For a truly memorable Arctic experience, you can’t go past a stay in an ice hotel or igloo hotel. Here is a full list of all ice hotels & igloo hotels Northern Lights stays we’ve found, that you could include into your trip.
Staying in an ice hotel or igloo hotel can be an exciting winter challenge and a great way to enhance your Northern Lights vacation. As an attraction, they are also a lot of fun. You can admire the fascinating ice carvings and structures, sit down for a meal in one of the restaurants, enjoy a sauna or hot tub, or take in a drink at an ice bar. They certainly deserve a visit, even if sleeping inside a block of ice isn’t your thing.
When we talk about ice hotels or igloo hotels, we mean hotels and rooms made from solid ice and snow. For this article, we have only compiled ice hotels (igloo hotels) in regions where Northern Lights are normally visible, around and near the Arctic Circle.
Afterall, this is a website about Northern Lights travel; what good is an ice hotel to you if it’s in Switzerland or Florida? We’ve also left out glass ‘igloos’ which we’ll discuss in other articles.
Without further ado, here are all the Northern Lights ice hotels you could enjoy during your trip.
SWEDEN Northern Lights Ice Hotel Accommodation
Where: Jukkasjärvi, Sweden
More Information: https://www.icehotel.com/
The ICEHOTEL stands out from the crowd, as not only was it the first northern lights ice hotel built entirely out of snow, but remains today, the largest.
Regardless of the time of year, the ICEHOTEL offers its guests a number of excellent amenities.
There are 3 different restaurants as well as a wedding venue that is available from December through April. However, there is only one restaurant from April through December, and the wedding venue is closed. You will find 3 different wilderness camps at the ICEHOTEL, as well as 2 saunas and a gift shop. There is a bar open year-round, as well as an Icebar that is open during the peak season
For more than 3 decades, the ICEHOTEL has been rebuilt every single year. Each new rendition of the ICEHOTEL provides a truly unique experience. Construction of the annual ice hotel begins in November and is completed by mid-December.
FINLAND Igloo Hotels Northern Lights Accommodation
Where: Kemi, Finland
More Information: https://experience365.fi/
Every year, thousands of visitors make their way to Kemi, to enjoy all the SnowCastle has to offer before it melts away in the springtime.
The SnowCastle is a popular destination in Finland for those who want to view the aurora borealis.
Since 2015, the Kemi SnowCastle has been rebuilt every single year. It takes an experienced construction crew nearly 6 weeks to reconstruct the work of art. With the help of snow machines, they are able to quickly convert seawater into hardpacked snow. The castle itself covers an area of more than 20,000 square meters, and is over 3 stories tall. The longest length of wall surrounding the SnowCastle is over a kilometer in length.
There are a number of excellent amenities for those who choose to stay in this castle made of ice and snow. Unfortunately, the 2022 rendition of the SnowCastle did not include a SnowHotel to stay in (hopefully it will in future years, as it has in the past), although there are nearby glass igloo and camping options. The most popular attractions are the theater and art gallery, but there is also a children’s adventure land and a Snow Chapel. There are several restaurants that are open throughout the peak season, including the castle lounge which is a popular spot for breakfast.
Arctic SnowHotel, Finland
Where: Rovaniemi, Finland
More Information: https://arcticsnowhotel.fi/
The Arctic SnowHotel in Rovaniemi is one of the largest hotels in the region that is constructed entirely of hand-carved ice and snow.
During the winter months, visitors to the SnowHotel can sit back and relax and the sauna, or make their way down to the ice restaurant. For those who are seeking a late-night cocktail, the ice bar is open to serve. With room for more than 70 guests, the SnowHotel truly is the largest in the region.
Every year this northern lights igloo hotel is rebuilt over a period of several weeks. As a result, the appearance of the hotel change from year to year. Everything within the SnowHotel is carved out of ice, including furniture and artwork. Because of all of the ice, the rooms can be very cold, which is why it is important to make use of the provided sleeping bags which are made from reindeer fur.
Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort, Finland
Where: Saariselkä, Finland
More Information: https://www.kakslauttanen.fi/
Boasting many features that cannot be found at other ice or snow hotels, this igloo village is a very popular destination in Finland during the winter months.
Spending a night in an igloo is truly a memorable experience, and at Kakslauttanen you have the option of staying in a snow igloo. While it is not an ice hotel, it gives you the same experience as sleeping in a room made of ice.
Regardless of how cold it gets outside, the temperature inside of the ice structure stays at a constant temperature. Each of the igloos comes fully stocked with everything that a guest needs for a comfortable night’s sleep. While the temperatures inside of the snow igloo are still freezing, the goose-down sleeping bags are perfect for keeping you warm, even on the coldest of nights.
In addition to snow igloos, they also offer glass igloos to stay in that are designed to give a perfect view of the Northern Lights. There are two different restaurants to choose from, and a number of meeting rooms that are perfect for just about any occasion. For those who love to live a little dangerously, the village features ice swimming. However, don’t worry too much about the cold, because the village also has a smoke sauna.
