Ice Hotel: Spend The Night North Of The Arctic Circle In Sweden (PHOTOS)

12/17/2012 09:21 am ET

Sweden's ICEHOTEL opened to intrepid visitors earlier this month, giving visitors from around the world the chance to channel their inner Eskimo.

The hotel, located 200 km north of the Arctic Circle in Jukkasjärvi, is constructed from the environment around it.

"We're completely dependent on the weather, we have a schedule to adhere to but it varies from year to year," Icehotel representative Beatrice Karlsson told Agence France-Presse. This is the 23rd time the hotel has been built.

The hotel encompasses 65 hotel rooms, a lobby and reception area, a main hall and an ice bar. As the hotel opens in phases, an ice chapel (for weddings, of course) will be opened later.

Construction starts in November, CNN reports, when the temperature is several degrees below freezing. The first phase of the hotel opens in December, and the whole structure is completed by early January.

More than just a hotel, the structure is considered "an ephemeral art project" by its creators. A handful of the suites were designed by artists selected from more than 100 applicants from around the world, according to the AFP. Yet, the canvas is fleeting, as it only lasts until warmer temperatures come.

Interested in a stay at the ICEHOTEL? Double and twin rooms, as well as hotel chalets for three to five people (in a Scandinavian design) are available. And, outer wear, gloves, shoes, breakfast buffet, morning sauna are included. Rates vary, but a stay on Christmas will run about $480 for the night. The hotel also welcomes day visitors.

Don't worry about being too cold though; in the hotel it never gets colder than 23 to 18 degrees fahrenheit, despite the outdoor temperature sometimes being as low as -22 degrees.

For photos from this year's construction, as well as past ICEHOTEL incarnations, check out the slideshow below.

Sweden Ice Hotel

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