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Posted: December 11, 2016

World's first yearlong frozen hotel opens in Sweden

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By Fiza Pirani

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

While many people book vacations to destinations with warmer climates during the winter months, some travelers prefer to embrace the cold and find wonder in frosty locales. For the latter, you may want to consider booking a trip to northern Sweden and staying at the world's first-ever permanent ice hotel, Sweden's ICEHOTEL 365.

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The original ICEHOTEL, a pop-up that has been rebuilt every winter, was the world's first hotel made of snow and ice when it opened in 1989, according to CNN.

But ICEHOTEL 365, which opened last month, will be the world's first frozen hotel to stay open all year.

Located about 120 miles north of the Arctic circle in Jukkasjärvi, the hotel features 20 suites, an ice bar and sculpting studio, an ice church and more.

According to the hotel website, ICEHOTEL 365 is cooled by solar panels during the summer months and during the winter, the Torne River provides the hotel with its ice.

Watch the video below from Business Insider for a peek inside.


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