Opulent ice pillars in the hotel ice bar glow with color-changing LED lights as music pumps out of the ice-encased speakers. Bartenders serve up specialty drinks in ice glasses, which can be a challenge to sip out of! Guests can also relax in the indoor ice seating areas, which are all covered with reindeer pelts in order to keep bodies warm, and the ice protected. Fireplaces keep the atmosphere cozy, but don’t give off any heat – as we all know ice and heat don’t mix!
The ice chapel also glows with LED lights, and seats 150 on its fur-lined ice pews. Winter lovers can get married in the chapel, which offers civil ceremonies for a truly memorable wedding.
Each day the wintry hotel’s cavernous 36 rooms are open to the public to discover and explore until 8 pm. Each suite has been carved with a different theme – ours featured an igloo-shaped seating area, a wall of fur-hooded natives, and an ice walrus headboard. After an hour of clean up, overnight guests can enter their rooms at 9pm after a crash course in overnight survival. Each ice bed has a mattress, fur cover, and polar-issue sleeping bags that resemble a mummy case.
All photos by Lori Zimmer for Inhabitat