7 Ice-Cold Vacation Spots To Beat The Summer Heat

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Scorching temperatures have made this a miserable summer for most of us in North America, so who wants to go somewhere that’s even hotter? That’s why we’ve come up with itineraries for some cool cold-temperature destinations. Don’t forget to pack your mittens!

Check out 7 amazing ice-cold adventures to beat the summer heat!

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Minus 5 ice bar
Hilton Midtown, New York City

Importing the ice-cold concept they brought to Las Vegas, Hilton chilled out with this -5 degree (celsius) club. The positives: drinks served in ice cubs, (faux) fur jackets and hats, and an environment that encourages meeting new people. $100 is a little steep for the “deluxe” package, but a worth splurge for a nightlife experience like none other.


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Cerro Castor ski resort
Ushuaia, Argentina

It’s sweltering in North America, but it’s winter south of the equator: The newest ski resort in Argentina is able to offer one of the  longest ski seasons in South America, and is close to Ushuaia’s international airport.


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Antarctica
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Cold to the nth degree year-round, the frozen north warms up a tad this time of year. (Temperatures at Base Esperanza can reach 16 Farenheit.) It’s gonna cost an arm and a leg (no, not from frostbite) to get here—ilversea cruise starts from $10,850— but we’re talking once-in-a-lifetime, beyond-the-bucket-list experience. On the Silversea experience, scientists take you across the ice and snow from Mawson to Shackleton and introduce travelers to wildlife and breathtaking ice floes.

 


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Ice Hotel
Jukkasjarvi, Sweden

Every year, ice is dredged from the Torne River to resurrect this most unique accommodation, offering a bar, main hall, reception area and rooms  for more than 100 guests—all made of ice. (There’s also a church if you’re feeling romantic: Same-sex marriage has been legal in Sweden since 2009.) Guests are given sleeping bags, parkas and other accouterment but we’re dying to know how they manage a trip to the john.

 


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Victoria Falls
Border of Zambia and Zimbabwe
Stick with us, here: While southern Africa is hardly the coolest spot on Earth, the spray from the legendary falls will cool you down right quick. If you’re more adventurous, you can even swim in Devil’s Pool, a naturally occurring eddy that forms in late summer on Zambia’s Livingstone Island.

 


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Mandara Spa at Wailea Beach Marriott Resort
Maui , HI

A splash of cold water is good for a real wakeup, but the Ice-Goddess Facial at this Hawaiian retreat near the famed Molokini crater  truly rejuvenates the skin. Really cool down in an Finnish style ice bath and t hen warm up with a dip in the temperate waters of Wailea Beach.

 


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Ayers Rock
Uluru-Kata Tjuta, Australia

Sacred to indigenous Australians, Ayers Rock (actual name: Uluru), is plum smack in the middle of the desert, where temperatures can drop to a lovely 41 degrees in July. It’s the best time of year to see one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.