such a unique experience. All ice hotels are human-made and have to be constructed from scratch each year. Since they are a winder escape most of these wonders are open from January to April.
The SnowHotel in Kemi, Finland is a small hotel that is part of the town's larger attraction called SnowCastle. Both draw a large number of tourists each year. The hotel even has a small chapel that hosts weddings and christenings during the winter. A night in this winter wonderland will run you $410 a night, which is pricey but boy, what an experience!
Sweden is home to the first hotel to be built out of ice and snow. The Ice Hotel in Jukkasjärvi open in 1989 and is still a popular destination for ice hotels. There are a couple of things that made this hotel a must see. One, it is open year-round thanks to being powered by solar panels in the summer months. Second, it's a dormitory-style hotel, so there are no private rooms. Oh, and it is not crazy expensive at only $150 a night.
Bedroom inside Hotel de Glace in Quebec City, Canada pic.twitter.com/ZBdwxuGhjc— shorty (@shorty_uli62) February 12, 2016
The Hôtel de Glace in Quebec City, Canada has become a favorite place for TV shows and movies. It looks like something straight out of the Disney movie Frozen. The hotel has a glacier themed café for dining, as well as an ice tube slide and course on how to make a cocktail glass out of ice for your enjoyment. A night here will cost you $385, but many have deemed the experience don't miss even at the higher price.
Norway is beyond cold in the winter time there is no doubt about it. However, guests of the Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel in Alta does not have to worry about freezing. Each room has sleeping bags made of reindeer skin that designed for extreme weather conditions. Its sculpture is absolutely beautiful as well, so you might not even notice how chilly it is there. You can enjoy a night here for $275, not terribly expensive.
Overall, there's a lot to choose from for an icy night out, but wherever you are in the world, there's bound to be one that will give you amazing memories for years to come.