Come on, the romantic component of sharing warmth isn't that hard to see. Haven't you ever crawled into bed on a cold night and curled up close to your partner? Feels nice, doesn't it? Now transfer those thoughts to the inside of a thermal sleeping bag on a bed built by ice blocks topped with a wooden frame, a thin mattress and reindeer skins. Don't picture two frigid bodies balled up in bags at different ends of the bed. Couples can request double sleeping bags, and let us be the first to warn you that those things are indeed toasty, with or without a companion. So much so that the hotel recommends sleeping in no more than one layer of clothing.
Be sure to thank them, you kings of coyness you.
While Sweden's Ice Hotel was the first of its kind, there are now several throughout the world, such as Quebec City's Hotel de Glace and Montreal's Snow Village. Norway, Finland, and Romania also have them. Check out the photos of the beautifully crafted rooms in Northern Sweden -- the scenery you'd see as you naturally raise the temperature of your room.
If your passion isn't burning come bedtime, don't blame it on the weather, chump!
Rates for Sweden's Ice Hotel start at $245 per person, per night for double occupancy in a basic Snow Room. It's located about 15 minutes by shuttle from Kiruna Airport, but we recommend traveling by dogsled (yes, the hotel will transfer you from the airport to the front door via dogsled!). Since you are 200 kilometers north of the Arctic Circle, there are plenty of activities get your blood pumping right along with the night time shenanigans. Be sure to hop aboard a snowmobile at some point and don a pair of cross country skis, and practice making snow angels at night while you search for the Northern Lights.
[Disclosure: Our writer visited the Ice Hotel while on assignment for another outlet. All opinions and
[Photos: Will McGough for Hotel Chatter]