Sweden's Ice Hotel told to get fire alarms
The Local | 14 Nov 2013, 14:15
Sweden's Ice Hotel has been ordered by the National Housing Board to install fire alarms, despite being made completely out of frozen water.
The Ice Hotel, which is rebuilt every year in northern Sweden out of enormous chunks of ice from the Torne River in Jukkasjärvi, Kiruna, will this year come equipped with fire alarms - and the irony isn't lost on the staff.
"We were a little surprised when we found out," hotel spokeswoman Beatrice Karlsson told The Local.
"But we do understand. Safety is a primary concern for us. There are indeed things that can catch fire, like the reindeer skins, the mattresses, and the pillows."
While it might sound crazy that a building made of water needs to be equipped with fire alarms, the fact that the hotel is built from scratch every year means it needs to abide by the rules that apply to every new building, rules set by the National Housing Board (Boverket).
IN PICTURES: See the Ice Hotel up close
Karlsson at the hotel isn't concerned about the new changes, and admitted that it was just a matter of adaptation.
"Every hotel is brand new anyway, there is always something new to think about. And this year is no different, we actually have a few surprises in store," she told The Local.
While Karlsson refused to go into too much detail, she hinted that a range of new international artists would be on the scene, and that the company had a few big partnerships to reveal soon.
The Ice Hotel opened its (igloo) doors to guests for the first time back in 1990 and has been a staple tourist attraction of the ice-olated Kiruna ever since.
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