Ice Hotel—Jukkasjarvi, Sweden

There is a saying in Swedish that roughly translates as 'all the crackpots in the world eventually end up in Jukkasjarvi'. A slightly less insulting take on this would be to say the place is a magnet for creatives, especially sculptors. Like Brigadoon, the mythical Scottish town which appears for a short time every hundred years, the rising of the Ice Hotel happens every winter and then the buildings melt back into the Torne River every spring. To carve the ice there, in the short daylight hours of winter and experience the illumination of the Northern Lights during the lengthy nights is extraordinary.