The IceHotel in Sweden was first built in 1989 and has been rebuilt annually since then. It’s located in the village of Jukkasjarvi, 200 kilometers north of the Arctic Circle and next to the shores of the Torne River. It opens every winter and features different jaw-dropping designs that will put the Ice Palace in that James Bond movie to shame.
This year is the hotel’s 28th version and a total of 36 artists from 17 countries worked on it. 30,000 cubic meters of snow and ice were used to construct the hotel. 500 tonnes of clear natural ice was used to make the glasses and the ice bar.
The IceHotel opened on December 15 and features 35 deluxe suites, each with unique designs.
The property also has an ice ceremony hall and a frozen playground for the kids. The main hall has beautiful chandeliers made with 1000 hand-polished ice crystals. The ice ceremony hall was designed with a flower power theme and adorned with 200 hand-sculpted plants made of snow and ice.
There’s a suite called A Wandering Cloud, created by Dorset-based sculptor and taxidermist Lisa Lindqvist.
It features a frozen bed with a huge ice-carved cloud hanging over it.
Other room designs include one inspired by boat refugees’ journeys across the Mediterranean Sea, a space room, and a Faberge egg.
The Space Room suite
The Last Fabergé Egg suite
The Queen of the North suite
The Radiance suite
The Hang In There suite
The IceHotel offers various activities for guests. You can do Arctic yoga, Nordic skiing, winter running, and workshops on how to best exercise in winter climate. There’s also the Aufguss saunas, where essential oils are mixed with water to give off an invigorating aromatic steam.
As for dining options, there’s a restaurant with a 12-course tasting menu showcasing dishes that focus on local produce.
Meanwhile, a creative snow park was built for the young ones, where they can make snow castles and build mini ice hotels. They can carve special snow fortresses in their own designs.
The IceHotel is open until April 2018.
Stripped-Down Volkswagen Beetle May Be The World’s Smallest Hotel
It fits a bed and nothing much else.
Bigger is usually better when it comes to hotels and other accommodations. A large hotel room is always an attractive prospect. But in this case, it's the smallness of this "hotel room" that makes it popular among tourists. It's none other than an old converted Volkswagen Beetle, stripped down to fit a bed and nothing much else.
64-year-old Mohammed Al-Malahim of Jordan believes that his Beetle is the smallest hotel in the world. He charges $75 for a night's stay. He started this business in 2011 and has attracted scores of tourists who want to stay in someplace quirky and unconventional.
The car sits on stones in Shoubak, Jordan, overlooking some of the loveliest scenery in the region.
Take The Most Epic Selfies In This Underwater Attraction In Indonesia
The place may not look like much – but the fun begins as you go underwater.
Let’s admit it: we all love taking selfies and sharing them with our buddies on social media. There’s nothing wrong with that, of course, as long as its done sparingly. It’s not like the whole world wants to see hundreds of your selfies in a single upload.
Still, we wouldn’t blame you in case you capture and post numerous photos as you visit this place. I know I won’t be able to resist it.
Indonesia’s Umbul Ponggok is the place to go for the most epic selfies ever!
The World’s Smallest Inhabited Island Is Just Big Enough For A House And A Tree
One misstep and you’re swimming.
A lot of us have fantasized about owning an island where we can hide away from people and live in peace. Owning an island is also a status symbol, with lots of celebrities such as David Beckham and Leonard DiCaprio buying their own pieces of land from faraway places. But most of these islands are pretty big and can hold a large estate, complete with sweeping gardens and probably basketball courts. Wouldn't be cool to own an island that is big enough for just one small house?
In Alexandria Bay in New York state lies a tiny speck of land just big enough for a small house and a tree. Aptly named Just Room Enough Island, it's one of the 1,864 islands located on the St. Lawrence River which separates New York and Ontario, Canada.