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The Icehotel of Jukkasjärvi will also surprise you this year
The Icehotel is the ideal place to spend the winter holidays in contact with unspoiled art and nature
The Icehotel suites offer beds made of ice blocks covered with reindeer skins, to maintain the integrity of the structure the internal temperature is around 5 degrees below zero
Icehotel the first and largest hotel made of ice and snow in the world it is located in Jukkasjärvi, 200 kilometers north of the Arctic Circle. Every year in the winter season the icehotel is completely remade by using ice blocks extracted from the nearby Torne River, contextually with the annual ice sculpture festival.
From year to year the construction of the most famous Ice Hotel of Sweden is entrusted to a different team of engineers, architects, graphic designers and artists.
The construction method is the use of transparent ice blocks for walls and pillars; they are held together thanks consits in the use of the snice, an amalgam of snow and ice that replaces the function of the common building mortar. The snice is used for ceilings and other architectural structures: in order to shape it the amalgamation of compacted snow is fired from special guns of formwork steel, then removed after its freezing.
The hotel offers 20 traditional heated rooms and sixty rooms and suites where guests sleep on reindeer skins stretched out on the blocks of ice, completely wrapped in whole sleeping bags while the temperature is around 5 degrees below zero. The Deluxe Suites have an adjoining room where you can find private bath room, and enjoy of sauna and relaxation area in total privacy.
Inside the 'Icehotel you can also find a chapel, an art gallery and a Icebar, all rigorously constructed with blocks of ice and packed snow.
If you choose to spend here New Year's Eve you will have the chance to live an incredible experience, completely immersed in nature, walking in the snow with sled dogs or following the course of the river between the magical northern lights.
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