I must be obsessed with snow and ice this year. It probably comes from living in Malta, I know I won’t be seeing any really cold weather so I am enjoying looking at and talking about the cold weather elsewhere.

My next Christmas location is the Ice Hotel in Jukkasjarvi, Sweden which is 200km inside the Arctic Circle. . This is a truly unique Hotel. Every year it is newly built from the crystal clear ice provided by the fast flowing Torne River. Each year it has a new design and newly designed suites.

Inspired by the work of visiting Japanese ice artists, in 1990 the French artist Jannot Derit was invited to have the opening of his exhibition in a specially built igloo on the frozen Torne River. The 60 square metre building named Arctic Hall attracted many curious visitors to the area. Several of them decided to spend the night in the igloo. The next day they raved about the experience and so the Ice Hotel was born. Today it is world famous, not just for the Hotel itself but for its fantastic works of art and its extraordinary experience. It is now a meeting place for artists and world travelers.

There are a number of fantastic suites available. The Seduction Suite sounds hot but is of course made of ice, perfect I guess for cuddling up together, the Moonlight Suite, Crystal Room Suite, Luxline De Luxe Suite and so it goes on. Each one very individual and beautiful. Every room of this Hotel is made of ice. It has to be seen to be believed.

It seems what most people do is spend one night in the Ice Hotel itself and the other nights of their stay in the warm hotel rooms. I think it would be a wonderful Christmas experience to spend the Holiday Season in Sweden at the Ice Hotel. Going to the Ice Hotel is an adventure in itself but you have all the winter sports and activities that Sweden can provide too. So for a truly unique experience try Sweden’s Ice Hotel for Christmas.

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