The North Pole Igloos Hotel is a collection of ten heated glass domes that can be moved around. For eleven months of the year, they’re set up on a glacier in Svalbard, Norway. But in April they can be helicoptered onto the North Pole, giving guests the unique and extremely cool opportunity to sleep at the top of the world.
As you can imagine, this privilege doesn’t come cheap.
A three-night stay on top of the frozen center of the Arctic Ocean will run you $100,000. For that price, you get a heated dome that has its own bathroom along with glass walls and a glass roof, giving you constant views of the polar landscape and, of course, the Northern Lights.
The hefty cost also gets you a two-night stay in Svalbard, the last town between mainland Norway and the North Pole, and flights there and back. Once you arrive, a camp manager, arctic wilderness guide, chef services, and security are also included.
Janne Honkanen, the founder of Luxury Action, the company behind the hotel, told CNN that he “wanted to create a more comfortable way to experience the North Pole as it is, by bringing cozy facilities to extreme conditions.”
Honkanen is also quick to point out that the hotel is a “purely sustainable experience.” In fact, part of the appeal of the project for him is to raise awareness of “how the climate crisis affects local culture, local food and the Arctic animals. We see the effects first hand.”
Should most people drop $100k on a trip to the North Pole? Of course not, but as a feat of engineering and tourism, it’s pretty damn cool that someone has figured out a way to make it happen at all.
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