World's first permanent ice hotel opens

Maureen O'Hare, CNNUpdated 8th December 2016
(CNN) — It's the original pop-up: Northern Sweden's ICEHOTEL was the world's first hotel made of snow and ice when it opened back in 1989.
Now, after 27 years of being built and rebuilt each winter, northern Sweden's ICEHOTEL 365 will be the first frozen accommodation to stay open year-round.
New solar-powered cooling technology will allow part of the legendary hotel, including a bar, art gallery and 10 luxury suites, to host guests in search of midnight sun as well as northern lights.
Located 200 kilometers north of the Arctic circle in Jukkasjärvi, ICEHOTEL has been built to a fresh blueprint each year, using 5,000 tons of ice taken from the nearby River Torne in the spring and cold-stored over the summer.
Sections of the hotel will continue to melt and be rebuilt as usual -- meaning there will still be fresh new icy artworks for guests to enjoy each year.
ICEHOTEL; Marknadsvägen 63, 981 91 Jukkasjärvi, Sweden; +46 980 668 00
Sweden's ICEHOTEL, which has been built and rebuilt every year since 1989, is now open year-round. The Victorian Apartment (pictured) is designed by Luca Roncoroni.
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