Ice Hotel & Snow Hotel Packages
Experience your own enchanting fairytale when you visit a frozen palace or snow-sculpted fortress. Take your pick from these Nordic ice hotel packages, arranged by regional experts and with winter activities and airport transfers included.
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Venture to an ice hotel in Finnish or Swedish Lapland, where snow-clad forests and aurora-lit skies await you.
Why visit a snow or ice hotel in Lapland?
- Enjoy thrilling winter activities like dog sledding
- Immerse yourself in the native Sami culture
- Chase the northern lights on guided tours
- Discover the original ICEHOTEL in Sweden
Sleep in an ice room on a trip to Northern Norway and surround yourself with glassy fjords, snowy hills and northern lights.
Why visit a snow or ice hotel in Norway?
- Explore the wintry scenery by snowmobile or cruise
- Learn about the indigenous Sami way of life
- Embark on aurora safaris by dog sled
- Spend a night in the charming Kirkenes Snowhotel
About Your Ice Hotel Vacation
Visiting a hotel carved from ice or snow is a once-in-a-lifetime experience you’ll never forget. What’s more, you’ll be able to explore stunning Arctic landscapes covered in snow on a winter escape planned and booked by Nordic travel experts.
When you opt for an ice hotel vacation package with Nordic Visitor, you get:
• An authentic travel experience planned by an established and trusted agency
• A dedicated travel consultant to organise your tour
• All relevant bookings for your chosen package
• A detailed online personal itinerary
• Handpicked accommodation for a relaxing stay
• 24/7 emergency phone support for peace of mind
Nordic Visitor has made it easy to start planning your ice hotel tour. Simply follow these steps:
1. Pick your favourite Nordic Visitor tour
2. Confirm your package
3. Check your confirmation email
4. Book your flights
5. Get ready for your trip
Why choose Nordic Visitor
Trusted local travel experts
Nordic Visitor was founded in 2002 and has been introducing travellers to the beautiful corners of Northern Europe ever since. Our award-winning team of travel experts is based locally across our destinations. They use their insider knowledge to create bespoke tours filled with authentic activities.
Nordic Visitor is dedicated to the best service quality, and this is reflected year after year when Tripadvisor awards us with their Certificate of Excellence. We also take great pride in our customer feedback: 97% of our travellers say they would recommend us to friends and family.
We ensure the trip planning process is hassle-free by making all the arrangements for you. Your personal travel consultant will organise accommodation, activities and transport according to your preferences. Meanwhile, you relax knowing that everything is taken care of on your behalf.
Flexible tour options
These ice hotel holiday packages include routes, activities and accommodation that our travel experts highly recommend. However, these tours are not set in stone. Your dedicated consultant can customise your itinerary to suit you personally, adding extra nights or destinations to create your perfect trip.
You are in good hands
You’ll have our support throughout your ice hotel vacation, with access to our 24/7 emergency helpline for your peace of mind. Should any unexpected weather or events occur, don’t worry. We’ll keep on top of things and rework your itinerary where necessary, while keeping you safe and informed.
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With Nordic Visitor, you have peace of mind knowing your tour arrangements with us are 100% financially protected. Your payments are safeguarded as we comply with European Union laws on Package Travel regulations. This guarantees you a refund in the unlikely event of insolvency.
ICE & SNOW HOTEL TOUR REVIEWS
Find out what our amazing clients had to say about their ice hotel experiences.
Everyone was amazing at the company that Nordic Visitor used for this trip, very professional people, the staff very... read more
Everyone was amazing at the company that Nordic Visitor used for this trip, very professional people, the staff very friendly and very knowleagable of the are, loved it. This is my second trip with Nordic Visitor and I am a big fan of this company and the staff, always answering my questions and customizing my needs of what I want to do. The overall experience in Lapland was amazing and very well organized, you always feel taking care of without been pushing, so you feel also free to do your things. I highly recommend travelling with Nordic Visitor.
Fantastic experience for a family of 4 - the girls enjoyed it very much. The weather was great and we saw so... read more
Fantastic experience for a family of 4 - the girls enjoyed it very much. The weather was great and we saw so many amazing things including the Northern lights :) We all loved it - thanks for arranging!
