On December 23, I took my Christmas 2002
holiday over in Norway and Sweden not only
friends but also to stay at the infamous ICE HOTEL. First stop was
Terje & Petter - two backpackers I climbed to Everest Base Camp
with. My only
remark about Norway is that it is Expensive!! More than 50-55 Kr
($7-$8) for a
Wow! It is also one of the most deserted cities on Christmas Eve
was closed and there were absolutely NO people around.
was the Ice Hotel which is located in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden about
the Arctic Circle. The inside temperature of the hotel was a chilly
warm to the biting -28°C outside. I visited the hotel with Ann
of mine from Coca-Cola. A more detailed description of the hotel
to thaw out, I spent a final week down in Stockholm - the capital
to bring in the New Year with my friends Tom & Pia who I met
with through Asia. They
were wonderful hosts and cooked some excellent Swedish food.
The Ice Hotel is more than 4,500
m2 and constructed with more than 30,000 cubic meters
of snow and ice. More than 3000
tons of ice are used to form pillars, interior walls, fittings
and sculptures. The hotel has
more than 60 rooms including 30 suites. Each suite carries
the hallmark of a specific artist.
Sculptors from all over the world are invited each year
to create the individual suites
based on their unique ideas. Therefore every Ice Hotel
is different from year to year.
The season runs from mid December to mid May when the
hotel slowly melts. The hotel
includes a Church which is usually fully booked once a day
for that unique wedding.
(I doubt the the happy couple are doing the wild thing that night.)