Kirkenes Snowhotel, Norway
Talented ice sculptors from the world’s most famous ice-and-snow festival in Harbin, China, are called upon to craft this frosty fortress every year. The most northerly ice hotel in the world, Kirkenes Snowhotel is adorned with ice murals celebrating Arctic culture, which is definitely the reason why you come here. You’re transported to the property by husky “taxi”, after which you can book in for activities such as king crab fishing or simply gazing at the fjords and the Northern Lights.
Hotel Kakslauttanen Igloo Village, Finland
One of the most popular ice hotels in the world, the Igloo Village offers accommodation in glass and snow igloos – the former, with thermal glass domed roofs, are ideal for taking in the Northern Lights, while the latter are a peaceful cocoon to escape the outside world. Diversions range from ice sculpture classes to reindeer-drawn sled rides through the countryside to a visit to Santa’s Resort, where you’re welcomed with warm drinks and ginger cookies.
Hotel de Glace, Canada
With its huge snow vaults, its crystalline ice sculptures and 44 rooms and suites, Hotel de Glace is everything you imagine a winter wonderland to be. The only ice hotel in North America, located on the outskirts of Quebec City, the property entertains from the moment you arrive: take a tour to learn how the hotel is built, zip through the countryside on a tube slide made entirely from ice, chill out in the bar, where cocktails are served in ice glasses, or simply relax in the hot tub under the stars – you can also get married here in a stunning ice chapel.
Snow Village Kittila, Finland
Everything at this property in Finnish Lapland is made of ice and snow – even the beds. But you’re cocooned in thermal sleeping bags and given a hot mug of berry juice at bedtime to ensure a good night’s sleep. A network of colourfully lit snow tunnels leads you to your room, with floor-to-ceiling ice sculptures and carvings adorning the walls. There’s also an ice bar, restaurant and igloo-style nightclub for those looking to warm up with a bit of dancing – or just head to the underground sauna before stepping out into the snowy forest that surrounds.