Absolut-ely cold and lovely drinks... :-)
Feb 17th 2010
After picking up the hire car our first stop was 10km down the road at Jukkasjarvi to visit the world famous Ice Hotel.
It was truely amazing and the room, especially the Art Rooms, were so intricately carved. My favourite room was Gotham on Ice (because I like architecture and liked the architectural carving rather than being a fan of Batman!). Average cost of a room seems to be around £300 a night but you aren't expected to sleep as it's too cold.
We stopped for a drink (non-alcholic costed £5 each) at the Absolut sponsored Ice Bar. The drink came in an ice glass and we chose 4 different colours (although the general consensus was that the red one wasn't too nice, and the blue one tasted too much of ice pops or WKD Blue sans alcohol).
After visiting the hotel and having a drink in the Absolut bar we went to the Ice Church. That was really pretty. Some people in our hotel were getting married there later in the week. Quick check on the internet found that they were paying over £2k for the ceremony, plus the extra costs of the guests. Must've been a chilly wedding! Hope she got a thermal dress. We were cold in coats, jumpers and thermal tops wandering about the hotel!
After the Ice Hotel, bar and church we needed warming up so headed inside to the Ice Hotel cafe. Modern, wooden building serves as the booking area, restaurant, inside bar etc. Had a lovely hot chocolate to warm us up.
We had bought lunch at the ICA supermarket so we made sandwiches as we drove to our next destination at Abisko National Park.