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Ice Hotel – the coolest hotel on Earth

Sweden's Ice Hotel is the first and the largest icegotel in the world; it is a temporary hotel built from scratch every year. A new design, new reception, new suites - in fact everything in it is crisp and new. The Ice Hotel in the picturesque village of Jukkasjärvi, 200 kilometers north of the Arctic Circle in Swedish Lapland, on the shores of the River Torne, which flows freely through the unspoiled wilderness.
In late Autumn, the pure clear water of the River Torne turns into crystal clear ice up to 1 metre thick. This unique building material is the source of the Ice Hotel Complex. Every year, to build the Ice Hotel, ther is a need of 10 000 tons of crystal clear ice from the Torne River, and 30 000 tons of pure snow kindly supplied by Mother Nature. The hotel sleeps over 100 guests, and every bedroom is unique.
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The hotel covers more than 30,000 square feet and there can be found an ice art exhibition hall, an Ice Chapel, a cinema, an Ice Bar - the world famous Absolut Ice Bar and the hotel itself. The surprise for winter 2012/2013 is the introduction of the Northern Lights Suites - spectacular rooms of ice with unique ice art and ice sculptures where the Northern Lights have been recreated on the ice ceiling.
Usually, the construction begin in November, some time after the first ice has formed and the first layer of magical snow has fallen. First visitors are expected in early December, but the building work continues into early January. This is a fantastic time to visit and see the evolution and creation of such an amazing ice structure. The Sweden's Ice Hotel is open until it melts back into the River Torne.
There are many optional excursions to choose from at the Ice Hotel. Some of them are: snowmobiling, husky sledging, cross country skiing, moose and reindeer safaris, ice driving and ice sculpting. You may even start your holiday with a transfer from the airport by husky sledge!
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