Arctic Snow HotelSinetta, Finland
You’ve heard of ice hotels, frozen bars and frosted restaurants, but Finland’s Arctic Snow Hotel says a little prayer to the winter gods with its very own ice chapel. Before hitting the hay – a frozen slab covered in furs – unwind in the hot tub then take a turn in the snow sauna. The melting walls fill the room with soothing steam, but overstay the 15-minute limit and you’ll defrost a puddle of trouble.
Turn on the aurora alarm when you get to your room and sleep soundly knowing you won’t miss any night-sky action. If an evening on ice isn’t your jam, book one of the hotel’s new Arctic Glass Igloos and watch the northern lights snake through the sky from the comfort of your bed.
- Surviving the experience of sleeping on ice and snow (with a diploma to prove it!)
- Soaking in the outdoor jacuzzi while watching the northern lights
- Trying out winter activities like snowshoeing
- The rooms can be as cold as –5°C so stripping off to get into bed is challenging
- There’s limited availability for the public shower if you’re staying in the SnowHotel
Finnair flies from Helsinki to Rovaniemi. From the airport it’s 35 kilometres to the hotel and taxis are available.
- Glass igloos with ensuites
- Hotel made of snow
- Aurora alarm
- Ice chapel
- Three restaurants
- Ice bar
- Snow sauna and traditional saunas
A night in a SnowHotel room that sleeps two to six people starts at US$145 a person and includes breakfast and a hot drink delivered to you when you wake up. A night in a Glass Igloo starts at US$444 for two and includes entry into the SnowHotel.
The hotel is open from late December through March.