Get Cozy in These 7 Real-Life Ice and Igloo Resorts
Winter. Love it or loathe it, you have to admit there's something magical about the snow. What about an entire hotel made from it? Elsa had the right idea with her glistening ice castle, and you don't need to be a Disney princess to get the same experience.
So if you've got the chops to brave sub-zero temperatures and beds made entirely of ice blocks, then read on for seven genuine igloo resorts that are sure to give you a night to remember. Just remember to pack your thermal underwear.
Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort
While Kakslauttanen is famous for its glass igloos (boasting stellar vistas of the northern lights), this Finnish resort also offers 100 percent snow-made igloos. Even if outside temps drop double digits below zero, the igloo is kept at a balmy (wink) 20 to 26 degrees inside. But don't worry; you'll be provided with all the essentials to keep warm at night, and it's the perfect opportunity to cuddle up with your significant other. Be sure to step outside to catch a glimpse of nature's best light show.
Hotel of Ice
Nestled in the heart of Dracula's homeland, this Transylvanian resort is crafted entirely of snow and ice, from the sleeping quarters to the restaurant. The 70-pound ice blocks are extracted from the glacier lake of the nearby Fagaras Mountains, Balea Lake (talk about legit!), and feature hand-carved sculptures like trumpet-hoisting greeters and giant mushrooms.
This swanky Swedish resort is all about the details. Each "cold room suite" is individually themed and intricately hand-carved by artists from across the globe. The ice-block beds are covered with reindeer hides, and guests are treated to a hot shower and sauna session each morning.
This Slovenian retreat is essentially its own mini village, teeming with outdoorsy activities that will get your blood pumping before spending the night in one of its ice-clad rooms. If you've ever wanted to try cross-country golf in the snow, here's your chance.
Hotel de Glace
Each year, once the first signs of Winter begin to peek through Quebec City, this ephemeral lodge is completely redesigned and rebuilt. Choose between traditional ice igloos or themed rooms featuring ice sculptures and artistic lighting, or truly experience fire and ice in one of the deluxe suites with a fireplace and private sauna.
Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel
Touted as the northernmost ice hotel in the world, this glacial retreat features an ice chapel and bar in addition to its 26 snowy suites. Local artists come together to produce the themed sculptures, frequently tied to Nordic culture. Every year, local workers and artists work tirelessly for five weeks to build and chisel this dreamy wonderland.
Sure, you might be staying in a room made entirely of ice, but that doesn't mean you can't also have an en-suite Jacuzzi, right? The designers at Swiss resort Iglu-Dorf certainly think you can. This artsy hotel also lets guests put their igloo-building skills to the test and construct their own "love nest" out of snow blocks.