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Builders race against spring to fashion Swedish ice hotel

The painstakingly crafted luxury suites will melt in the spring thaw, but the Icehotel — now in its 23rd year — is becoming a permanent feature of Sweden’s landscape

by Camille Bas-wohlert  /  AFP, JUKKASJARVI, Sweden

The hotel — copies of which are now erected in several other countries — has no stars the way other hotels do.

Yet that does not mean it is for budget travelers: The cost of a room ranges from 2,200 kronor to 7,000 kronor per night.

Alternately, tourists can pay 325 kronor a head to tour the hotel, which also makes money off the weddings and christenings it hosts, as well as the popular ice bar where drinks are served in glasses made of ice.

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