After our flight from Tromso been cancelled due to the snow we went on a hair raising 6 hour mini bus trip over bear mountain with 7 swedish psychiatric nurses to eventually made it to the Ice Hotel at 1am. A receptionist who was obviously not very happy to be on the night shift pointed us on our way to the reception of the ice hotel. One of the strangest moments of my life was walking into this reception to be met by 30 drunk germans on a corporate stay (one of which set his hat on fire by placing it on the numerous candles). We were given very brief instructions by someone on a youth training scheme which was basically, "go to the curtain over there, strip to your long johns and come back for a sleeping bag" which we did much to the amusement of the germans.
Having said all this the Ice Hotel is amazing. The sculptures are beautiful and breathtaking and this was one of the best experiences I've ever had. It is cold, but the sleeping bags they give you are warm. Unfortunately every time my face hit the cold air outside I woke up and so did my partner. We spent the next day looking around all the rooms before the multitude of day tourists arrived and taking lots of photos.
The day staff were certainly more pleasant and up to speed than the night staff. The breakfast and lunch was excellent and there is free coffee and biscuits throughout the day for people who stay the night.
There are only a few toilets so make sure you go before you go to bed and we didn't bother showering the next day as we couldn't find them. We reckoned we probably didn't smell and if we did we'd blame someone else. On the whole this was a good experience. Not too sure I'd do it again though.
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- Icehotel Hotel
- Icehotel Hotel Jukkasjarvi
- Icehotel Sweden
- Ice Hotel Sweden
- Icehotel Sweden/Jukkasjarvi
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