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Sweden: the ice hotel is back

With temperatures well below freezing, the Kiruna Ice Hotel is an icy attraction built by the snow and ice on top of the world every winter

Located 14 km east of Kiruna , the northernmost city in Sweden, it was the first ice hotel in the world and is rebuilt every year with blocks of ice taken from the nearby Torne River.

Of 126 candidates, 31 artists and sculptors have been selected to work in the hotel this year and come from the United States, Australia and Japan.

An average of 538 euros per night to stay in the Arctic Circle sleeping on an ice mattress. It is possible until the arrival of spring when the snow of Swedish Lapland will melt. Since 1989, the Ice Hotel in Jukkasjarvi has been an institution in the world of hotels. A team of artists from almost 40 different nations of the world created it.

For those who don’t have a reservation, all rooms are open to visitors during the day.

The first ice hotel in the world

Thirty years have passed since the visionaries Yngve Bergqvist, Arne Berg and Ake Larsson decided to try to host tourists in an ice igloo. The idea was so popular that it became a fixture. Located 14 kilometers east of Kiruna, the northernmost city in Sweden, it is rebuilt every year with 30,000 cubic meters of “snice”, snow and ice worked together, taken from the nearby river Torne.

Suite from 800 euros per night

Inside the hotel, inaugurated on December 13 and open only in the winter months, the temperature remains constant between -3 ยฐ C and -8 ยฐ C. Inside there are 15 art suites, standard rooms and a sort of “dormitory”. Prices range from โ‚ฌ 300 for a dormitory with four beds to โ‚ฌ 800 for suites.

The Ice Hotel in Sweden has been an institution since 1991.

Other futuristic project in northern Europe is The Svart Glacier Hotel in Norway, at the moment there is only at the concept level the eco-hotel on the glacier that looks like a spaceship and produces more energy than it consumes.

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