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'Game of Thrones'-themed ice hotel opens in Finland

In collaboration with HBO Nordic, a Finnish hotel chain has built the ultimate experience for fans of “Game of Thrones,” made entirely from ice and snow. Lapland Hotels’ SnowVillage, set about 125 miles above the Arctic Circle, opened last month with an ice restaurant, an ice bar, an ice chapel and a “Game of Thrones”-themed ice hotel. The hotel features a life-sized, ice Iron Throne guarded by an ice Gregor Clegane, a Braavosi Hall of Faces carved from snow and a dragon-shaped ice slide. Adventurous travelers can even sleep under the watchful, glowing eyes of a white walker made of snow.

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  1. The hotels’ rooms were designed by sculptors from Russia, Poland, Latvia and Ukraine. It has 24 rooms, 10 of which are suites for overnight guests, according to CNN.
  2. The SnowVillage is built each year in Kittila, about 600 miles north of Helsinki in northern Finland. It opened Dec. 12 and will close in April, according to hotel officials.
  3. Tickets to visit cost $18 for adults and $10 for children between 4 and 14 years old. Visitors can get guided tours of the SnowVillage’s 12 square miles for about $78 for groups of up to 30 people.
  4. Ice sculptors have built the SnowVillage each year since 2000, carving snow and ice after temperatures in the area drop to about -10 degrees Celsius (-50 degrees Fahrenheit). However, the 2017 build was the first that used “Game of Thrones” for inspiration.
  5. Hotel officials say SnowVillage “is an enjoyable experience when wearing suitable winter clothing,” with temperatures typically between -2 and -5 degrees Celsius (-35 and -41 degrees Fahrenheit).
  6. The final, six-episode season of HBO's popular "Game of Thrones" series, based on the "Song of Ice and Fire" book series by George R.R. Martin, is set to air in 2019.
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