A Guide To Staying In Sweden’s Ice Hotel

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Most people dream of a trip to Sweden, especially in winter when it’s prime time for viewing the Northern Lights and Lapland is abuzz with Santa’s elves and reindeer roam far and wide. The images of sleigh rides, warm cocoa and night time cuddles by the fire make for perfect romantic thoughts and plans, but what about those who want to have a bit of an adventure, or better yet – do something truly unique and spectacular. Enter the Ice Hotel.

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If you’re heading to Sweden, check out the village of Jukkasjarvi in northern Sweden – the location each year of the Ice Hotel. From December through to March the Ice Hotel is open to visitors from around the world who come to experience the true uniqueness of the hotel, staying in one of its rooms created by a different artist each year. Every aspect of the hotel is made from ice including the structure itself, the beds, tables, even the lamps can be made from ice. Each room is designed in a different way by a different ice artist from not just around the region, but around the world. There is even a bar and a restaurant on site which uses glasses made from blocks of ice.

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That’s right – the Ice Hotel is entirely made of ice. Sleeping on a block of ice might sound absolutely horrible but the addition of reindeer skins and polar tested sleeping equipment means that despite the hotel being kept a “balmy” -5C, you will actually stay snug as a bug in a rug in your room overnight. If you don’t think you can handle this but still want to enjoy the wonders of the ice hotel, there is a warm hotel next door that allows visitors the ability to visit the hotel and enjoy the bar and restaurant without having to sleep in your thermals.

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The Ice Hotel is a unique accommodation option in the village which allows visitors to stay overnight in one of the premier rooms that have been built by an ice artist who was chosen to help construct the hotel for that particular year. The rates run around $200 USD and up per night for two people, and the hotel is open to the public in its entirety from 10am to 6pm daily, which means that you won’t be able to leave all your belongings strewn throughout your room. Each room is an art exhibit as well, and so members of the public regularly come to enjoy the rooms as well, even if they aren’t staying. There are also spa services on site which makes staying at the Ice Hotel a fantastic option for a romantic getaway anytime during the winter. Why not surprise that special someone in your life with a stay at the hotel for Christmas this year?

Regardless of your reason for coming to Sweden – whether it’s to enjoy Stockholm and all it’s quirky sights or it’s to check out Lapland and Santa’s village, one thing is for certain: A stay at Sweden’s Ice Hotel is a must do. It’s set a precedent for Ice Hotels around the world since 1990 and it’s easy to see why. Book your stay today, you won’t be disappointed.

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