Craving a winter adventure guaranteed to be an unforgettable experience that will also (pardon the puns) earn you an avalanche of cool points? Then pack your thermals for an overnight stay in an igloo or ice hotel.
Believe it or not, bedding down in such frosty accommodations is a trend that has warmed up considerably over the years. The opening of ICEHOTEL, in Sweden’s Lapland region, two decades ago has been followed with the construction of other icy lodging options, mainly in Europe. Most are built seasonally and melt in the spring.
While novelty is certainly part of the draw for these snow-centric spots, several have created a following among the ski set because of their proximity to the pistes: Guests can strap on their skis and hit the slopes long before the lifts have even opened.
But even if skiing isn’t on your agenda, an ice or igloo hotel offers a unique experience on its own: Though conditions aren’t as harsh as they might sound, you’re not likely forget trekking to the bathroom in pre-dawn, sub-freezing temps. Here, a few places where you can make like an Eskimo for a night or two. And to save some of your (extremely) cold, hard cash (some properties don’t accept credit cards), consider weeknight stays.
Nearly 10,000 people have been evacuated from their homes on the Indonesian island of Bali due to fears of Mount Agung potentially erupting.
A budding tropical depression is expected to cause seas to build and raise the risk for flooding downpours in southern Mexico into this weekend.
Widespread damage and power outages have been reported in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic as Hurricane Maria moves toward the Turks and Caicos.
Another powerful hurricane tore through the Caribbean this week while a powerful earthquake caused catastrophic damage near Mexico City.
With the warm central United States in various degrees of drought as the summer comes to a close, wet weather this weekend may compensate - or even overcompensate - for missed rainfall.
After a magnitude-7.1 earthquake shook Mexico and caused buildings to collapse in Mexico City on Tuesday, the death toll stands at 273.
Beyond the Caribbean, Maria will take a path similar to Jose in the short term, but may still be a concern for part of the eastern United States, Atlantic Canada and Bermuda.