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The World’s 10 Most Chilled Out Ice Hotels

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Chris Osburn
Written by Chris Osburn

At least one resourceful individual managed to take advantage of the deluge of snow from Winter Storm Jonas, creating an igloo in his native Brooklyn—and then listing it on popular accommodation rental site, AirbnBb

The property was removed from the site as it didn’t meet required occupancy standards of possessing electricity, running water (just wait a few days), and a door!

OK—so this igloo didn’t get many bookings, but here are some other ice themed properties from around the globe that have fared slightly better!

At these ten ultra-cool hotels, an icy reception is guaranteed, but don’t worry! Warm smiles, plenty of cozy sleeping bags and blankets, and heated areas made of less temporary building materials abound, to ensure you won’t freeze while having your frozen fun.

 

1. ) Alpeniglu Igloo Village

Thale, Austria

Located in the heart of the Austrian ski resort SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser-Brixental, and just an hour’s drive from Munich, Salzburg, or Innsbruck, this Alpine igloo village is open from December to the end of March depending, of course, on the weather. For couples, Alpeniglu offers a romantic igloo arrangement with a stay in its very own honeymoon suite, the chance to carve an ice sculpture with your partner, and more. Find out more at alpeniglu.com.

2.) Arctic Snow Hotel & Glass Igloos

Sinettä, Finland

Finland’s Arctic Snow Hotel is one of the worlds largest, and presents guests with the chance to sleep in a room made of ice on a transparent bed made from snow and ice. In the heart of Lapland and within the Arctic Circle, the hotel is situated in a prime setting for viewing the Northern Lights. An Aurora Alarm ensures guests will be made aware of any opportunity to see this beautiful natural phenomenon. For this winter, the hotel opened December 20, 2015 and will close March 31, 2016.

3.) Balea Ice Hotel 

Cîrţişoara, Romania‎

The Balea Hotel of Ice near the northern shore of Lake Balea at the top of the Carpathians in Romania is made completely of ice and is home to a bar, restaurant, and church—all constructed of ice, of course. The hotel was the first of its kind in Romania and southeastern Europe. The theme of the 2015-2016 season is Zodiac. Visit the hotel online at hotelofice.ro.

4.) Hotel de Glace 

Quebec, Canada

Open January through March, this 44 room, and themed suite ice hotel in Quebec—the only hotel of its type in North America—features an ice chapel and a Grand Slide. Weeeee!

5.) Icehotel 

Jukkasjärvi, Sweden

The world’s first ice hotel is considered by many to be the best. 200 kilometers north of the Arctic Circle and made of natural ice and snow from one of Europe’s last wild rivers, this Swedish icon of cool accommodation remains open until it melts and returns to Mother Nature in spring. More information at icehotel.com.

6.) Iglu-Dorf

Gstaad, Switzerland

Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, this igloo village in the Swiss Alps features spectacular views of the Bernese, Fribourg and Vaud Alps, the Diablerets mountain range, and two glaciers.

7.) Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort 

Saariselkä, Finland

Take your pick of snow-made igloos, glass igloos, log cabins, or a traditional Finnish house at this arctic resort nestled within an old growth forest. Guests here can even arrange a visit with Santa Claus and meet some of his reindeer. The area is considered ideal for catching a glimpse of the Northern Lights. Find out more at kakslauttanen.fi.

8.) SnowCastle 

Kemi, Finland

Open from January to April, this Finnish seaside castle, restaurant, bar, chapel, and hotel is as famous for its ice sculptures and architecture as it is for the chilled out accommodation.

9.) SnowVillage Snow Hotel 

Kittilä, Finland

20 million kilos of snow and 350,000 kilos of crystal clear natural ice go into the construction of the SnowVillage hotel in Kittilä, Finland, 200 kilometers north of the Arctic Circle. Bookings for the 2015-2016 season can be made up to April 6th. The hotel’s website is snowvillage.fi.

10.) Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel 

Alta, Norway

One of  the most northern (if not the most northern) ice accommodations, the remote Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel in Alta, Norway lists among its main draws, silence, starlight, and the awe-inspiring Northern Lights. Beyond that, the hotel arranges snowmobile safaris, ice fishing trips, and dinners of exquisite seasonal cuisine at its restaurant.

Brrrrrrr. Feeling chilly yet?

Have you ever dined in an ice restaurant or stayed in an ice hotel? Tell us about your chill experience in the comments section below.

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Chris Osburn

Chris Osburn

Chris Osburn is a freelance writer, photographer, consultant, and curator and the driving force behind the long running and award winning blog, tikichris.com. Originally from the American Deep South, Chris has lived and worked all over the world and has called London home since 2001.

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