Image credits: Paulina Holmgren, The ICEHOTEL®
The world's coolest hotel
The ICEHOTEL® is one of those places where even if you are not knowledgeable about Swedish Lapland or indeed Lapland at all, you will likely have heard of it or perhaps even know someone who has slept there. It is an accommodation option that we get asked about frequently and remains a bucket list experience for many.
The hotel is constructed each season in the small village of Jukkasjärvi in Northern Sweden and on the banks of the Torne River. It is from this river that the hundreds of blocks of ice are harvested to form this hotel. A truly breathtaking spectacle, the ICEHOTEL® develops each season, changing its scale and design but always boasting some truly amazing sights.
It usually covers around 5500 square metres and utilises 1,000 tons of ice and 30,000 cubic metres of 'snice' (a combination of snow and ice). Last season there were 22 participating artists from 11 countries and the season saw around 50,000 visitors come through the doors.
The ICEHOTEL® is a large scale operation, yet still retains its magic through its incredible and ever more complex designs and by offering adventurous visitors a very special place to rest their head!
New for 2016
New for 2016, the minds behind The ICEHOTEL® created a new year-round experience - the ICEHOTEL 365. This is a completely new hotel with 20 beautiful ice suites, an ice bar and ice gallery which has been created like the original ICEHOTEL®, with inner walls made from ice blocks, but has some extra help to keep it at a perfect -5°C throughout the warmer months, too! Combining exterior concrete walls, steel pipes drilled into the permafrost below, powered by solar panels, and then thoroughly isolated, this is the world’s first permanent Ice hotel.About The ICEHOTEL®
The ICEHOTEL® at Jukkasjärvi has the impressive claim of being the world’s first ice hotel and was developed from a concept which began in 1989. A local businessman by the name of Yngve Bergqvist ran a thriving tourism business in the summer offering white-water rafting, saunas and meals. To attract tourists in the winter he began offering ice carving workshops and created a small ice igloo as a gallery to showcase these designs.
This igloo grew in scale each year and one night a group of guests, equipped with reindeer skins and sleeping bags asked to spend the night and thus the concept of sleeping in a room made of ice was born and has grown each year to become the remarkable construction it is today!Read more
Ice and snow hotels can be found across Lapland, but the ICEHOTEL® remains the original.
An artistic marvel of ice and snow
When planning the ICEHOTEL® the creative team receive over 100 applications each spring from artists, photographers, engineers, architects, sculptors and craftspeople who offer incredible designs and themes for the hotel’s suites, chapel and ice bar.
Themes vary from year to year – some of the past examples include the likes of spring, chess, a dragon’s nest, polar bears, the big bang, origami, the London Underground, forest fairies, time and renaissance.Read more
The Torne River, from which the artists’ natural materials are sourced, originates from glaciers in the north and the great Lake Torneträsk which is one of Sweden’s largest bodies of freshwater. The water here flows at a steady pace and is free of pollutants ensuring that the ice is crystal clear and entirely natural. The creative team here specialise in ephemeral art – installations that exist only for a limited period of time. Light design is also an important part of the finishing touches of the ICEHOTEL® with light designers working closely with the creators of each element to ensure their remarkable work is enhanced as much as possible.