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Ice & Snow Hotel Highlights
Imagine stepping into an Arctic retreat sculpted entirely from snow and ice. You’re in the middle of a glistening winter wonderland in the far north of Europe, soaking up the silence. Next on your magical ice hotel holiday, you could…
- Toast your trip in the ice bar at the legendary ICEHOTEL in Swedish Lapland
- Hunt for the northern lights from the Aurora Sky Station in Abisko National Park
- Sleep in an ice art suite at night and explore Kiruna during the day
- Marvel at the white fortress of SnowCastle in Finnish Lapland
- Opt for a snowmobiling and reindeer sledding tour from Kemi
- Cosy up in a glass igloo or Finnish sauna at the Arctic SnowHotel near Rovaniemi
- Check into the Kirkenes SnowHotel, Northern Norway, for a night in an ice room
- Join guided tours from Kirkenes, such as snowmobile adventures or king crab safaris
- Go dog sledding from Camp Tamok, outside Tromsø, and learn about Sami culture
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
ABOUT ICE HOTEL VACATION PACKAGES
You probably have some questions about visiting ice and snow hotels. If so, look no further, as we have the expert advice for you right here. Our regional travel consultants have experience of the Nordic ice hotels and answer commonly asked questions about them below.
An ice hotel is just as it sounds – it’s a type of accommodation that’s made from ice and snow! You’ll find ice hotels in locations where winter temperatures are below freezing, such as the Arctic. Most are rebuilt every winter because they melt in the summer.
The original ICEHOTEL is located in Jukkasjärvi, a 15-minute drive from Kiruna Airport in Swedish Lapland. Inaugurated in 1989, it was the first hotel in the world to be sculpted from ice and has since inspired others like it. However, ICEHOTEL still remains the most famous of all.
You wouldn’t be alone in assuming there’d be an ice hotel in Iceland, given the country’s name. But you won’t find any accommodation made of ice or snow here, unfortunately.
However, there are ice and snow hotels located very near Iceland, in the neighbouring region of Scandinavia. You could combine a visit to Iceland with a trip to Norway or Lapland for the chance to stay in an ice hotel. That way you’d get the best of both worlds!
Iceland may not have its own ice hotel, but it does boast some incredible luxury retreats instead. Discover the best boutique hotels in Iceland on our expert’s blog.
As you might imagine, ice and snow hotels offer a completely unique holiday experience. Sleeping in a frosty room with art, beds and furniture all made of ice is something few people get to do. So how do ice hotels work exactly?
Ice and snow hotels are essentially large igloos with grand designs and artistic sculptures. They are constructed at the beginning of winter every year with ice from nearby rivers or seas. For example, the Swedish ICEHOTEL sources ice from the River Torne, while the Finnish SnowCastle uses the Bay of Bothnia.
These frozen palaces need to stay cold to keep their form, so they are kept at temperatures ranging from 0 to -7°C (32 to 19°F). As spring approaches, around April time, these giant igloos melt away. They will be rebuilt from scratch when winter returns.
That said, some of these hotels also feature permanent ice structures that you can visit year round. For example, you could explore the ice exhibitions at the SnowCastle or ICEHOTEL in summer. However, we recommend you to book your trip for the winter to enjoy the most authentic experience.
What’s more, the artists who design these icy structures don’t just build beautiful ice rooms for you to sleep in. They also create ice restaurants, ice bars, ice chapels, and more! You could choose to spend the night amongst ice art or enjoy a guided tour of an ice hotel and art exhibition.
Want to sleep amid the snow and ice? If so we suggest you book one night in an ice room then warm up in a toasty sauna in the morning. This way you can enjoy the magic of sleeping in a frosty chamber and experience a quintessential Nordic spa the next day.
Learn more about Nordic spa and wellness traditions on our blog.
Yes, parts of the Nordic ice and snow hotels melt when temperatures begin to rise, around April. They will be rebuilt the following winter, in November and December. That’s why you’ll see new artistic designs every year, as they are made from scratch.
However, some ice hotels have frozen spaces open year round, such as the ICEHOTEL in Sweden, Snowhotel in Norway, and SnowCastle in Finland.
Although you can visit the ice restaurants and exhibitions at these hotels in summer, the best time to visit is winter. Why? Because then you can enjoy winter activities too, like dog sledding in the snow and chasing the northern lights.
Need some inspiration? Discover the top reasons to visit Lapland in winter and the best things to do in Norway in winter.
To stay frozen, the ice hotels maintain a temperature of around 0 to -7°C (32 to 19°F). But you’ll be able to keep warm thanks to thermal sleeping bags and reindeer hides provided when you sleep in an ice room.
