How would you like to honeymoon on a bed of snow? While it sounds a bit chilly to me, people from around the world are signing up to enjoy the amenities of the Icehotel in Jukkasjarvi, Sweden, where everything—the walls, the ceilings and even the furniture—is made from frozen water.
This spectacular complex is built anew each year, from designs submitted by ice artists from around the world. It is the biggest hotel of ice and snow in the world, and each room is a unique work of art.
Naturally the hotel includes a bar (the Absolut Icebar) where the furnishings, the decorations and even the cups are carved from ice. The hotel includes a restaurant, reception hall, and an official church sanctioned by the Swedish Church.
At the Icehotel, you can be married, have your honeymoon, baptize your children, and even learn the fine art of ice sculpting. How much cold cash will this cozy little place cost you? Actually, the prices are relatively reasonable. Rooms start at about $170/night and each guest is provided with reindeer hides, a polar-tested sleeping bag and other special gear to help them survive the experience.
As you might expect, there is no heating and no plumbing in the frozen structures. But fortunately, there are hot tubs, heated bathrooms and a sauna nearby.
The Icehotel has been listed as one of the Seven Wonders of Sweden. But you can only visit during the winter months when the structures stay frozen, hovering around ?5 °C (23 °F). Toward the end of April, these ephemeral sculptures start to melt away and rejoin the Torne River.