We may be in the midst of the winter in the UK right now, with dreams of sun-filled beaches the only thing keeping you going, but don’t write off the snow just yet.
While it may cause havoc to roads, railways and airports on our ill-prepared island, many countries are used to a bit of snow and have even found ways to make the most out of it.
For one of the most unique snowy experiences, a stay at one of these 5 amazing ice hotels is a must.
This world-famous hotel has been leading the way in icy accommodation since 1989. Located in the Swedish village of Jukkasjärvi – 200 km (125 mi) north of the Arctic Circle – the hotel features an art exhibition made of ice and snow, with additions from artists from the world over.
Featuring a number of snow and glass igloos (the glass keeps them nice and toasty), the 4-star Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort in North Lapland is popular with adventurers coming to experience the Northern Lights. Guests can also enjoy the stunning surrounding scenery and the on-site restaurant.
Located high up on the slopes in La Plagne Paradiski resort, Village Igloo Blacksheep is France’s premium snow-built property. With views of Mont Blanc, the resort offers luxurious igloos, campfires, and a restaurant igloo.
Opened in 2006, the 4-star Kirkenes Snowhotel offers a wonderful experience in one of Norway’s most incredible surroundings. Every room in Kirkenes Snowhotel is unique, featuring designs by artists from around the world. Illuminated ice sculptures adorn the property, while cosy cabins with underfloor heating are available for guests to stay in.
Every year since 1999, the Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel has been rebuilt on the banks of the Alta River. It is Europe’s largest ice hotel and the world’s most northernmost, featuring 26 guests rooms, 4 suites, an ice chapel, ice bar and plenty of art.