The world's coolest hotels - literally!
Looking for the world's coolest hotels? Is minus six cool enough for you?
Ice hotels have taken the travel world by storm, and are now considered a must-do for many Arctic travellers. Here we look at three of the best ice hotels in the world - located in Sweden, Canada and Norway.
Ice hotels - the world's coolest hotels
ICEHOTEL, Jukkasjärvi, Sweden
The Swedish ice hotel in famous around the world, built with crystal clear ice from a local river. It's located about 200km north of the Arctic Circle, near the town of Kiruna (which has its own airport). The hotel is rebuilt every year and includes an ice bar and an ice chapel, which is popular for weddings. Guests sleep on a bed of ice piled with reindeer skin, and are awoken in the morning to a hot cup of loganberry juice. Away from the city lights, it's also a wonderful place to spot the Northern Lights.
Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel, Alta, Norway
Located just three hours from the North Cape, the Igloo Hotel is the northernmost ice hotel in Europe. It's quite similar to Sweden's older ICEHOTEL in that it's built near a river; is 20km outside of the nearest town; has an ice bar, an ice chapel and ice sculptures; is open to day trippers as well as overnight guests; and is a fantastic place to spot the Northern Lights. In fact, the world's first Northern Lights observatory was built in 1899 in Alta. The Igloo Hotel also boasts traditional Norwegian saunas.
Hôtel de Glace, Québec, Canada
Québec's ice hotel is one of the newest and also one of the most frequently visited - probably due to the fact that it's located just 15 minutes from downtown Québec city. Its other unique selling points are an ice slide and private spas in the luxury rooms.
As the popularity of ice hotels grows, it's likely there'll be more to add to this list of the world's coolest hotels in the near future!