Okay, there has to be some small print here. it's not an amazing experience during the time that you are there, but it is a memory that you will keep forever.
I love that I have stayed here, because it's a memory that I often visit and makes a great story to tell at dinners or with friends...however, when you are there, it can be quite miserable.
If you arrive in the day, your room will not be available until around 9pm. In the meantime, you can walk the grounds and have drinks in the ice bar. All of this is fun...for about 90 minutes. We ended up leaving the area and driving North to a fun little bar / restaurant for dinner, before heading back around 8pm.
Once you have changed clothing and have all sleeping necessities sorted, you can spend an hour or two walking the ground with snow shoes, although the trails are not long, and it's quite dark (you have helmet lights), it's quite fun. After this, it's always worth worth taking advantage of the free hot tubs (we took our own wine).
Eventually, you go to your room, (after the fastest change of clothes ever) snuggle deep down into your arctic sleeping bags and attempt to get comfy. I highly recommend using the bathroom before this, as you really don't want to get out of bed in the night.
In the morning, you return to get your clothes (or luggage) and have a free breakfast in the cafeteria. This is like something you would find in a campground, very basic food and facilities.
Overall, I love the fact that we went and it certainly is a bucket list item, but don't expect magic, or you will be disappointed.
- a memory of a life time
- wonderful photograph opportunities
- a decent experience, especially if you hike and enjoy the bar
- crazy expensive (try to find a deal)
- minimal facilities
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