It is the darkest time of the year, the sun never reaches above the horizon. But the chances of seeing the Northern Lights dance across the sky are very favorable. Surely the most unique vacation spot on the planet has got to be an ethereally beautiful ice hotel that melts in the springtime every year. Well, almost unique: there are actually a few of them, in Scandinavia and in Quebec Canada.
Overview: Sweden's ICE HOTEL is built by a river in the village of Jukkasjarvi in Swedish Lapland, 200 km north of the Arctic Circle. Creating the ice hotel each winter takes 10,000 tons of clear river ice, plus 30,000 tons of snow. The ICEHOTEL has an ice sauna, ice chapel, and an Absolut Ice bar that's different every year. Guests sleep in special sleeping bags on beds made of snow and ice and covered with reindeer skins. Warm winter clothing is provided. Several cabins with bunk beds are available, and "warm accommodation" is available, too. Inside ICEHOTEL, the temperature is never colder than -5 °C to -8 °C, regardless of how cold it may be outside.
Season: from early-to-mid December to mid-to-late April. Guests can also experience the magnificent and mysterious Northern Lights Tour to the Esrange Space Center.
How ICEHOTEL is built: As soon as winter begins, a team of snow builders, architects, designers and artists from all over the world gather in the little town of Jukkasjärvi far north of the Arctic Circle. Under the direction of the ICEHOTEL Art & Design Group, they create each year's version of ICEHOTEL.
In the corridors, dividing walls are built in order to create rooms and suites. Ice blocks, harvested at springtime from Torne River, are transported into the hotel where selected artists from all over the world start creating the art and design of the perishable material. Some of them are experienced ice artists; some of them have never experienced temperature below sub zero. Experienced or not, each year they create new and unique art and design at ICEHOTEL.
Overview: 40 km from Stockholm, is Treehotel in Harads, near the Lule river, and about 100 km from Luleå airport. The village has a population of about 600 and features a restaurant, shop and guest house. Treehotel offers you a unique hotel experience: treerooms with a contemporary design in the middle of unspoiled nature.
Treehotel was inspired by the film"The Tree Lover" by Jonas Selberg Augustsen. It's a tale of three men from the city who want to go back to their roots by building a tree house together. "The Tree Lover" is a philosophic story about the significance of trees for us human beings.
The Experience Enjoy an unforgettable experience that starts with a friendly reception at Britta's Pensionat before you're guided to your treeroom. Each treeroom is a unique creation by Scandinavia's leading architects. The modern design combined with the quiet of the forest creates an instant feeling of luxurious relaxation.
Enjoy all meals at Britta's Pensionat served by your hosts Kent and Britta in a genuine 1930's-1950's setting. For guests who prefer privacy, meals can of course be delivered to your treeroom. A weekend at Treehotel offers a variety of both summer and winter activities.
Environmentally Friendly Rooms
Sustainability and ecological values are two pillars of the hotel operation.
Treerooms are built in the natural forest, hardly affecting the surroundings. Material and construction techniques are selected to make as little environmental impact as possible. They build on live trees without destroying the tree and none are chopped down. There is no damage to the surroundings. Treehouse features include:
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