Our Igloo Adventure!

Ever since my friend Lori sent me the link to a Groupon for a night stay in an igloo, I was excited to take on this adventure! I mean, seriously – a night in an igloo in the Austrian Alps? It was definitely an experience I could not pass up (even though it was quite a bit more than I would ever spend on a “hotel,” and that’s with the Groupon discount!) So, for a little one-night getaway, John and I dropped Caesar off at a sitter’s, and made the 4-hour trek south to the Austrian city of Kühtai for our night in an igloo. The drive flies by once you hit the German alps because the scenery is amazing! You spend so much time looking around, you forget how long the drive is!

Best I could do in a moving car...gorgeous.

Best I could do in a moving car…gorgeous.

Between the German and Austrian border.

Between the German and Austrian border.

We arrived on time for the 5 p.m. check-in where they give you a rundown on the how they make the igloos (unlike the ones made out of blocks of ice, they use a balloon-like apparatus in the shape of an egg and pack the snow around it), how to stay warm in the sleeping bags (even though it seems smart to wear layers, the sleeping bag+fleece liner is so warm that anything beyond one layer will leave you sweating) and the evening’s activities (cheese and chocolate fondue dinner, optional snowshoe hike and drinks in the igloo bar.) John and I opted to upgrade to the “romantic” igloo, so we had the place to ourselves (I had read the Groupon wrong, apparently we had the basic package where we would share it with one other couple…not being hostel people, we opted against this and chose the upgrade!)

The Iglu bar - complete with ice sculptures and snow carvings.

The Iglu bar – complete with ice sculptures and snow carvings.

John and I in the bar area.

John and I in the bar area. (They had Glühwein…and it was so good in the cold temps!)

The hallway leading to the back "dining room."

The hallway leading to the back “dining room.”

I'm not sure if Coors Light was a sponsor, but it was hilarious to see the logo all over the place - and it was even served at the bar! (After all the German and Belgian beer we have gotten used to, it tastes like water!)

I’m not sure if Coors Light was a sponsor, but it was hilarious to see the logo all over the place – and it was even served at the bar! (After all the German and Belgian beer we have gotten used to, it tastes like water!)

Entry way into the dining room.

Entry way into the dining room.

The Iglu Village (six on each side)

The Iglu Village (the mounds on the right are the igloos – ours was on the other side)

After the introduction, we were given the keys to our igloo. (We got 11 – which I took as a good sign. Come June, John and I will have officially been together for 11 years!) The igloo is a bit sparse…just  a big block of ice with a mattress in the middle, with a huge lambskin throw and the sleeping bags. They gave us a small bottle of prosecco, which we opted to save for warmer temps!

The entrance into the igloo...see the big chunk of ice? We had to climb up and down that to get to the bed. I was a bit worried I was going to bust it on a couple of occasions!

The entrance into the igloo…see the big chunk of ice? We had to climb up and down that to get to the bed. I was a bit worried I was going to bust it on a couple of occasions!

The very cozy setting...with the ever-so-romantic Coors Light carved into the wall! :-)

The very cozy setting…with the ever-so-romantic Coors Light carved into the wall! 🙂

Our sleeping area...inside the sleeping bags and fleece = warm. Outside? Sooo cold! I slept with the clothes and jacket I would be wearing the next day in the bag so it wasn't cold!

Our sleeping area…inside the sleeping bags and fleece = warm. Outside? Sooo cold! I slept with the clothes and jacket I would be wearing the next day in the bag so it wasn’t cold!

The igloo even came with mood lighting! :-)

The igloo even came with mood lighting! 🙂

Selfie with the Coors Light sign.

Selfie with the Coors Light sign.

We made our way back to the bar/dining room for dinner and enjoyed the fondue while chatting with fellow igloo patrons. The fondue was actually perfect while eating inside an igloo…and it was helped by Glühwein! 🙂

Our cheese fondue dinner.

Our cheese fondue dinner.

It was actually really yummy!

It was actually really yummy!

John broke down and got a Coors Light...it was a bit watery! :-)

John broke down and got a Coors Light…it was a bit watery! 🙂

After dinner drinks at the Iglu bar...again, super thankful for the glühwein.

After dinner drinks at the Iglu bar…again, super thankful for the glühwein.

Just in case you forgot it was an ice bar! :-)

Just in case you forgot it was an ice bar! 🙂

After dinner we warmed up in the hotel bar. The igloos are associated with a hotel right next door, which also had a bar, so we enjoyed a little bit of heat (and a beer) before we made our way to the igloo for the night. I must say – sleeping in an igloo is a novelty that wanes a bit at 2 a.m. when you wake up having to go the bathroom, only to remember that to do so, you have to get out of the incredibly warm sleeping bag, put on your boots and coat and slip into the frigid temps to make your way to the communal bathrooms at the very end of the village. (Growing up camping, the communal baths didn’t bother me, the cold, however, did!) The next time I woke up, it was 6:30 a.m., and I started the countdown to when we could get up, change, and have breakfast in the heated hotel! 🙂

Luckily, the early morning wake-up meant we got to see the sun rise over the Alps. It was beautiful!

Luckily, the early morning wake-up meant we got to see the sun rise over the Alps. It was beautiful!

The ski slopes next to the igloos.

The ski slopes next to the igloos.

Our igloo in the morning.

Our igloo in the morning.

Overall, John and I agreed that it was definitely an experience – although maybe not the warmest/most comfortable one we have ever had. I’m still really happy we did it, although a nap was definitely needed once we got back home! 🙂

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