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The Ice hotel in Lapland is situated in the Swedish village of Jukkasjärvi which is 200km inside the Arctic Circle. The ice hotel was first built as an igloo in 1990 to provide a location for Jannot Dent, a French artist, to stage an art exhibition. After the exhibition some foreign visitors armed with reindeer pelts decided to stay the night in the igloo and the concept of the ice hotel was born. The hotel is constructed every year by carving ice blocks taken from the Torne River
which resides close to the ice hotel and it opens to the first guests
around the 10th of December. Staying at the ice hotel is a truly magical experience with beautifully carved suites and amazing architecture prevalent throughout. The northern European country of Finland (located in the region known as Scandinavia) has an area of 338,145 square kilometers (130,558 square miles). It is slightly smaller than the state of Montana. About one-third of the country lies above the Arctic Circle. Finland borders on Russia, Sweden, and Norway, with a total land boundary of 2,628 kilometers
(1,629 miles) and a coastline of about 1,126 kilometers (694 miles,
excluding islands and coastal indentations).