While winter has well and truly come to Westeros, it has also arrived in Lapland, in the form of a themed hotel dedicated to popular TV series Game of Thrones.
Ice Suite; Source: tophotel.news
Game of Thrones dreams
Game of Thrones is known for its legion of fans, who will now be delighted to know that a new ice-hotel inspired by the hugely popular TV series has opened in Lapland, Finland. The product of a collaboration between HBO Nordic and Lapland Hotels SnowVillage, the hotel is constructed exclusively from snow and ice and takes it cues from the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros, the fictional territory where Game of Thrones takes place.
Winter is here
Considering the location of the SnowVillage, which is sited 200km above the arctic circle, winter is almost perpetual in the resort of Kittilä. Although the complex has been built every year since 2000, this is the first time that it will feature a Game of Thrones-inspired section, bringing the show’s favourite characters and places to life. The 24-room resort features sculptures of blue-eyed White Walkers, the Iron Throne, the Hall of Faces in Braavos and Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane, to name but a few. Fans of the show will be able to sleep among these imposing ice artworks, as one graces each of the 24 rooms, 10 of which have been kitted out so guests can spend the night in them. It is not recommended that guests stay more than one night in the ice hotel, given that the temperatures are kept at -5 degrees celsius, but guests are invited to move to one of the cosy log cabins if they wish to continue their stay in the SnowVillage. While staying in the ice rooms, guests sleep with thermal sleeping bags and are treated to hot berry juice in the mornings to warm them up after spending the night in Finland’s version of Westeros.
Experience frozen Westeros
As well as taking part in the greatest fantasy of our time, at least for a day or so, there is also the opportunity for guests to explore and discover the rest of the SnowVillage and the incredible area of Kittilä and Lapland itself. Lapland is known as the home of Santa Claus and his elves, but it is also a popular destination for those wishing to see the amazing spectacle of the Northern Lights, or the aurora borealis. The resort also offers guest the opportunity to go on their snowmobile safaris, where they can see some native flora and fauna, and within the resort itself there is plenty to keep guests entertained, from a cinema, sledding, ice sculpting and arctic bar to the ice restaurant which serves reindeer. Try it if you dare!