Dog Sledding, Snowmobiling and sleeping in a room made of ice!
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After a great night sleep, we woke up around 8:00amâ€¦still dark out side. Other than the place we stayed at in Santorini, this room, as all the rest Iâ€™m sure, had the nicest view outside Iâ€™ve ever seen! A beautiful winter landscape greeted us this morning, and itâ€™s still snowing and about -18C
We walked to the restaurant for breakfast and found a great buffet set up with many types of sliced meats, cheese, fruit, breads, cereals, hard & soft-boiled eggs, scrambled eggs, bacon, little sausages, mushrooms, meatballs, juice & coffee. This is the first place weâ€™ve ever been that served soft-boiled eggs that actually cooked them correctly!! Usually when we get them, they are over-cooked and you canâ€™t tell the difference between the soft-boiled eggs and the hard-boiled eggs, which are usually under-cooked.
With our tummies full, we took a short walk around before checking out of our warm room accommodations, and checking in to our ice room. Now when you check in to an ice room, depending on what type of room you are sleeping in, you either get a small changing room that is accessed with your â€śroomâ€ť key, or you get a large locker to store your stuff in and you change in a common changing area. Since we are staying in an Art Suite, we get our own changing room where we can store our stuff. There are also large shower rooms with separate saunas for the guys and girls. The ice rooms them selves are only for sleeping, so itâ€™s best to have some activities to keep you occupied before you decide to call it a night.
Now that we are checked in, and have our luggage stored away, we decided to take a walk around and see everything in the light of day. We also took a walk to the end of the road to see the old homestead and the
After our walk, we warmed up in the ice room reception area, then got our cold weather gear the hotel supplies for our dog sledding adventure. They will supply you with very warm boots and gloves, a snow suit and face mask to keep you warm, just incase what you have isnâ€™t warm enough. I highly suggest you take advantage of using their gear if you are going dog sledding or snowmobiling. We brought along very good snow gear, but using theirs keeps you stuff clean and dry to use later.
It was now time to get to the meeting place and wait for our guide for the dog sledding trip. There are two large blocks of ice just outside the ice room reception building that have a large â€śMâ€ť on them.
Once our guides arrived, we were divided up in groups of four and then we walked around the back of the Ice Hotel to the
It was now 2:30pm, dark out and we were hungry for lunch. We went right from the dog sledding to the restaurant to get lunch. Luckily for us, lunch is served until 3:00pm, so we still had to time to get something to eat. Just like the breakfast buffet, there was a large selection of food to choose from, only you do have to pay for lunch, but for only 150sek per person, you canâ€™t beat it! They had many types of lunch meats, as well as different types of cold Salmon and hot veal wrapped in bacon and potatoes and carrots. There were also two kinds of soup to choose from, potato or shitake mushroom. I had the potato soup and
We now have until 7:00pm until our snowmobile trip, so we checked out our ice suite and the ice bar, but we didnâ€™t have a drink there yet.
It was now time to start our snowmobile trip which will include dinner at a remote camp. After getting helmets and a short lesson on how to operate the snowmobile, we were off across the frozen river and through the woods. We took the first snowmobile behind our guide, and during our trip, we made a few stops to see if the clouds would clear so we could see the Northern Lights. But, it was snowing steadily and the chances of us seeing anything was very slim. Driving a snowmobile through the woods was very exciting, and the path got quite narrow at times, and we had to duck a few times to avoid the low tree branches! I drove a snowmobile a few times before when I was younger living in Wisconsin, but it is actually very easy to do, so even if you never have, itâ€™s very easy to learn and the guide will help you out.
After a few hours, which went by very fast, we stopped at a small camp where there were a few small huts set up. Our guide got the fire going, and then started fixing us moose and potato stew. She also served us warm lingonberry juice, coffee and tea. We all chatted, and got to know a little bit more about each other. We found out our guide is from
We stopped in the Ice Bar for a drink, and then relaxed in the lobby before getting changed for bed. When sleeping in the ice room, you wear long underwear or thermals, socks and a hat. You walk to your room from your changing room in just that and boots. You can wear a sweater over that if you want, but you have to keep it in the sleeping bag with you or it will be frozen in the morning when you put it back on. Once in our room, we slipped off our boots and got in to our double sleeping bag.