What would possess a man to strip down to his thermals, jump into a sleeping bag and spend the night in a tomb of ice and snow? It’s hard to say really, but would you refuse a night in the world’s only hotel made from the frosty remnants of a crystal clear river? If the answer is yet another question which you cannot answer but by posing yet another question, then…(he skips to the end)…you probably just discovered the ICEHOTEL.
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Frozen Europe 2010: Kiruna

January 14, 2011

Kiruna, located 145km above the arctic circle, is Sweden’s northern-most city. With just under 20,000 people it is a relatively small affair. But, business is booming. The two main industries in Kiruna would seem to be the iron mine, space-based industries, and tourism. And with more snow than I have ever seen in one place at one time, Kiruna seems to have successfully carved out a niche as the launching point for many cold weather-based tourist activities. In the centre of town, you doesn’t have to look far to find a tourist office. In fact, I didn’t even have to go inside for at a nearby store I was pounced on by a tour guide who was quick to lead me back to her office and offer me everything from dog sled tours, snowmobile trips, moose spotting, trips to the Aurora Skystation (to see the Northern Lights), and other more cultural activities centred around the local Sami people. Needless to say, I indulged in many of these activities; more photos to come in subsequent postings.
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