What’s it like to spend one night in an igloo high up in the Swiss Alps? Cold. Very, very cold. It’s also a magical and truly unique experience!
The Igloo Village
Iglu-Dorf‘s igloo complex is made entirely from snow and is rebuilt with a new theme each year – this year was ‘Desert’ which I found suitably ironic haha.When we arrived we were guided around the igloo which is complete with an ice bar, a dining room with plush lambskins covering the seats made of snow and custom art carved into the walls.The igloo village in Gstaad even boasts a wellness area including a warm room, sauna and jacuzzi.
Outside, there is a charming little cabin with a wood burning fireplace and picturesque views.
We opted to stay in Iglu Dorf’s ‘Romantic Igloo’ – this is a private igloo for two people. The bed is carved from snow with cushioned layers and lambskins on top. You are provided expedition sleeping bags to ensure you will be warm during the night.When we arrived, we had the opportunity to look around all of the rooms to see the different art, as each room is unique. My favourite was definitely the fox carving, it was so detailed and pretty.
Keeping with the desert theme, the art carved into our room was…. a camel!
After looking around the igloo village we made our way outside to relax and enjoy the breathtaking views of the surrounding area.It was incredibly peaceful to watch the sunset set over the dramatic mountain scenery, with only a handful of other people around.The night sky is so clear and the air so fresh – it feels like you can see a million stars.
If I haven’t already mentioned… it was very cold in the igloo! I’m not sure if this is because I’m not used to that kind of temperature, but at one point I really feared I would lose a toe hahaha.It was definitely our priority to stay as warm as possible. Keeping active is one way of achieving this and a guided snowshoe walk is offered in the evening. However, after a long day we opted to head to the cabin and warm up, with a roaring fire and a wonderful atmosphere it was the perfect way to spend the evening.For dinner, we settled into one of the alcoves and ate the classic Swiss Fondue. As a cheese lover, this was the dream – enjoying bread with a huge bowl of delicious melted cheese. Yum!Although, drinking a lot of alcohol is not recommended, indulging in a hot glass of mulled wine is a must. We were offered an unusual gluhwein made with white wine, it was the perfect mixture of sweet and spicy – and warm! So warming. It definitely helped us to thaw out before heading to sleep in the igloo.
So, what’s it really like to spend a night in an igloo? As I said, it’s cold but also much warmer than you might expect.
Once you settle down to sleep (keeping your hat on!), the bed is super comfortable and you will find that you warm up very quickly.
Everything outside of the room, is freezing, so if you need to use the toilet during the night you’d better be prepared to layer up!
The views from the igloo village are incredible. It’s very special to wake up to take in the sunrise and fresh glistening snow, feeling like you’re the only people on the mountain.
It’s such a surreal experience to stay in an actual igloo and it should definitely be added to your bucket list, if it isn’t already!
Would you stay in an igloo? I’d love to hear your thoughts!