Want to experience something unique? Check out Sweden’s Ice Hotel. Located in the shores of Torne river in the village of Jukkasjarvi, Swedish Lapland, it’s just 200 km north of the Arctic Circle. The Ice Hotel is built from scratch every year, with a team of snowbuilders, architects, designers and artists from all over the world contributing to the creation of the Ice Hotel. It’s one of the most environmentally friendly hotels, since the material used for its construction is the ice and snow supplied by Mother Nature via the Torne River. It normally takes 10,000 tons of crystal clear ice and 30,000 tons of pure snow to build the Ice Hotel every year. When Spring comes, of course, the entire hotel returns to the rushing river.
The hotel sleeps over 100 guests, and every bedroom is unique. You don’t have to worry about freezing to death, since the hotel is kept at a constant -5°C to -8°C. You can opt to stay in cold accommodations, the “ice rooms” where you sleep in a thermal sleeping bag on a special bed of snow and ice, on reindeer skins. Or, you can stay in warm accommodations, heated cabins in the resort. But of course, for the full experience, I’d rather try the ice rooms any time. The Ice Hotel also has an Ice chapel, where couples all over the world can experience a unique wedding, an ice art exhibition hall, and a cinema. And, of course, the world famous ‘Absolut Ice Bar’, where vodka cocktails are served in ice glasses in a see-through bar, with ice block seating.