Igloo Village – The Coolest Village On Earth?

Wondering what it’s like to stay in an Igloo? Then Igloo Village is the perfect place for you to find out. Located in the Austrian Alps, its a perfect place to spend a few hours, if not the night. 

igloo village-sleeping igloosAs I ducked my head and stepped into the first corridor of the igloo village I noticed it was warmer than outside.  Soft pink and blue lights illuminated skiers downing shots before they ventured out into the cold again. Two minutes later we were on a tour of the rest of the igloo village which is only open to guests or via tour-guide.

igloo village igloo bar outside
Guests can enjoy the views from outside the Igloo Village while enjoying a drink.

Touring the Igloo Village 

Alpeniglu is an igloo village consisting of 18 igloos, located at SkiWelt in Wilder Kaiser, Austria.  It’s constructed entirely of ice and snow.  Guests can show up for one of the tours offered every 30 minutes, book an evening program which includes a fondue dinner or choose to spend a night in an igloo.  We choose a 20-minute tour.

Fondue dinner is served on an ice table
The restaurant where the evening fondue is served.

My favorite part of the igloo village were the ice sculptures that are carved by artists from around the world.  Every year the theme is different.  This year’s theme was a journey back in time and featured dinosaurs, Romans and knights.

Snow sculptures line the walls
The snow sculptures were my favorite part of the Igloo Village.
Snow sculptures
The sculptors come from around the world and there is a variety of styles on display.

A Quirky Destination

If a tour is too tame for you, consider getting married in the Igloo Church, or even holding a baptism there. Although our guide admitted that baptisms are not done very frequently at the Igloo Village.

Church inside the igloo village. Weddings are popular here.
Weddings and baptisms at the Igloo Village are a unique option for the cool crowd.

Staying In The Igloo Village

I was surprised to learn that the igloo village is only -2C which seemed practically balmy compared to the -14C outside.  I am constantly freezing (yes I know that’s odd since I come from Canada), but even I’ll admit that the sleeping igloos and the sleeping bags looked quite warm in the sleeping igloos. 

Our guide agreed and said guests found they were was warm – except for their noses which stuck outside of their sleeping bags.  But I decided on the spot that while sleeping in an igloo would be an experience, it would not be a romantic one.  “Why not?” my then partner asked, eager to convince me to sleep in an igloo. 

“Because there are two mummy sleeping bags and it’s cold enough that we would each be zipped up so that cuddling – let alone anything else wouldn’t be an option. ”  “Hmmm…Maybe I don’t want to sleep in an igloo,” he concurred. Men!

The rooms come with very warm separate sleeping bags.
Cozy? Yes. Romantic? Not so much.

But besides the lack of romance, there was a bigger problem, “Where do you go to the bathroom?” I inquired.  Our guide smiled, as she told us the bathrooms were located outside, as in outside in the freezing cold.  That did it.  I’m happy to dive with sharks, and have a pretty adventurous bucket list, but leave my igloo to go pee outside in the middle of the night?  Forget it!  Even I have my limits!  You can find me in the igloo bar!

Would you sleep in an igloo?

Enjoying mulled wine at the bar.
Enjoying mulled wine at the Igloo Bar.

What To Know Before You Go To The Igloo Village 

  • The igloo village of Alpeniglu is located on the ski hill at Brixem im Thale, Austria. 
  • It is easily reached by tram. 
  • We choose to hike which takes between 1:00 – 1:30 hours.   
  • Hiking to the Igloo Village results in walking along a road for most of the way, which is not terribly exciting for hikers, but there are good views and few cars. 
  • Note there are no signs, so get good directions from the tram staff before heading out.   
  • I would highly recommend checking out Alpeniglu if you were already skiing, but as a day trip, it’s a long way to go for the 20-minute tour (5€/person ). 
  • In my opinion, it would be worth it if you were doing the evening program or staying overnight and don’t mind paying the 95€/person or 185€ person (not igloo) respectively.  For more info check out Alpeniglu’s website.

Where To Stay in Brixen im Thale

Bergpension-Ebental offers comfortable accommodation just 1.7km from the Igloo Village. All rooms have a balcony with a view of the gardens as well as an on-site bar. The hotel has ski to door access as well as a barbecue area for guests and daily buffet breakfast. 

GΓ€stehaus Hofer offers ski to door access as well as a steam bath and a balcony. Apartments come equipped with a kitchen and dishwasher. Ski storage and an infrared room are available at the premises as well as a children’s playground and sun terrace. 

Igloo Village is a quirky place to visit that offers a great experience if you are in the area.

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30 thoughts on “Igloo Village – The Coolest Village On Earth?”

  1. Wow that is one cool adventure (worst pun sorry)! Would actually love to try it out but bet my toes would freeze haha

  2. @Cole – Yeah, I could see how your toes would get cold after a while – and your nose!

    @Angela – It’s definitely worth visiting, I just don’t want to stay overnight.

  3. @Zhu – There was even a confession booth, but without doors. It was a very pretty church. The ceiling is 1 1/2m thick and the walls are even thicker. I guess that’s how it stays (relatively) warm.

    @Italian Notes – I’m so with you on that one.

  4. Looks like a great find and a special spot to sort of warm up,though -2C inside doesn’t sound terrific for sleeping. I also hate the going outside to pee part – and of course that always happens when you’re in a sleeping bag and it’s a big deal to do it. I love camping – but not that part of it.

  5. The first picture makes me think of Ice-Hobbits. Did you see any ice hobbits?

    I would love to try this kind of thing, but Austria seems like a weird place. In my mind it fits more in the Scandinavian realm. Although as you say it certainly gets cold enough in the Alps. I did the ice-bar in Stockholm once. I kicked myself as I stupidly didn’t bring my camera.

  6. Sculptures amazing and the entire place looks fascinating. Cannot imagine staying overnight-hate the potty runs while camping on chilly Canadian fall nights!

  7. Haha! I’m so with you! I accept a lot as long as there’s a working toilet close by and inside – especially when it’s freezing out πŸ™‚ That village looks like a lot of fun…. would love to have a drink there. Possibly something hot!

  8. Yes, this seriously is the coolest village on earth! I still don’t know if I’d visit, though. πŸ˜‰ Thankfully I have you to share!

  9. So, is there an actual toilet outside, or do you just pee in the snow? Either way, I’d be up for a night in a loo-less igloo… which should really be called an ig, right?
    It is disappointing that they don’t have double sleeping bags too, because after a midnight pee you’d really need a warming snuggle!

  10. @Cathy – Yes, I agree the sculptures are “cool” πŸ™‚

    @Leigh – I hate that part about camping too, especially when it’s cold outside.

    @Andrew – Sadly no ice-hobits. The theme changes every year, so maybe next year. They also have igloo hotels in Germany and Switzerland, but I haven’t checked them out yet.

    @Sue – Funny, I was thinking about going to the bathroom when camping in summer as well, that’s cold enough and me realize that overnight in an igloo is not for me.

    @Sabrina – Well they do have Gluewein πŸ™‚

    @Abby – I hear ya!

    @Andrea – The sculptures were my favorite part as well.

    @Christy – It’s fun and a surprisingly warm place to visit, just perhaps not to sleep.

    @Barbara – I’m not sure, but they’re definitely not attached to the sleeping igloos, so you would have to go outside to get to them. I like that a “ig” Agreed, double sleeping bags are definitely in order.

  11. I would love to stay the night in the igloo but my husband would say I’m nuts but I would love to try the food on the bar even though I don’t drink what kind of food is there and what is it like?

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