The Ultimate Ice Hotel: Inside a real-life Snow Queen's palace
Sweden's Arctic Circle
Every year, when Sweden's Torne River turns to ice, a brand new ice hotel is created in the village of Jukkasjärvi.
It's been this way now for 26 years.
200km inside the Arctic Circle in the north of Sweden, Jukkasjärvi is a remote village where the midnight sun shines for 100 nights during summer.
In winter, pitch darkness descends for weeks at a time.
There is a light in that darkness, however. Every year, dozens of artists and engineers combine to build a brand new hotel from ice blocks.
Guests can sleep in traditional "warm" cabins or "cold" ice and snow rooms in which temperatures can drop to -5 degrees Celsius.
Most try at least one night in each, according to the hotel.
Before sleeping in the "cold" rooms, guests get a crash course in how to dress for the chill, and are provided with Arctic sleeping bags.
In the morning, they are brought a glass of hot lingonberry juice.
On check out, they are given a diploma stating the date and temperature inside and outside the hotel on the night they stayed.
It's not just about fantastical, fairytale rooms either.
ICEHOTEL boasts an Ice Bar, a chandelier made from 1,000 handcut ice crystals, and an ice chapel that hosts some 100 weddings a year.
Needless to say, the photo opps (below) are unique.
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As we publish, "cold rooms" were available midweek in February from 5660SEK (€577) for two, with warm rooms from 5050SEK (€514) per night.
Visitors can also take a guided tour, without staying (10am-6pm).
The closest airport to Jukkasjärvi is Kiruna, which is served daily from Stockholm by SAS (flysas.com) and Norwegian (norwegian.com).
Airport transfers cost around 165SEK/€17 each way.
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