Sunday, November 26, 2006

Where the ice maker's always full

Before embarking on a dog-sled excursion north of the Arctic Circle, Linda Gase couldn't really warm up in her hotel room — or it might have melted. The TV writer-producer stayed at the Icehotel in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden, a structure built each year out of blocks of ice cut from the Torne River. This image, taken with a Canon Powershot SD400, shows one of the 23 artist-designed suites. "We were there in April, and at that time of year they're approaching 24-hour daylight," said Gase, who lives in Santa Monica, California. "The ice would change colors depending on the time of day." Gase barely missed the spring thaw. The Icehotel closed three days after she checked out.

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