We spent one night in the Snow Hotel & enjoyed it as a one off adventure. The hotel is rebuilt each year with the season beginning in December. It's in the middle of nowhere so a good spot for the Northern Lights though sadly they were elusive during our visit. We booked the transfer from Rovaniemi, a large coach shared with visitors booked on tours of the hotel, for dinner, etc. It's quite the tourist attraction with various packages sold to non-residents. Paying visitors are free to look in all hotel rooms unless a Do not Disturb sign is displayed. It's a very commercial operation & feels so with paid up gawpers clogging the corridors. The chapel carved from ice is quite spectacular & the Ice Bar an Instagram friendly space. We ate in the Ice Restaurant which was pleasantly novel. They serve a pre-ordered 3 course menu priced at €58 per head, food is simple, unthrilling, & would have a value of no more then £20 in your local pub. I thought drinks quite reasonable considering, with a small glass of wine €7. Dinner is served at 7pm & was done & dusted within an hour. No-one lingers when it's sub zero.
There is also a kota style restaurant if you don't fancy dining in your coat.
On arrival overnighters are given a tour & shown the facilities including the locker room where you can store a small case. Further luggage is kept in an unsecured room near reception. The locker room also has a few bunks for anyone who can't hack a night on the ice slab. Having taken tips from this site we opted for the standard room as you can do nothing in them other then sleep. They house a bed made of ice with a reindeer fur laid over. Nothing else. They're dimly illuminated by LED & include a socket to charge a phone. The temperature is maintained between zero & minus five. Suites are much bigger & much prettier, individualised with striking ice sculptures. They are far more inviting & on first perusal I wished we'd opted for one instead of the bleak cupboard like standard room. But quite frankly when it comes to bedtime the experience is democratised & one & all will be grappling in near darkness to undress & get in that sleep bag asap. It's at this point you start to ask whose daft idea all this was anyway. Or why you didn't book one of their cosy igloos instead. Would it be a total walk of shame to creep out to those locker room bunks? The sleeping bags are very effective & we felt snug as a bug, it's the hardness of the surface that gets to you more. As a poor sleeper I popped a pill & was out 'til knock up time. We signed up to be woken in the event of the Aurora & thanked God it didn't show. At 7.30am they come round with drinks to wake you at which point you return your sleeping stuff & check out whose jibbed in the bunks. Quite a few!! Breakfast is served 7am until 10am in a soulless barn of a room. It's a dreary spread & feels horribly Butlins like, as does the awful shower block. I'm not a camping type. The hotel lacks a nice lounge, it isn't a place you want to loiter & I believe the majority of guests are one nighters. It would have suited me more if aspects outside of the sleeping experience were more luxurious but to be fair the accommodation price point isn't pitched that high, even if food is. There's not a fat lot to do barring the handful of activities (snow-shoeing, ice fishing, ice sculpting, sauna). Someone said the private snow sauna was amazing. Staff were all very nice but given the fast throughput it isn't a personalised experience. It's all pretty slick & chargeable transfers were prompt both ways. The hotel also has some luxury glass roofed igloos but these get booked up months ahead - & are for wimps. Only Snow hotel guests get a certificate to show they have endured in Arctic conditions!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- ARCTIC SNOWHOTEL Our SnowHotel sleeps 70 guests and is one of the largest in the Nordic region. This spectacularly handsome building is carved each year to be different in appearance. The walls and furniture surfaces of the unique rooms are decorated with ice art and illuminated artwork. The room temperature is 0–5C°, but using the sleeping bags intended for extreme conditions combined with reindeer furs, you can be sure you will stay in warmth and comfort. On the shores of the lake the moonlight, stars and Northern Lights illuminate the silent, Lappish nature. As our guest you will have a good night’s sleep as the Aurora Alarm searches the skies for you. GLASS IGLOOS Next to SnowHotel you will find the tranquillity of the glass igloos. Staying overnight in a glass igloo feels like sleeping in the open, but inside the igloo it is just as warm and cosy as a hotel. The igloo village is set in an opening surrounded by pine trees, sufficiently far away from the city lights, making ideal conditions for watching the Northern Lights and enjoying starry skies. Have a good night’s sleep as the Aurora Alarm searches the skies for you: once the Aurora Alarm has woken you up, all you need to do is open your eyes, look at the night sky and enjoy the sight from the comfort of your bed. ... more less
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