For those visiting Finland for the first time, the hotel offers equipment and clothing rentals, as well as a gift shop to help you remember your stay. Because of its location, an airport shuttle service is available for all guests.
Lapland Hotels SnowVillage, Finland
Where: Kittilä, Finland
The SnowVillage is a popular destination in Kittilä, an area of Finland that is known for its art and natural beauty.
At the Lapland Hotels SnowVillage, visitors have the option of staying in a double suite or five-person suite within their snow hotel. The village provides its visitors with a number of excellent amenities. Not only does Snow Village have a bar and restaurant, but the Internet is readily available. There are lockers for storing your personal longings, and designated rooms for family use. While the Snow Village is considered to be non-smoking, there are several designated smoking areas.
Every year, thousands of people make their way to Kittilä due to its location along the edges of the Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park. There are so many things to see and do in and around Snow Village, that you can stay busy for days. One of the first places that anyone will stop to visit, is the local visitor center and Art Museum. There are many other excellent cultural destinations located within the city, but there are even more things to see and do just outside of the city limits. After all, Kittilä is also a popular destination for skiing and snowboarding.
NORWAY Igloo Hotels Northern Lights Accommodation
SnowHotel Kirkenes, Norway
Where: Kirkenes, Norway
More Information: https://www.snowhotelkirkenes.com/
The SnowHotel is the only hotel made entirely of snow and ice that is open all year long.
Every year people from all over the world make their way to Kirkenes to stay in the SnowHotel. This popular destination features a number of amenities that start with a free shuttle service.
For those who love animals, there are reindeer, as well as a husky farm. During the summer months, guests can borrow bikes to ride around the countryside, and even spend a relaxing afternoon in the sauna. However, during the wintertime, snowshoes, and skis are available instead.
While many other destinations are open from December through April, visitors to Kirkenes will be able to enjoy this destination 365 days per year. There are a lot of fun things to see and do in and around the hotel. One of the best parts about the SnowHotel ice hotel, is that breakfast and dinner are included in the price of the room.
Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel, Norway
Where: Alta, Norway
More Information: https://www.sorrisniva.no/
Every winter a large crew composed of local artists gathers together to re-create the Igloo Hotel.
The hotel opens its doors on December 20 of each year, and stays open until April 7. Each room in the ice Igloo Hotel is a unique work of art, providing visitors with something different each year. Regardless of whether you are looking to go snowshoeing, sledding, want to see the reindeer or simply view the northern lights, you will find that the Igloo Hotel in Alta, has a little bit of everything for everyone.
There are many things to see and do at the Igloo Hotel in Alta. While the hotel is designated as non-smoking, they do provide smoking areas if needed. Each of the rooms within the Igloo Hotel is made of ice, and is therefore allergy-free. There is also a chapel on-site, various facilities for disabled guests, and spaces that are designated as just for families. The Igloo Hotel also has a wellness center, spa, jacuzzi, as well as a sauna for an additional charge.
CANADA Igloo Hotel Northern Lights Accommodation
Hôtel de Glace, Canada
Where: Saint-Gabriel-de-Valcartier, Canada
More Information: https://www.valcartier.com/en/accommodations/hotel-de-glace-ice-hotel/
The Hôtel de Glace is the only ice hotel in Canada, and a very popular destination in Canada for those wanting to see the Northern Lights.
At the beginning of December, a team of ice artists makes their way to Saint-Gabriel-de-Valcartier, where they spent the next month re-creating the Hôtel de Glace. The hotel is open from January through March of each year. Every inch of the hotel is made entirely of ice. When you order a cocktail at the bar, you will never have to worry about it getting too warm, because the glass itself is also made of ice. The Hôtel de Glace is a perfect destination for anyone wanting to get together with family or friends.
This ice igloo hotel provides transportation to and from the airport and has a number of amenities that are perfect for just about any occasion, including your Northern Lights getaway. Not only do they have a business center, but they have a number of meeting and conference rooms too. All guests, including kids, can enjoy a free breakfast. For parents who want to get away, there are also a number of supervised kid activities to keep them busy.
Final Thoughts on Ice & Igloo Hotels Northern Lights Accommodation
Although many people have a passing curiosity about ice hotels, there seems to also be a lot of fear about staying in one. Maybe it’s the challenge that makes it so appealing. However, if you do decide to stay overnight, you will probably find the actual experience isn’t quite as frightening as it may seem.
I personally slept in an ice hotel in Lapland at Snowman World in Rovaniemi. Snowman World is not on this list because it seems like they no longer offer accommodation, although they still have an ice bar and a snow fun park.
To be honest, I wouldn’t say it was comfortable, but comfort isn’t really the point. The point is the challenge, plus bragging rights to your friends and family afterwards! After all, you are sleeping on a mattress which is literally a slab of ice. It’s not comfortable, but they make sure that you are equipped with incredibly warm bedding so there is no risk of you freezing.
If you are making a trip to see the Northern Lights, incorporating a stay at an ice hotel or igloo hotel is a great way to cap off your vacation. I’ve slept in an ice hotel once and have no desire to do it again. I would certainly recommend it just for the fun, but in saying that… one night is probably enough!
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