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Icehotel
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Reviewed April 1, 2013 via mobile

From start to finish the Icehotel is amazing.
The hotel itself is a very 'cool' experience, and the size, art and sculptures are unbelievable. If you just want to see the hotel you can come as a visitor and whizz around the hotel in about an hour. But I would recommend staying a night in the Icehotel (not warm accommodation) and experience a couple of the local activities they have to offer.

When we first arrived we went on a reindeer excursion at a local Sami camp and we loved it. The man who runs it Nils Nutti, is a Sami who comes from a long line of reindeer herders and knows everything there is to know about reindeer/Sami culture. Upon arrival we were given some natural food for the reindeers and allowed to feed them and stroke them if they let us (very tough). Nils then caught a couple of reindeer and hooked up a sled and let us go around the track one at a time. Wow do they ever go fast, my reindeer, in-particular, was going so fast I could barely hold on. Afterwards we went into a Sami tent, devoured a local dish and listened to Nils talk. I highly recommend this, especially if you are an animal lover or have children.

Our next activity was dogsledding and once again it surpassed our expectations. This activity is run through a private company, Fjellborg Adventures, but has a partnership with the icehotel which once again makes booking through the hotel very easy. Our guide Jonas, and 11 friendly huskies, came and picked us at our hotel. From there we hopped on the sled while Jonas guided us through the forest to a small rustic tea hut. Throughout the journey, Jonas told us everything there was to know about huskies - you got a real sense that the huskies are the number one priority which is lovely. After tea the huskies couldn't wait to get running again and were barking to hurry us up. Jonas dropped us back off at the hotel and we vowed to come back and do an overnight trip next year.

The staff at the Icehotel are wonderful and extremely accommodating. In particular, we met a lovely girl named Louise who works in the restaurant and one of the bar staff, Frederick, kept us laughing all night.

One thing I would suggest - unless you are planning to do a lot of activities or want to improve your chances of seeing the northern lights - is to only stay one night. Like most things, the novelty of the hotel disappears pretty quickly and the communal area is very limited to privacy and space. Sticking to one night gives you ample time to try different things while also enjoying the hotel.

We didn't see the northern lights but did not make a difference. It will be an experience we will hold forever.

  • Stayed: March 2013
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Thank Devon E
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Reviewed March 28, 2013

On a recent visit we stayed in one of the snow rooms at the Ice hotel. It is an impressive place, beautiful, interesting and unique. The staff are friendly and the food was incredibly nice (and incredibly expensive). It does have a lot going for it but the problem is, if you are in one of the cold rooms, be warned you have no where to relax other than reception. You can't go to your room to relax for an hour - because it is freezing and visitors are going in and out of it all day. It basically means you can only use your room when you go to sleep - the rest of the time you can easily find yourself at a loose end but with no where to relax. Therefore, my advice, make sure you have a tour to go on during the day as well.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank A P
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Reviewed March 28, 2013

This is literally made of ice, and it thaws and is rebuilt annually, meaning that your experience will be unique to that year. You can have a look around and photograph etc. ther is a bar where they serve vodka cocktails named after the suites that have been carved in ice by guest ice artists around the world, some of which are fascinating. We saw a dragon carved in ice, a room of flying saucers, a bridal suite. Bonkers! But fantastic to see. It is an operational hotel where you can stay. Visitors leave after six to give guests privacy. Drinks are very expensive, however that is due to Swedish law.

Well worth a visit.

Stayed: March 2013, traveled on business
Thank Adam W
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Reviewed March 26, 2013

We booked The Ice Hotel with Discover the World. They were excellent and all went to plan.
We did not stay in the Ice Hotel itself; instead we used the warm accommodation for both nights.
Guests who did stay in the Ice accommodation enjoyed the experience only a few did not. If you do stay in the Ice accommodation you need to know that during the day you will not have a room to retreat to. Suggest you pre-book things to do, for example the evening Northern Lights Snowmobile which includes a meal. You get back about 23-00 hours.
We really enjoyed the Snowmobile. We were given great instruction and the meal half way through was excellent and very welcome to help you warm up again. These machines are the real thing and you get a good speed up across the lakes. Driving through the woods and across the frozen lakes was a magical experience. The whole experience lasted about four hours. We are in our late 60’s so it is not just for the young! You need a driving licence and a zero tolerance operates to anyone who has had an alcoholic drink. We did not see the Northern Lights. (should have had a drink!)
Staying here allows you a free trip around the Ice Hotel. It was wonderful and we also saw two couples getting married in the chapel.
The warm accommodation we had was very good and clean.
The evening meal was very good quality but expensive. The included self-service breakfast was excellent with a good choice.
The afternoon Husky experience was fantastic. The dogs were great and they would they let you stroke them. A coffee and bun were served by the campfire as a break during the trip. Total time for this trip was about 2 hours.

Room Tip: Use all the clothes offered from the hotel.
  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Thisisus
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Reviewed March 26, 2013

What an amazing place. Stayed one night in cold room, and two nights in warm. The night in the Ice Hotel had to be done and was surprisingly OK in -5 once in the sleeping bag. If I had had to get up in the night to go the toilet, I am not sure that I would have gone back to the room, though, which fortunately did not happen and we were woken by a member of staff with hot lingonberry juice in the morning. The warm room was spacious, clean and lovely and warm. We did three excursions through the hotel - northern lights on snowmobiles, moose safari on horseback and dog sledding (mooshing) - all of which were fabulous. We were lucky enough to see the northern lights the first two nights, and even luckier to have a tour guide all to ourselves for the moose safari and dog sledding. There are good facilities at the hotel - a nice bar, a gift shop that actually has decent things in it, and plenty of other activities to do and things to see. There are two restaurants on offer - the Old Homestead (which is a walk up the road) which was fabulous, and the Ice Hotel restaurant. To be honest, the Ice Hotel restaurant is very much style over substance so stick to the Old Homestead restaurant for dinner or lunch. The breakfast, however, served in the Ice Hotel restaurant was very good. The hotel provide plenty of clean snow suits, other clothing like hats and balaclavas, and boots to help cope with the cold and the activities - all of which were essential. Without exception all the staff are delightful and always happy to help, or answer any questions. All the tour guides we had were amazing too. The location and the scenery are breathtaking - so if you have the opportunity to go to this Ice Hotel, then take it without hesitation. Tip : one night in the Ice Hotel is enough. Also, the snow rooms or ice rooms are completely fine, rather than spend a lot more money on an art suite which you can see at any point in the day when the hotel is open to the public (you have your room from 18.00 until 10.00) and to be honest once you get in there to sleep you don't really notice your surroundings, and it is most definitely not the sort of room to relax and read a book in! PS don't miss the reindeer place at the end of the road (turn right out the hotel).

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with friends
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