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Wanderlust Wednesday: Ice Hotels

1. IceHotel: Jukkasjarvi, Sweden 

This is the original Ice Hotel, the same company that makes all the Ice Bars that are featured in every major city around the world. They have an Ice Bar where you can try some cocktails. You won’t see beer on the menu here as it freezes too quickly. You can ride a dog sled, see the Northern Lights, ice fish, ice sculpt, or snowmobile. There is also a chapel so you can even get married. There are ice rooms available where you sleep on a bed made completely of ice in a warm sleeping bag. If you’d prefer a more comfortable sleeping setup there are also warm rooms available.

Costs: A basic ice room will run about $475.00 USD a night. A round trip ticket from Houston to Kiruna, Sweden runs about $1200 USD.

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2. Snow Village: Lapland, Finland

This kid friendly ice hotel offers northern lights sight seeing, husky rides, ice fishing, as well as reindeer safaris. You can stay in a ice room as well as a cozy tee-pee. There is a cozy log cabin restaurant serving traditional Finnish food. There are colorful lights illuminating the snow village.

Costs: The tee-pee will run you $325 USD a night while the snow room costs $240 USD a night. A roundtrip ticket from Houston to Kittila, Finland is about $1300 USD.

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3. Hotel Kakslauttanen Igloo Village: Saariselka, Finland

Visitors to this magical hotel can choose between a glass or snow igloo. The glass igloo is heated so you can snuggle up in comfort and gaze at the Northern Lights. There is a chapel for weddings, as well as two restaurants serving traditional Lappish cuisine. What is Lappish cuisine you may wonder? Fish, reindeer, and berries. Could be worth a try. Not only does this hotel offer all of the usual activities to be expected in Lapland; this hotel also features Santa’s Home. People, this is where Santa actually lives. How could you not want to visit this magical Ice Hotel?

 Costs: A stay in the glass igloo during high season will run you about 550 USD per night. A roundtrip ticket from Houston to Ivalo, Finland is about 1300 USD.

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5 thoughts on “Wanderlust Wednesday: Ice Hotels

  1. I would love to stay at such a property! Seeing the Northern Lights is a big point on my list, and these hotels would complete this experience in an absolutely awesome way 🙂 Have you been to one of them?

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