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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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.