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Photo gallery: Sweden's ice hotel, a work of art for the here-and-now

Published on Dec 16, 2012 5:30 AM

JUKKASJAERVI, Sweden (AFP) - In a small Arctic town in Sweden, a construction crew bundled up in heavy parkas is bustling around a building site unlike any other: a massive ice hotel is taking shape.

Armed with thick gloves and safety helmets over fur-lined hats, the builders in the northern town of Jukkasjaervi assemble two-tonne blocks of ice as if they were a large set of Lego blocks, with the end result a giant igloo with several domes, vaulted ceilings and archways.