An ice hotel is a temporary hotel made up of snow, sculpted blocks of ice, and some steel framing. They are promoted by their sponsors and have special features for travelers who are interested in novelties and unusual environments, and thus are in the class of destination hotels. Their lobbies are often filled with ice sculptures, and food and beverages are specially chosen for the circumstances.
Existing each year between December and April, the Icehotel in the village of Jukkasjärvi, about 17 km from Kiruna, Sweden was the world’s first ice hotel. In 1989, Japanese ice artists visited the area and created an exhibition of ice art. In Spring 1990, French artist Jannot Derid held an exhibition in a cylinder-shaped igloo in the area. One night there were no rooms available in the town, so some of the visitors asked for permission to spend the night in the exhibition hall. They slept in sleeping bags on top of reindeer skin – the first guests of the “hotel”.
Ice Hotel Wikipedia
Of course there are other Ice Hotels besides the one in Sweden, Canada’s Ice Hotel apparently was the first to make everything out of ice including the bed. Then there are 3 Ice Hotels in Norway , 1 in Romania and a snow village in Finland.
I was reading up on how they actually built the Ice Hotel, it is rather fascinating if you are interested in that type of thing. There are people who came from all over the world to help build the Ice Hotel, it is a great read and very informative. If you would like to read all about it just go here to “How we build Icehotel.”(not a spelling error that is what they call the article)
Personally I think this would be a fun thing to do to stay in an ice hotel, it certainly would be different, but what an experience. Although I don’t know about sleeping on a block of ice. 🙂 But the rest sounds great, I would love to be able to stay if only for a night, I may have to put this one on the “bucket list.” The old “bucket list” is getting longer every month, I may need a couple of lifetimes to get through it all. 😉
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