Sleep in an Arctic hotel carved from iceJukkasjärvi
Ever fancied sleeping in an ice cave? Sweden's Icehotel has to be one of the globe's most wildly dreamy buildings, constructed from scratch every year entirely out of ice and snow deep in the Arctic Circle. Each year artists from all over the world come together in the village of Jukkasjärvi, next to the Torne River, to take part in creating designs out of snow, ice and the magical light. You'll tuck in for the night atop a bed frame expertly carved from ice and under a snug reindeer hide, naturally.
Not only can you stay in this beautiful sub-zero structure, but you can also learn the art of ice sculpting too. If that all sounds a little too much like hard work then perhaps retire to the Icebar instead for a cocktail served up in a chiselled ice glass.
And if you can't visit during Europe's winter, then fear not – you can still have the Icehotel experience. As of December last year the new Icehotel 365 opened earning the property the grand claim to fame of world's first permanent ice and snow hotel.
- Feel at one with nature on this unique sleep experience
- Not wild about the idea of sleeping in a room carved entirely from ice? No bother, you can opt to stay in a ‘warm’ room or suite instead but still enjoy the likes of the Icebar and more
- If you fancy getting married there’s also an Icechurch available
- Prepare to feel ‘refreshed’ in the icy accommodation
- If you’re staying in a ‘cold’ room you won’t have access to it until 6pm and you’ll also get a wake up call bright and early at 7.30am
Try the Icehotel for yourself on Bentours’ Absolutely Ice Deluxe tour, an eight-day odyssey from Swedish capital Stockholm to Luleå in Swedish Lapland. With a classic train journey included, this tour takes you through Sweden’s magical winter wonderland. You’ll experience a night in both a cold suite (the Icehotel Arctic suite) and a warm suite (the Icehotel Kaamos suite).
- An on-site Icebar
- A gallery and studio
- The Deluxe suite 365 has a private sauna, shower and toilet directly connected to the bedroom
- A sauna
- Snowsuits, boots, mittens and balaclavas all available for hire
From about US$3774 per person for an eight-day, seven-night trip.