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See it before it melts: The Ice Hotel opens its doors to reveal this year’s breathtaking hand-carved suites

“The ice hotel is now back – and what better way to stand out than to place a giant elephant in the room.

The first images of Ice Hotel 26 in Sweden have been released offering a sneak peek of the incredible suites that are now available for guests of the famous accommodation.

Aside from the 9.8 foot African animal, creations this year include a 1970’s inspired Love Capsule, a room taking it’s design aesthetic from a Russian imperial theatre and there is even an icicle cave.

Wake up to a sight you'll never forget: This suite, the Elephant in the Room by sculptor AnnaSofia Måå, has now been created in the hotel

Wake up to a sight you’ll never forget: This suite, the Elephant in the Room by sculptor AnnaSofia Måå, has now been created in the hotel

Romantic retreat: the Love Capsule design by 
Luc Voisin and Mathieu Brison features a separate seating area made from ice

The most mesmerising thing about this room, Eye Suite design by Nicolas Triboulot and CÈdric Alizard, is the patterns formed in the walls and divider wall, and the elaborate bed

Using an amount of snow that could construct 700 million snowballs, the Jukkasjärvi-based hotel is offering 19 individually themed rooms, along with an opulent church and a bar.

Creating the magical hotel anew every year is no easy feat, with some 5,000 tonnes of natural ice being harvested from Sweden’s national river Torne, with the stunning chandeliers alone being made from 1,000 hand cut ice Crystals.

As soon as the temperatures drop below zero, the construction begins, with the structure taking around two months to complete.

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Around Christmas the ice church is opened.

If the breathtaking rooms are not enough to amaze guests as they rise in the morning, the hotel can also arrange wake-up calls to witness the spectacular Northern Lights outside.

This can be arranged via a new app, Aurora Skycam, which sounds an alarm when the display appears, as well as giving users access to live data.

Natural wonder: 'Show Me What You Got' by 
TjÂsa Gusfors and David AndrÈn features an ornate peacock, illuminated by lights

The team celebrate the opening of the Ice Hotel 26 in Sweden. Using an amount of snow that could construct 700 million snowballs, the Jukkasjärvi-based hotel is offering 19 individually themed rooms, along with an opulent church and a bar

 

Nordic skiing and arctic wilderness survival beginners’ courses are also available including the chance to learn how to build a shelter and make a fire.

For those who prefer to be pampered, there are spa experience on offer, including an ice plunge and a thermal starlit bath.

To enjoy the full experience, new for this season is Discover the World’s Arctic Living three-night package which provides a selection of activities and includes the cost of accommodation.

These include a traditional Arctic feast, an exhilarating cross country skiing excursion as well as the new Swedish sauna experience (learning about authentic rituals and experiencing a tar soap cleanse) and taking plunge into the icy river waters, along with the survival course.

The Ice Hotel also has a rustic Homestead restaurant, with Michelin trained head chef Alexander Meier at the helm.

This year Swedish Lapland delicacies re-invented are on the menu, including reindeer served with chocolate sauce.

Around 26,550 drinks are usually served in the bar from December to April, along with 11,000 hot cups of complimentary sweet lingonberry juice.

This year the Icehotel asked for talented sculptors and artists to have an input in the creative designs and received over 130 submissions to choose from. “

Read more: DailyMail

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