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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