Ice structures have long been amazing to human beings as a uniquely beautiful and eye-popping form of art. The ultimate forms of man-made ice structures in today’s world are ice hotels. It is hard to believe that these exist considering how impractical and impossible it seems. However, these ice hotels make a stay just as comfortable by using some highly creative technology. The real allure for people though is the breathtaking beauty. Few things can compare to this combination of nature and cosmetics. Below is a list of the top 10 most amazing ice hotels in the world.
Number 10 – Snow Village Hotel, Montreal Canada
The snow village in Montreal Canada is one of the more unique ice hotels on this list. Instead of simply being an ice hotel with mostly guest rooms, this place is more like an ice resort. Here you can choose from a list of available village activities that include: the 100% made of ice Amarula Ice Bar, food from famous chef Eric Gonzalez at the Pommery Ice Restaurant, and tours of St. Helen Island.
Not only is there some top scale activities to enjoy during your stay, but there is also the views of the amazing designs here that you will not see at any other ice hotel in the world. What makes the snow village so unique is that each room is created with an enormous balloon to produce amazing shapes. Other ice hotels in the world use the traditional steel framework common with other types of buildings. The dome-like rooms are like nothing else you will see in the ice hotel industry.
Number 9 – Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort, Finland
The Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort is one of the most amazing ice hotel resorts in the world. In the picture above you can see the glass-domed ice hotel rooms that some guest stay in. The ones you see in the picture are just one of 9 available lodging options. To be honest, Kakslauttanen is a true snow/winter paradise. They have so many different hotel rooms and amenities, that it would be impossible, to sum up, all of them in one article.
Some Notable Features and Amenities Include
- Husky safaris
- Reindeer safaris
- Snowmobile safaris
- Snowtank safaris
- Riding safaris
- Ice fishing safaris
- Aurora hunting
- Downhill Skiing
- Cross Country Skiing
- Icebreaker Sampo
Above is just a tiny sample of the amenities that this hotel features. They also list an equally expansive list of tourist activities for the spring, summer, and fall.
Number 8 – Jukkasjärvi Ice Hotel, Sweeden
The Jukkasjärvi Ice Hotel in Sweeden is technically just called “Ice Hotel”, but for this article, we are going to include the city in front of the name since all hotels on this list are ice hotels. It was originally founded in 1989 and has since grown into much more. They use a unique blend they call “snice” to build the structures, that change every year as the shape of the hotel changes from year to year. Snice is a mixture of snow and ice that is easy to shape into various structures.
In 2016 they officially launched a new section to the resort they call “Ice Hotel 365”. It is different than the old wing in that it is going to be a permanent structure. This is in contrast to the other wings of the resort that change from one winter to the next.
In addition to simply enjoying a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to stay in a massive and beautiful ice structure, you can also book other events.
Other Things You Can Book Include
- Ice Sculpting Classes
- Torne River Rafting
- Snowmobile Riding
- Dog Sledding Forest Tour
- Fishing Adventures
- Article Wildlife Safaris
- Moose Safaris
- Horseback Riding
Number 7 – Snow Castle of Kemi, Finland
Here is another amazing snow structure in Finland. Located in the city of Kemi, this “Snow Castle” as the locals call it is the biggest snow fort in the entire world. It was founded in 1996 and originally covered an area of 13,000 meters. It has since grown to cover an area of 20,000 meters today. Aside from its tremendous size, the castle has other cool accommodations including a restaurant, chapel, and hotel section for guest. In the restaurant you will find ice tables/chairs covered in reindeer fur. The chapel contains over 100 seats for wedding guest as that is what the chapel is most used for. In the hotel section, you will find standard rooms as well as honeymoon suites. In addition to all of this, there is an entire wing dedicated to children’s entertainment, ice sculpture art exhibits, and a theatre.
Number 6 – Alpeniglu Ice Village, Austria
The Alpeniglu Igloo Village is a winter weather resort located in the mountains of Tyrol, Austria. Alpeniglu consist of 18 Igloos that serve as hotel rooms. Of these rooms, one of them is the Romantic Igloo Suite. The Romantic Suite offers access to a beautiful drink bar, bedroom with flowers/candles, and even your own restaurant-style booth to eat in. Also available are standard rooms that are connected via an underground lobby. While they have hotel rooms, you do not have to book an overnight stay to enjoy the various festivities and activities of the resort.
Number 5 – Iglu Dorf Hotel, Switzerland
Located in the Swiss Alps, the Iglu Dorf Hotel provides the ultimate experience for those wanting to see these famous mountains up close. While there are numerous tours that can take you up the mountains, nothing compares to actually staying in an ice hotel on the mountains. Iglu Dorf has 9 hotels rooms that are interconnected in the underground village/hotel system. Amongst the rooms are 8 standard rooms and one special roomed dubbed the “Love Nest”, which is meant for those who want to make this place their honeymoon destination. Also, you get to have one of the most authentic Swiss cheese fondues at the hotel’s restaurant and bar.
Number 4 – Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel, Norway
Sorrisniva is one of the most high-class ice hotels in the world. This much can be gathered just from looking at their reception desk(which is what you are looking at in the above picture). Sorrisniva is a lot like Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort in Finland. It offers the same activities, but one difference is in the architecture within the hotel rooms and other areas. Sorrisniva is basically a higher class Kakslauttanen. The ice sculptures are more intricate, the restaurants are better, and they have better amenities.
Number 3 – Hotel De Glace, Quebec Canada
Hotel De Glace, which is French for “Hotel of Ice”, is one of the larger ice hotels. It offers an amazing location too with it being just minutes outside of downtown Quebec. There are over 40 guest rooms in addition to specialty rooms such as honeymoon suites. In addition to this, the hotel is known for its world-class ice sculptures. This ice hotel probably has the best ice sculptures of any ice hotel in the world. Not only are they cosmetically beautiful, but they are also enormous. If you want to book a stay at this hotel then you will have to do it between January 4-March 26 in which temperatures are cold enough to support such ice structures.
Number 2 – Kirkenes Snow Hotel
Located in Kirkenes Norway, the Kirkenes Snow Hotel is more like a snow resort. When you first arrive at the hotel you are treated to a drink made with local berries that you cannot find anywhere else in the world. It is a local cuisine that visitors report being very tasty. After that, you get to enjoy a 3-course dinner made 100% from local products. Once you get settled in you can choose to relax during your stay or do one of their many activities. Some cool activities include arctic king crab fishing, reindeer petting, and husky sleigh rides.
Number 1 – Hotel of Ice, Balea Lac Romania
The Balea Lac Hotel is unquestionably the coolest and most amazing ice hotel in the world. In order to get to this place, you have to travel high up into the mountains of Transylvania in Romania. There you will find the Balea Lac Hotel which is located on top of a frozen glacial lake(Lake Balea). The hotel is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Romania, greeting over 8000 people every year. Not only is the hotel made of ice, but they embed lights into all of the ice structures in building. This particular feature is unique to the Balea Lac Hotel.