6 igloo hotels to visit this winter


For many people, winter travel involves escaping to a sunny spot, lying on the beach, and sipping drinks from the umbrella.

Others prefer to half embrace the winter weather and go skiing or snowboarding before heading back to their cozy hotel and sipping hot chocolate around the fire.

And then there are those who dive head first into the elements and stay in a goddamn igloo.

It’s for these people. And, with the holidays just around the corner, hiding in an igloo seems like the right way to go. So to accompany you on all your snowy getaways, whether it is observing the Northern Lights or dining on the edge of a mountain, here are six igloo hotels to visit this winter. (Bring a jacket.)

Boréalis base camp

Boréalis base camp
Fairbanks, Alaska

With 16-foot clear roofs that let in plenty of natural light, you can take in the picturesque views without leaving your bed. Fiberglass igloos are similar to those used by polar expeditions and research stations, and the on-site restaurant serves three square meals a day inside an artisan yurt.

hotel whitpod switzerland
Whitepod

Hotel & Restaurant Whitepod
Monthey, Switzerland

These geodesic and energy-efficient igloos are perched in the Swiss Alps. Choose from a variety of different rooms, from cozy pods with pellet stoves to spacious suites with Japanese baths. Whichever you choose, you will have a breathtaking view of the surrounding mountains.

Kakslauttanen arctic station
Kakslauttanen

Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort
Saariselkä, Finland

Located 150 miles north of the Arctic Circle, Kakslauttanen gives you options. Stay in the snow igloo and you can snuggle up warm with your companion in a down sleeping bag. Reserve a glass igloo for the best view of the Northern Lights. Or try the kelo glass igloo, which merges a log cabin with a partial glass dome.

Ice hotel Sweden
Ice hotel / Asaf Kliger

Ice Hotel
Jukkasjärvi, Sweden

The Icehotel is built annually and opens in winter with 15-20 standard rooms and a dozen artistic suites, which feature unique decor and hand-carved designs. The Icehotel 365 is a permanent structure with an art exhibition and a bar, both made of ice, of course.

arctic snow hotel and glass igloos
Arctic snow hotel

Arctic SnowHotel & Glass Igloos
Sinettä, Finland

This snow hotel sits near a lake and is freshly carved each year for a different look. After dinner at one of the on-site restaurants, you can retire for the evening with a sleeping bag and reindeer fur. If you want a better view of the night sky, the property’s glass-roofed igloos are in a prime position to view the Northern Lights.

Sorrisniva Igloo hotel room
Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel

Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel
Alta, Norway

The Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel is the northernmost ice hotel in the world and it is rebuilt every year with a different theme. The structure itself and all the furnishings are made of ice, including the beds, which include reindeer furs and sleeping bags to help you get something close to the heat. There is also a sauna and an ice bar serving all the drinks needed to keep your blood moving.


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