Ice Hotels: Behind the Scenes

Get a sneak peek at the gorgeous winter wonderlands featured on Ice Hotels...Not Impossible.  (Special appearance by Santa and Mrs. Claus!)

Anthony Melchiorri

Hotel Impossible's Anthony Melchiorri heads north—way north—to visit four incredible ice hotels in Norway, Sweden and Finland. Who's ready to explore? 

The Ice Harvest

Anthony gets a behind the scenes look at the ice harvest as builders prepare to carve out the ice blocks that will be used to create the Icehotel in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden.

The Ice Harvest

It will take 12 weeks and 2000 (!) ice bricks to complete Sweden's Icehotel. 

Snow Village

Next on the list is Snow Village in Kittilä, Finland, which has 30 unique rooms, including two restaurants and an ice movie theater. 

Snow Village

...and a throne so you can feel like the ruler of this ice fortress. 

Snow Village

Anthony cozies up next to the bar with an authentic Finnish drink (in an ice glass, of course).  

Kirkenes Snowhotel

Anthony travels by dog sled to Norway's Kirkenes Snowhotel, a stunning, snowy getaway open from December to April. 

And after all that travel, Anthony's ready to catch a few crabs with his guides Erik Vike and Gry Tangen. 

Kirkenes Snowhotel

Dig in! Anthony, Erik and Gry chow down on freshly-caught crabs. 

Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort

Next stop: Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort in Saariselkä, Finland. This one-of-a-kind haven features 65 igloos and 16 cabins. Anthony opts for the igloo to see one of the best sights the resort has to offer: the Northern Lights. 

Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort

These ice hotels also have amazing food. Anthony chats with one of the chef’s while sampling some Finnish delicacies. 

Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort

Who does Anthony run into other than the big guy himself—Santa Claus! 

Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort

And Mrs. Claus, of course! (They're giving the reindeer a rest this year.)

Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort

This intricately detailed bear towers over Anthony and all the other ice sculptures. 

Reindeer Lodge

Before seeing the finished Icehotel, Anthony visits to the Reindeer Lodge in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden to lasso a few reindeer. (It only took one try!—Plus a few more...)

Reindeer Lodge

Ready to see the completed winter wonderland? Tune in December 26 at 9|8c!