Inside Sweden's Ice Hotel

Dec 1st 2015 | lifestyle | lifestyle | Written by Will Jamieson

Remember in Die Another Day, James Bond stayed in an ice palace. Well now you can too as Sweden's Icehotel opens its frozen doors once again on December 11. All that’s missing is an invisible car and Halle Berry in a bikini.

The original hotel made of Ice, Sweden’s Icehotel in Jukkasjärvi opens each winter and welcomes thousands before evaporating into meltwater each spring. While you might not get Pierce Brosnan scaling the walls, you will find suites decorated with flying sheep and a life-sized elephant. The property will be made entirely from snow and “snice” – a compression of snow and ice – and its most impressive accommodation options will be a collection of suites conceived and created by different designers.

Communal areas will be lit by frozen chandeliers made from hand-cut ice crystals and immediately surrounding the hotel will be a bar and chapel, both also made of snow and snice.

As you would expect from an ice hotel, it can get pretty chilly in there but combine that with outside winter temperatures regularly plummeting to -25C, you are certainly in for an experience.

A three-night break costs from £988 per person, with one night spent sleeping “on ice” and the other two in more conventional, heated accommodation. Additional activities such as snow mobiling and a Northern Lights safari can also be arranged.

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