To be completely honest, if you had asked me a few years ago how I felt about sleeping on a block of ice, I likely would have asked if you were insane. That is, until I learned about all of these amazingly cool ice hotels that pop up during the winter season.
What is an Ice Hotel?
The concept of an ice hotel is interesting, to say the least. Yes, these magnificent hotels are really made completely out of ice and snow, and no, there’s no central heating inside! Because of the building materials, these hotels are rebuilt every year, which means they are ever-changing. They usually feature impressive ice sculptures, and some even have different themes for the rooms that are carved by artists from around the world. All of the restaurants, bars, and even chapels are also made of ice.
Where do you Sleep?
On snow and ice, of course! In all seriousness, the beds really are constructed of snow and ice like the rest of the hotel, but guests sleep in the warmth of things like furs and sleeping bags designed to withstand the extreme cold temperatures.
A lot of the amenities and activities at an ice hotel are a lot like those at traditional upscale hotels, but there are some that are very unique and spectacular. Like other vacations, you’ll find restaurants with amazing food, self-guided tours, relaxing spa massages, and a vast array of drinks at the hotel bar. But with ice hotels, there’s so much more to explore that you won’t find anywhere else.
Dog sleds and snowmobiles – Visit a sled-dog kennel, tour the icy landscape from a sled, drive your own dog sled, or experience the thrill of driving a snowmobile
Hit the sauna – some ice hotels also feature a sauna on site. It’s not made of snow, but it sure is a relaxing way to warm up!
Learn wilderness skills – Experience the elements of nature, and learn basic skills for surviving and navigating the wilderness.
Aurora Borealis – Get a once-in-a-lifetime view of the Northern Lights! Far away from artificial light, you’ll get the best view in the world.
These ice hotels are truly spectacular, and belong on any bucket list. With ice hotels located in several countries, including Sweden, Canada, Finland, and Japan, there are plenty of options to choose from. So what are you waiting for?