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Sweden Ice Hotel + Northern Lights

So the main point of my most recent international adventure was to cross 2 items off my bucketlist:

1.  See the best view of the Northern Lights

2.  Stay at the Ice Hotel in Sweden

Luckily, we crossed off both of these items in one single night.  Here’s how our adventure at Sweden’s Ice Hotel panned out:


Arrival at the Ice Hotel

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Checked in, dropped off our stuff.  Suited up in some awesome gear the hotel provided, but you’ll have to wait for the album on Facebook to see those.


Ice Hotel staff

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Set out to get some dinner, as we were eager to experience more of the local flavor since we had the opportunity to rent a car while in Kiruna.  On our way back after eating, we came upon this amazing view of the northern lights.


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For those of you that doubt the visibility of the Aurora Borealis to the naked eye, here’s a video of the northern lights to show you how strong they were. Scientists predict that this year will be the best time to see the northern lights due to the solar storm cycle that is currently reaching it’s peak.  So if you’re reading this, make the effort to see them while you can either this year or next.  Thank me later.

After seeing this spectacular display, we of course had to celebrate.

What better way to do so than to have a customized cocktail in the ice bar?

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The ice hotel was given a specialized edition of Absolut Vodka after appearing in a James Bond movie.


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You probably could have guessed this, but yes – the cups were made of ice.


Ice Hotel beverages


Each of the art rooms at the ice hotel had it’s own custom cocktail.  And it was goooooood.


Ice Hotel shots


Church anyone?   (Don’t think anyone would be falling asleep during this sermon…)


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Headed back to our rooms and called it an early night.  I was going into this trip thinking that we would have been staying up all night trying to get a good shot of the northern lights, but as you have seen above – that goal was accomplished!


Ice Hotel corridor

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Woke up in the morning & had an authentic Swedish breakfast consisting of organic yogurt, goji berries, and fresh made bread with Lingonberry juice.


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Amazing views at sunrise, which lasted for a couple hours.


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Did a little exploring around Kiruna in the rental car…things got a little cold.


Kiruna Temperature

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Noon approached and by this time – we had felt we had experienced just enough of the coldest weather in our lives to officially complete our trip to the Ice Hotel.  Really a beautiful place, and I highly suggest you make the trip.

I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!

PS – ever feel nervous taking off on a plane before?  Try on a runway covered in snow.  Yeah, makes you feel totally safe.


Ice Hotel plane

brandon wong - Ahhhh this looks so incredible!!! Need to visit ASAP!December 4, 2014 – 10:09 am

Sonia - Lovely pics! We had a great time exploring the Ice Hotel and Abisko.
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Caroline - ridiculous!January 28, 2013 – 12:43 am

Cynthia Van Sluys - Loved your photographs which got me so excited about going in a little over a month. Staying in the northern lights room for the first night, dogsled adventure the second day, warm room the second night.January 2, 2013 – 4:18 pm

Simon Harbutt - Amazing photo’s, they bought back so many amazing memories from our time/wedding there at the Ice Hotel and our trip to Abisko to see the Aurora Borealis.January 2, 2013 – 7:22 am

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Karen Alexander - It has been 3 years since we were lucky enough to go to the Icehotel, these pictures remind me so much of our trip. On the list to go again, once just isn’t enough. A beautiful place and fab photos, thankyou for sharing.January 2, 2013 – 1:03 am

Randy - love your pictures! thanks for sharing. wished i take pictures like that.January 1, 2013 – 11:58 pm

Justin Douglas - Man I’ve just added this to my bucket list!!!April 1, 2012 – 11:15 pm

Tess - Everything about this trip makes me jealous! #1 on my bucket list is the Northern Lights and now I think an ice hotel has made the top of the list as well. :)March 29, 2012 – 10:05 pm

Nikhil - Hi Tim, Thanks for sharing these amazing pictures, you have very good photographic talents. I’m planning for a visit in early April and can’t wait anymore after seeing these pictures. Hopefully we will get to see this spectacular phenomenon .Any photographic tips -Do /Don’t.March 17, 2012 – 1:42 pm

Rachel - Holy crap. Incredible!!March 15, 2012 – 2:16 pm

Asim Malik - Those northern light pictures are UNREAL.March 2, 2012 – 5:58 pm

s h e r r y - oh MAN! These are insane!!! Was it cold, sleeping on a bed of ice? I can’t even imagine. I have been dying to see the Northern Lights, but -27C is something I can live without, haha.February 26, 2012 – 4:22 pm

LeolaK - Completely blown away by your images….Wow!!! The Northern goodness! Thanks for sharing and Safe travels!February 20, 2012 – 10:03 pm

Mariana Herrera Mosli - Speechless! Wow, thanks for sharing these amazing images and experience. Definitely inspired me to travel more and see more of earth’s beauty!February 20, 2012 – 1:02 am

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tracey - one word: AMAZING!February 17, 2012 – 3:57 pm

Star Padilla - I can’t get over the vibrant colors and the location in which you shot these photos. Absolutely amazing and beautiful work!February 17, 2012 – 2:47 pm

Jen Johnson - Getting REALLY excited about my trip in April!!! GORGEOUS pics!February 14, 2012 – 2:31 pm

Dan Dilworth - I’ll echo the sentiments given above, beautiful array of scenery and experience! I dined at the ice bar at Mandalay bay and could only take about an hour. So I’ve no idea how you made it an entire night :)February 14, 2012 – 2:27 pm

Anastasiya Zasimovich - It’s so amazing. Those pictures actually make me want to go all the way up north to see this with my own eyes (and its me who hate cold and winter)February 14, 2012 – 2:04 pm

Melle Veronesi - Tim, I am so in awe! What an amazing experience it looks like you had and goes without saying, what breathtaking photos. Has always been a wish of mine to see the Northern Lights. It has definitely moved up the list. Thank you for sharing!February 14, 2012 – 11:58 am

Amber-Lynn Gusa - Wow… Amazing, breathtaking, unreal…. I could go on and on. An ice hotel! That’s just insane and so incredibly awesome! I have to go ASAP. Your photography is stunning. I have a new destination on my list of must see soon. Thank you for sharing.February 14, 2012 – 11:01 am

Fiona - Beautiful beautiful images. Thanks so much for sharing these. I am not a cold weather person so shall probably never go there myself, but it was wonderful to see them through your not inconsiderable photographic talents!February 14, 2012 – 9:46 am

kari - This has to be one of the coolest (is that even a word?) kick-ass things I’ve ever seen!!!! Kudos to you Tim for living your dreams!!!February 14, 2012 – 9:45 am

Tiffany Manning - Absolutely amazing! What an accomplishment! Seriously…February 14, 2012 – 9:37 am

Klaus T. - The ice hotel looks even cooler than I had imagined – and by that I don’t mean “cold” :) Though it does seem cold as well, but that’s kinda obvious…

Just can’t decide which of the northern lights photos I like the best, they’re all great, so no wonder you decided to show several of them!February 14, 2012 – 6:10 am

Meghan Hochgesang - tim, these photos are ASTOUNDING! you made me officially add “seeing the northern lights” to my bucket list. are you going to be giving a little insight to how you achieved these photos? gear used, etc?February 14, 2012 – 5:36 am

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