‘Game of Thrones’-themed Ice Hotel features White Walkers, ‘Hall of Faces’
Good news for “Game of Thrones” fans who enjoy freezing their butts off: You can now book a stay at a frigid “Ice Hotel” that even a hardened wildling from the Frostfangs might find a little too chilly.
The Lapland Hotels SnowVillage, which is erected each year out of ice and snow in Kittilä, Finland, has partnered with HBO Nordic to give this year’s structure a distinct “Game of Thrones” theme, including rooms that feature White Walkers and a Braavosi-style “Hall of Faces” carved into the walls.
This year’s SnowVillage also features a map of Westeros carved out of snow, a dragon-shaped slide, and an Ice Throne made to look like the Iron Throne from the series, complete with a sculpture of “The Mountain” standing guard nearby.
The entire structure took only a month to build, according to Conde Nast Traveler, and was constructed by artisans and builders from Russia, Ukraine, Poland and Latvia.
The hotel itself features 24 rooms, each with a different snowy sculpture protruding from the walls. There’s also an “ice theater” and an “ice chapel” on site, for anyone looking to watch a “making of” documentary about the hotel, or plan a wedding, respectively.
Rooms at the SnowVillage start at around $200 per night, but Lapland Hotels doesn’t suggest booking more than a single night: At just 23 degrees F, the “igloo” hotel is only suitable for short stays, and Lapland Hotels operates warmer lodgings nearby for those looking to pay a visit.
Fans can also purchase $18 passes simply to tour the “Thrones”-themed village, and additional activities — like reindeer rides or snowmobile trips, or dinner and drinks in the on-site “Ice restaurant” or “iIe bar” — are also offered.
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The Lapland Hotels SnowVillage is open through April 2018, so long as an Ice dragon isn’t dredged from the bottom of the sea and ordered to destroy it.