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THE ICE HOTEL

23/12/2011

SWEDEN |  

The Ice Hotel is one of those mind-blowing places that need to be experienced in this lifetime!…

Each year, an entire hotel is constructed from scratch using ice as it’s building blocks. Yet the faces behind this feat often remain anonymous.

This photo series by Mike Goldwater seeks to share the stories and faces of those workers with you, so that we can all appreciate the work that goes into creating this act of human ingenuity.

(*Warning: NSFW!!)

Candlelight within smaller rooms spills across corridor inside the Ice Hotel.

HansPeter Strand, who provides a sauna and ice bathing facilitity on the frozen Torne River for guests at the Ice Hotel, cuts an ice hole to test the river water.

The ice for the columns and the ice wall was taken from the Torne River at the end of the previous winter. The ice was formed slowly so it contains no air bubbles and the ice is as transparent as glass.

Arne Bergh, Art Director of the Ice Hotel, carving an ice sculpture on the banks of the Torne River.

Adjusting a snow canon. Three of these machines, fed with freezing water from the nearby Torne River, run for several days as the first freeze of winter hits the Swedish arctic circle. These snow canons generate a mountain of snow from which the Ice Hotel is made.

Matthias Hallin in his ‘Viking Suite‘ that he has just finished. The waves in his tableau are made from blocks of ice and illuminated by daylight coming through ice that he has inserted into the outside wall.

The ‘Baltic Bamboo‘ suite built by sculptors Kestutis and Viautas Musteikes.

With temperatures often falling to below minus 15 degrees Celsius gas torches have to be used to separate frozen supply pipes when snow blowers need to be moved.

Having cut an ice hole HansPeter Strand strips off and pats his dog before dropping into the freezing water of the Torne River.

Lena Kristrom, a Swedish sculptor with her ice sculptures that form the main exhibition in the Ice Hotel‘s gallery.

Tjasa Gusfors, artist, with ice that will form part of the illuminated pattern based on a hexagon.

Mountains of snow being produced by the snow canons.

Setting up ice columns in what will be the main corridor of the Ice Hotel. With the corridor’s large span the columns of ice help to support the snow roof.

Setting up forms to build new sections of the Ice Hotel. As Jukkasjavi is within the Arctic Circle, by mid-November the daylight hours are short. By 1.30 in the afternoon the sun has already slipped below the horizon.

Apprentice artist Maya Erdelyi lights the Sami face in Mats Indseth‘s ‘Sami Suite’.

Northern lights over the Ice Hotel, waving across the sky in the early evening & The Ice bar.

Ice sculptures by Lena Kristrom, a Swedish sculptor who usually works in stone. Her ice sculptures form the main exhibition in the Ice Hotel‘s gallery.

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Source: Mike Goldwater

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