By Noah – Wow! After recommendations from locals and tourists alike we just had to go to one of Sweden’s seven wonders- the very first Icehotel. Having been rebuilt over 20 times since 1990 it is the largest ever hotel made purely of snow and ice in the world. Using ice blocks extracted from the nearby Torne river and snow taken from the surrounding area the world-class artist and designers put together 6,000 tons of ice and 27,200 tons of snow to create a 6,000 square metre holiday location for ice lovers.
Throughout the Winter months in which the outside temperature can rise from -31 to -13 the extraordinary building maintains a core of about -5 . It takes about 6-7 weeks to create the rooms and corridors (see photos) and then only 1-2 weeks to carve the most wonderful and spectacular sculptures you have ever seen. he rooms were awesome as they comprised of themes such as an underground station ( where the bed was in a train) and a scientific room made up of trapdoors, control panels and De Graaff Generators. At over 200 pounds a night we just could not stay there (which was a shame, I assure you) and retired to our hostel; yet again wowed at what we had seen.