Ice Hotel Sweden: Where Even the Beds are Frozen!

When most of us picture a beautiful, relaxing vacation we envision lounging on beaches or staying up all night to watch the sunrise — others picture Ice Hotel Sweden. The adventurous frozen travelers gladly pay thousands of dollars to spend a week at the freezing hotel. It exists for just five months out of the year in northern Sweden, opening in December and closing in April. When the hotel’s earliest guests of the season are arriving, ice carvers are still utilizing chainsaws, picks, and other tools to craft their accommodations.

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Workers hurry to prepare for guests

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Entrance to the freezing cold hotel

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A look at the meticulously crafted reception desk

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Work continues until January when at completion the site features 100 suites, a church, and since you’re sure to be in need of a warm-up, a bar sponsored by Absolut Vodka. This place was truly made to host weddings, it seems.

Absolut bar, complete with ice glasses

Absolut bar, complete with ice glasses

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Each season the hotel hosts many weddings

Each season the hotel hosts many weddings

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After warming one’s self at the ice bar, guests may retire to their suite where once again everything, including the bed, is made of ice. To ensure comfort, the ice beds featuring furs and specialized sleeping bags.

Time to get nice and cozy?

Time to get nice and cozy?

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Another view of an ice bed suite

Another view of an ice bed suite

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When day comes there is much to do at the hotel. Available activities include husky sledging, viewing the Northern Lights, snowmobiling excursions, and more.

Huskies on the move

Huskies on the move

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Get a spectacular view of the Northern Lights

Get a spectacular view of the Northern Lights

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Eventually all good things must come to end and the hotel is left to melt away, waiting patiently the long seven months before its construction artists reappear to carve it into existence.

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Blind Sculptor Shares His Beautiful Gift With Others

Blind sculptor Felice Tagliaferri produces some of the finest, most beautiful sculptures in the world today. His works have been renowned in the art community after he rose to fame in 2008 after producing his own version of 1753 sculpture “Veiled Christ” after he was refused being allowed to touch it so he could experience the masterpiece in his own way. Now, he makes it his life work traveling the globe sharing his gift others.

Felice, who has been blind since he was 14 years old, has conducted many sculpting workshops for those without sight and his latest endeavor has taken him to India. There, he is conducting a two-week workshop where he will teach eager artists-in-training his skills, as he was taught by master sculptors in his youth. While the sculpture that helped him rise to fame eventually sold for $200k, truly the most meaningful reward for Felice will come March 12th, when his latest students will hold their debut at the Bethany Society, a local charitable organization.

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Tagliaferri’s reproduction of the Veiled Christ

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…and the original Veiled Christ produced in 1753 by Giuseppe Sammartino

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Experiencing his beautiful creations

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Teaching his craft to a young student

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Eager students hard at work

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Experiencing art Felice’s way

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"Papa Woijtyla"

“Papa Woijtyla”

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"Onda"

“Onda”

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"Maialino"

“Maialino”

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"Bacco"

“Bacco”

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"Vento"

“Vento”

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"Specchio"

“Specchio”

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"Nuvole"

“Nuvole”

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"Fiamme"

“Fiamme”

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"Mamma Con Bambino"

“Mamma Con Bambino”

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"Donna Nel Vortice"

“Donna Nel Vortice”

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"Bufo"

“Bufo”

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"Geisha Allo Specchio" \

“Geisha Allo Specchio”

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"Candido"

“Candido”

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"Busto di Donna"

“Busto di Donna”

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"Donna Sdraiata In Marmo"

“Donna Sdraiata In Marmo”

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"Meditazione"

“Meditazione”

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"Volto di Cristo In Marmo"

“Volto di Cristo In Marmo”

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"Busto di Giovane"

“Busto di Giovane”

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"Testa di Cavallo In Marmo"

“Testa di Cavallo In Marmo”

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Animal Best Friends: 350 Pound Lion and Adorable Dachshund

Sometimes the most unlikely friendships come in the cutest of places, and that is especially true with these animal best friends. Bonedigger and his best friend 7 year old Milo live together at an animal park in Oklahoma. They were united by their caretaker John and even since have become the best of pals. Not a day goes by that the two unlikely chums don’t spend enjoying the sun and each other’s company. Though Bonedigger enjoys playing with some of the other dachshunds at the park, Milo is without a doubt his best pal. Check out some pics of the two friends below, and be sure to watch the video at the end of the page as well!

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The buddies with their human friend John

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Bonedigger with his body guards

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…but he’s not above returning the favor!

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Video of the cute animal pals together:

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