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  • Day9

    Arctic Snow Hotel

    March 29, 2019 in Finland ⋅ 🌬 3 °C

    Gegen 14 Uhr sind wir wieder zurück. Die Straßen sind durch das Tauwetter ganz schön seifig geworden- ist hier auch wie bei einer Schlittenfahrt. Aber Markus hat das Steuer im Griff👍😊. Wir können uns nur kurz ausruhen, da wir heute Abend ein Dinner im Arctic Snow Hotel gebucht haben. Wegen der Straßenlage fahren wir gegen 16 Uhr schon wieder los. Aber das Streufahrzeug scheint unterwegs gewesen zu sein, alles nicht mehr so schlimm 😅. Kurz vor 17 Uhr sind wir da. An der Rezeption bekommen wir eine kurze Info zum Ablauf. Wir dürfen das Hotel erstmal in Ruhe anschauen und um 18 Uhr dann ins Restaurant. Ausgiebig erkunden wir jedes Zimmer. Zum Anschauen ganz nett aber übernachten muss nicht sein. Die etwas geräumigeren Suiten sehen zwar cool 😎 aus, aber sind auch nur durch einen schmalen Vorhang verschlossen. Und das für über 280 € die Nacht 🤪. Es gibt Gemeinschaftstoiletten und einen Raum mit Schließfächer für das Gepäck. Die normalen Zimmer sind eigentlich nur ein Loch im Eis mit Bett und Vorhang - man kann sich kaum drehen (210 €!). Die Bar ist ganz schick und Markus darf sein Eisglas nach dem Austrinken an die Wand werfen 😁. Es gibt noch eine Icechapel, in der man auch heiraten kann. Im Restaurant sitzen wir auf Eisstühlen mit Rentierfell. Das 3-Gänge Menü besteht aus Tomatensuppe, Hauptgericht (Lachs, Hühnchen, Rentier oder vegetarisch) sowie einem Schokokuchen als Dessert. Es ist sehr lecker aber Verweilen möchte man nach dem Essen dann eher nicht 🥶. Trotz Handschuhe, Schal und warmen Klamotten kühlt man recht schnell aus. Vorteil: Die Getränke werden nicht warm 😂. Danach sind wir dann ganz schön platt und kuscheln uns zu Hause ins warme Bett 🛌😴.Read more

  • Day8

    Bed time at the Ice Hotel

    December 25, 2017 in Finland ⋅ ⛅ -15 °C

    We are going to bed now. This is our room for Christmas night it has several ice sculptures around the walls and it is light by coloured lights. It will be interesting to see if we get a good night sleep. Temperate inside the room is below zero but we have sleeping bags on top of reindeer hides to keep us warm. Even the fire place is made of ice. Goodnight.Read more

  • Day9

    Boxing Day - Snow Activities

    December 26, 2017 in Finland ⋅ 🌫 -19 °C

    Sleeping in the Ice Hotel was different. We slept in very tight cocoon like sleeping bags (which were a little difficult to move in) on top of reindeer hides. My feet got a little cold in the early morning, other than that I slept like a bug in a rug. In the morning, after breakfast, we walked around the resort having a go at a sled on ski's, tobogganing and then went for a walk with snow shoes into the forest where the snow was so deep that when I fell into the snow it was difficult getting up (no photos). We then took a walk on the frozen lake and after this we went for a Finnish Sauna and outdoor Spa.Read more

  • Day9

    Glass Igloo

    December 26, 2017 in Finland ⋅ 🌫 -18 °C

    This afternoon we checked into the Glass Igloo they are rather cute with a glass roof and a bed you can tilt to see the Northern Lights and heated. After our morning activities we decided a rest was required before having dinner tonight in the Ice Hotel restaurant. Dinner was very good, tomato soup, John had Elk and I had chicken and a yummy chocolate desert served on a frozen snowflake plate. After dinner we retired to our room, finished our bottle of bubbles and waited for the Northern Lights for a while. The Northern Lights did not appear so hopefully on the cruise in Norway will be lucky.Read more

  • Day10

    Leaving Arctic Snow Hotel

    December 27, 2017 in Finland ⋅ ⛅ -14 °C

    Today we are leaving Rovaniemi and going to Stockholm for 5 days. Yeah the bags will be fully unpacked and we can do some washing. When we arrived at Rovaniemi Airport we were surprised at how busy it was, people were everywhere.Read more

  • Day8

    Arctic Snow Hotel

    December 25, 2017 in Finland ⋅ ⛅ -11 °C

    Today we checked into the Ice Hotel. We did not do much today other than take heaps of photos, sit by a fire and read, then we went to the ice bar for a drink. Later this evening we will be having dinner at the restaurant.Read more

  • Day8

    Arctic Christmas Night

    December 25, 2017 in Finland ⋅ ⛅ -15 °C

    Yes, we saw our first although faint Northern Lights before heading to dinner. Our Christmas Day meal was mushroom soup, this was followed by salmon cooked over the flames of the central fire in the restaurant and John again had reindeer, this time more like a hamburger meat. We had apple with icecream for dessert.Read more

  • Day5

    Arctic Snow Hotel

    March 4 in Finland ⋅ ☁️ -7 °C

    It's already past 4 pm when we leave the Arktikum. After a quick stop at the supermarket, we leave our stuff in the hotel and then heat out again. Thanks to Air Norwegian's free WiFi, while flying to Rovaniemi we indeed booked a very special tour for this evening: a visit to the Arctic Snow Hotel, a luxury resort completely made of ice!

    After a 30-minute drive through the beautiful snowy forests of Lapland, we reach our destination. We are welcomed by our local guide, who explains that absolutely everything here is built using just ice and snow: no metal not wood are allowed. Inside, there are always - 5 degrees, regardless of the outside temperature.
    The construction phase takes about 3 weeks and starts in November. The whole season is for 3.5 months, until end of March. Afterwards, the ice slot starts melding and it gets white wet inside. However, it takes almost 3 more months for the ice hotel to completely melt away.

    They even have snow saunas: completely made of extremely thick ice (apart from the benches) they reach very high temperatures thanks to the insulating power of ice. After throwing water on hot coal thus generating the hot steam, each visitor can stay inside 10 minutes. Indeed, after this lapse the heat starts excessively melting the ice on the ceiling. Each usage melts 3 to 5 mm of ice away and each sauna can be used around 100 times and then is abandoned. At the beginning of the season, they build 100 saunas, and they use simultaneously 5 at once.

    After cuddling a cute baby reindeer (probably the kids attraction of the hotel), we can finally walk through the entrance door of this pretty unique hotel and start exploring. Some rooms feel a bit claustrophobic, but the suits are truly impressive, thanks to the elaborate decorations and the play of light. Each suit has a theme reflected by ice statues, coloured LED lights and bas-reliefs on the walls. There is even a restaurant with dozens of tables (cutlery and dishes are exceptionally NOT of ice), a bar and a Chapel.

    Really stunning...but I'm not sure if I would like to overnight here after a day spent in the cold of Lapland winter... 🙄
    The guide must have read my thoughts, because - at the end of the visit - we are transferred to a regular wooden hut, where we are served hot berry juice and cookies. There couldn't have been a better conclusion of our first Arctic day! ☺️
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