Tuesday, February 19, 2008

In Case Your Winter Not Cold Enough - IceHotel

I remember hearing Anderson's story of The Snow Queen as a child, and picturing a grand palace made entirely of snow, so it gives me a thrill to see these pictures of the Ice Hotel in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden.

"The walls of the palace were of driving snow, and the windows and doors of cutting winds. There were more than a hundred halls there, according as the snow was driven by the winds. The largest was many miles in extent; all were lighted up by the powerful Aurora Borealis, and all were so large, so empty, so icy cold, and so resplendent! ... The northern-lights shone with such precision that one could tell exactly when they were at their highest or lowest degree of brightness. In the middle of the empty, endless hall of snow, was a frozen lake; it was cracked in a thousand pieces, but each piece was so like the other, that it seemed the work of a cunning artificer. In the middle of this lake sat the Snow Queen when she was at home; and then she said she was sitting in the Mirror of Understanding, and that this was the only one and the best thing in the world."
Here are some photos of the construction process.

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