Feeling the heat of the dog days of summer? This might cool you down…

22 years ago, Yngve Bergqvist founded the ICEHOTEL, located in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden just 200 kilometers above the Arctic Circle. The Torne River gave Yngve his inspiration and it’s also the source of building material used in the making of the ICEHOTEL. Ice blocks are harvested from the river in springtime and the building of the ICEHOTEL, which is an annual event, begins in mid-November when the snow guns start to hum. A team of snow builders, architects, designers, and artists from all over the world converge to create the current year’s masterpiece and in summer the ICEHOTEL gives back to its origin, the Torne River, by becoming fresh, flowing water once again. The hotel’s total electrical supply is based on renewable energy from wind, water, and bio-fuels. Their goal is to be CO2 negative by the year 2015.

Baby boomers will delight in sensuous, inspiring and unique experiences which embrace not only the accommodations, but also art, nature, and gastronomy as well. Construction of the hotel is done in several phases and as one section is completed it opens to visitors and overnight guests. Each week a new section opens giving guests amazing insight into the extreme building processes involved in the creation of the ICEHOTEL. Since this is the darkest time of the year, where the sun never reaches above the horizon, chances of seeing the Northern Lights are in your favor. Winter activities we think would be remarkable include the Snowmobile Safari through Lapland’s virgin forests, a 2-day overnight dog sledding excursion in the wilderness around Jukkasjärvi, and skiing the mighty mountains at Björkliden Ski Resort. Rev up your engines and take a spin at Ice Driving on an ice track and unleash your creative self in one of the Ice Sculpting classes offered.

After your fun filled day in Swedish Lapland, head back to the hotel and dine at the modern Scandinavian style ICEHOTEL Restaurant. Their high-end cuisine has been featured in gourmet magazines around the world and was awarded the prestigious Werner Vögeli Statuette. The Old Homestead Restaurant is another dining option. It overlooks the Torne River and features a rustic á la carte menu. Baby boomers won’t be able to resist winding down the evening with an icy cocktail at the world famous ABSOLUT ICEBAR before heading to your suite for a restful night’s sleep in -5 C!