Sweden’s Ice Hotel to offer trips to space

The famous Ice Hotel in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden, will soon begin offering trips to space.

Yes, space.

Hotel officials have announced a partnership with Virgin Galactic in which it will begin selling tickets for the company’s space trips, which will blast off from nearby Kiruna, Sweden, as early as 2012.

Guests will have to pony up at least $200,000 for a flight to space. But they’ll have choice: They can fly either through the Northern Lights of winter or the midnight sun of the arctic summer.

It’s hard to say just why the hotel wants to include space travel in its list of excursions available to guests. But the clientele here is clearly well-heeled — prices for a three-night stay in wintertime hover around $1,000 — so perhaps a space flight is not of the galaxy of affordability.

Virgin Galactic is also planning on launching space flights from New Mexico.