The Ice Hotel: Very Cool, Man.
To create an Ice Hotel, up to 45,000 tons of snow and 430 tons of ice are heaved, pushed and shaped over a five-week period to build a structure with ceilings as high as 18 feet. Ice hotels, including the one in Sweden and the one outside Quebec City, have appeared in countless magazines, often as backdrops for winter fashion photographs. Ice hotels are torn down and rebuilt each year. The walls that are placed in these ice castles are built to be four foot wide at times to account for the slow melting. In March, as the weather begins to warm, and the natural melting speeds up, ice hotels are manually thawed and removed until the following December. Even the beds and chairs are made from ice, so every thing must go. The most famous ice hotels can be found in Sweden on the Torne River, and in Canada, just outside of Quebec City.
One of the first Ice Hotels ever built is situated on the shores of the Torne River, in Sweden. You can only get to Sweden's Ice Hotel by air to and from Kiruna, Sweden. Trips can only be arranged as part of total trans-Atlantic air packages. This ice hotel was first constructed in the late 1980’s, and is popular with Europeans. Besides the bedrooms the hotels also contains an ice chapel, ice gallery and ice bar where drinks are served in glasses made of ice. In addition to using ice glasses as in the Kiruna ice hotel, the bar (and room service) also serves cold cuts on ice plates. If you're not sure you want to stay the night, you can still experience the Ice Hotel through a public tour.
Sleep in reasonable comfortable with individual sleeping beds and lying on reindeer skins on the ice bed. Soak in the outdoor Ice Hotel hot tub before retiring to your ice suite and slipping into the sleeping bag, is something you’ll long remember. Two sleeping bags can be zipped together, so you’ll always know where your friends are. The sleeping rooms are unique creations; some have wonderful sculpted ice features, and animal skins on the ice bed.