A Game Of Thrones-themed hotel in the Scandinavian country made entirely of ice and snow is now open for business.
Each year, around 20 million kilos of snow and 350 000 kilos of crystal clear natural ice are used to build the Lapland Hotels SnowVillage, nearly 200km above the Arctic Circle in Kittilä.
The property in Finnish Lapland, an hour-and-a-half flight from Helsinki, changes in shape, size and design every year.
Covering an area of about 20 000 square metres, the Snow Village consists of a Snow Hotel, Ice Restaurant, Ice Bar and an Ice Chapel.
Now in its 17th year, the annual construction of the Snow Village begins when the temperature drops to about ten degrees below zero during late October or early November.
This year, the entire hotel is Game Of Thrones themed – with rooms designed by sculptors from Russia, Poland, Latvia and Ukraine.
There is a life sized iron throne with swords made from crystal ice, a creepy Braavosi Hall of Faces, an ice-breathing dragon and a white walker with glowing blue eyes.
At the Snow Village there are 30 standard rooms and suites, all made of ice and snow.
For weddings, couples can even choose to get married in an Ice Chapel with furnishings made of ice.
The temperature inside the ice buildings sits between -2 and -5 C, regardless of the outdoor temperature, and guests are given a fleece-lined sleeping bag for overnight stays.
An overnight experience in a snow suite includes a guided tour inside the Snow Village and a room wake up with hot berry juice, followed by buffet breakfast in the warm log restaurant.
JON SnBy Caroline McGuire, Digital Travel Editor