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  • Location:Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Amsterdam's Icebar Xtracold with Optional Canal Cruise

Head to Amsterdam Icebar Xtracold, where you’re treated to a welcome drink plus two Smirnoff cocktails or Heineken beers — your choice —while relaxing in a frosty bar where everything, even your drinking glass, is made of ice! Suited up in thermal poncho and mittens, enjoy a 3D ride that portrays the extreme cold hardships of a 16th-century Dutch explorer. Upgrade this totally ‘cool’ experience by combining it with a 1-hour canal sightseeing cruise on a luxury glass-topped boat. It’s the best way to see Amsterdam’s top highlights.

Highlights

  • Choice between 1-hour Amsterdam sightseeing cruise with admission to the Amsterdam icebar or bar entrance ticket only
  • See top Amsterdam attractions like the Anne Frank House and the Skinny Bridge
  • Cruise Amsterdam’s canals in a luxury glass-topped canal boat
  • Visit the Icebar Xtracold and enjoy three complimentary drinks
  • Take part in a 3D ride during your Icebar session

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

A mellow, super-cool tour! You'll don thermal clothing and have drinks in one of Amsterdam's most popular bars. If you'd like, opt for a short canal sightseeing cruise before or after this 'chill' experience.

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What You Can Expect

Amsterdam's Icebar Xtracold with Optional Canal Cruise

Amsterdam's Canals

Easily the coolest attraction in town, Amsterdam Icebar Xtracold is made completely from ice — with frozen furniture, walls and even drinking glasses. On arrival in the lounge, you’re greeted with a complimentary cocktail and provided a thermal poncho and mittens before you step into the frosty bar with a temperature of 14 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 10 degrees Celsius)!

Once inside, spend 30 minutes relaxing at leisure amid the cozy yet icy ambiance. Enjoy your choice of either two Smirnoff cocktails or two Heineken beers on the house. Take part in a 3D experience riding over icebergs and along steep cliffs in a frozen landscape that emulates that of 16th-century Dutch navigator and Arctic explorer Willem Barentsz.

If you wish, upgrade your experience with an optional canal cruise (see below). You can choose to do both activities on the same day or on alternate days. Simply let the local operator know your preference when redeeming your voucher at the ticket kiosk in central Amsterdam.

Optional Amsterdam Canal Cruise
Make your way to the pier near Amsterdam Central Station and board the glass-topped sightseeing boat for your 1-hour luxury cruise. As you glide effortlessly through the city, you’ll see countless top Amsterdam attractions like the affluent Golden Bend (Gouden Bocht) neighborhood, the Anne Frank House and the Seven Bridges of Reguliersgracht. Pass the pretty gabled houses that Amsterdam is so well known for, and cruise underneath the Magere Brug (Skinny Bridge) while your audio guide informs you of interesting facts and stories. Cruises depart every 15 or 30 minutes, depending on the season.

Customer Reviews

Craig S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Great overall experience. Canal cruise was very interesting, although at times it was a little difficult to hear as a result of being very busy. Icebar was good fun and very well organised

Heather M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Absolutely brilliant time at the ice bar, loads of fun, with warm hear provided so you don't get too cold in there! You get a drink st the bar before you go in to the ice bar, then can have two shots in proper ice made glasses. There are ice sculptures around, and as said lots of fun! The canal cruise was well worth doing, an hour long, taking in the sights all around Amsterdam. Wouldn't miss doing this.

Heather M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Absolutely brilliant time at the ice bar, loads of fun, with warm hear provided so you don't get too cold in there! You get a drink st the bar before you go in to the ice bar, then can have two shots in proper ice made glasses. There are ice sculptures around, and as said lots of fun! The canal cruise was well worth doing, an hour long, taking in the sights all around Amsterdam. Wouldn't miss doing this.

Chan G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

one of my favourite Ice Bars, the cocktails were AMAZING and I got a free shot for shouting the loudest lol! Fantastic afternoon.

Catherine B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

We loved the Amsterdam Ice bar. I went with 6 of my girl friends and we really enjoyed the experience, the cocktails in the first bar were really nice and also the ice drinks inside. I would highly recommend going as its really good value for money.

christine r

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Not the easiest of laces to fine, more so when your way at the other of the end of town, but hey its worth the long walk.. very well run with all the extra bits to make it orthentic,what i liked best was that once you were in the ice room even though people were waiting to come in they put no pressure on you to leave... would be great if someone else was doing the photos for you...all in all would recommend this on anyone's trip.. great valu also...

Diane J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Had so much fun in the Ice Bar then met a fun couple when we had a complementary drink!

Sandra H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Great fun the drinks were brill and the bar buzzing. Highly recommend.

Kathleen M D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

We loved the icebar! You receive a welcome drink but they are very light on the alcohol- definitely hit a pub on the way! Very fun especially for college kids!

Lyn G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

canal cruise was a chance to get away from the hassle n bustle of Amsterdam.
Icebar you can go into before your allocated time n have a drink with your token. Jacket n gloves provided. It's easy to find..look out for it on the cruise, it's situated on the right side opposite the ballet theatre. You can't miss the polar bears outside!

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