'Game of Thrones'-inspired ice hotel opens in Finland's Lapland

'Game of Thrones'-inspired ice hotel opens in Finland's Lapland

Lapland Hotels Snow Village is built each year from 20 million kilograms of snow and 350,000 kilograms of natural ice, and this year the property is Game of Thrones themed, with rooms based on the hit series designed by sculptors from Russia, Poland, Latvia and Ukraine.

Game of Thrones may return in 2019, but winter is already here for fans of the HBO epic fantasy drama who can now enjoy a similar experience at a new hotel that has opened in Finland.

The hotel is made up of 24 rooms, 10 of which are suites for guests staying overnight.

The SnowVillage is in Kittilä, a town located in Finnish Lapland that's north of the Arctic Circle and about a 90-minute flight from the Finnish capital of Helsinki. It includes the recreation of the Braavos' Hall of Faces and a copy of the Iron Throne, guarded by "The Mountain"-Gregor Clegane".

Two sculptures stand out: A White Walker with blue-lit eyes and a dragon-shaped ice slide. For keeping the guests' warm high-quality thermal sleeping bags are always ready and hot berry juice is served in the morning. However, it is recommended that non-white walker guests spend only one night in the ice rooms and spend the rest of their holidays in warmer cabins nearby.

Travelers can book an overnight visit at the snow hotel or simply take a day trip to the SnowVillage, which covers an area of about 20,000 square meters.

Although the SnowVillage is constructed every year since 2000, this is the first time the location has included a "Game of Thrones" themed section.

Entry costs $18 (£13), while a guided tour is around $78 (£57) for a group of up to 30 people.

The "Game of Thrones" SnowVillage hotel will remain open through April 2018, at $200 a night.

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