This Ice Hotel In Sweden Will Literally Give You The Chills

Charlie Blacks II January 13th 2016 Lifestyle
This definitely isn’t your average bed-in-breakfast joint. Even though the concept of a bed-in-breakfast hostel is a little strange itself, it doesn’t top this art exhibit turned hotel in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden. Sweden may have one of the weirder hotels in the world, but there happens to be a lot more out there then just this frozen funland. There’s the Dog Bark Park Inn that is shaped like two beagles in the middle of Cottonwood, Indiana. Then there’s the Sandcastle Hotel in Weymouth, United Kingdom made totally out of… you guessed it! Sand. The MirrorCube, also in Sweden, which is… a giant cube with mirrors on the outside panels. There’s also the Karostas Cietums in Liepāja, Latvia that originally was built to be used as a military prison but was later reformatted for people to stay in, and uncomfortably for that matter. Who goes to Liepāja, Latvia with their vacation hours anyway? Forget about that for now, let’s tour the Icehotel.
Back in 1989, Japanese ice artist traveled to Jukkasjärvi, Sweden to one of Europe’s last wild rivers, the Torne River, just 200 km north of the Arctic Circle. When they arrived they created an ice art exhibit that left the locals amazed, and word around Europe had began to get out. One year later in 1990, French artist, Jannot Derid, held an art exhibit in an igloo not too far from the Japanese exhibit. One night some out of towners were stuck without a place to stay due to all of the hotels in the area being booked up to capacity. So, they made the unusual request to stay in the igloo art exhibit created by Jannot Derid. The group slept in sleeping bags atop of reindeer skins and this is how the Icehotel began!

Since then, the hotel has expanded using over 40,000 tons of ice for the entire structure down to the glasses at the hotel’s bar. Ice blocks are produced by the Torne River and stored in a nearby facility for use when things begin to get a little slippery. The hotel is complete with not only a bar, but a church, reception area, main hall, rooms and suites to fit around a 100 guests comfortability. No two rooms are the same in the hotel, they are all considered to be works of art. There is no heating in the hotel, obviously, rooms are constantly kept at around 23F [-5C]. Guests are provided special equipment to use while sleeping in the hotel, and they are provided with polar-tested sleeping bags as well. Another downfall of the hotel is that there is no plumbing in the joint, but there are bathrooms close by in a warm building, as well as a sauna and outdoor hot tubs.
Want a room in the Icehotel next time you’re traveling in Sweden? Unfortunately, you only have the opportunity to do so from December to April, as those are the only operating months of the hotel. The Icehotel is listed as one of the Seven Wonders of Sweden and every year the northern hemisphere's aurora borealis can be seen from the hotel. It doesn’t seem like it, but this place is extremely romantic. Who would have thought that a place that requires you to be covered up like you’re about to climb Mt. Everest could be a potential honeymoon vacation?


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