The Swedish Ice Hotel
The Swedish Ice Hotel is located in JukkasjÃ¤rvi, Sweden. It has over 80 rooms and is built using ice from the nearby Torne River. Construction began in October using 10,000 tones of ice and 30,000 tons of snow. The 30,000 square foot hotel is located 200 km north of the Arctic Circle and features an Absolute Vodka ice bar, an ice cinema, an ice chapel, ice family rooms, and ice suites. The whole structure uses 4,000 tons of ice.
The hotel began in 1990, when French artist Jannot Derid held an exhibition in a cylinder-shaped igloo in the area. One night there were no rooms available in the town so some of the visitors slept in sleeping bags on top of reindeer skin.
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The ice hotel gives you a different way to holiday. It’s an interesting place to stay for those that love the snow. Rooms start around $300 a night and the hotel is open from December through April. Temperatures range from -5 C to -8 C. That’s pretty cold but considering temperatures can get -37 C below out, it’s not too bad. Guests sleep on Reindeer skin and sleeping bags making for a nice comfortable, and cozy, sleep.
Since the hotel melts and has to be rebuilt each year, no two years feature the same design. Every year they reshape and redesign the whole hotel giving returning visitors a new place. Last year’s theme was the milky way.