Dining in the Ice Restaurant of Rovaniemi

Day three and I still didn't see the northern lights. This is already my last night and if I have to see them, I would probably need to rely on miracles. It remains very cloudy and the low-hanging fog makes it virtually impossible to still be able to see the dancing lights. No worries! There are plenty of other things to do and see in the official home of Santa Claus. Tonight I will head to the Ice Restaurant of Rovaniemi. The entire restaurant -in and out!- is made of ice! I just hope the food isn't...

    From the city center of Rovaniemi it takes about ten minutes driving until you arrive at the grounds of the ice restaurant. This restaurant is part of the icy Arctic Snow Hotel. Unfortunately the huge hotel that is carved out of snow and ice not be visited at this time of the year yet. The ice restaurant was already very impressive, so I can only imagine how amazing the snow hotel needs to be.

    The ice restaurant in Rovaniemi is quite an impressive location to have dinner!

    The ice restaurant in Rovaniemi is quite an impressive location to have dinner!

    Giant igloo with a gorgeous interior

    The parking doesn’t look very inviting and at first I was thinking we might’ve made a wrong turn somewhere, or perhaps we just slipped into the wrong location? But the great snow mountain that stood before us was indeed the ice restaurant of Rovaniemi.

    When we arrived at the entrance, we could see a giant snow igloo looming before us. The colorful ice rods that were placed in the middle gave me -sort of- my aurora borealis after all! So today I would do both the ice restaurant and see the northernlights! Whoop whoop!

    Once you enter this stunning freezer it doesn’t take long until your mouth falls open. Just make sure your tongue doesn’t fall out, because it could get stuck, frozen to one of the ice statues inside the iglo.
    With -3°C (26.6 °F) the entire restaurant is perfectly preserved until it starts to warm up from the outside and when the ice restaurant slowly starts to dilapidate.

    The entrance hall is adorned with a couple of beautiful ice sculptures and a royal-looking ice throne.
    Everything is thought off here! All seats (the throne as well!) are covered with warm reindeer skins so that your buttocks won’t ever feel cold.

    Once you are escorted into one of the four dining halls, you can sit at one of the many ice stools or ice benches, and wait until your food is served on the icy see-through tables.
    Of course the food is not served on plates of ice or snow… But perhaps if you ask, they could make an exception?

    The interior of the ice restaurant is magnificent! This had to be so much work to finish! Amazing!

    The interior of the ice restaurant is magnificent! This had to be so much work to finish! Amazing!

    Great food

    A unique location like this, of course, cost a lot of money, so the food should be excellent. And fortunately it is!
    Personally, I chose a spicy tomato soup as a starter, followed by a chateaubriand with potato gratin and as dessert a delicious slice of cheesecake.

    Meanwhile, it seemed that I’m slowly turning into a polar bear because the negative temperatures didn’t bother me at all anymore… My fellow travelers on the other hand …
    After a half hour in this delicious ice palace, it was time for me to get back to my hotel for the last time and say goodbye to Finnish Lapland.

    One more stop before I go back to Belgium! Budapest, here I come!

    Delicious food in ice cold temperatures. In life you have to try it all!

    Delicious food in ice cold temperatures. In life you have to try it all!

    A last greeting from Scrat, the animation figure from the Ice Age movies, before I leave for the south once again!

    A last greeting from Scrat, the animation figure from the Ice Age movies, before I leave for the south once again!

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