ice hotel

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Sunday, January 11, 2009

I am totally in love with the idea of an ice hotel. It looks like it landed on earth from another planet. (an ice planet!) I love that such care and planning goes into something so ephemeral. A HOTEL MADE OF ICE!!!! Whoever thought of such a thing? I wonder what it sounds like in there. Is it quiet, like on the snow, or does it echo?

Every year I look forward to when Etolane posts her amazing photos of the ice hotel in Québec. Every year she has some pictures more incredible than the last.

The ice is such a receptive conduit for light and color, which Etolane captures and documents. She's got a marvelous eye and has been taking pictures of various incarnations of the ice hotel for several years. (check them out here.)

Look at the rest of her photostream, too! So many beautiful images.

(all images in this post belong to Etolane.)
5 comments on "ice hotel"
  1. Barbara Sjoholm. Palace of The Snow Queen. If you haven't read it yet I think you might enjoy it. REally. It makes Iceland, and that whole region, seem so worth the trip.

  2. I am going to put that on my goodreads list! I remember you talking about it before -- I am lately obsessed (mildly) with Iceland.

    Did you read Icelander? It's pretty weird, but I liked it a lot.

    Okay -- I just went and read the description of the Sjoholm book, and the mention of the Sami reminded me of Let the Northern Lights Speak Your Name by Vendela Vida. Did you ever read that one?

  3. YES!!! I "loved" it!!! I have fallen in love with the idea of snow and ice over the last couple of years. Not sure why.
    I have my very own copy of Snow Queen if borrowing it is something you would like to do.

  4. Ooh -- thanks! I'll keep that in mind. I still have your copy of the Sarah Vowell, so I should probably wait!

  5. No problem. Anytime you need it.


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