Snuggle up under a reindeer pelt.

By Jess McHugh
November 30, 2016
Courtesy of Kemi Tourism Ltd; Photo by Timo Laapotti

As temperatures cool down across North America, some residents have already begun to plan their February beach getaways.

For those who embrace the winter chill, however, there are plenty of enchanting ice hotels for a cozy getaway.

Hotel de Glâce, Canada

This French Canadian palace is perhaps one of the best-known ice hotels in the world. Opened in 2001, the resort changes its structure each year, and the 2017 theme is yet to be revealed.

Made entirely out of snow and ice, last year’s creation welcomed more than 100,000 guests. Rooms are available for the 2017 season that runs January 4 to March 26.


Located 125 miles north of the Arctic Circle in Swedish Lapland, ICEHOTEL is situated in the tiny town of Jukkasjärvi. This retreat is made for the rugged traveler, and it's open all year long.

The cold rooms are kept at below-freezing temperatures to keep the ice bed frames intact, and guests staying in these rooms need to charge electronics and use the restroom at separate facilities. The hotel offers wilderness excursions, as well as a host of other services for travelers looking to embrace the quiet life of a Swedish village.

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Kirkenes Snowhotel, Norway

Guests at Kirkenes can enjoy beautiful snow sculptures and locally-sourced food during their stay. Animal-lovers will also be happy as they can pet the hotel’s friendly reindeer and huskies, Fodor’s reported.

Hotel of Ice Balea Lac, Romania

The Carpathian mountains surround this high altitude resort near the glacial lake Balea. On a clear day, guests can see all the way to Transylvania, according to the hotel’s website. It even has an ice church available for personal prayer or weddings.


Snowcastle of Kemi, Finland

Snowcastle offers the world’s largest snow fort, according to Condé Nast Traveler, and it is also equipped with a restaurant, chapel and plenty of ice sculptures.