Ice Hotel!

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Kiruna Airport. Two gates. One icy runway. Glorious.....

I felt like a kid in a toy store, running throughout the rooms, weaving through the ice corridors, taking tons of pictures, and admiring the ice sculptures. As an engineer, the construction is a amazing. To design, plan, and execute a building made entirely out of ice is amazing, not to mention the ornate architecture and unique engravings in each of the rooms. There is spot lighting and colored flood lights throughout the Ice Hotel which is another impressive engineering feat.

The ice hotel http://www.icehotel.com/Winter/Icehotel/Art/2008/ has 20 unique Art Design Suites, 10 Design Suites, and about 60 regular rooms. Each year artists come to construct a room. Each year the rooms are different and each year, at the end of the season, the rooms melt away.

Its pretty bad ass. I feel like I’m in that James Bond movie Die Another Day. To know that I’m going to be drinking vodka drinks in the Absolut Ice Bar and then sleeping in an Art Design Suite that lasts only for 5 months. Bad ass.

Walking into the Ice Hotel, you appear in the main reception area, with a reception table and two ice chairs. To the left is a long corridor to the world’s original Ice Bar, directly ahead is a sliding glass door (yes, embedded in the ice) leading to the Main Hall - where all the rooms are located, and to the right is a reindeer skin door leading to the warm locker rooms and saunas. Like I said, an interesting two days.

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Kiruna Airport.  Two gates. One ic…
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Ice Room
Ice Room
Me and an ice statue
Me and an ice statue
The most bad a$$ ice bed ever
The most bad a$$ ice bed ever
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Saab driving experience promotion…
Katie waxing the Saab
Katie waxing the Saab
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I thought this picture reminded m…
Warm accomodation chalets
Warm accomodation chalets
Sled char pushy things
Sled char pushy things
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Main hall
Main hall
More of the main hall
More of the main hall
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Tango room. This ended up being …
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