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If you plan on going to the Ice Bar in the Nordic Sea Hotel in Stockholm, you have to have a reservation if you go on your own. We were on the Constellation and did not want to pay $79 for the excursion. The hotel is within walking distance of the shuttle bus drop off. Upon arriving, we learned that you had to have a reservation in order to go in unless you come back after 9:00 p.m. when it opens to the public. You can see the bar through the windows there if you just want to see it without going in.

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There's no need to pay the cruise line to get to see the Ice Bar. It's easy to find on your own. The Ice Bar (also called the Absolut Ice Bar) is located inside the Northern Light Hotel, only a block away from the Central Station and T-Centralen, the main subway station. If your ship docks at Stadsgarden, just take the green subway line or red line from Slussen to T-Centralen (two stops) or take bus 53 towards Roslagstull and get off at Vasagatan.

The entrance fee SEK 125 which includes varm clothing and a drink, served in an ice glass (what else). The refill is SEK 85. It's open every day between from mid afternoon to late evening. Children under the age of 17 pay SEK 50. Bookings can be made at +46 8 50 56 30 00.


If you are only seeking the "ice experience" itself, why not visit the Ice Gallery on Osterlanggatan 41 in the Old Town. It's open every day between 11 am and 5 pm. They also charge a fee but I think it's about SEK 50-60. Three times a year they build a new exhibition made only out of ice.


Eken (living in Stockholm) :)

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The Ice Gallery showcases art work completely made out of ice. The gallery is pretty small but you won't mind that as the temperature is only (- 6 C) 21 F! This summer it features an exhibition by ice sculptor Mats Indseth and the theme is inspired by Swedish artist John Bauer (1882-1918). You can find some of his work at http://www.bpib.com/illustrat/bauer.htm. If you bring your kids I'am sure they would like John Bauer. I grew up with his pictures of princesses, princes and trolls.


The Ice Gallery, just like the Ice Bar, is made out of ice from Tornealven, the river running through the small town of Jukkasjarvi where the Ice Hotel is located (200 kilometers north of the polar circle). Every fall a new hotel is built and it melts down in the spring. If you want to find out more about the Ice Gallery and the Ice Bar in Stockholm, visit www.icehotel.com and look under Ice Bar and Ice Gallery.


Stay Cool! ;)



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We just returned from the Constellation's July 3-17 Baltic cruise. We stayed two pre-cruise days at the Nordic Sea Hotel, which operates the Ice Bar on the ground floor.


We were not planning on going to the Ice Bar, but after dinner on our last night at the hotel, we decided to try it around 11PM. You give them your name and they give you a badge with a number on it. We waited about 30 minutes before we were called. The fee is $20 which includes your first drink.

Here is my note from my journal:


We went to the Ice Bar around 11PM - dressed in parkas and drank vodka from ice glasses at an ice bar in an ice room - fun, actually. The glasses melted where your lips touched them.


By the way, the Nordic Sea is in a perfect location. We took the Arlanda Express train from the airport and you literally get off of the train and walk about 50 feet to the front door of the Nordic Sea.

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