It’s only appropriate that I begin this story about Iglu Dorf with Once Upon A Time …
We got off at the Rotenboden train station in Switzerland with trepidation. The train track seemed to be decorated with glistening ice while all around us snow flakes continued to fall. There was snow as far as the eye could see. Once the train chugged away, there was a deep silence.
Surprisingly Vid and I were snuggly. We had wrapped warm – a dozen layers, thermals, snowboots, the works! We looked at each other and wondered what we had put ourselves up for. Long back, while compiling our travel bucket-list, we had booked ourselves an overnight stay in Iglu Dorf, a unique igloo village which rents igloos to curious souls like us. At that moment, backpacks strung to our backs, we were beginning to doubt our decision as our feet slipped deeper and deeper into the snow.
Within seconds two guides from Iglu Dorf and a couple of other guests appeared on skis as if from nowhere and put our momentary doubts to rest. The guides escorted us to the Iglu Village, a ten minute walk away from the train station. 6-7 stumpy igloos stood in the middle of untouched snow smugly claiming the surreal surroundings as their own.
Our guides, Chris and Patricia, welcomed guests to Iglu Dorf over a cup of gluhwein (warm wine), bowls full of buttery popcorn, and a cheese platter. I confess! I might have missed half of what they said during the induction because I was too busy marvelling at the ice sculptures on the walls of the Ice Bar and the handsome fur rugs that adorned the ice-seats of the li’l amphitheatre next door. Seriously, a whole bar and theatre carved out of ice – how cool is that?
Induction over, we were shown our igloo. We opted for Iglu Dorf’s Romantic Igloo – a private igloo for 2 people with a double sleeping bag. We just dumped our backpacks in our igloo and went to explore the rest of the ‘village’ as powdery snow continued to settle on the ground by the inch. Iglu Dorf in Zermatt (Switzerland) had 8 igloos for overnight guests, 2 bars (an ice bar and a heated bar), a fondue lounge, and hot tubs overlooking the mighty Alps.
Soon it was time for dinner. Dinner was an archetypal Swiss fondue. We sat and conversed with other guest over pieces of bread dipped in rich and luxurious melted cheese. There were just 12 other guests besides us, so everyone became quite friendly over dinner.
At dusk we crept outside and stared at the setting sun and examined intricate snowflakes as they fell on our gloves, relishing every bit of the silence. When the cold got too much to bear, we huddled in front of the fire at the heated bar. Hours passed over a few beers and cheery conversation. It was midnight.
[box] As we stepped outside the bar, we collectively gasped in disbelief. It was full moon night and the entire landscape was bathed in a mellow blue light. I wouldn’t be surprised if this other-worldly beauty brought a tear to some eyes.[/box]
Nobody wanted to let this vision go to waste. Chris, our guide, took all of us ‘snowbooting’ (wearing special snow shoes) at midnight. We spent some time hunting for star-studded skies and shadowy visions of the Alps, especially the Matterhorn and came back to warm jacuzzis.
The alcohol, hot tubs, and exercise warmed up our bodies like nobody’s business. We crawled into our sleeping bag, spread over a bed of ice. Iglu Dorf boasts of heavy duty sleeping bags made for Arctic conditions, so we were warm within minutes. In fact we just didn’t want to wake up when Patricia came to our igloo in the morning with 2 steaming cups of tea.
Most guests left right after breakfast but we lingered on till 11 am, not wanting to leave this winter wonderland. Iglu Dorf we will definitely be back …. 🙂
- Sleeping in an igloo should definitely be on your bucket list. It is an experience like no other. Unforgettable and memorable.
- Iglu Dorf is one of the most unique hotels in the world. It is the perfect way to celebrate a special occasion or (if you’re anything like us!) life in general.
- We stayed at Iglu Dorf in Zermatt, Switzerland. But they also have similar igloo hotels in Germany and Andorra.
- The hotel is weather dependent. So it is possible to stay at Iglu Dorf only between November and April
- Toilet facilities are located in a heated complex next to the Igloo Village.
- The price includes welcome drinks, breakfast, dinner, unlimited tea, coffee, and soup. It is important to drink lots of hot liquids to stay hydrated at such a high altitude, so make good use of the unlimited hot drinks.
- More information on their website www.iglu-dorf.com
Would you ever stay overnight in an igloo? 🙂