World-famous Swedish ice hotel is ordered to install smoke alarms

The Independent – by Rob Williams

A world-famous hotel in Sweden has been ordered to install fire alarms despite being constructed entirely of ice.

ICEHOTEL, which is located in the north Swedish town of Jukkasjarvi, is rebuilt every winter after it melts in the spring. It is constructed purely from ice including all furniture and appliances.    

Despite this the owners of the hotel were told they could not continue construction of the building until at least one detector was installed on the premises.

Hotel spokeswoman Beatrice Karlsson told AFP the hotel was initially surprised at the request but complied as “there are things that can actually catch fire, like pillows, sleeping bags or reindeer skins”. “To us the most important concern is the safety of our clients, so we will comply,” she said.

Bizarrely soon after the alarm was installed it was triggered, reportedly by a guest smoking in a cleaning closet.

The hotel, which is situated 124 miles above the Arctic Circle, opens between December and April. This year will see the hotel’s 24th incarnation.

9 thoughts on “World-famous Swedish ice hotel is ordered to install smoke alarms

  1. Uh … Ha-ha-ha-ha-ha! 😀 😀 😀

    WHAT? Insanity! What could possibly catch on fire in an ice hotel? Wouldn’t the melting ice extinguish a fire? Where is the logic?
    . . .

  2. Why not sprinkler systems too after all the alleged fire might not melt the ice in time to put out the fire eh? Just a thought LMAO

  3. Anyone hear the one about the EPA won’t allow new fire hydrants? WHY you ask? because of LEAD…

    I forget the link…

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