There are a number of ice hotels all of which are located in the northern hemisphere.
In Norway there are 3 options:
- Kirkenes Snow Hotel is situated in the easternmost town of Norway, close to the Norwegian-Russian border. The hotel had its first season during winter 2006/2007, the hotel had 20 rooms and the largest snow dome in Norway (8 metres high and 12 metres in diameter). All the rooms were individually decorated by the ice artists from Finland and Japan. The west Snow Hall was decorated by a local sculptor Arild Wara. A night in the snow hotel is combined with a special dinner prepared on an open fire, the visitors can also get a sauna before or after staying at the hotel. There is also a reindeer park and a husky farm in the hotel area.
- The Ice Lodge is one of the largest in Norway and part of the Bjorligard Hotel. It has a longer season than most ice hotels because of its altitude (1,250 meters above sea level)
- Alta Igloo Hotel, near Alta in northern Norway has been rebuilt yearly since 2000. It is Europe’s northernmost ice hotel, as it is located in the Finnmark region and is approximately 250 km from North Cape. The 2000 square meter hotel has 30 rooms, including 2 suites and it is decorated with numerous ice sculptures and ice furnishings, including lighting systems which enhance the different types of crystalline formations. Besides the bedrooms the hotel also contains an ice chapel, ice gallery and ice bar where drinks are served in glasses made of ice. The Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel in Alta has a changing theme every year. In 2004, it was a Viking theme, in 2005, Norwegian fairytales, and in 2006, the theme was wild animals of the region. The guests use sleeping bags that sit on top of reindeer hides.
In Finland there are 2 possibilities. The Snow Hotel is situated in Kemi in Finnish Lapland. Kemi-Tornio Airport (KEM) is less than 20 minutes drive from the Snow Hotel, weather permitting. Second option is the Arctic Snow Hotel in Sinetta. The Arctic Snow Hotel has 27 rooms including several oversized rooms to accommodate families.
Last but not least is the Bâlea Lake Ice Hotel in Romania. Built annually since 2006, the hotel is situated deep in the Făgăraş Mountains, at an altitude of 2034 metres. Due to its altitude and remote location this Ice Hotel is only accessible via cable car in the winter.
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