Das neue Eiszeitalter am Polarkreis: Das IceHotel

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Eingang zum ~Icehotel~ in Jukkasja Ein Drink um hier u Eiszimmer Eisinstrumente shadow
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Februar 2004 - 18 bis 20-02-2004

Wie groß ist Kiruna? fragte die Nachbarin im Flugzeug. Sie schaute etwas verdutzt als ich ihr sagte das eine der größten Stäte dieser Welt ist. Von der Fläche natürlich, von der Fläche. Sonst hat die 20'000 Quadratkilometer große Stadt nur 26'000 Einwohner. 20'000 Quadratkilometer das ist halb sogroß wie die Schweiz oder 2/3 von Holland. Es ist die nördlichste Stadt in Schweden, 120km from polarkreis und war eine Bergbaustadt.

Es gibt keinen regulären Bus von Flughafen nach Kiruna - nur Tour Oprerator Busse die man im voraus buchen muss. Die einzige Alternative ist ein taxi für 200 SEK
  • Ruf 12012 (Taxi Kiruna AB)

Ich habe das Zimmer im Yellow House bereits im vorraus gebucht. Es ist eines der vielen privaten Herbergen. Ein Einzelzimmer kostet 300 SEK (34 EUR) pro Nacht eine Dopplezimmer 400 SEK (45 EUR). und ein Bett im Schlafsaal 120 (14 EUR), Bedzeug 50 SEK (5.5 EUR) und Frühstuck ebenfalls 50 SEK (5.5 EUR). Wochen zuvor war nur noch das Einzelzimmer zu haben und alles andere total ausgebucht, wie überall hier, sagte der Herbergier. Nimm kein Risiko und komme im Winter, der Hauptsaison ohne Buchung hierher , wenn des draussen -25 C ist, fügte er noch hinzu.
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Eis-suite mit dem Thema Rock'n Roll Eisarbeiter Eiskirche Eisbar shadow
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Mit -7 C war es allerdings ungewöhnlich warm, aber das kommt regemässig vor das es hier +2C ist und die Ostsee gefroren. Letzte Woche war es noch -25 C und davor -30 enschuldigte er sich.
Ich fuhr nach Jukkasjärvi mit der Busline 501. Das ist dort wo das Icehotel ist. Das einzige Hotel das jedes Jahr aufs neue entsteht.
Fünf verdächtige schwarze Autos sah ich im vorbefahren - Erlkoenige. Sie kommen oft zum Icehotel auf der suche nach Abwechselung zu ihrem langewieligen alltag sollte man meinen.
Im Restaurant and der gegenüberligenden Strassenseite gab es ein Buffet - Lachs mit Pellkartoffeln, Salat, Saft und Kuchen als Nachtisch für günstige 120 SEK.
Eine weitere Kurosität ist das Autos mitten in der Einsammen Prärie anhalten und Fußgänger passieren lassen.

I went to the restaurant across the road and took a nice Buffet including salade, a soup, salmon and potatoes as main course, juice and cake as desert for affordable 120 SEK It is funny that cars in the middle of nowhere driving 80 km/h are just stopping for you on an empty street on the country road to let you cross.
I checked in. I got a nice room next to the art exhibition for 2490 SEK (274 EUR).
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Unfortunately a large portion of the 45'000 tourist each season visiting the Icehotel is made up typical mass-beach-tourists which gives the whole thing a unpleasant touch. Of course the Japanese tourist are not missing. But everywhere I meet some nice ones. A season last from December to April, when the hotel starts to melt down. Jukkasjärve has in contrast only a population of 600, so it is everything about the Ice-hotel.
I checked in and got room 104 next to the exhibition. In the luggage room every night guest gets a warm locker. The luggage room and warm reception is open 24-7. Yes there is a regular reception placed in a wood house called warm reception and a cold one at the entrance gate to the Icehotel. At 17:00h I took a guided tour. The guide explained that the hotel is build by spraying snow on huge forms an then these forms are then removed. Therfore the basic design stays the same every year. Just the ice interior build of ice change and pillars shape round to square.

Ice marriage Snow road Ice sculptures ~Icehotel~ shadow
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The ice is harvested in the Torne river behind the hotel complex in March and stored during the summer in the cooling warehouse where you can also see an ice exhibition. Normally the snow on the ice isolate and the ice would only get a couple of decimeter. Therfore the snow is cleared and the cold can reach the ice so it grows over a meter deep. This is the only place in the world, so the guide explains, where the water is so clear and clean that look trough the ice.

Line 501 from Kiruna Bus station to Jukkasjärvi: 06:25, 07:00, 09:10, 13:00, 14:35, 15:25, 16:40, 18:10.
Line 501 from Jukkasjärvii to Kiruna Bus station : 5:20, 07:20, 08:10, 10:00, 14:00, 15:25, 16:25, 17:30, 18:40.
The trip duration: 30 minutes.


I rented some snow shoes in the Adventure Center belonging to the Icehotel . One German man booked a snow mobile tour. It is their last day here in Sweden. They were testing heating systems of newly developed cars here. This wee is not a good choice. It is between -5C and +3C. Last week would be better - it was -25C and the week before even -30C
At 18:00h the Icehotel is reserved for night guests. At about 22:00 I took my sleeping bag, which works up to -15C, and the linen. You lay on a bed with a regular frame placed on ice blocks or pillars.
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The suites are designed by 30 artists and each have a special theme build from ice :nd light: Flying sourer, motorcycle bar, arctic animal suite ... One thing is not allowed the guide said : color the ice! I think it would be allowed if but is is rather impossible - how would one color ice that build itself in a flowing river.

As it is -4C inside. On the mattress lay reindeer skins. I just used the linen and the sleeping back to cover me as a blanket. There is nothing special about sleeping here. A down blanket would be more comfortable. At 7:00h get a friendly "God moron" and a paper mug of hot cowberry juice from the wake up lady. The included breakfast buffet taking place the restaurant, is excellent and includes all you expect from a good hotel. There were plenty of ice rooms available at a rate of 275 EUR or more but no cabins which may have been booked as early as four month before.

Drilling the whole through the one meter thick ice Ice fishing Teh snow man Polar flight shadow
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Shafiq wanted to go ice fishing because he does allot of fishing home in Tanzania. So his father rented a the Ice fishing dill and fishing rod from the Adventure Center. We tied to dig a whole into for one hours and a quarter. We put our weight on the drill turning with the drill until we got dizzy and tumble like drunk. It looked really funny and any witness would probably laugh and rolled around the floor. So what important technique do we miss here we ask us. After one hour Shafiq father dad finally hit the water. And we screamed: Yes we got it!
Then a man walked up and just dig a whole in minute.
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One attraction is the Absolute Ice Bar where you get drink in ice glasses. There is also one Absolute Ice Bar in Stockholm and they also plan to build 15 more around the world the guide explains.
A ice churce belongs to the complex where 150 couples marriing each year. After it is build with ther rest ot the complex it is handed over to the Swedish church. The number of maricgges is limmited to 150: " We don't want to get anonother Las Vegas" the churge says.
Of course one attraction is to see the polar lights. The are many tours offered. What they don't tell you is that it needs two ingridients to see the polar lights. One is obvious: a clear sky! The other is some sun activity. See spaceweather.com







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