7 snow hotels to visit this winter
Mounds of fresh snow softly crunching under your step and night skies illuminated by the Aurora Borealis – Nordic winters are like no other. What better way to experience them than by sleeping inside an icy igloo or snow hotels, wrapped up in a thermal sleeping bag and thick reindeer hides?
Arctic Snow Hotel – Sinetta, Finland
Located in rural Lapland, the rooms at Arctic Snow Hotel are sculpted entirely from snow and individually decorated with ice carvings and mood lighting. Guests can unwind in the snow sauna or outdoor hot tub, and request a wake-up call to see the magnificent Aurora Borealis. There’s even an on-site ice chapel and bridal suite for anyone who wants to say ‘I do’ in a truly unforgettable location.
Arctic Glass Igloos – Sinetta, Finland
Sleep under starry skies at the Arctic Glass Igloos, situated in Finnish Lapland. With insulated glass roofs, these modern igloos offer unrestricted views, so you can marvel at the Northern Lights from the comfort of your bed. For the authentic Arctic Circle experience, you can also enjoy a meal at the ice restaurant and try activities like snowshoeing, ice sculpting and ice fishing.
Snowman World Igloo Hotel – Rovaniemi, Finland
Reward your inner child with an overnight stay in Santa Claus Village, where you can meet Santa and visit his world-famous post office. The spacious rooms at Snowman World Igloo Hotel feature beds chiselled from giant ice slabs – but don’t worry, thermal sleeping bags ensure you stay warm all night long. Guests also receive an all-day pass to Snowman World, where you can zoom down ice slides, play ice hockey, or enjoy a chilled drink in the ice bar.
Santa’s Igloos Arctic Circle – Rovaniemi, Finland
The glass-roof igloos at Santa’s Igloos Arctic Circle come with lavish interiors, fluffy robes, and a rain shower in the en-suite bathroom. Your breakfast box is delivered straight to the room, so you can enjoy a leisurely breakfast in bed while gazing up into the arctic sky. And with Santa Claus Village, Arctic Golf Finland and Ounasvaara Ski Resort just a short drive away, you won’t run out of things to do either.
Kirkenes Snowhotel – Kirkenes, Norway
At Kirkenes Snowhotel, you’re free to choose between spacious snow suites and cosy wooden cottages, modelled on traditional Sami hunting huts. Both options include breakfast and dinner in the restaurant, as well as access to the sauna. The friendly staff can also organise activities like husky rides and snowmobiling. Kirkenes isn’t just a winter destination either: in the summertime, you can go hiking, fishing and king crab rafting in the surrounding countryside.
Icehotel – Jukkasjärvi, Sweden
The rooms at Jukkasjärvi’s Icehotel are made entirely of water from the nearby Torne river, and feature elaborate ice sculptures by international artists. There’s also an à la carte restaurant and lounge with complimentary board games, ideal for a cosy night in. Those keen to explore the Swedish countryside further will find Luossavaara mountain and ski resort a mere 20km away.
Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel – Alta, Norway
The on-site restaurant at Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel serves up beautifully presented Norwegian specialties. Meals often include freshly caught trout and king crab, cloudberries and game, along with locally grown vegetables. To work up an appetite, visitors can book a snow safari or dog sled tour – or just lounge the day away in the open-air hot tubs.