Snow Hotel

Snow Hotel

Snow Village Yllasjarventi 158, Yllasjarvi 95980 Finland
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Snow Village Yllasjarventi 158, Yllasjarvi 95980 Finland
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Rob R wrote a review Jan 2022
Tredegar, United Kingdom2,468 contributions635 helpful votes
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
We had pre booked this as one of our must do’s in Lapland. It’s about 30 minutes from our base in Levi. We booked through Ingham prior to holiday.

The hotel is a fascinating and unique location to stay. We had booked three course evening meal in ice restaurant costing $65 per person not cheap but for location and Finnish prices not extortionate and quality was excellent and what a unique dining experience it was. We managed to have one drink in icebar as we arrived 15.30 and bar closes at 17.00 due to new covid regulations in Finland which really put a dampener on the evening although this is obviously out of the hotels control.

The hotel is amazing and it’s theme this year was time and space travel. It felt very 2001 space odyssey to me, the sculptures are outstanding.

We were able to stay in a warm communal room before we were allowed access to the rooms at 22.00. After all the day visitors have gone it really did feel a much more magical place. Although due to covid restrictions our meal was a lot earlier with a few hours to kill. Although there is a tipi with log burning fire which was very relaxing to spend an hour while waiting.

Finally our room was ready, you pick up your sleeping bag and inner bag from the warm room, which is available 24/7 for guests for shower toilets or a warm if necessary.

My wife and I found the sleeping bags very warm and cosy and we both wore two thin layers. Didn’t find it cold except on your face which you can bring the sleeping bag hood over you to keep yourself nice and cosy. The main problem for me was the light rather than the cold a eye shield definitely recommended. Then we were woken at 8.00 am with a warm drink. We changed in warm room then had breakfast in log restaurant which although not the last word in luxury but very nice all the same.

Not the best nights sleep I have ever had but far from the worst and would happily repeat the experience. Because after all that is why we booked to be able to experience staying in the ice hotel and the experience certainly didn’t disappoint and you even get a certificate as a souvenir.
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Date of stay: January 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Dave W wrote a review Dec 2022
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Arrived on 22nd December with a Family party oy 14, 2 Grandparents, 3 Daughters, 2 Son in Laws and 7 children, ranging from 3 too 16
First the negative. We booked a 4 night 5 day stay with tui. Don't be sucked in with the 5th day. We had to get the coach for the airport at 0730 so not much of a 5th day.
Positives, all rooms, 4 in total and an apartment, spotless
Food. Basic but very nice and constantly refreshed.
Bar well stocked
Snow Village superb experience. I took the grandkids letters the had wrote and gave them too an elf outside, they, as too Santa, played along instantly about collecting them from the post office, kids were amazed.
Bit of advice, buy your own sledge from the supermarket about £20 and keep it with you, on site ones get easily damaged, we just fou d some new guests on our last night and gave them the sledges, it was Christmas Day.
Overall SUPERB EXPERIENCE.
Once in a life time trip
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Date of stay: December 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Mathew T wrote a review Jan 2024
Hereford, United Kingdom48 contributions1 helpful vote
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Great snow hotel. It wasn't finished when we visited but we were allowed in. Awesome ice sculptures - this year's theme is Nordic legend. Staff and ice the people carving the ice sculptures were friendly. The bar was open and drinks are not cheap but then it's not cheap to build an ice hotel. All very good. Nice drink at the bar. Well worth a visit.
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Date of stay: December 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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ristosan wrote a review Feb 2020
Espoo, Finland337 contributions134 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
This is a wonderful place to visit. The hotel rooms and spaces are rebuilt for every winter with new ice and snow decorations. I thought that nothing would beat the Game of Thrones decorations of last winter, but this year’s were as awesome. The ticket of 18€ was not too much.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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Brancar wrote a review Jan 2012
London31 contributions44 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Clearly the highlight of staying in such a place is sleeping in rooms made of snow and ice and eating in the ice restaurant and drinking at the ice bar. We did do all of those things and it was a good experience. The sleeping bags they give you do keep you sufficiently warm (don't worry!) even though I had my doubts and we did get a good night's sleep surprisingly.

The part I wasn't expecting is that it is rather like camping (and not very well organised camping) including having to walk through the snow OUTSIDE (open air) the ice hotel to get to a toilet in the middle of the night. The snow part actually joins onto the main hotel reception, warm restaurant and has a set of toilets and lockers. These are all closed off during the night and instead you need to walk outside in the snow (-20 degrees) to another building called the "warm place" which has one (!) toilet for men and one (!) toilet for women.

The lack of toilets during the night is less of an issue, but noting that everyone gets woken up at the same time of the morning, you can have up to 30 people in the warm place waiting for toilets and showers. Seems there has been some lack of planning in that the women's toilet is combined with the only women's shower, so if someone is using the shower, nobody can use the toilet. There is only a total of 3 showers at the "warm place" to share between many guests. It seemed many people did not bother with a shower as it was all too hard.

The included breakfast was tragic considering the price, though dinner (not included) was reasonably priced (not dissimilar to prices in Levi centre) and good, including wine and drinks.

Overall an interesting experience, just seems there are some things they really could have done better which would have made a big difference.
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Date of stay: January 2012
2.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: The suites are more spacious and have more ice decoration. The standard double is really a small...
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flames25 wrote a review Feb 2020
Swindon, United Kingdom16 contributions15 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
This is one of the most amazing places I have ever visited.

