Each year, when the 520km-long Torne River freezes over, the ice is harvested and carved into a magnificent hotel in the small village of Jukkasjärvi.
Because the lake freezes and thaws every year, it creates a blank canvas. The hotel’s architectural landscape changes year-to-year, with designers and artists from all over the world fighting for the chance to add their touch to the truly unique hotel.
This year marks the 28th time the structure has been built, and will see 28 artists from 11 different countries take part in the creative process. Last April, the hotel announced an open invite for proposals and designs for the project, and the hotel has just released some of the sketches.
Those chosen will travel to Jukkasjärvi for two weeks later in the year to bring their designs to life, working on building the colossal structure.
For those eager to spend the night, there are usually around 65 rooms on offer, divided into a range of warm and cold deluxe suites. Rates start at a reasonable $220 ($1,430SEK) per night. Just remember to pack your winter PJs.
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