Witness magic at these icy destinations around the world
By Aimee Heckel
They seem too incredible to be real.
The Colorado ice castles gained major fame when they were the set of violinist Lindsey Stirling’s music video, “Crystallize.”
If you’re looking for a magical winter vacation, consider setting off to see some of the world’s best icy destinations. Here are a few that we cannot stop obsessing over.
1. Ice castles in Breckenridge, Colo.
These dramatic ice castles are built by hand from more than 20 million pounds of ice. Wind through tunnels and pathways, through a maze of chilly caves and archways. At night, the ice castles are illuminated with surreal neon, color-changing lights. Feeling adventurous? Squeeze through a narrow ice cave.
This year’s castles were expanded, to feature more tunnels and unique features. They’re scheduled to open the day after Christmas. Tickets cost just $9.95 each.
Also find ice castles in Midway, Utah, and Lincoln, NH.
2. Incredible ice carvings and ice scenes in Alaska.
Find some of the most incredible ice creations and scenes year-round at the Aurora Ice Museum. See carved knights, two-story structures and martini glasses made out of ice, made by champion ice carver Steve Brice.
Located at the Chena Hot Springs Resort, the museum was created out of more than 1,000 tons of ice and snow. You can even sign up for an ice-carving workshop. A three-day class with accommodations and meals is $2,100.
3. Stay at an ice hotel in Sweden.
When you stay at the Icehotel in Sweden, your room is decorated in hand-carved art made out of snow and ice. Stay in the deluxe suite, with a bed and seat made out of ice and snow. Enjoy a night in the Snow Room, which is kept at -5 degrees.
Or for a truly unique experience, the Northern Lights room is decorated with light art, in celebration of the Aurora Borealis.
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