Since 17 years now a temporary hotel is build from ice every winter in Sweden. The ICEHOTEL is situated in the village Jukkasjärvi, 200 kilometers north of the Arctic Circle in Sweden.
It started off with an Igloo and developed into a hotel with more than 60 rooms and suites each different from the other. With the exception of the beds, the entire hotel is made completely out of ice blocks – even the glasses in the bar are made of ice. The ice is made from water taken from the Torne River.
The hotel is built completely new each year and it only exists between December and April. Every year guests from all over the world are coming to visit. Since 2000 each January an ice hotel is also built near Quebec in Canada and in Alta Norway.
The pictures below are from the 2006 version of the Ice hotel in Sweden. ICEHOTEL 2007 will be created between 8 and 29 December. Prices per night will be in the range of USD 175 -960 depending on the time and type of accommodation.
The Ice Hotel Quebec-Canada will be opened from January 5th to April 1st, 2007. The Alta Igloo ice hotel will open on the January 12th.
Additionally there are some people building Igloos for rent per night in the Alps (Germany, Austria and Switzerland).
The Ice Hotel (Sweden) web site
The Ice Hotel (Canada) web site
The Alta Igloo ice hotel (Norway) web site
The Ice hotels on Wikipedia
Ice Hotel 2006 picture set (Flickr)
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