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This 'Game of Thrones'-Themed Ice Hotel Will Take You to the Freezing Depths of Westeros

The pop-up Finland hotel has its own ‘Hall of Faces’ and ten unique hotel suites, all crafted from ice and snow.
By Libby Curran
January 09, 2018
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This 'Game of Thrones'-Themed Ice Hotel Will Take You to the Freezing Depths of Westeros

The pop-up Finland hotel has its own ‘Hall of Faces’ and ten unique hotel suites, all crafted from ice and snow.
By Libby Curran
January 09, 2018
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Game of Thrones fans might be waiting at least another year before the hit HBO show returns for its eighth and final season, but here's something that should help fill the void: an actual GoT-themed hotel, made almost entirely from ice and snow.

Lapland Hotels SnowVillage is an annual pop-up hotel that opens in Kittilä, Finland each December, crafted by professional ice sculptors using around 20 million kilos of snow and 350,000 kilos of natural ice. Covering about 20,000 square metres, it's impressive at the best of times, though as Condé Nast Traveler reports, the owners have this year teamed up with HBO Nordic to give the hotel an extra memorable twist.

A wintery homage to Game of Thrones, SnowVillage's latest iteration features its own 'Hall of Faces', a dragon-shaped ice slide, an Ice Mountain-guarded Ice Throne and ten impressive hotel suites with their own unique sculptures carved into the walls.

In stark contrast to our current Aussie summer temperatures, the hotel's interiors only reach about minus-five degrees celsius, though you'll get a cosy sleeping bag to help see you comfortably through the night.

Of course, if you're not quite sold on the idea of such a chilly sleepover, SnowVillage also has plenty to tempt day-trippers. You can chow down on a feed of local delicacies (reindeer included) in the ice restaurant, warm up with some themed drinks at onsite drinking spot Ice Bar, take in some scenery on a husky safari, or unleash some creativity of your own at one of the ice sculpture workshops.

If you're heading to Finland in the next few months, entry to the SnowVillage costs €15 ($23 AUD), with rooms starting at €165 ($253 AUD). It's open daily until April 8, 2018.

Via Condé Nast Traveler.

Published on January 09, 2018 by Libby Curran

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