We took the tour, ate in the ice restaurant and stayed the night in an igloo.

The snow and ice art is amazing, it is incredible what can be achieved in the medium of snow and ice and I think that anyone who can should visit.

The surroundings and food in the ice restaurant were also fantastic. It is a real experience to sit on ice chairs at an ice table and it is a bonus that the food is really really good. I believe it is also possible to have the same food in the log cabin. However, the cabin, whilst much warmer is not a particularly luxurious environment ... more like a cafe .. and wouldn’t really fit with the gourmet food.

So far everything was amazing .... then we stayed the night.

It is really hard to comprehend how cold the igloos are until you stay in one. We were supplied with really warm sleeping bags but this was a problem for me as I normally like a cool-ish sleeping environment. Any bits of me that were in the bag were too hot and anything not in the bag was subjected to the bitter cold (zero to -5 degrees C). Another issue is that the lights are never turned out ... so if you need the dark to sleep you are out of luck.
It is possible to de-camp to a communal warm kitchen area that has sofa beds .... but that misses the point.
The breakfast was in the log cabin and was adequate but I suppose a shade disappointing considering the cost of staying.

I have been quite negative about this part of the trip and even I can make the argument with myself that I should expect to be cold in an igloo. However, I suggest that before anyone thinks about staying they take in to account that it is basically very expensive camping in the freezing cold and adjust their expectations accordingly.
Admittedly the surroundings are stunning.
My suggestion is to do the tour ... eat in the restaurant and go back to your warm hotel with proper beds and the luxury of light switches.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Kate-Cheyenne wrote a review Dec 2017
Cheyenne, Wyoming38 contributions17 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My daughter and I spent a night at the hotel and enjoyed every minute. The hotel is amazing in how it’s constructed and the snow and ice carvings throughout it. The staff were friendly and very helpful. They did everything to make us comfortable for the evening. It’s an experience that everyone should try.
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Date of stay: December 2017Trip type: Travelled solo
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ellie_southgate wrote a review Mar 2017
London, United Kingdom15 contributions2 helpful votes
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My family and I took an evening visit to the ice hotel. There were many amazingly carved rooms; including, the chapel, the cinema screening, a bar and restaurant and the many rooms that you sleep in. It was about a two hour long visit, and personally, my favourite part was the ice slide! We had a guided tour initially but were allowed to roam around and peek into the lovely rooms! There is a lovely gift shop where my dad brought a sweet little music box; a lovely souvenir! the temperature was maintained at -5'c, so it actually felt warmer inside than outside! Some of the rooms were themed and sculpted into different designs, for example, under the sea, space, pirates and much more creative ideas! This trip could fit any type of group; business, family, friends or even solo! overall, this was one of the best days of the holiday and i would 100% recommend it!
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Date of stay: January 2017
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
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hansGLa wrote a review Jan 2020
Germany35 contributions16 helpful votes
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This place is a place to go to for everyone I must say
It is absolutely breathtaking and a clear recommendation
Only thing I did not like was that the warm drinks at the ice bar were barely warm and juice and glöggi way to sweet
But the place is stunning and also a great place for kids
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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HonestChas wrote a review Jan 2018
18 contributions8 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Booked this trip with TUI/Thomson as they were. Hotel was typical to the star rating. But clean and tidy and the food wholesome and filling. Apartment was lovely and warm with built in sauna and special drying room for clothing. Staff really helpful as well. My son got an ear infection whilst we were there and the reception arranged an appointment on a Sunday with the onsite doctor at the medical centre. Prices are a little higher than UK but not unbearable. There are some great shops just a few minutes walk down the road and a walk in pharmacy (sort of like a walk in doctors) again very helpful. This is located in the supermarket complex which again is excellent.

Finland and the people there are wonderful and the countryside and scenery are just about as good as you can imagine.

One important word of caution though. Do not get pressured into buying Snowmobile, Husky Rides or Reindeer Rides off the holiday reps. We were quoted €360 for 40 mins snowmobiling by our rep. We found a better experience from a shop just down the road from our hotel. €145 for 2 hours. So look around locally as soon as you arrive you will get some good deals and ideas for excursions you hadn't even considered.

The holiday reps try and justify high prices because they say it is a once in a lifetime experience. Not for me it isn't, i am coming back every year to this wonderful country. Christmas magic is for grown ups with or without children.
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Date of stay: December 2017Trip type: Travelled with family
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Galac25 asked a question Feb 2018
Besancon, France104 contributions39 helpful votes
Bonjour, est-ce que l’hôtel fourni des serviettes de toilettes ou faut-il penser à emmener les nôtres ?
Answer from Maud4211
Somme, France271 contributions66 helpful votes
Bonsoir Excusez moi, pour l'hôtel de glace,je ne sais pas, je pensais que vous parliez de l'hôtel Saaga. De toute façon les douches sont déconseillées le soir pour cet hôtel Bonne soirée
Brancar wrote a tip Jan 2012
London31 contributions44 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"The suites are more spacious and have more ice decoration. The standard double is really a small igloo room with a square ice bed. The sleeping experience is the same and note that until people go to sleep, you are free to wonder through the suites and take photos and lie on the beds anyway."
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Nearby attractions include Lapland Hotels SnowVillage (0.10 km).
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Some of the more popular amenities offered include an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and free parking.
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Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a lounge during their stay.
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