By LAWRENCE TAN
It may be at least three years from now before you can actually book a trip to sub-orbital space as part of your stay at Sweden’s infamous Ice Hotel but there are many other reasons why you should still check in now for a short stay.
Every year, Ice Hotel invites artists and sculptors from all over the world to gather in the tiny remote village of Jukkasjärvi to carve one-of-a-kind suites and facilities from massive chunks of ice from the frozen Torne River.
While the hotel is already inviting new designs for the 20th Ice Hotel to be built next winter, its 19th iteration is open to guests for lodging till 18 April.
Some of the fascinating designs this year include a moonscape themed deluxe suite aptly named “Fly Me to the Moon” by Swedish artists Bernt Westlund and Tjåsa Gusfors, a suite complete with starlight and a crescent moon by Japanese wood sculptor Hiroyoshi Sakai, and a suite teeming with giant “mushrooms” by the Bulgarian pair of Viktor Tsarski and Liliya Pobornikova.
There are also suites modeled after a factory production line, the interior of a submarine, and a Snow Queen palace.
Do pop by the Absolut Icebar, designed by the Anglo-Swedish duo of Mark Armstrong and Lena Kriström for post-dinner drinks, which in this case, means vodka.
All images of the Ice Hotel are courtesy of Big Ben Productions ©ICEHOTELIce Hotel, Jukkasjärvi