October 26, 2012

The Largest Ice Hotel in the World

If you think that people who live in icy countries only get to live in igloos, guess again. In Sweden, a posh ice hotel is there to accommodate anyone who wants to experience living inside ice.

Aptly named Icehotel, the Swedish ice hotel was the very first one in the world, before other countries like Norway, Russia, Canada and Finland followed suit. Icehotel is located in the Jukkasjärvi village in the city of Kiruna, the northernmost city of Sweden.
It was founded by Yngve Bergqvist, who was trying to look for a way to attract tourists to Jukkasjärvi during wintertime. In February 1990, Yngve Bergqvist and his team successfully constructed the first ice building. In 1992, the first clients came to sleep in it because almost all hotels and inns were booked. The rest, as they say, is history.
Obviously, it was Mother Nature who provided the Icehotel's building materials: ice and snow from the nearby Torne River. A storage room was also built to house more than 10,000 tons of ice and over 30,000 tons of snow, all of which goes back to the river when the climate gets warmer.
What’s even more fascinating about Icehotel is that it is being rebuilt every year, with different architecture and designs, making it not just a building, but a constant art project that offer a different experience to every visitor.


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