We stayed 2 nights, the first in a warm (Kaamos) room and the second in an ice room (Art Suite). Advice - put your pillow in your sleeping bag!
In hindsight we should have stayed in the ice room on the first night, as we were in the room from 8.30pm - I woke up at 5.30am but my husband woke up at 1.30am and then he slept on the cushioned bench in the private dressing room (note - take an eye mask and ear plugs, as the lights are always on in the dressing room and some users are noisy!). Others said that they had hardly slept at all, whilst some were woken after 8am by the staff with a nice warm drink! With going to work on our return home, we were lacking in sleep! You do not need to take towels or a hairdryer. There is a kettle with supplies in the warm room.
We did the Ice driving in Mini's, and both drivers and passengers had a wonderful time. The instructor gave us a good balance of driving knowledge and advice whilst making it fun - thank you!
We also did the Northern Lights night time dog sledging. It would be better if there were handles or some rope to hold on to, as you might not know the person sitting behind you and you might not want to lean against them. This then causes you backache and takes away the sense of occasion. I think a day time excursion would have been better and not so bitterly cold. I was siting at the front and had hand warmers in my gloves and my fingers still froze. Remember to take and use ski goggles, along with hand warners (eg gel warmers).
As previous visitors have commented, there is not enough seating in the lounge, reception and dressing room areas combined. This is especially noticeable when there are 40+ arrivals with 40+ departures around the same time, along with any day visitiors.
I would advise getting a taxi to the airport rather than the coach, as our party had 2 coaches and we ended up queueing outside the airport doors - luckily it was not snowing. It would be a good idea for the trip planner to arrange for one coach to leave 15 minutes befor the other.
I would totally recommend staying at the Ice Hotel; the staff are friendly and the food is very good. Just remember that day visitors arrive by the coachloads and also eat in the restaurant. Although we were staying at the Hotel, we were going to have to wait an hour for a table (due to a coach load of visitors going in before us). We walked 1/2 an hour to the Homestead to find that it was closed, so we had nothing to eat until 9pm (having arrived around 1pm). The bar food is very limited. Surely hotel guests should take priority?
If the few negative points can be addressed, this would have been a perfect experience and Discover The World had organised everything so well - thank you!
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