It isn’t all ice and snow though. Bathrooms, lockers and saunas are usually located in heated buildings. Plus, you can choose to sleep in one of the warm hotel rooms and chalets for the rest of your stay.
If you’re wondering how you’ll sleep surrounded by ice, don’t worry. The hotel provides you with high-quality thermal sleeping bags, made for sub-zero temperatures, to keep you toasty. You’ll also sleep on a mattress and reindeer hide, or something similar, to protect you from the ice.
As well as this, the key to sleeping in an ice hotel is to relax and enjoy the experience!
If you visit an ice hotel, you’ll be given thermal gear to protect you from the cold. You’ll usually get a snowsuit, snow boots, gloves and a balaclava to wear during your stay.
As well as this protective clothing, we recommend you wear the following to the ice hotels:
- Breathable layers
- Fleece or wool sweater
- Insulated and waterproof jacket
- Insulated boots
- Wool socks
- Thermal underwear
- Warm hat, scarf and gloves
- Heat pads for hands and feet
If you’re staying the night at an ice hotel, we suggest you bring a pair of shoes that you can easily slip on and off. This will make it a lot easier if you need to pop to the heated bathroom in the middle of the night.
We also recommend you bring an eye mask with you as there is soft lighting in the ice rooms for safety reasons.
Ice hotels in the Nordics are usually open from around mid-December to March or April. This is the best time to visit a hotel made of ice and snow.
Technically you could see certain ice hotels throughout the year, as some of them have year-round ice structures and attractions. However we highly recommend that you go in winter to get the fully authentic experience.
The cost of visiting an ice hotel depends on when you go and what you do while there.
You could enjoy a guided tour to see the incredible frozen carvings and ice art suites that are sculpted by hand. Or upgrade to a night’s stay in one of the ice rooms. This will cost more than the guided tour but will give you the ultimate ice hotel experience.
The Nordic Visitor ice hotel holiday packages you see online include guided visits or one night’s accommodation in an ice room. You can always add an optional upgrade to sleep at an ice hotel if the online itinerary doesn’t already include it.
If you’re unsure of what you want, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. One of our travel experts will advise you and explain the various options to you.
Absolutely! The Nordic ice and snow hotels make for an extraordinary experience that you’ll never forget.
It’s a great way to round off your winter trip to Northern Norway or Lapland. You can enjoy activities in the snow, northern lights gazing, and taste local delicacies. You might like to try a hot lingonberry juice, some cloudberries, or “kettle coffee” – typically prepared over a campfire.
The best ice hotels are found in the Nordic region, where the trend originated. All of these are beautiful to behold, so the best ice hotel for you really depends on what else you want to do on your tour.
Here’s our pick of the best ice and snow hotels:
- ICEHOTEL, Swedish Lapland
- SnowCastle, Finnish Lapland
- Snowhotel, Northern Norway
- Arctic SnowHotel, Finnish Lapland
- Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort, Finnish Lapland
Discover which of these frozen hideaways is right for you by reading our Nordic ice hotel guide.
Yes, you can choose your arrival date online when reserving your ice hotel vacation package. We recommend you to book in advance as these ice hotel tours are only available between December and March, so they tend to get snapped up quickly.
Yes, our ice hotel packages are flexible and customisable. If you’d like to spend more time in a particular destination or add on optional activities, you can request this when booking your tour online. Your dedicated travel consultant will get in touch to confirm the extras with you.
You should book your flights once your Nordic Visitor itinerary is confirmed. We suggest you check flights beforehand to find appropriate dates and prices, but only purchase them after your travel consultant has secured your ice hotel tour package.
Your Nordic Visitor consultant will send you a confirmation email with all the details you need to buy suitable flights.
As these ice hotel tours run in the Nordic winter, you should prepare for cold temperatures. We recommend wool clothing as this is one of the best materials for keeping you warm.
You are provided with thermal outerwear for your guided excursions in Lapland and Northern Norway. This way you can enjoy activities in the snow and don’t need to worry about buying all the necessary gear yourself.
These are the essential items that we recommend you pack for your trip:
- Warm jumpers or fleeces
- Waterproof and thermal jackets
- Gloves, scarves and hats
- Insulated, waterproof boots
- Thermal underlayers
- Waterproof trousers
- Wool socks
- Heat packs
Whether you’re ready to start planning your trip or need more advice, get in touch with us. Our regional travel experts will be happy to guide you and organise your unforgettable ice hotel tour.
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