Perched on the edge of the Ice Fjord, where you can sit and watch the ice bergs sail like giant ships across the bay, sit the silvery domes of the igloo cabins at the Arctic Hotel, on the western coast of Greenland.
This is the most northerly luxury hotel in the world and you certainly know it, here there is no escaping the wilds of nature that come practically knocking at your door. Sitting on one of the biggest and most active glaciers in the world, which is advancing at a rate of 20 metres per day, it is not uncommon to see a giant chunk of iceberg break off and crash into the sea below, creating giant waves as it goes.
The igloos themselves luckily, are not made of ice and snow though, but shiny aluminium, to create a luxurious cosy interiors, from which you can watch the untamed elements. Each one comes complete with electric heating, a double bed, bathroom with shower, and a small kitchenette.
But while you may be miles from the nearest town here, the facilities in the rest of the hotel are by no means rudimentary either. You could choose to stay in one of the standard, luxury, or suite rooms decorated in soft colours and adorned with paintings by Greenlandic artist Miki Jacobsen.
The hotel also prides itself on its excellent Restaurant Ulo, offering some of the best gourmet dishes in the whole country and using only locally sourced ingredients. For something a bit different, try the musk ox with celery, potatoes and wild garlic, or a Greenlandic favourite - salted halibut with cucumber, pork rind and apples.
This truly is a unique and quirky place to stay; after all, not many people can say they’ve stayed in an igloo at the most northerly luxury hotel in the world.
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