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An Ice and Snow Hotel in Iceland?

Contrary to popular belief, there is no Ice and Snow Hotel in Iceland, and although there have been rumours of a complex being built, these were mostly based on the possibility of a none-ice extension to Reykjavik’s National Concert Centre. The Icehotel in Swedish Lapland is a wonderful alternative to a stay in Iceland as are the Kakslauttanen Igloo Village in Finland and the Snow Hotel in Norway.

The reasoning against building an Ice and Snow Hotel in Iceland is that although there are sections of the island which remain covered in snow all year round, these are in inaccessible areas. Two thirds of Iceland’s population live in the capital Reykjavik and most of the country’s tourist attractions are on the south western coast. During the winter months, when a snow hotel would be built, this area is significantly warmer than the rest of the country because of the movement of the Gulf Stream. Igloo building in these conditions is unreliable if not impossible.

There might not be an ice and snow hotel in Iceland, but there's definitely plenty of other fantastic features! Take a look at our range of tours to find your break. Need a little guidance on which Iceland holiday is right for you? No problem, just check out our Iceland Holiday Ideas or speak to one of our advisers on 0333 800 2033 and discover your perfect getaway!

Alternatives to an Ice and Snow Hotel in Iceland

As soon as winter arrives, world leading artists converge on Jukkasjärvi, a small village in the Arctic Circle, and begin the process of building the Icehotel. The structure is both a hotel and an art gallery at the same time. In the morning when you vacate a suite at the Icehotel it turns into an installation in possibly the most unique art display in Europe.

For a taste of scenic Iceland, visit Reykjavik where the hot springs that gave the city its name of “smoky bay” are used to heat houses and outdoor swimming pools. Reykjavikians can lay claim to the oldest parliament in the world and one of the “greenest” cities on Earth.

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