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The weather is ice, wish you were here!

How do you fancy sleeping on a bed of ice? Or savouring Sami specialities in a restaurant where the tables are made out of blocks of ice? Being driven to your hotel in an Arctic taxi – otherwise known as a sleigh? Or maybe even tying the knot at temperatures below zero?

Ice tourism is the latest thing for adventurous travellers and, now winter's on its way, the ice and snow hotels of northern Europe are getting ready for business once again. So, if you're one of those who knows a little cold won't hurt you, it's time to get your skates on and head north, while the polar ice cap is still there to be enjoyed. Get to know the inhospitable lands of the north while enjoying a warm welcome at a friendly ice hotel – maybe even sleep in an igloo! If you're not ready to spend your whole holiday below zero, you could always try the Ice Bar in Barcelona - a truly original hot spot.

There's nothing like first hand experience, but for those who can't manage to get away for the ultimate in winter breaks, we've got some cool pictures for you to enjoy from the comfort – and warmth – of your own computer connection.

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Snow hotel, Finland
Ice tourism is the latest thing for adventurous travellers and is available in many of the colder European countries 

Kemi snow castle, Finland
The snow hotel in Kemi, Finland, appeared in the film Die another day, which starred Pierce Brosnan as James Bond 

Kemi snow castle, Finland
Each year, talented sculptors work for months on the chapel, restaurant, reception area and other facilities at the Kemi snow hotel to give it its new look for the season 

Lainio snow hotel, Finland
Beds, chairs, tables... even the glasses are made out of ice at these dreamscape hotels 

Snow village, Finland
Sauna at Finland's Arctic Snow Hotel, and the Snow Village complex, recreated each year from around a thousand truck loads of snow 

Ice Bar, Barcelona
Visitors to Barcelona's Ice Bar are greeted with coats and gloves so that they can enjoy the cold: the temperature inside is between -5ºC and -20ºC 

Ice Bar, Barcelona
The Ice Bar in Barcelona, Spain is the first of its kind to be located on the beach 

Igloo Hotel, Alta, Norway
The Igloo Hotel, Alta, in the heart of Norwegian Lapland, claims to be the biggest ice hotel in the country and the farthest north. The Igloo's facilities include an ice-chapel, an ice-bar and a number of lounges / © Engelberg-Titis Tourism: swiss-image.ch/Christian Perret 

Igloo Hotel, Alta, Norway
Since 2000, the Igloo Hotel has been rebuilt annually with a design based on a different theme each year: it's usually open from January to April – depending on the weather, course / © Engelberg-Titis Tourism: swiss-image.ch/Christian Perret. 

Snow hotel, Tschamut, Swiss Alps
The snow hotel at Tschamut, in the Oberalp Pass in the Swiss Alps / © Schweiz Tourismus: swiss-image.ch/Christof Sonderegger 

Dorf de Davos, Swiss Alps
Dorf de Davos in Switzerland may look like a cold igloo village but it boasts all mod cons, from romantic suites to a sauna / Schweiz Tourismus: swiss-image.ch/Christof Sonderegger 

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