Best Luxury Ice Hotels around the World

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Ice hotels are essentially enormous igloos that have been constructed to take guests just like a regular hotel, the difference being of course that they’re made not out of the usual bricks and mortar but instead out of solid blocks of ice. This innovative and environmentally friendly material creates a truly stunning environment for a break, and ice hotel holidays are becoming increasingly popular with people looking for an experience out of the normal. The sunlight diffusing through the walls, together with the latest fiber optics lighting inside, produces a soft, warm glow.

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There are ice hotels scattered around the globe, each of them unique and offering a great range of outdoor activities as well as the strange, unearthly glow of their interior decor and bizarre furnishings. They’re typically situated in some of the world’s most adventurous wilderness locations and command spectacular views across frozen wastes, forests and glaciers, so you’ll be in for a real nature loving treat.

This stunning ice hotel is created each winter using 30,000 tons of snow and 10,000 tons of clear ice dredged out of the nearby frozen River Torne, a feat reminiscent of the ancient Egyptians and their pyramids. The local village of Jukkasjarvi is a charming settlement with cafes and gift shops, and the hotel itself is one of the warmest of its kind in the world, with temperatures averaging 7 degrees Celsius. The beds are made from solid blocks of ice-covered with hides; skin, fur and sleeping bags, and activities include everything from snowmobiling and skiing to dog sledding and even nude swimming.

This amazingly beautiful hotel in Kemi, Finland, is like something out of the Snow Queen Fairytale with its majestic towers made out of ice, its snow restaurant and ice bar. Opening in January and closing in April before the annual meltdown sets in, the hotel towers 7 meters above the surrounding landscape and has 1,100 meters of walls. It changes constantly because every year it is built again from scratch and is never quite the same. It is a winter highlight of Lapland and very popular not only for weddings but for once-in-a-lifetime Arctic Circle experiences.

This stunning ice hotel is created each winter using 30,000 tons of snow and 10,000 tons of clear ice dredged out of the nearby frozen River Torne, a feat reminiscent of the ancient Egyptians and their pyramids. The local village of Jukkasjarvi is a charming settlement with cafes and gift shops, and the hotel itself is one of the warmest of its kind in the world, with temperatures averaging 7 degrees Celsius. The beds are made from solid blocks of ice-covered with hides; skin, fur and sleeping bags, and activities include everything from snowmobiling and skiing to dog sledding and even nude swimming.

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