If you are looking for a unique winter getaway, you can now go stay in a real-life igloo in Greenland. More and more, people are looking for something a little bit different when it comes to their winter getaways. It's not all ski-up chalets or winter breaks in a fancy hotel (although those sound pretty fantastic too)... for the more adventure-minded, hotel experiences like glass igloos and ice hotels are the place to be during the coldest season of the year.
However, the majority of these are still uber-luxurious, and not really connected to what the earlier igloos were like. People who used to live in igloos in the coldest parts of the world certainly weren't stargazing through a perspex dome, or drinking vodka from shot glasses made of ice! However, if you really want to get back to basics when it comes to your winter getaway, you can now visit a more authentic igloo experience, with Off The Map Travel.
Off The Map Travel specializes in adventure travel and unique experiences, and has just launched The Iglo Lodge in Ilulissat, Greenland. The Lodge comprises five igloos, each sleeping one couple (and yes, it can be booked by a single group of ten), and these are hand-carved and built in the traditional Inuit manner. Each igloo is pretty sparse, with a reindeer skin and lamp, and a sleeping bag as the only real concession to modern comfort... although there is a cabin on site as well, where guests can enjoy hot showers and a cosy dining area.
This trip isn't just about heading up to the frozen north and sleeping in an Igloo, however. As Jonny Cooper, the founder of Off the Map Travel says:
We wanted to uncover the best possible activities that deliver firstly on the experience whilst allowing those travelling to enjoy truly authentic accommodation, activities and culture of our destinations.
To that end, the Ilulissat Igloo Experience includes one night in these hand carved igloos, three nights at Hotel Arctic (the world's northernmost hotel), snowshoeing, snowmobiling and two Northern Lights safaris. The experience costs 999 GBP (around $1270 USD), and doesn't include flights to and from Greenland itself.
Of course, this is far from the only Arctic experience available - and Off The Map Travel is well-known for their unique trips. The Iglo Lodge is only available from January, though, so if you are looking for something to do this month, perhaps you could go for one of their more festive offerings; like 'Christmas in Lapland', 'Christmas in Stockholm' or even 'New Year Twice', a trip that celebrates New Year in two time zones. That certainly is an unusual way to ring in 2019!