We spent one night in the Ice Hotel. Yes, it is true that if you haven't slept out in the cold with a sleeping bag, you won't have the best sleep, but you can always stay in the warmer accomodations if you are really worried about the cold.
Here are some tips:
-Don't bother booking activities through the hotel as they are marked up very high. Do a little research and pick a local vendor who will gladly pick you up from the Ice Hotel. We did a great late night snow mobile trip with dinner at a hut and it was far, far, less expensive than the hotel's offers.
-This isn't really a full resort, which means there will be down time as others have said. Go for a walk down the road, take a book, enjoy the sauna. One suggestion for the hotel is to add a more comfortable room to the warm services building so people can rest, take a nap, etc. If they had a little more comfortable room, they could add on a bar or cafe and people would literally spend whole afternoons just relaxing before dinner and their cold sleep experience.
-Have a drink at the ice bar. Expensive but worth it. The second drink in your ice glass is a bit cheaper than the first.
-If you want to avoid the hotel restaurant for dinner (on Easter weekend the Homestead was closed due to a leaky roof), go on a tour which includes dinner or grab something to eat at the store down the road. We LOVED the Ice Hotel restaurant for lunch, it was ok for breakfast, but expensive for dinner.
-After 6pm the Hotel closes to the public. I went in and found no one there, so took tons of photos of the rooms. Trying to get pictures with the crowds can be difficult as some rooms are tight.
-Don't give up on the northern lights even if someone local says they are unlikely. After a 3 hr snow mobile ride, our guide said it wasn't likely, but the skies cleared after midnight and we saw a little activity, even with a full moon.
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- Also Known As:
- Icehotel Hotel Jukkasjarvi
- Icehotel Sweden/Jukkasjarvi
- Ice Hotel Sweden