Say what you will about Groupon, it is good for exposing you to new places and activity ideas. As seeing the Northern Lights is on my wish list for 2012, I was in a bit of disbelief to see an ice hotel “deal” flip into my inbox. While it wasn’t the offer I was hoping for, it was still pretty exciting: it was indeed for the ice hotel…in Romania.
From the Ice Hotel Romania website:
Nestled between the icy peaks of the Fagaras Mountains and veiled by clouds, the remote Ice Hotel stands 2000m above sea level and can only be accessed via cable car. Each winter, once the Balea Lake freezes over, the locals cut and drag blocks of the icy lake to the location of the hotel which is set against a magnificent backdrop. Hand carved by local craftsmen using traditional techniques, the frozen Balea Lake is transformed into the beautifully intricate structures of the Ice Hotel and its magical Ice Church. With individually sculptured rooms of ice, each and every corner of the Ice Hotel is stunningly unique and is re-designed and re-built every winter.