When the winter comes, many people hunker down in their homes, drink some coco and wait until the first peek of springtime.
But, discounting an entire season of travel opportunities is no way to live a travel inspired life.
For those who do not spend the winter dreaming of a beach front tiki bar, try something completely different, like sleeping in an igloo!
A once in a life time experience for some (I know it’s on my bucket list), igloo lodging and ice hotels are actually a lot more common and accessible than you might think.Hotel Kakslauttanen is a resort on ice. Located within the Arctic Circle at the beautiful Finnish Urho Kekkonen National Park, it’s a winter enthusiasts dream. Beyond snow-shoeing, cross country skiing and snowboarding, Kakslauttanen offers ice diving, ice carting and reindeer safaris. For the brave, the resort has traditional snow igloos, or with some luck take in the Northern Lights in a glass igloo!
Not ready to commit to the Artic Circle just yet? Then check out Iglu-Dorf, a German based Igloo chain that has seven locations in the Alps and Pyrenees, mostly located in Switzerland, but with a few other spots in Germany and France. Offering a veritable ice village, most of the locations offer hot tubs, ice bars, ice bbqs, and ice lounges in addition to the standard winter sport activities.
For those in North America, head over to Quebec. At Pourvoirie du Lac-Beauport outside of Quebec City, guests can stay in either a prospectors tent or an igloo for an overnight adventure! Included in the cost of a nights stay is lodging in the tent or igloo, a wild game fondue dinner and a authentic “Quebec” breakfast. Don’t worry if you don’t have a high quality sleeping bag, those are included too.
So maybe more of a hotel person, or like to sleep in a place with walls, but still want that ice experience? There are still a few options.
For a larger igloo hotel experience look at the Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel in Norway.
Perhaps the most famous ice hotel is The Ice Hotel in Sweden.
The only ice hotel in North America is located in Quebec, at the Hotel de Glace.