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Huus Gstaad

Set over half a mile above sea level in the Swiss Alps, Huus Gstaad is a terrific mountain getaway. Formerly known as the Steigenberger Hotel, the 136-room property has been transformed by Norwegian designer and architect Erik Nissen Johansen, who carefully blended traditional materials with modern design. On site amenities include a "living room" with 500 books, a fireplace, and outstanding views, a contemporary bar, a spa, and multiple eateries. Outside, meanwhile, you have access to over 150 miles of skiing slopes and trails, and during warmer months, rafting, rappelling, and biking.

  • Icehotel

    It's rebuilt every winter in northern Sweden, only to melt away in the spring. Yet that impermanence is part of the appeal. Built with two ton blocks of ice from the nearby Torne River, the Icehotel is the result of collaborations between artists and engineers, who work together to create the arched hallways, unique rooms, and reception areas. Since it stays around 23 degrees inside, guests are outfitted with warm outer clothing and Arctic sleeping bags for their bed. Warm accommodations are also available, as is an ice chapel and ice bar, and thanks to a solar-powered addition, part of the hotel will now be able to operate year-round, giving even more people a chance to spend a night on ice.

  • Aurora Bubble Sled

    Make your trip to Finland all the more remarkable by booking passage on the Aurora Bubble Sled. Based out of Kilpisjarvi, this unique experience has you and a guest board a heated sled and be towed into the wilderness via snowmobile for unrivaled views of the Northern Lights. Large windows in the rear and ceiling let you take in the scenery in comfort, and if you're feeling truly adventurous, you can get dropped off for an overnight stay.