What is Ice hotel?
Every winter residents of northern Sweden, near the town of Kiruna, are occupied same. They build hotel entirely of ice and snow. This tradition was begun 17 years ago and here, this winter, respectively, towered 17 - y on the account ice hotel.
Each of these 17 hotels significantly differs one from another, and it is logically clear, every year invite different architects, sculptors and designers to construction of hotel, everyone creates on the taste.
The hotel is entirely furnished, but all furniture is also made of ice. Walls decorate the sculptures which are skillfully created from ice, and on ceilings - the ice chandeliers which are not differing in the look from the presents, crystal at all.
The best-known place in hotel is, perhaps, its bar. Behind a high ice rack there is a bartender who is skillfully spilling drinks on ice glasses. The rack, as well as in usual bars, has chairs, but, again - from ice. Plates, cups, glasses, here even candlesticks are created from ice. Chairs, chairs and beds are covered with thick cervine skins, it is made in order that it was not so cold to sit on them.
The hotel exists only 5 months, from December to April, and then thaws. Work on it of 40 sculptors and builders is begun at the end of October. On metal curves by means of ice blowers build snow curved arches. In total on Ice hotel thirty tons of snow and four tons of ice leave. The spaces of Ice hotel decorated with ice sculptures remind scenery to “ To the Snow queen “ Andersen.
Usual temperature in hotel makes -5 °C. But it can fall to -8 °C if on the street of -45 °C therefore accommodation in hotel is recommended only for one night though, the second reason for which people spend in hotel no more than one night - the price. She is great, but it also is explained by the volume of that work which needs to be made to construct hotel. It not only completely pays back costs of construction, but also makes enormous profit, every year tourists from around the world hurry to see beauty of world famous hotel and to spend there day or night.
In the hotel there are 60 numbers, a sauna, restaurant, bar, movie theater, and also showroom in which it is possible to admire the exposed objects of art also created from ice. In numbers of toilets and shower is not present, they are in specially equipped room. There are no doors in rooms and. For baggage there is a left-luggage office.
Romanticism to hotel is added also by the gentle multi-colored illumination going as if from walls of various rooms. However, light not so bright and, despite light, reigns in hotel the twilight here.
The guests of hotel who stayed overnight in it sleep on the ice beds covered with skins in warm sleeping bags. Bring them a cup of warm cowberry drink in the morning.
When guests move into in hotel, for them conduct special tour on hotel and explain instructions for accommodation in it, besides, the guide also tells about his history.
From - for big the world glory of Ice hotel, Sweden had countries - competitors who began to form them too. Norway, Canada and Romania are such, but they did not eclipse glory of the Swedish ice hotels yet.