When it comes to the festive Christmas season there are those who embrace winter and others who flock to escape the brutally cold temperatures by heading somewhere tropical. With a plethora of activities to enjoy back home that include skiing, tobogganing, carolling and cross country skiing it’s no wonder many choose to stick around. For those who are looking for the perfect winter getaway there are a number of specialty hotels that are incredibly unique. For those with a plucky positive attitude the best hotel deals for Christmas holidays include potentially staying at these three gems :
Ice Hotel Quebec (Hôtel de Glace)
A winter wonderland exists only mere kilometres away from Quebec City. With intricately carved crystalline ice sculptures its a true marvel and work of art for those able to visit between January 5th and March 24th. No matter what the temperature is outside, which at times can drop below -30 C the ambient temperature is always between minus three and minus five degrees. To stay warm while sleeping at night Arctic sleeping bags are provided.
Glass Dome Hotel located in Finland
Ever fancied staying in a glass dome igloo? Well, for those heading to Finland it’s possible to have this phenomenal experience by heading to Urho Kekkonen National Park for unabated views of the Arctic Circle. Without any pollution in site thousands upon thousands of stars are revealed to inhabitants every night. Some fascinating features include thermal glass walls and special glass which prevents frost from accumulating.
Icehotel in Sweden
The largest and inaugural ice hotel is nestled just outside Kiruna, Sweden in the village of Jukkasjärvi. Originally a site for Japanese ice artists, there was a housing shortage one night, and visitors in the area stayed overnight by snuggling up inside sleep bags laced on top of reindeer skin. It sure has come a long way since then. One fascinating feature is that mugs and glasses in the bar are all created from ice.