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The view of the Ice Hotel with the gift shop on the left as we got off the bus.

The bus ride to the Ice Hotel only took about 15-20 minutes. There was an employee of the Ice Hotel on the bus who gave us a little background on the hotel, as well as check in information as we drove there. If you are staying in an ice room, there is a separate reception building for checking in. Since we are staying in a warm room tonight, we go to the main reception building to check in. This is also where the activities desk is located, as well as a lounge/bar.

Once we arrived and got our bag, we made our way to check in. The first thing we saw just at the bottom of the hill was the entrance to the Ice Hotel itself!!! What a sight!! The front door was lit up in a soft blue light which really stood out against the dark sky behind it. Just to the left before you get to the Ice Hotel was a nice gift shop where you could buy everything from clothing and jewelry to a deck of cards and other souvenirs.

The outside of the main lobby.

After checking in, we made the short walk to our warm room. Our room is one of four in a small building. There are a number of buildings like this through out the property, some of which hold only two rooms, but none have more than four rooms per building. Our room was very nice, nicer than I expected with a large bed and a very nice bathroom!

Now it’s time to check this place out. We first head our way back to the Ice Hotel and checked out the inside and all the art rooms. If you are staying here, you are able to just walk around and look at all the different rooms…up until 6:00pm. After six, you need a room key to enter. The Ice bar is also located just off the “lobby” of the Ice Hotel, but we’ll check that out later. There is no way to describe all the great ice art in the different rooms. I took pictures of almost all of them, but even the pictures don’t do them justice! It’s just incredible!!!

Next we checked out the gift shop for a bit, and then headed back to the main reception lobby to check on our activities we had set up for tomorrow.

The outside of the building our room is in.
We found out there is a guided tour of the Ice Hotel starting at 4:00pm, so we headed over to do that. Not only did we get a tour of the inside and all the rooms, but also a lot of information about the hotel, the rooms and the Torne River which the ice comes from to build the hotel. After the 30 minute tour was over, we went back to the lounge/bar and had a hot chocolate and just hung out there to warm up.

We were starting to get hungry, and it was now close to 6:00, so we made our way to the restaurant across the street to get dinner. We were both very surprised at how nice this restaurant was, definitely not what I was expecting!  Even though it looked very fancy, you didn’t need to be dressed up to be here.

The activities counter in the main lobby
The dinner menu didn’t have a big selection to choose from, but the food was amazing!! Lena had Reindeer tenderloin with a few other wild game meats included on the plate, and I had baked Salmon and potatoes.

This will also be the restaurant we have lunch and our free breakfast.

After a great dinner, we walked around a little more; it’s snowing lightly and -16C now. We then called it a night and relaxed in our room. Tomorrow afternoon we go dog sledding, and then a night time snowmobile adventure to hopefully see the Northern Lights…and of course check into our ice room!

 

 

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The view of the Ice Hotel with th…
The outside of the main lobby.
The outside of the main lobby.
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The outside of the building our r…
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The activities counter in the mai…
Fireplace in the main lobby
Fireplace in the main lobby
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Lena waiting to check in to our w…
Inside the main lobby
Inside the main lobby
The front of the Ice Hotel
The front of the Ice Hotel
Lena ready to play
Lena ready to play
The front of the Ice Hotel
The front of the Ice Hotel
The cold room check in lobby
The cold room check in lobby
Inside the gift shop
Inside the gift shop
Inside the gift shop
Inside the gift shop
Inside the gift shop
Inside the gift shop
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The fron door to the Ice Hotel ma…
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The "front desk" inside the Ice H…
The main hall inside the Ice Hotel
The main hall inside the Ice Hotel
Lena inside the Ice Hotel
Lena inside the Ice Hotel
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Lena sitting on a bench of ice wi…
Inside one of the art rooms.
Inside one of the art rooms.
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Inside our room...didnt know this…
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Inside one of the art rooms.
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Inside one of the art rooms.
Inside one of the art rooms.
Inside one of the art rooms.
Inside one of the art rooms.
Inside one of the art rooms.
Inside one of the art rooms.
Inside one of the art rooms.
Inside one of the art rooms.
Inside one of the art rooms.
Inside one of the art rooms.
Inside one of the art rooms.
Inside one of the art rooms.
Inside one of the art rooms.
Inside one of the art rooms.
Inside one of the art rooms.
Inside one of the art rooms.
Inside one of the art rooms.
Inside one of the art rooms.
Inside one of the art rooms.
Inside one of the art rooms.
Inside one of the art rooms.
Inside one of the art rooms.
Inside one of the art rooms.
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Our tour guide talking to us insi…
The ceiling inside the Chaple.
The ceiling inside the Chaple.
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Inside one of the art rooms.
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Wall art inside one of the art ro…
Inside Room #308
Inside Room #308
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Inside Room #308, one of the art …
Inside one of the art rooms.
Inside one of the art rooms.
Inside one of the art rooms.
Inside one of the art rooms.
Inside one of the art rooms.
Inside one of the art rooms.
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Inside room #304, one of the art …
Inside room #304, one of the art r…
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The ceiling inside room #304
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Me & Lena in the main hall of the…
The lounge/bar by the main lobby.
The lounge/bar by the main lobby.
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The fire place in the lounge/bar
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Inside the lounge/bar in the main…
Inside the lounge/bar
Inside the lounge/bar
Inside the lounge/bar
Inside the lounge/bar
Hot chocolate!
Hot chocolate!
Lena having a hot chocolate
Lena having a hot chocolate
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Me having a hot chocolate
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Inside the lounge/bar
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The Ice Hotel restaurant across t…
The front doors of the restuarant.
The front doors of the restuarant.
Inside the Ice Hotel restaurant.
Inside the Ice Hotel restaurant.
Salmond & potato cake.
Salmond & potato cake.
Reindeer tenderloin
Reindeer tenderloin
The ceiling decorations
The ceiling decorations
The Ice Hotel restaurant bar
The Ice Hotel restaurant bar
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Christmas tree w/ goat and Jultom…
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