The worlds original Icehotel, located in Jukkasjarvi in Swedish Lapland has long been high on my bucket list. It has been around for quite a while – In 1989, a Swede by the name of Yngve Bergqvist hit on the idea of building an igloo on the frozen banks of the Torne river in Swedish Lapland to showcase indigenous Sami art and handicrafts.
A few tourists asked if they could sleep in the igloo for a real taste of what the Swedes love to call ‘the exotic’. Bergqvist soon realised the idea had potential and soon created the now world famous Ice Hotel.
The hotel, including the chairs and beds, is constructed from snow and ice blocks taken from the nearby Torne River. Artists are invited to create different rooms and decorations and the entire hotel is rebuilt between December and April each year.