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Bucket List Number 1. The Ice Hotel

ICEHOTEL,Sweden2006-07.Photo Big Ben Productions.

Imagine a river in Sweden that freezes every year and is excavated in ice to be carved, engineered, sculpted and constructed into a temporal ICE HOTEL. Now imagine that you get to go to said hotel during the Northern Lights, the Aurora Borealis. Now realize you are in a one of kind structure that when Spring arrives will melt back down to water. This is my Bucket List entry number one. The last flight leaves this Saturday and sadly this year I will not be on it, but one year I will.

The dropping of the temperature to several degrees below zero in Jukkasjärvi marks the start of an ephemeral art endeavour.

Using only frozen water form the Torne River, artists from all over the world gather in this small Swedish village, 200 km north of the Arctic Circle, to create an exclusive art exhibition: ICEHOTEL.

The art is created with imagination and hard work, only to melt away under the unforgiving rays of the sun come springtime. All that remains are our impressions, our memories - and photographs. - ICE HOTEL SITE

I realize that I currently sleep with an electric blanket (one of 4), a sweatshirt and an electric heater by my side (I am a Puerto Rican living in the Northeast after all) but for this experience I would certainly sacrifice. When you plan a trip to visit and stay in the Ice Hotel you can choose between how many nights you would like a 'COLD' accommodation or a warm one. It seems the popular thing to do is one night cold and the others warm. The cold rooms range in style and type, from more grandiose Art/Deluxe Suites to simpler snow rooms.

To sleep in a room made of ice and snow is a surreal experience and a memory for life. You sleep in thermal sleeping bags on a special bed built of snow and ice, on reindeer skins. You are awakened in the morning with a cup of hot lingonberry juice at your bedside. Breakfast buffet, winter overall, boots, mittens, morning sauna and towels included.

Photo by Neringafoto of Ice hotel. Jukkasjärvi, Sweden. Artist/s: AnnaSofia Mååg Suite: Rest in the Nest

Ok so TELL me please ONE mega WISH-List from your BUCket list!! Share I want to know!!

-Ciao Amarettogirl

Reader Comments (22)

this is the coolest. one of your coolest entries thus far. hmmmm i'd like to go there, but i'd also like to go to india. i want to see everything. sorry thats so cliche!!!

March 19, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterisabella

you're such a loser isabella. anyway, THAT IS SO COOL. you should design a room; it would be the coolest. matt brice would build the furniture.

March 19, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteremi

this is awesome! I think there's one up in Canada too, could be wrong but I feel like I've heard of one up in Quebec.

March 19, 2010 | Unregistered Commentervrock

Wowzers, me and ally was watching a show and that hotel was on it, just looking at ti makes me feel freezing, i dont think id be comfortble there, but it is beautiful...lol

March 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRina

Amazing. I've always loved the images from ICEHOTELs!!
My dream is to travel Iceland!! An equally cold adventure :)

March 19, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermegan v

Brrrrr.....that loks chilly!! I know this doesn't sound as exciting....but I would like to travel to the US! I have only been to LA and that was only on transit! :( It's exciting for me cos I come from South East Asia! :)

March 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSalmezan

I am accounted for.....Day 4 wooooooo-hooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

March 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTital

This is really one of the prettiest places I've ever seen, I would LOVE to go and travel there.

The sushi looks so good, too~

March 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHanna

ah, I've read a book about the hotel, all about the design process. Amazing, really.

What's a bucket list?

March 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterClare

It's a little too cold for me, but I can definitely see the appeal in it. I'd love to go to Tokyo again and this time with my mom, that would be such an amazing trip.

March 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBlue Eyed Night Owl

I'm not sure what a bucket list is :(

We have an Ice Bar here! You go in and get super dressed in parkas and walk into an Ice room like these and it's a bar! they do amazing drink scupltures there! Very pricey but mostly just an experience that's worth having!

March 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHeidi pumpkin pie

ps maybe the electric blankets are made of ice too hehe

March 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHeidi pumpkin pie

This hotel sounds great, i also need to do à bucketlist:) so i can but my Dreams on à list and hopefully maken it happen


p.'s keep up the good work, And please let me wint THE giveAway hihi

March 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSammie

I would love to go to Norway to the tiny town where my great grandmother left to come to the us. Retracing her steps and seeing the country of my ancestors. I would also love to take my wife to japan.

March 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterStainboy

I couldn't handle this ice hotel but think it's amazing. Ok so bucket list entry for me I want to go to Israel and tour the holy land follwing the steps of Jesus .

March 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTai

My mega wish is to win your giveaway..
I really want to move to Paris, to live there where I don't know anybody.

March 21, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterpapijorj

I have too much on my Bucket List to ever accomplish in one lifetime I think; at least one that's half over! Anyway, I think the one that for me is most attainable would be traveling the North American continent in an RV. No job to go to, different scenery every day... I don't know about staying in an ice hotel though... maybe a brief visit... but not overnight... ^-^

March 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBunnyKissd

I've been to the ice hotel in alaska, and it was super cool! But after 20 minutes it loses its novelty and starts getting really cold!


March 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterB

WOW!!!! that is amazingly beautiful. I am a lover of warmer climates (being Colombian and Puerto Rican) but would sacrifice one night to experience not just the beauty of the ice hotel but to see the Aurora Borealis. It seems as though it would be a fasinating and even spiritual experience. But now to pick one thing from my Bucket List......hmmmm.......well I would love to go to Egypt and walk the desert land to each pyramid and place my hand upon each to feel connected to the power of them. I doubt that I would enter them since I see them as the sacred places of rest of the dead.

March 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSharon <3

I would LOVE to go there next SUMMER, when it's 130 degrees over here!

March 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLilian

my bucket list is very long, I have been adding to it from time to time. I think my number one wish that I would love to cross out is to see the northern lights.

April 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLi Lian

cool... literally

April 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLindz

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