Lorraine Kelly Icehotel Q&A
TV presenter Lorraine Kelly travelled with her husband to the Icehotel last winter – we caught up with her to find out what she made of the experience
What surprised you most about staying at the Icehotel?
What really surprised me was how elegant and sophisticated the Icehotel was. The food in the restaurant was fantastic and mostly local produce, which I really enjoyed. Everything was so well organised and I loved the excursions; we went on a night time snowmobile ride and also on a husky sledge ride which, again, was brilliant.
There are so many different unique designs incorporated in the hotel’s Art Suites each year – did you enjoy this aspect of the hotel and which was your favourite?
I really liked being able to see all the different designs of the rooms and to explore the hotel. I loved the “Mini” suite that we were staying in, which was a homage to the iconic car and I also though the London Underground room (‘Mind the Gap’) was really clever. Funnily enough we met one of the guests who was also staying in the Icehotel and he found it hilarious that he had been booked into that room as he actually works for London Underground.
Were you apprehensive about ‘sleeping on ice’ at all and do you have any tips for those heading out for their first visit?
I was a little apprehensive about sleeping on ice as I thought it might be too cold, but you are as snug as a bug in a rug thanks to the reindeer skins you sleep on, and the very serious sleeping bags and liners provided. I had a really good sleep. I’d say in the daytime wear lots of layers and make sure you have good gloves and a decent woolly hat so you’re toasty before bedtime. Make sure you bring comfy thermals to sleep in and some cosy socks for night time and try not to drink too much at night as you really don’t want to have to get up and go to the loo.
You MUST, however, have a drink in the Icebar, if only to experience vodka out of a glass made of ice!
Which activity at the Icehotel did you enjoy the most?
Apart from actually sleeping on the ice, I loved the husky sledge ride. Whooshing through the snow, stopping off for a warming dish of stew and tea, and taking pics with the gorgeous and very friendly dogs was great fun.
You combined your trip to the Icehotel with the Abisko National Park – what attracted you to this area and did it match your expectations?
We wanted to see the northern lights. Sadly it was too cloudy but we still enjoyed the experience of a night time chair lift ride up the hill time to the Aurora Sky Station in Abisko where we had a wonderful meal and a chance to learn more about the aurora borealis.
Where are you hoping to go next on your travels?
Right at the top of my bucket list is a trip to Antarctica…
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