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Ice Hotel

Our verdict:

Sweden’s famous Ice Hotel might not sound the cosiest place to spend a night, but once you’re wrapped up in a sleeping bag and swathed in reindeer skin your ice-bed will feel deliciously toasty (honestly!). Most guests spend one night in this amazing frozen palace, followed by a night or two in a more conventional hotel room – but it’s a night to always remember.

Recommended tour operator: Nordic Experience

Ice Hotel bedroomIce Hotel entranceDog-sleddingIce Bar

Nordic Experience says

Each winter a brand-new Ice Hotel is built on the banks of the Torne River in Swedish Lapland. Bedrooms vary in size and include magnificent Ice Suites, sculpted by international ice artists (pictured top right).

In the Ice Bar, guests can enjoy vodka cocktails in ice glasses, dressed snugly in thermal suits that are provided for the duration of the holiday.

Within the complex, an attractive restaurant offers delicious Arctic specialities, and there are cosy log cabins and more conventional hotel rooms so guests can spend a few days enjoying the wide range of activities available. These include husky safaris, Saab ice-driving, and the popular evening snowmobile safari in search of the Northern Lights.

Packages can be tailor-made as you wish, but most people opt to spend one night in the Ice Hotel itself, and then one or two nights in warmer accommodation. Our three-night Ice Break prices, for example, start at £995 pp including flights from Heathrow, one night in the Ice Hotel, two nights in a Nordic cabin and protective thermal clothing.

If you wish, you can start your break with a night or two in Stockholm, or with a couple of days in Tromsø in north Norway, before travelling into Sweden on a scenic rail journey through the Arctic wilderness. As specialists, we can put together pretty much any itinerary to suit you.

Click here for more about our range of breaks to the Ice Hotel.

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