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From Tropical Sun to the Ice Hotel

How to sleep on ice

Lay out your sleeping bag on the reindeer skin…

Sometimes I just love this adventure called life. Right now, I’m slippy with suntan lotion and watching the last few pineapple-soaked rays of sun disappear behind the palms. I’ve handed over the baton (quite literally) to Jayney and my suitcase taunts me from the corner, contents strewn across the floor. My time Elite Island Hopping in the Caribbean is over – and tomorrow I must go home.

I have deadlines awaiting and a tax return to do. But before I dissolve behind a snowstorm of spreadsheets I have one more adventure in store: to sled with huskies, snowmobile through, er, snow and sleep beneath a ceiling carved from blocks of solid ice.

I am fulfilling a lifelong dream and heading beyond the arctic circle to stay in an ice hotel.

If you’re socially medially* minded, you can follow along on Twitter, Facebook et al on the hashtag #icelab.

In the meantime, I’d better dust the sand from my laptop case and quite seriously get packing.

See you in Sweden!

*Yep, just made that up.

British Virgin Islands from Sky

Where I am now…

Disclosure – I’ll be paying a reduced rate at the Ice Hotel but as ever, as always, I will write whatever I like here on this blog. They didn’t ask me to publish this infographic – I just thought it looked cool! They did give me permission to use it, though. No good spreading nastiness across the world by pinching other people’s work just because you like it. Right, signing off now from the longest and possibly least interesting disclosure in the world!

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6 Responses to From Tropical Sun to the Ice Hotel

  1. Andy January 20, 2014 at 1:28 am #

    Quite amazing that today you can go from one extreme to the other, just like that. Almost like slipping out of a sauna into an icy plunge pool.

    Truly smelling the flowers! Go you :)

    • Abi King January 28, 2014 at 6:58 pm #

      Ha! I like that analogy. And, yes, it felt a bit like that too!

  2. Adam Burton January 21, 2014 at 8:14 am #

    I’m so jealous of you right now because It is also a dream of mine to travel and try to conquer arctic, hopefully I can make it this year.

    • Abi King January 28, 2014 at 6:58 pm #

      Not sure I can claim to have conquered the arctic but I did manage to stay on and steer a team of huskies so that must count for something, right?!

  3. Penelope January 23, 2014 at 11:52 am #

    Just falling asleep at an Ice Hotel is quite the process! I would love to try, but I shiver just thinking about it!

    • Abi King January 28, 2014 at 7:00 pm #

      It turned out to be easier than I thought. They hand out an industrial strength sleeping bag and a quick drink in the ice bar helps too…(Not too many, though. You don’t want to have to get up in the night to go to the toilet…)