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Ice Hotel No.25, Jukkasjärvi, Sweden

This year marks the 25th iteration of the Ice Hotel in Jukkasjärvi, about 17km outside Kiruna, located in Lapland.  The venue is constructed by master ice carvers as a global vacation destination.  The Ice Hotel is a seasonal destination open typically between November and March, the coldest time of the year above the Arctic Circle; it is rebuilt annually as it is composed mainly of ice and snow or "snice" used to bond the solid blocks together.  Themed rooms and spaces are booked in advance for a unique and truly once in a lifetime experience.  While the hotel is geared to those adventurous travelers that can put up with the (sub-zero degree celsius) interior temperature, the rooms are supplied with furs, animal skins and extreme-cold sleeping bags.  It also has many amenities of a traditional hotel, including a chapel, the ICE BAR a sauna and a restaurant.