On the 18th of december (2010) this years ice hotel trip was due to commence but this was put off until the next day due to Heathrow airport being closed by heavy snow.
We had already boarded the SAS flight bound for Kiruna (northern Sweden) but the airport closed around 20 to 30 mins after boarding, to cut a long story short we remained on the plane for around 7 hours! The SAS cabin crew & pilots we great at keeping us informed, fed & watered etc while we were on that plane. After departing the plane we were one of the lucky few that were put up in a hotel overnight.
Day two at Heathrow when we returned brought us scenes reminiscent of a refugee camp in places, with people sleeping on the floor 'wrapped' in foil blankets.
We (re)checked in and once again boared the SAS flight for Kiruna only this time we did take off, one of only 6 (or so) flights to leave that day.
Once in Kiruna we were transferred by coach to the ice hotel in the little village of Jukkasjarvi (Sweden).
Spent the first night in a warm room & the following morning went on a snowshoeing excursion in a nearby forest in temps as low as -38c but i wasn't cold.
After this i had a proper look around the ice hotel & it's art rooms (ice rooms containing beds with a theme made out of ice, different for each room). Much later after visiting the ice bar i spent the night in a cold room (a snow room in the icehotel which contains a bed & that's it), it is around -5c in the icehotel all the time but on this night it was -29c outside. If you can do it it's well worth a visit.
I forget the name of this room but here is an example of one of the art rooms.
Blog support photo. The main hall has vaulted ceilings & usually something at the end of it.
This room looks at first basic but look closely at the bedside & walls.
Blog support photo. Can you guess the theme for this room?
Blog support photo. On this night inside -5c outside -29c. You do get a sleeping bag, just don't wear much in it!
Blog support photo. This room puts me in mind of Tron.
Blog support photo. Imagine your in that bed when you wake up in the morning!
Blog support photo. All the ice you see comes from the nearby Torne river.
Blog support: I would like to make it clear that none of these drinks were mine!!