Spending the night in an igloo may sound like an experience reserved for only the most adventurous, but at the Hotel Arctic in Greenland, the accommodations are far from rustic. The northernmost hotel to earn a four-star rating, each of the property’s five igloos offers plush amenities with a world class view.
Situated on the edge of the Ilulissat Icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, each metal dome sleeps two and is outfitted with fur-covered beds, bathrooms, TVs, and perhaps most importantly, heat. Just a few steps away, guests can find the main building, with standard rooms and dining options. The on-site Restaurant Ulo has been named “the world’s wildest kitchen” by Danish magazine Gastro, earning the title with dishes like reindeer, dried musk-ox meat, smoked Greenland halibut, and other fresh seafood. Locally grown produce and honey are also used in abundance, including seaweed from the adjacent Disko Bay.
According to the hotel’s director, guests come to take in the spectacular setting from a modern, unconventional vantage. “It’s the sensational feeling of being that close to quiet and unspoilt nature, though you have the four-star hotel as your base for food and services within reach,” Erik Bjerregaard told Lonely Planet. “Just watching the traffic of fishing boats in and out of the harbour is very pleasant, and also the noise from cracking icebergs nearby. Now and then they can watch local hunters preparing their catch on a flat floating piece of ice.” He also notes the igloos host many newlyweds.
A little farther afield, guests can visit the town of Ilulissat, join a dog sled expedition, or see the Northern Lights.Rooms are available from May through September and start at $207/£167 a night.