ICE COOL

We think that it is cold here. How about this. The ICEHOTEL is the world’s largest hotel built entirely of ice and snow. Located in the hamlet of Jukkasjarvi, it was also the first of its kind. While Jukkasjarvi is a small village of just 1,100 people (and 1,000 dogs, the website helpfully points out), each year more than 50,000 visitors arrive to see the ICEHOTEL and experience the Northern Lights.

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The construction of the hotel and its centerpiece ICEBAR begins between March and April each year, when more than 5,000 tons of ice are harvested from the Torne River. The ice is kept in cold storage during the spring and summer and then building begins in November. The hotel is open from December through mid-April, before the entire structure is returned to the Torne River once again.

Plan Magazine January/February 2015