In Sweden, 200 km north of the Arctic Circle on the banks of the Torne River, building work starts each November on the construction of the Ice Hotel. Using snow canons and heavy equipment snow is moulded over vaulted steel forms that are removed two days later once the snow and ice have set. A complex of rooms and suites is made in this way then given over to sculptors to create unique environments.
In December, the doors are opened to the winter season visitors. By the time the spring sunshine has done its work the Ice Hotel has slowly but surely melted back into the River Torne.