March 20, 2014 -- Now you can build your own ice hotel suite.
Not an igloo in your backyard after a snowstorm, mind you. A real-life suite at the world's most famous ice hotel.
The hotel is in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden, located just 125 miles north of the Arctic Circle. It will offer "bespoke suites tailor-made to suit the wishes and tastes of individual clients."
The guest will be able to co-design the suite and stay there as often as they want December through March. However, your suite will melt away once the weather heats up.
But experiences like this don't come cheap. It will cost you a cool $231,000.
The package includes a face-to-face consultation in the hometown of the purchaser of the suite as well as a free stay at ICEHOTEL while the suite is being created. That takes up to two weeks.
The ICEHOTEL is an annual art project made with water from the river Torne and is rebuilt in a new shape each year. The hotel says the river is "one of the last untouched rivers of Europe and is completely free of pollutants, giving it a premium quality and such clarity that the one meter thick blocks which are harvested from the river are completely transparent and without air bubbles." The suite will also be made from water from the river. Part of the proceeds will be donated to environmental initiatives in the Baltic Sea, where the river Torne runs into the ocean.
Once the suite melts, clients will be given a bottle containing some of the melted water, along with the sketches and blueprints for the design and photographs of the suite.
And a gaping hole in their bank account.