Sweden's Ice Hotel is located in a village known as Jukkasjärvi. It is considered as the world's first ice hotel. It is 17 kilometers away from Kiruna (the nearest town), Sweden and situated about 200 kilometers north of the Arctic Circle.
River Torne which flows freely through the wilderness is the main source of it's architecture and design. It is created every winter and is opened for people sometime in December until April. The whole hotel is made entirely of ice blocks from the river. Creating the hotel uses 10,000 tons of clear river ice and another 30,000 tons of snow. The hotel's architecture and style differs from year to year. Amazing, isn't it?
The hotel has a reception area, 80 rooms and suites for overnight guests. Each room has its unique design. The beds are made of snow and ice and are covered with thick reindeer skins which serve as the guests' special sleeping bags. A cup of hot drink is delivered to the guest's bedside every morning to keep them warm. Winter clothes are also provided for the visitors.
It also has a reception area, an ice church, an ice sauna, and the world famous Absolute Ice Bar.
Most people who have visited the spot usually find themselves wanting to return because the place is a really great gate-away from the very busy everyday city life. It's just pure silence during the night so it's heavenly relaxing. A lot of nature related activities are in line for you during the daytime. You can choose to ride a sled being pulled by these wonderful dogs or just ride in a snow mobile around the area. When you are there, it is always recommended for you to visit their moose safari where you can spot at least 30 of them in a few hours. Also, check out their Space Center if you have some more time left.
If you are interested to spend some nights there with your partner, with your family or friends, there are lots of internet sites which can offer you great vacation packages in this terrific hotel. Usually, you will be traveling by air from Stockholm to Kiruna and a travel from Kiruna to the Ice Hotel by dogsled.