Editors' Picks: Coziest Winter Getaways

Are you dreaming of a white Christmas, hitting the slopes or staying warm by a fireplace ... preferably with a view? Check out our top picks for snowy winter destinations.

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Hotel de Glace - Quebec

Hotel de Glace - Quebec

Inspired by the original in Jukkasjarvi, Hotel de Glace on the outskirts of Quebec incorporates the same functionality but in even more refined form. The hotel has framed paintings hanging on its ice walls, more elaborate ice furniture and a swankier ice bar. 960 1280

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Hotel de Glace - Quebec

Hotel de Glace - Quebec

This hotel itself is large; 34 rooms, to be exact. Designers sketch up the hotel and build it in a matter of weeks every fall. Each year, the facility has something different -- a new bed, a new bar. 960 1280

By Matias Garabedian from Montreal, Canada (Hôtel de Glace) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons  

Alta Igloo Hotel - Norway

Alta Igloo Hotel - Norway

If there is such a thing as a rustic ice hotel, the Alta Igloo Hotel in the northeast corner of Norway would be it. The rooms are not very large, and low ceilings make them a bit claustrophobia-inducing. Still, the experience of sleeping in an igloo under the Northern Lights is second to none. 960 1280

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Alta Igloo Hotel - Norway

Alta Igloo Hotel - Norway

Apart from its 80 beds the Alta Igloo Hotel houses suites, an ice gallery, an ice bar, an ice chapel and several lounges. Sculpture work also is present here -- hulking ice sculptures that appear as stone until you touch them and they melt in your hand.  960 1280

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IceHotel - Sweden

IceHotel - Sweden

Situated in the village Jukkasjarvi, 125 miles north of the Arctic Circle in Sweden, the original Icehotel has been built every year since 1980. The facility didn't start out as a lodge; at first, it was simply built as a seasonal structure to house an art exhibit.
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IceHotel - Sweden

IceHotel - Sweden

Accommodations inside the Icehotel are, well ... chilly. Regardless of the temperature outside, the air in the Icehotel is always between 17 and 23 degrees Fahrenheit. Bedrooms have blocks of ice as beds, covered with fur, skin, hides and sleeping bags. 960 1280

By Laplandish (Own work) [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons  

Aurora Ice Museum - Alaska

Aurora Ice Museum - Alaska

The Aurora Ice Museum, located on the grounds of the Chena Hot Springs Resort 60 miles northeast of Fairbanks, is the only ice hotel in the U.S. Ice-carving champion Steve Brice designed. Visitors don't even have to spend the night; at the hotel's ice bar, guests can down a chilled martini before heading back to Fairbanks for the day. 960 1280

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Aurora Ice Museum - Alaska

Aurora Ice Museum - Alaska

In this hotel, everything is made of ice: the beds, the chairs, the counters, the glasses and more.  960 1280

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Balea Lake Ice Hotel (Chapel) - Romania

Balea Lake Ice Hotel (Chapel) - Romania

Only accessible via able car in the winter, this ice church is located in Romania at the Balea Lake Ice Hotel. 960 1280

By Untravelledpaths (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons  

Kakslauttanen Igloo Village - Finland

Kakslauttanen Igloo Village - Finland

Located in Saariselka, Finland, the Kakslauttanen Igloo Village is known for their world-famous glass igloos situated below the Northern Lights, which are visible from late August through the end of April. 960 1280
Kirkenes Snow Hotel - Norway

Kirkenes Snow Hotel - Norway

Opened in 2006 in Finnmark, Norway, near the Norwegian and Russian Border, the Kirkenes Snow Hotel features 20 bedrooms, an ice bar and more. 960 1280
Lainio Snow Village - Finland

Lainio Snow Village - Finland

Situated just north of the Arctic Circle in Lapland, Finland, the Lainio Snow Village is built every year using just about 40,000,000 pounds of snow. 960 1280
Lainio Snow Village - Finland

Lainio Snow Village - Finland

Covering over 65,000 square feet of space, Lainio features a snow hotel, an ice restaurant, an ice bar, a super-slick ice slide and a chapel. 960 1280
SnowCastle - Finland

SnowCastle - Finland

Known as one of the biggest snow structures in the world, the SnowCastle of Kemi, located in Finland, features a SnowRestaurant, a SnowChapel and a SnowHotel. 960 1280

By Art of Backpacking (Flickr: SnowCastle, Kemi, Finland) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons  

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