On a cold winter night in 1996, a lone man built an igloo on top of a Swiss mountain. His name was Adrian Gunter, and he had no idea that one simple shelter made of snow would lead to the most exciting business venture of his life. When he built that first igloo, his only goal was to be the first one on the mountain in the morning so he could snowboard on the freshly fallen snow and soak in the ambiance. He got exactly what he wanted and, soon enough, a few of his friends began building their own igloos there with him.
It wasn't long before other snowboarders, skiers, and tourists were asking if they could sleep in one of the igloos for the night. Passing interest grew into high demand over the next few years, and Iglu-Dorf was born. Today, Iglu-Dorf is a hugely successful luxury igloo rental service, and it's all thanks to that fateful night Adrian spent overlooking the Swiss mountains.
Igloos have come to be associated with the Inuit people and were more widely used among the Central Arctic region of Canada, as well as the Thule area of Greenland. Not all Inuits built igloos, however. Some constructed their homes out of bones and hide from whales, using snow as added insulation. And if you're picturing the igloos you've seen in history books or cartoons, you might want to raise your expectations. When Adrian and his crew say "luxury," they mean it. The attention to detail in each igloo is incredible, making them both beautiful and comfortable. Check out the images below for a full tour of what Iglu-Dorf has to offer. Feel free to go ahead and book a night or two in one of their igloos, just don't forget to pack a jacket ... or three!
This is an example of what you can expect to see upon arriving at one of Iglu-Dorf's locations. It takes them around two weeks to construct an igloo this size.
It might look like an unassuming pile of snow from the outside, but as soon as you step inside ...
... extraordinary luxury awaits.
This is a picture of their "Romantic Igloo," which comes complete with side-by-side sleeping bags on top of some huge blankets.
Iglu-Dorf invites artists from across the globe to craft the walls into beautiful sculptures.
As you can see, they offer more than just single-room igloos. Some are more like miniature hotels, with plenty of bedrooms and community areas.
Here, guests from different rooms can take their meals together.
Imagine all of the different people you could meet renting a room in an igloo.
How warm does it get inside an igloo? While the snow offers some insulation due to the air pockets inside of it, you'll still want to wear a jacket and hat at all times.
But if you're worried about getting too cold, there's always the hot tub.
Iglu-Dorf looks like the perfect place to celebrate a honeymoon, a birthday, or just to sneak away from society for a few days.
An extraordinary amount of time is put into making each igloo feel like home.
People have used igloos for hundreds of years, but who knew they'd turn out to be one of the coolest luxury getaways of the 21st century?