What exactly is the allure of the ice hotel? Why is this novelty industry so popular? Are there a growing number of people who simply want to spend their free time behaving as though they were a Bond villain? Is it a Disney-inspired Frozen fantasy? Perhaps its the ephemeral nature of these resorts, their magical, transitive quality. Or perhaps it’s the combination of mastery in architecture and art that makes these monuments to ingenuity so appealing. Whatever it is that’s sparked your interest, cinch up your parka, grab your ee-vil white cat, and strap in for a grand tour of some the world’s coolest snow and ice hotels.
ICEHOTEL (all one word, all caps, because that’s how the Swedes do it) was the first and is considered by many to be the very best sub-zero inn in the world. Over 1000 blocks of ice are harvested from the Torne River, and then in the spring the structure melts back into it. Currently enjoying it’s 26th rendition, ICEHOTEL is a feast for the senses as seemingly every inch of the temporary Lapland resort is carved in truly opulent icy fashion. During the day, visitors can enjoy nearby dog sledding, northern lights tours, and a variety of cold weather activities. It’s chapel is popular with winter weddings too.