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The Ice Hotels in Scandinavia


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Lumilinna SnowHotel in Kemi, Finland
Lumilinna SnowCastle in Kemi, Finland

Lumilinna SnowCastle in Kemi, Finland

© Lumilinna SnowCastle
If there's an ice hotel in Finland that you shouldn't miss, it's the SnowHotel of the Lumilinna SnowCastle in Kemi, Finland. The SnowHotel is open from late January until mid April.

The SnowHotel is a beautifully illuminated and designed ice hotel with 18 regular rooms, family rooms for up to five, and a special honeymoon suite. The temperature in your rooms at the SnowHotel stays at a constant -5 degrees Celsius (23 degrees Fahrenheit).

You don't even have to stay over night to explore the SnowCastle - there is an arctic adventure land for kids, a theater and ice art gallery, a restaurant, and an ice chapel. However, you won't be able to experience the true ice hotel atmosphere without a night in the midst of ice, silence, and softly colored lighting.

The SnowHotel advises guests to bring warm, layered clothing for your stay (even during the day). Keep in mind that the SnowHotel does not have a sauna or showers - they take guests to a regular hotel in the morning for that.

Interestingly, the location of this ice hotel is south of the Arctic Circle. That's further south than most other ice hotels. To me, the Scandinavian weather felt a bit milder than at the other ice hotels in Scandinavia.

To get to the SnowCastle and its SnowHotel, check out flights to Oulu airport. It's a 1 1/2 hour drive north from there. Alternatively, compare flights to Rovaniemi, two hours east of the SnowCastle. There are rental cars available at the airports.

Reservations for the SnowHotel can be made by contacting the SnowCastle at +358 (0)16 259 502 (learn how to make calls to Finland). Nightly rates include breakfast and transportation to a regular hotel in the morning for showering and sauna.

Compare the SnowHotel to regular hotels in Kemi: All hotels in Kemi

Website: SnowCastle in Finland

Find out what ice hotels can look like in the Ice Hotel Photo Gallery!

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