We were on a trip with Untravelled Paths in January. They couldn't organize our trip better. From mailing with James till running through the Ice Hotel with Dragos who was a perfect guide and driver. He looked after us every time we needed him. He even let us in his room to change our outfits and go in it anytime we needed. Overall the beauty of this place called Balea Lake and the Ice Hotel are a truly gem and is a fantastic place to be. After arrival we booked in advance the tunnel trek which was a the best thing to do. When we went on the other side we were kindly told to be quite otherwise we will scare the Chamois goats (called also the mountain goat or the black goat) which are by the way protected by law in this country. We did so and when we finally went out in the clear sky Dragos spoted a Chamois goat that was very close to us. All people in that group took pictures and filmed it. It was absolutely amazing... Back on the Balea Lake chalet we've been doing sledging for an hour and then prepared again in Dragos & Cristina's room which by the way is the nicest young married couple that made our trip fantastic.
The dinner in the Ice Hotel was the top cherry cake! Organized very well and with a very interesting menu: Smoked salmon fish with honey and mustard sauce, Pork roulade with mushroom sauce prosciuto, cream carrot soup with croutons and a traditional romanian dessert.
I need to say that without Cristina and Dragos we would waited for hours at the cable car in a very long cue. But because Untravelled Paths has priority we run into the first cable car and everything runed smoothly. Same the next day.
Sleeping in the Ice Hotel is an extreme experience but I have to admit that we weren't cold and we sleep really well.
We will definitely come back to explore more of Romania this year with Untravelled Paths.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Faragas Mountains provide a perfect backdrop for the Balea Lac Ice Hotel. Its remote location, at over 2000m is reached only by cable car making it an exclusive 10 room hotel. Set amidst breathtaking scenery, the Ice Hotel is rebuilt every year and the views and silent nights make a visit to the Ice Hotel a must. The stunning Ice Church is a short walk away. Activities: Sledging, snow mobile, skiing. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Ice Hotel Romania Fagaras