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The Ice Hotel

Construction of the Ice Hotel begins each October 200 km north of the Arctic Circle in the village of Jukkasjarvi in Lapland, Sweden. Snow cannons and heavy-machinery pour and press the snow into forms up to five metres high. By December guest artists refine the interior. They create windows, doors, desks, beds, chairs, tables and lamps as well as sculptures, in preparation for the arrival of the season's first guests. During 2000/2001 there were 14,000 overnight guests and 33,000 day-time visitors.

And what do you get from civilisation? Well apart from the indoor facilities, visitors can take part in snowmobile safaris, cross-country skiing, dog sledding, fishing, hot saunas, and as you are unlikely to be this far north very often, there's also a chance to check out the Northern Lights before the Icehotel melts to become the "waterhotel" in late April.

This year Icehotel plans to feature a bonus for theatre lovers - the chance to see Hamlet performed in the local Sami language in an ice replica of Shakespeare's "The Globe". And there are plans for an igloo village to house guests in the future.

On the other side of the Atlantic, there's also an Icehotel in Duchesnay, outside of Quebec, Canada. Like that in Sweden, Ice Hotel Quebec-Canada has two art galleries and a movie theatre and covers a total surface of 3000 square meters.

A deluxe suite at the Ice Hotel Sweden costs a little over €640 per night and the entrance fee for a visit is €12. Overnight stays at Ice Hotel Canada begin at CAN$458 per night for a double room.