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In Sweden, You Can Stay in an Ice Hotel Any Day of the Year

Is it cold in here, or is it just the solid ice walls? As of December 2016, Sweden is home to the world's first year-round ice and snow hotel. A night in an igloo in July is now totally possible — just be sure to bundle up.

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Hypothermia Who?

The concept of a hotel made entirely of ice and snow isn't new. Sweden's original ICEHOTEL was a pop-up that let visitors book a stay any time from December to April. Since, obviously, an icy suite requires freezing temps in order to stay not-liquid, it wasn't always an available option for travelers. But due to increasing demand, the people behind the original concept opened ICEHOTEL 365, a permanent ice hotel in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden.

ICEHOTEL 365 at sunset.

Here's some Earth-shattering news: ice melts. In order to prevent ICEHOTEL 365 from turning into a slushy snow cone, a crew of 100 people took five months to make it sustainable. As Forbes reports, they achieved this "first by making a steel construction and inserting a cooling system, then by turning 30,000 liters of water from the Torne River into several tons of ice and snow, and using them to cover the walls, ceiling, ground, plus all the rooms. [...] Steel pipes are drilled into the permafrost (at 16 feet below ground) to keep the building at 23 degrees (Fahrenheit)."

The Cold Never Bothered Us Anyway

Let's address the giant polar bear in the room ... isn't it, like, really cold in there? The hotel never dips below 23º F (toasty, right?), so that's a start. Don't freak out though. At night, the hotel staff will supply you with seriously intense sleeping equipment. It's an "expedition sleeping bag" that goes all the way over your head but gives you a little circular window for your face to peep out of. These sleeping cocoons are made for temperatures as low as -13°F (-25°C), so you should be good. But if that doesn't quite warm your bones, hot lingonberry juice on tap and a morning sauna should do the trick.

The furniture and decor is entirely made of ice.
Solid ice stairway

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Written by Joanie Faletto March 3, 2017

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