It is too obvious to say winter is here?
A Game of Thrones-themed hotel made of ice and snow has opened in Finland, featuring White Walkers, dragons and an ‘iron’ throne.
Made with 350,000 kilograms of ice, the Lapland Hotels SnowVillage features snow sculptures of house sigils, a haunting Braavosi Hall of Faces, an ice Iron Throne (which is probably far more comfortable than one made of swords) guarded by a huge ice sculpture of The Mountain and a wall map of Westeros.
Prefer to wake up to something creepier? One room features a giant White Walker sculpture with electric blue eyes looming over the bed.
The hotel is rebuilt every November with a new set of sculptures and this year’s homage to the series based on George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire novels was developed in collaboration with HBO Nordic. Ice artists from Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Latvia and Finland spent a month constructing the village.
SnowVillage also features a 120-seat ice restaurant, an ice bar guarded by one of Dany’s dragons, ice lounges, an ice chapel (for weddings that hopefully go a little better than Rob Starks’), an ice slide and an ice theatre. There are 10 suites for guests to stay overnight but daytrippers can also visit to act out their Games of Thrones fantasies in the 24 rooms or stop for a vodka shot served in an ice glass at the bar.
You’ll need to pack your best woolly attire, as temperatures inside the hotel – situated nearly 200 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle in Kittilä - are kept between -2°C and -5°C. It’s recommended guests only stay one night within the ice but they can extend their stay in the hotel’s log cabins.
Visit before 8 April 2018 if you want to stay in the closest thing you’ll get to a chilly night north of The Wall – everything will be left to melt over summer.
Image credit: Tuomas Kurtakko