Snow Village

Each year in late November, about one thousand truck loads of snow are used to create the Snow Village - a complex of ice and snow, changing shape and size every winter while retaining its unique magic, combining ice artistry, handicraft and breathtaking constructions made of snow. Covering an area of about 20 000 square metres, the Snow Village consists of a restaurant, a bar, lobbies, hotelrooms and suites as well as outdoor buildings such as walls, slides and sculptures, made of nothing but crystallized water.


Snow Village is now closed. Snow Village will be opened again 10th of December 2014 and last overnight reservations will be taken for 6th of April 2015 after which Snow Village remains open as long as possible. Entrance fee 10 €/adult, 5€/child (4-12y.). Guided tour 47€/group. (group size 1-40, excluding tickets).

Nearly 200km above the Arctic Circle lies a destination of exciting arctic adventures and breathtaking constructions made of snow and ice. In Snow Village, you can spend a night in the SnowHotel, have a dinner in the IceBar or enjoy the igloo disco with drinks served in ice glasses. Or you can just marvel at the magnificent sculpture art all around the area. Snow Village is located in Western part of Finnish Lapland, in close proximity of Ylläs and Levi ski-resorts and easily reachable from the international airport of Kittilä.

For the winter season 2013-2014 the Snow Village will be created for the 13th time. The annual construction of the Snow Village begins when the temperature drops about ten degrees below zero which is usually at the end of october or the beginning of november. Approximately 1,5 million kilos of snow and 300 000 kilos of crystal clear, natural ice are used for the construction. The constructors, specialized in using snow and ice as building material, are constantly developing new tools and instruments for snow construction and exploring innovative ways of taking this artform into new levels.

Snow Village is built entirely of snow and ice covering approximately an area of 20 000 square metres. During the winter season there are about 3000 square metres of covered indoor spaces built as a combination of different snow and ice structures. The architectural design and the themes of interior decoration vary from year to year offering always a unique experience.

At Snow Village you can also experience an overnight stay in a room made of snow. Because of the good isolating features of snow, the indoor temperature of Snow Village remains always between -2 and -5 Celsius degrees, regardless of the outdoor temperature. There are approximately 30 rooms, all made of ice and snow. Individually decorated suites with different themes are also available.

For wedding couples Snow Village offers remarkable settings for an unforgettable day of ceremony and celebration. To start with couples can choose between an ice chapel with furnishings made of ice and a traditional, cosy wooden chapel.

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