People who want to experience an overnight stay in arctic-like cold may try the ice hotel—a building of frozen water. Despite the seemingly unattractive prospect of sleeping in a room at minus 15 degrees Celsius, every year about 4,000 people to an ice hotel in a town in Canada.
The only warm things at the ice hotel are the candles on the bedside tables. The air is so cold that you can see your , which turns to liquid and appears as tiny droplets at the opening of your sleeping bag. The tip of your nose feels numb—almost as though it were . Getting up for a little while—to drink a glass of water or go to the bathroom—seems without risking death.
Since an adventurous spirit alone is not enough to more than two hours at the icy hotel, the staff briefs guests on what to wear and how to behave. Normal winter boots and outfits little protection from the cold. The guests also learn how to quickly in their arctic sleeping bags and how to prevent eyeglasses from freezing.
For individuals who need to escape the cold for a brief period, there are outdoor hot tubs in the hotel courtyard. You should make sure you have stopped sweating before you go to bed, though, because any freezes immediately. Guests who are not can quickly get cold feet and a blocked nose.
Comfort, however, is not the to stay in the ice hotel. Guests want to feel like polar explorers. For them, the first hot cup of post-expedition coffee is pure delight.