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A hotel in the village of Jukkasjärvi, Sweden, is made from thousands of tons of ice and snow. The building materials - 10,000 tons of crystal clear ice from the River Torne and 30,000 tons of pure snow - are all generously supplied by Mother Nature.

Although people seem to be lining up to spend the night in such a shelter, this is not a new idea. The Inuit have been building snow structures for hundreds of years.

Of course, the hotel melts in the summer and must be rebuilt each winter, so each November, building starts all over again to have the hotel ready to open in mid December.

This hotel in northern Lapland sleeps over 100 guests, and every bedroom is unique. There's a pillar hallway and the lobby has seats made of blocks of ice covered with reindeer skins, an ice chandelier, and a pretend ice TV (so you can imagine watching "cool" programs, I suppose).

The hotel stays open as long a weather permits (late April to early May) but sooner or later, Mother Nature decides that the season is over. Bit by bit, she takes back her building materials, and the hotel gradually trickles back into the River Torne.

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