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A. What should guests bring with them to the hotel?
B. How is the construction material collected and stored?
C. Why is the hotel friendly to the environment?
D. What exhibitions can you see in the hotel?
E. How was the idea of the hotel born?
F. Why is the hotel rebuilt every year?
G. Who works on creating the hotel?
H. What choice of rooms does the hotel offer?

All hotels have to be renovated from time to time but Sweden’s ICEHOTEL in Jukkasjärvi is completely new at the beginning of each December. As the name suggests, the hotel is made
from ice blocks, so it melts in spring. As a result, next year it has to be constructed again.
In 1990 an exhibition of ice art was organised in a big igloo built near Jukkasjärvi. One night there were no free rooms in hotels in town, and some visitors asked for permission to spend the night in the exhibition hall. They slept in their sleeping bags on top of reindeer skins. That’s when the organisers thought that a hotel made of ice could be built in the area.
In order to make sure there is enough ice, 5,000 tons of ice are taken from the Torne River in winter. Then, the ice blocks are transported to a giant building in Jukkasjärvi, in which the temperature is –5°C all year round. The ice is kept there until the building process starts
In November over a hundred people, half of them artists, the other half professional builders, come to the region to construct the beautiful structure. They’re all determined and spend days and nights trying to finish the hotel in six weeks.
There are 65 rooms, singles and doubles, of different standards. Some guests choose luxurious suites such as a deluxe room called ‘Song of Lotus’, which includes a sauna and a relaxation area but there are also cheaper rooms where tourists sleep on ice beds with reindeer skins on them.
The temperature may differ from room to room, but it is usually lower than –5°C! That is why guests are advised to use their own thermal sleeping bags and wear gloves and winter hats at night. There is no kettle in the room, but if you have a thermos flask, you can get hot tea for free.
The structure is the most ecological building you could ever imagine. It welcomes guests all winter and when temperatures rise, it simply melts into one giant puddle. Many different steps were also taken to limit the negative impact of the hotel on the beautiful natural surroundings, for example some energy-conservation and water-saving schemes were introduced.
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