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High mountains and huge cities. Deep forests and calm lakes, all of these Sweden has to offer. If you plan to visit Sweden, there’s a place for everyone, whether you’re a city- or camping-person. In this article, I’m going to cover the main attractions in this beautiful country.


The Ice-Hotel in Jukkasjarvi

 

One of the bedrooms in the hotel

 

In the north we have the ice-hotel in Jukkasjärvi. Yes, it is a habitable hotel, made entirely out of pure ice. The hotel is made out of snow and ice blocks taken from the nearby Torne River and almost everything in the hotel is created out of ice; from the seats to the bars, to the glasses in said bars.

The company Icehotel AB was founded in 1990 by Yngve Bergkvist. In 1989, Japanese ice artists visited Jukkasjarvi and held an exhibition of ice art. This inspired the arist Jannot Derid to visit Jukkasjarvi, and soon he also held an exhibition inside an igloo in the middle of Torne River. One night there was no room available  in the City, so some of the guests asked Jannot if they could spend the night in the igloo – The first guests in the soon-to-be ice-hotel.

The Turning Torso in Malmö

 

The Turning Torso

The Turning Torso

 

In the south we have the magnificent building, the Turning Torso. The tower has the impressive height of 190 metres and a total of 54 stories. The original name of the building was “Twisting Torso”, as the inspirational model is a white marble piece based on a twisting human being. Upon its completion, the tower was the tallest building in Scandinavia and the tallest building in the EU and the second tallest in Europe, after the 264-metre-high Triumph-Palace in Moscow, Russia.

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  1. October 20, 2010 15:36

    190 metres is really impressive. I would not want to fall from that height.

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