Saturday, February 4, 2012


All ice hotels are reconstructed every year using snow and ice, and are held together with a substance known as snice, which is basically water in a state between ice and water that allows it to be used as mortar. While there are several of these buildings around the world, the first, and quite possibly my favorite, is the ICEHOTEL in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden.

The building process begins ever year around mid-November. The snow is sprayed on huge inverted catenary-shaped steel forms and allowed to freeze. A few days later, these are removed, leaving a maze of free-standing corridors of snow. Rooms and suites are then created by partitioning the open space, and the art and design is added to the decoration. The ICEHOTEL opens in phases; the first phase opens in the beginning of December, and one section is opened every week until the beginning of January, when construction is complete.

The hotel features a bar, church, main hall, reception area, plus rooms and suites for over 100 guests. The furniture is sculpted out of blocks of ice in the form of chairs and beds. There are also warm accommodations available. Spanning more than 6,000 m², it is the largest hotel of ice and snow in the world. Each suite is unique and the architecture of the hotel is changed each year, as it is rebuilt from scratch. The Icehotel only exists between December and April, as it all melts away when Spring comes, and has been listed as one of the Seven Wonders of Sweden.

This is the Hôtel de Glace in Quebec, Canada.

The Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel in Alta, Norway.

Lainio Snow Village of Levi, Finland.

SnowCastle of Kemi in Kemi, Finland.

Oh, I want to go everywhere all at once<3
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