German igloo challenges Sweden’s Ice Hotel

SWEDEN, JUKKASJAERVI : A couple arrive in a sled pulled by reindeer to the chapel of the ice hotel in Jukkasjaervi on January 9, 2009 to get married. Around 150 marriages happen at the chapel each winter. The chapel and ice hotel are temporary buildings since the structure of the chapel and of the ice hotel melts away in spring. AFP PHOTO/OLIVIER MORIN A German airline is to compete with northern Sweden’s famous Ice Hotel by building a multi-million dollar igloo, writes the Swedish Piteå newspaper. The igloo, which will boast a lobby, hotel rooms and bar, will be built by snow blowers in Arvidsjaur county, in Sweden’s Far North, and is set to open in December.

“We are investing heavily and want to be at least as large and exclusive as the Ice Hotel in Jukkasjärvi. The world press will talk about us,” says Michael Fender from airline Flycar.

The Ice Hotel, the world’s largest hotel made of ice, has proved a popular destination for tourists coming to the far north of Sweden intent on enjoying attractions such as the northern lights.

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