Ever wanted to sleep on a big bed of ice? For those who said, “Yes,” there is the Ice Hotel in Jukkasjarvi, Sweden. This hotel becomes very popular this time of year as people look for something exciting that they can only do once a year.
When staying at the Ice Hotel, guests get to stay in igloo snow rooms. The whole hotel is made out of ice, even the furniture. For example, all of the beds in the hotel are made of ice, and they are covered with reindeer fur so that guests do not have to sleep directly on the ice. That being said, it still proves to be a pretty “chilling” experience.
Of course, this hotel is not just well known for being made out of ice. It is also well known because artists from all over the world handcraft every suite. These works of art are completely made out of ice, so they are only around for a limited amount of time. Every suite has a unique piece of art that is not found anywhere else in the world. It is truly one of a kind.
This year, there is one huge ice sculpture that has been made to look like a tube carriage. This has been made in celebration of the London Underground’s 150th anniversary. This ice carriage is big enough that people can sleep inside. In fact, the carriage has working doors. Once the doors are open, the inside reveals a sleeping quarters for guests. This is a great way to not only celebrate the anniversary of the London Underground but to see a piece of artwork that will never be made again.
There is also a recreation of Dr. Frankestein’s lab this year. This creation is called “It’s Alive” and can only be seen at the Ice Hotel. It is the perfect piece of artwork to see for anyone who is a horror fan. Tons of man hours went in to bringing this laboratory to life.
Although the temperature inside the hotel is a bit warmer than what some would assume, it is still pretty chilly. After all, it has to be kept at a temperature that is low enough to ensure that the hotel does not melt! Nearly 1,600 tonnes of ice went into creating this one-of-a-kind hotel. Temperatures inside the hotel are still below freezing, but without the wind chill, it tends to feel better than what it does outside the hotel. Guests will still want to dress extremely warm inside the hotel; most end up sleeping with their jackets, hats, gloves and socks on.
The good news is that each guest is given an arctic-proof sleeping bag. After sleeping, they wake to a warm glass of linganberry juice. This helps to get their blow flowing again and make them feel warmer. Either way, one night is usually enough for guests to get their fill.