There are many ice hotels but here are a few:
Existing each year between December and April, the Icehotel in
the village of Jukkasjärvi, about 17 km from Kiruna, Sweden was the
world's first ice hotel. In 1989, Japanese ice artists visited the
area and created an exhibition of ice art. In Spring 1990, French
artist Jannot Derid held an exhibition in a cylinder-shaped igloo
in the area. One night there were no rooms available in the town,
so some of the visitors asked for permission to spend the night in
the exhibition hall. They slept in sleeping bags on top of reindeer
skin - the first guests of the "hotel".
The entire hotel is made out of snow and ice blocks taken from
the Torne River - even the glasses in the bar are made of ice. Each
spring, around March, Icehotel harvests tons of ice from the frozen
Torne River and stores it in a nearby production hall with room for
over 10,000 tons of ice and 30,000 tons of snow. The ice is used
for creating Icebar designs and ice glasses, for ice sculpting
classes, events and product launches all over the world while the
snow is used for building a strong structure for the building.
About 1,000 tons of what is left is used in the construction of the
The Hôtel de Glace celebrated its 10 year anniversary in 2010.
It is located on the shores of Lac-Saint-Joseph, Quebec, just 30
minutes north of Québec City. It operates from the first week in
January to the last week in March. It was the first ever in the
world to make a bed and everything else out of ice
2006, the first ice hotel in Eastern Europe was built in
Romania, deep in the Făgăraş Mountains, at an altitude of 2034 m.
Due to its altitude and remote location the Ice Hotel is only
accessible via cable car in the winter.
This picturesque setting is next to Bâlea Lake, where each year
local craftsmen wait for the lake to freeze, before using the ice
to build the small 10 room Ice Hotel and its adjacent Ice Church.
Local artists imitate sculptures by Romanian born modernist
sculptor, Constantin Brancusi. Typically the hotel is completed in
December and is open until it melts in late April or early May.
Bedding, furs, specialist sleeping bags are all provided, with
bathroom facilities nearby. There are also two chalets within
walking distance, which also provide accommodation. Activities such
as skiing, sledging or perhaps a ride on a snow bike are on offer.
For those who are more organised and adventurous you can even
The Bâlea Lake Ice Hotel is Romanian owned, but has a
relationship with a travel company Untravelled Paths Limited, based
in the United Kingdom.
Snow Village is located in Western part of Finnish Lapland, in
close proximity of Ylläs and Levi ski-resorts and easily reachable
from the international airport of Kittilä.
The annual construction of the Snow Village begins when the
temperature drops to about −10 °C (14 °F) which is usually at the
end of October or the beginning of November. Approximately 1500
tonnes (1650 US tons) of snow and 300 tonnes (330 US tons) of
crystal clear, natural ice are used for the construction. The
constructors, specialized in using snow and ice as building
material, are constantly developing new tools and instruments for
snow construction and exploring innovative ways of taking this
artform into new levels.
Snow Village is built entirely of snow and ice covering
approximately an area of 20,000 square metres (220,000 sq ft).
During the winter season, about 3,000 square metres (32,000 sq ft)
of covered indoor spaces are built as a combination of different
snow and ice structures. The architectural design and the themes of
interior decoration vary from year to year. Visitors can find in
there for example the biggest ice dome of Europe and an à la carte
restaurant with ice carved tables and bar, in addition to snow
galleries full of beautifully illuminated ice art.