Torekov, Sweden
2017: This distinctive Pilot’s House has stood in Torekov, western Sweden, since 1878. The pilot would sit in this house, over-looking the sea, waiting to assist boats navigate the dangerous waters near the island of Halland Väderö. During daylight hours, stricken boats would use flags to alert the pilot; at night, blinking lights were used. When the pilot received these messages, he would alert the rescue boat stationed nearby who would then head out to sea to help those in danger. Operations at the Pilot’s House ceased in the mid 1930’s, and nowadays it is a museum and artist’s studio.
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Red church in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden.
2004: This beautiful red, wooden church called Jukkasjärvi Kyrka is one of the oldest churches in Lappland dating back to 1607. Situated approximately 150km within the Arctic Circle, for much of the year it is blanketed in soft, deep snow. The inside of the church contains an ornate, brightly coloured altarpiece and an organ made from birch, raw tanned leather and deer antlers. A rather macabre discovery was made during renovations in 1907; the mummified bodies of 87 locals who died in the 18th century were found under the floorboards.
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Icehotel, Jukkasjärvi, Sweden.
2004: The world famous Icehotel in Jukkasjärvi Sweden has a constant inside temperature of minus 5 Celsius. Annually, artists are invited to create different rooms and decorations made entirely of ice. Aside from unique bedrooms and suites, there is an ice bar where cocktails are served up in glasses made from ice and a chapel available for weddings. Each December it is rebuilt and remains open until April when it begins to melt, returning the water back to where it originated: the Torne River.
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