From beds (and entire rooms, in fact) intricately carved from great hunks of natural ice, to glass-topped igloos that offer some of the cosiest northern lights sightings possible, the Lapland Travel Specialists at Regent Holidays pick their favourite places to stay in Lapland this winter.
Now in it's 27th year, ICEHOTEL in Swedish Lapland is the world's first and largest hotel to ever be built entirely from ice. Each bespoke ice suite is individually designed and hand-crafted by international artists each year. The result? A seriously impressive winter wonderland that, thanks to the new ICEHOTEL 365 installation (essentially a giant fridge), allows visitors to sleep on a bed of ice all year round. Warm lodge rooms are also available, along with an ICEBAR and an ice art gallery.
Home to Santa Claus and exhilarating excursions like reindeer sleigh rides, snowmobiling and husky safaris, Finnish Lapland is the place for kids of all ages - but nothing inspires an adult's inner child like spending the night in an actual treehouse. The Arctic TreeHouse Hotel offers glass-fronted rooms suspended amongst the trees in remote Lappish wilderness, each enjoying unfiltered views of the countryside and the northern lights.
On the remote shores of Lyngenfjord, northern Norway, Lyngen Lodge offers an exclusive and intimate stay in the pristine wilderness. The beautifully designed lodge takes inspiration from traditional Scandinavian interiors, with peaceful neutral colour palettes, wooden furnishings and roaring log fires. Dog sledding, snowmobiling, ice fishing and cross-country skiing immerse guests in the snow-dusted winter environment before evenings are spent relaxing and tucking into hearty, freshly prepared meals.
While Finnish Lapland is renowned for it's array of spectacular igloo-style accommodations, there's one that always dominates the headlines; Kakslatuttanen. The village of heated, glass-roofed igloos is positioned north of the Arctic Circle, where the northern lights paint the dark night skies during winters that last for around 200 nights. After rushing through the frozen Lappish landscapes on a snowmobile or pulled by a pack of husky dogs, the cosy double beds enjoy front-row seats to the aurora borealis.
Finland's answer to Sweden's ICEHOTEL comes in the form of the Arctic Snow Hotel, where 'ice rooms' are built entirely from compacted snow and glass-topped igloos await on the same site to add a few warm nights to your stay. Just 26 kilometres from Rovaniemi, Lapland’s winter capital, the Arctic Snow Hotel is the perfect candidate for a short winter break that makes the most of Norwegian's new direct flights, connecting Rovaniemi and Gatwick.