Now, a few facts about it:
A hotel is built of ice and snow. It is the first and the largest in the world ( constructed in the 1980's) in Jukkasjärvi. The river Torne that flows outside the hotel, the cold arctic climate, the Northern Lights and the Midnight Sun made it an ideal, magic setting, like from the fairy tales of Andersen's.
Each year, the hotel visitors from all over the world come to a little village in Lapland, 200 km north of the Arctic Circle.
To create Ice Hotel, up to 45,000 tons of snow and 430 tons of ice are heaved, pushed and shaped over a five-week period to build a structure with ceilings as high as 18 feet. Ice hotel melts down and is rebuilt each year.It is a totally ephemeral art project.
In April, as the weather begins to warm, and the natural melting speeds up.Even the beds and chairs are made from ice, so every thing must go.
Besides the bedrooms the hotels also contains an ice chapel, ice gallery and ice bar where drinks are served in glasses made of ice. In addition to using ice glasses as in the Kiruna ice hotel, the bar (and room service) also serves cold cuts on ice plates. If you're not sure you want to stay the night, you can still experience the Ice Hotel through a public tour.
It was the 10th of May. Our first time in front of the back doors of the hotel. The front doors were already destroyed. The process of melting has began...