6 Igloo Hotels in the Nordic Countries

September 23, 2022 by Akylina Printziou

Photo:  Wilderness Hotel Inari & Igloos

As October approaches fast, the air has gotten crispier, the atmosphere smells of cinnamon and fallen leaves and our sweaters are slowly making their way out of our closets. These changes cannot pass by unnoticed, making us all start browsing through autumn and winter destinations where we can truly feel the change of seasons.

When thinking of colder destinations, the Nordic countries are prominently featured at the top of every list. The idyllic northern landscapes with red-leaf forests or snowy mountains and the magical Northern Lights are sights everyone more or less has on their bucket list. The aurora season lasts from late August to early April, but if the extreme cold weather of the Nordic winter isn’t something you’re very keen on, autumn is the perfect time for you to experience this enchanting sight.

Instead of just picking a destination for you to watch the Northern Lights, however, why not take it up a notch and actually opt for an igloo-shaped hotel to enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime experience? Some hotels feature igloos that are actually made out of snow, adhering to the traditional Eskimo methods (but evidently more luxurious and much warmer, we promise!), while some others offer igloos made out of glass, allowing guests to gaze at the sky even when lying on their bed, to fall asleep and wake up with those stunning starry sky views. If this idea makes the adventurer in you squeal with joy, then come along and let’s take a look at 6 igloo hotels in Nordic countries that the Travelmyth team has handpicked for you.

Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort - Igloos and Chalets

Finland is the queen of igloo hotels and Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort - Igloos and Chalets in Saariselka is an ideal place to stay for a dreamy Nordic accommodation experience. The resort offers more traditional snow igloos, as well as glass igloos and Kelo-Glass igloos, which are a combination of a wooden cabin with a glass igloo so you won’t have to miss out on the stunning night sky views. No matter which igloo you pick, they are all cosy, heated and equipped with all the amenities you might need for either a romantic or a family getaway. Plus, the view of the resort’s lighted igloos from above makes it seem like hundreds of stars dispersed across the winter landscape - truly a sight to behold!

Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel

Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel in Alta, Norway, holds the record for the northernmost igloo hotel in the world. Staying true to the traditional igloo making practices, the hotel is built anew every winter, starting from December, offering various rooms and suites made completely out of snow and ice. Apart from spending the night in an igloo room, guests can also admire the numerous ice and snow sculptures that adorn the hotel, and even book a guided tour of this extraordinary hotel.

Golden Crown - Levin Iglut

Amidst a forest that is completely covered in thick snow during the winter months, Golden Crown - Levin Iglut in Levi, Finland, offers luxurious and spacious glass igloos that will make your stay nothing short of magical. You can fall asleep while looking at the starry night sky or the Northern Lights, hop in one of the indoor or outdoor jacuzzis, enjoy breakfast in your cosy igloo and create memories in this winter wonderland that you will never forget.

Arctic Lake Experience Oulujärvi Igloos

Featuring modern and cosy glass igloos on Lake Oulujärvi, Arctic Lake Experience Oulujärvi Igloos in Kajaani, Finland, ensures a very unique accommodation experience, as you are not only surrounded by the lush Finnish forests, but also by a scenic Arctic lake. You will have the opportunity to taste local food for lunch or dinner, as well as try out the authentic Finnish sauna experience, whether you’re visiting in summer or winter.

Hotel Arctic

Located right on the shores of Ilulissat Icefjord, one of the most active and largest glaciers in the world (an UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2004), Hotel Arctic in Ilulissat, Greenland, features five igloos made out of aluminium which are connected with a wooden bridge with the hotel’s main building. The igloos are fully-equipped with everything you need, while also offering spectacular views over the sea and the floating icebergs. Guests can stay in the igloos only from May until October.

Peace & Quiet Hotel

Our list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the idyllic Swedish Lapland with its rolling hills and Arctic landscape, yet another ideal place from which you can enjoy the legendary Aurora Borealis in all its glory. With a serene location in Jokkmokk, Sweden, on the junction of Lule and Pearl River, Peace & Quiet Hotel lives up to its name, offering guests a truly peaceful stay in cosy glass igloos. Immerse yourself in the scenic Nordic landscape, enjoy sustainable dining options and treat yourself to rejuvenating spa treatments that include cryotherapy, meditation and yoga on the ice, siberian sauna and relaxing massages, or experience forest bathing, surrounding yourself with nature in Sweden’s lush forests and cleansing your mind and soul.

Whether you’re a true winter lover or you simply want to have a different-from-usual accommodation experience in the Nordic countries, staying at an igloo-shaped hotel, either made out of snow, glass or aluminium, is an one-of-a-kind experience that will make your autumn or winter vacation truly special!

You can find more igloo hotels in our Unusual category, or you can view more hotel options in Nordic countries below:

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