New Ice Hotel made of snowballs opens in Sweden

Ice hotelThe 26th Ice Hotel has opened its doors in Sweden offering guests the unique opportunity to stay in a room made of ice.

Located 200km north of the Arctic Circle in the cold environs of Jukkasjarvi, every year breathtaking rooms and beds are sculpted out of pure ice designed by artists from around the globe, including France's Cédric Alizard and Nicolas Triboulot.

Something a little bit different

After opening its doors for the 26th year in mid-December, the hotel gives Brits travelling to Sweden to witness the Northern Lights, chase the midnight sun or try their hands at dog sledding a completely different experience.

The original Ice Hotel was created in 1989 and every year the style and decor changes depending on which artists are involved. Guests can choose to stay in one of 19 individually themed rooms – chosen from 130 submissions – and enjoy a chilled drink in the Ice Bar.

Until the sun comes out

Constructed by 100 people over a period of 12 weeks from 5,000 tonnes of snow and ice from the Torne River, this year's hotel is expected to stay open until the ice starts to melt in March 2016.

Covering the equivalent space of 21 tennis courts and containing 1,000 handmade ice crystals hanging from exquisite chandeliers, this ultimate snowy bolthole is made from enough snow and ice to make 700 million snowballs.

A pop-up hotel with its own church

In total the hotel has 55 guest rooms including warm ones for those who prefer a cosier feel, an Ice Bar and even an Ice Church that guests can book for a truly white wedding.

The breathtaking 'cool rooms' are hand-carved in the ice and this year's creations include the Northern Lights Room by Arne Bergh with illuminating projections and sweeping ice sculptures, Before The Big Bang, and the Eyre Suite full of polished ice, serrated angles and spiked edges.

Brits looking for a romantic weekend away can enjoy the 1970's inspired Love Capsule and rather than waiting around for the conditions to be right guests can book wake-up calls when the Northern Lights are visible.

If you're planning a winter getaway, don't forget to book your Ski Travel Insurance in advance

Image via bjaglin on Flickr

Date Created: 17 December 2015

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