Ice Hotel foyer

Ice Hotel foyer

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Credit: DAN TOBIN SMITH/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Ice Hotel. Visitors standing in the foyer of the Ice Hotel, a hotel made entirely from snow and ice. The hotel is the world's largest igloo, and lies within the Arctic Circle in Jukkasjarvi, Sweden. It is built every winter by spraying 30,000 tonnes of snow onto moulds which are removed once the snow has compacted. 10,000 tonnes of ice are also used, for example for these colu- mns. The hotel sleeps over 100 guests on ice beds. Visitors remain warm in their sleeping bags despite temperatures that reach -9 degrees Celsius. Guests can visit the ice exhibition hall, sauna, cinema or chapel, as well as drink from ice glasses in the ice bar. The hotel melts every May.

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Keywords: architecture, arctic circle, building technology, column, foyer, guest, ice hotel, igloo, jukkasjarvi, natural building, pillar, snow, sweden, swedish, visitor

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