- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 17, 2009

STOCKHOLM (AP) - You can sleep in eight degrees below zero, try dogsledding or go on a whale safari. Not exotic enough? Try a space trip through the aurora borealis.

Sweden’s famous Ice Hotel says it will start including tickets for Virgin Galactic’s space trips in its offerings to tourists. The trips, from nearby Kiruna, the northernmost city in Sweden, will start in 2012 if tests with Virgin’s spaceships go according to plan.

Ice Hotel spokesman Roland Sand said Tuesday that tourists will be able to chose whether to go through the winter season’s aurora borealis or the midnight sun of Swedish summer.

According to Virgin’s Web site, tickets for its first trips will start at US$200,000.

Virgin is also planning space trips from the U.S. state of New Mexico.

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On the Net:

Virgin Galactic: https://www.virgingalactic.com

Ice Hotel: https://www.icehotel.com

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