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The world famous Icehotel has over 80 rooms built each year from snow and crystal clear ice, taken from the waters of the local river Torne and is open from mid-December to mid-April. For departures before early January, you can still watch some of the ice sculptures and artists at work, finishing off their creations and other aspects of the hotel, whilst you stay in a snow room.After that time you can see the completed hotel in all its glory and if you wish, upgrade to one of their stunning art suites, each individually designed and hand crafted by one of many artists who travel there from all over the world to help create the ICEHOTEL each year.

The sight, as you open the main, reindeer-skin clad doors, is simply breathtaking – a grand, ice pillared hallway illuminated by dazzling ice sculptures and spectacular ice-carved chandelier. The interior, at between -5°C to -8°C, actually feels quite pleasant, especially when outside temperatures can drop to around -37°C! Walk past several ice sculptures and imaginatively lit ice art towards one of the most popular rooms - the Absolut Ice Bar. With its vaulted ceiling, plenty of ice block seating (covered in reindeer skins) and see-though bar, it serves an impressive range of colourful vodka cocktails, naturally served in chunky ice glasses. Hot cocktails are also available!
The ICEHOTEL Restaurant, situated just across the road from the main reception, offers an extensive breakfast and lunchtime buffet plus an à la carte dinner menu. It also houses a Champagne Bar.



This holiday package includes one night in a standard Snow Room (or you may wish to upgrade to an Ice Room or Art Suite) and 2 or 3 nights in heated accommodation. Ice Rooms are larger than Snow Rooms and have the addition of ice 'furniture' - each Art Suite is individually themed, often with a striking ice relief, sculptures and a bed that can only be described as a work of art - a perfect choice for that extra special treat or perhaps a honeymoon - double sleeping bags available! It may be possible to book a warm room as back-up on your allocated 'sleeping on ice' night should you be hesitant about staying in ice accommodation - our team of experts will be happy to answer any questions you may have - a back-up room is at additional cost and is subject to availability.


There are so many optional excursions to choose from at the ICEHOTEL - the hardest part is deciding which to do! Here's a few: snowmobiling, husky sledging, cross country skiing, moose and reindeer safaris, ice driving and ice sculpting. You may even start your holiday with a transfer from the airport by husky sledge!

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Inception – Real or Dream

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Inception is a 2010 science fiction action heist film which was written, co-produced, and directed by Christopher Nolan. The film features an international ensemble cast including Leonardo DiCaprio, Ken Watanabe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Dileep Rao, Tom Berenger, and Michael Caine. DiCaprio plays Dom Cobb, a specialised corporate spy and thief whose work consists of secretly extracting valuable commercial information from the unconscious minds of his targets while they dream. Wanted for murder and unable to visit his children, Cobb is offered a chance to regain his old life as payment for a task considered to be impossible: "Inception", the implantation of an original idea into a target's subconscious.
Inception has received wide critical acclaim and numerous critics have praised its originality, cast, score, and visual effects. It won Academy Awards for Best Visual Effects, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, and Best Cinematography, and was also nominated for four more: Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, Best Original Score, and Best Art Direction.



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The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Dom Cobb, a thief who, with the help of his partner Arthur (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), steals information from victims' dreams while they sleep. After a rare failure on his most recent corporate espionage job, their intended mark, Saito (Ken Watanabe), makes Dom an offer he can't refuse. Turns out our main character has legal problems stemming from his wife's death that prevent Dom from returning to the United States to see his children. The rich and powerful Saito offers to wipe away those troubles if Dom will, instead of stealing an idea from a particular business competitor, put an idea into the man's mind. Most believe this task, known as "inception," isn't possible, but Dom knows from personal history that he can do it. Aside from putting together the right team to get the job done, Dom's biggest obstacle is his deceased wife, Mal (Marion Cotillard). More precisely, it's his memories of her, because when he goes into people's dreams he brings his own subconscious with him, and Dom's projections of Mal constantly undermine his efforts.
One of the most striking aspects of Inception is that it looks like a big-budget special-effects spectacle, but it sounds like a talky art film -- it's an ambitious combination of something like Dreamscape and Last Year at Marienbad, but with a somber tone. Revealing much more about the plot would be unkind because learning Nolan's rules for traveling through other people's subconscious is most of the fun. For a movie so dependent on exposition -- traditionally the most boring element of any story -- Inceptionskillfully (though not always gracefully) makes it work. Nolan keeps us off-balance with both the visuals and the storytelling so that we will listen closely when the characters explain various intricacies -- like how to force themselves awake out of a dream within a dream within a dream.
Half the reason a director casts a powerful figure like DiCaprio is to help the viewer through all the information. Sure, DiCapriohas the chops to play a haunted man with magnetic vulnerability -- much as he did in Shutter Island – and Inception is another chance to appreciate why he's on the short list of genuine movie stars. But his engaging presence also helps sell the movie's insanely intricate plot developments; since Cobb always seems like he knows exactly what's going on, we trust that it all makes sense.
And what exactly makes sense is an unavoidable question throughout Inception. Nowhere do we suspend disbelief as readily, willingly, and automatically as when we dream, but Inception comes uncannily close to grabbing us just as authoritatively. Because of that, it makes complete and total sense while it's playing, but upon reflection the gaping logical holes are too numerous to list here.
Logic isn't what matters most in Inception, though. For all the detailed talk about mazes and architecture and chemistry and neuroscience, the movie is most concerned not with the brain but with the heart. Like The Prestige, Nolan gives viewers an ending that is open-ended enough that you could read the film in various ways, and how you react to the movie will tell you more about yourself than it will about Nolan.
But that's true of dreams as well, because interpretations of dreams mean far more than experiencing them. Nolan has given us a dream we can share -- a puzzle to dissect, debate, and ponder -- and odds are strong that the conversations Inception inspires will end up being just as interesting as the movie itself.

Leonardo DiCaprio
Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Ellen Page
Tom Hardy
Ken Watanabe
Dileep Rao
Cillian Murphy
Robert Fischer
Tom Berenger
Peter Browning
Marion Cotillard
Pete Postlethwaite
Maurice Fischer
Michael Caine
Lukas Haas
Tai-Li Lee
Claire Geare
Phillipa Cobb - 3 years
Magnus Nolan
James Cobb - 20 months