Sweden’s ‘Ice Hotel’ Now Open During Summer Months
If you live in a country like Sweden where winters are particularly brutal, it’s better to embrace the cold, than let it get to you. That’s one of the reasons why, for the last 27 years, a hotel made solely of ice and snow from the Torne River has been erected in the pin-prick town of Jukkasjärvi, Sweden. That’s about 125 miles north of the Arctic Circle.
The IceHotel has become a huge hit with travelers, who can book it during Northern Lights season; and it’s even inspired a James Bond movie set—the “ice palace” in Die Another Day. Finite availability, in the past, meant booking a frozen room involved a waiting list, but that may soon change.
It used to be that, after a short run, the hotel would be taken down. But as of this coming November, the 22,600-square-foot hotel will be open year-round and feature an ice bar; art gallery; nine luxury suites, each with a sauna and bathroom; and 11 art suites, created by a selection of different artists.
Ironically, the IceHotel’s 365 days of vacancy will be possible due to its new set of solar panels. The stored power will keep the refrigeration unit buzzing, and the interiors and exteriors at a balmy 23 degrees, even during the summer months. If you forgot, this part of Sweden experiences more than 18 hours of sunlight during the summer months–so that’s an impressive feat.
To book a stay at the IceHotel, click here.
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