Proper Winter?

Calendar winter has already begun and so have the preparations for Christmas in many countries, towns, homes, shops... and blogs! Exciting time - my absolute favourites are lights, old-fashioned carousels, red'n'green things, candles, packing presents, ginger cookies, winter decorations... Floss came up with a great idea of sharing all of this excitement - and one can really feel the preparations, expectations and the beauty of pre-Christmas days in the air now!

For me these days are all about real winter and snow and a lot of sun - this is how the winters are in Belarus where I come from and I immensely miss them. Winter used to be my favourite season of the year - proper winter that is! And I still love being outside and enjoying the weather when the sun is shining, and the snow is squeaking under my shoes, and it's -20C!

So here is some glitter and light, snow and ice and of course art also coming from a proper winter. Jukkasjarvi from Swedish Lapland is quite interesting, because it's not just a museum of Ice Art, it's a hotel where you can properly spend some days.

The Ice Hotel is situated in the village Jukkasjärvi, 200 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle in Sweden and 17 kilometers from Kiruna, the nearest town. The heart and backbone is the Torne river flowing freely through the unspoilt wilderness. Covered with a meter thick ice layer in winter time the river is the source of all the art, architecture and design. The pure water and the steady movement of the river creates the clearest ice possible.

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Condessa Ene said...

Enquanto aqui estamos no maior calor, ver estas fotos de inverno, me refrascam.

juanitatortilla said...

Oh yes, the famous ice hotel of Lapland. Would love to see more of Belarus -- now you've got me intrigued about a "proper" winter. Winter here in Zürich is nothing short of depressing. Yes, there is snow, but no sun in sight for a long, long time.

Hope you are enjoying your winter!

Floss said...

Oh, shiver, shiver! But in SUCH style!

Diatton said...

Christmas is coming but i think i am not going to forget the photos you uploaded here in this post! What kind of hotel is this? A dream hotel, maybe? Some times i have the feeling that i become richer seeing your posts! Many thanks for that my friend!

juanita de la vega said...

I love winter too...and I will love to spend some nights in that Ice hotel...without the hubby, he shivers even in the mediterranean Rome!lol
Have a nice weekend...ours will be long, since Tuesday is a festivity day!

iva yaneva said...

This is beautiful! Look at all the details! Unique... I'd love to visit such a place :)
I heard they build such hotels every year because they melt? I guess it depends where it is situated though :)