Winter 2019-20 celebrated the 30th incarnation of the Icehotel and this inspiring and ‘cool’ hotel has to be seen to be believed! Combining engineering know-how with supreme design flare, it is created each winter then left to melt back into the River Torne in late April.
Alongside the winter hotel is the permanent Icehotel 365 housing the spectacular Icebar. And nearby heated buildings complete the experience. Staying at the Icehotel combines conventional comfort with the intriguing concept of ‘sleeping on ice’. We recommend you stay for three nights, with one night spent in a cold room and two nights in warm and stylish hotel rooms or chalets. Sleeping on ice is far more comfortable than it may sound as you are sleeping surrounded by ice rather than on it. Many people find the silence and cool fresh air coupled with the cosy thermal sleeping bag provided gives the best nights’ sleep they have ever had!
From the moment you step inside the door, you’ll understand why this hotel is famous the world over. From its hallways lined with ice art and glittering chandeliers, to the atmospheric ice bar, you’ll be swept away by the magic. Radiating from a magnificent central hallway are the Ice Rooms and Art Suites.
There are also many warm areas at the Icehotel. The Lounge Bar is located in the main reception building. Across the road, you find the Icehotel Restaurant serving mouth-watering meals including the famous Ice Menu and Chef’s Table.
We fell under the spell of the Icehotel when it was first created in 1990. Today, Discover the World is proud to be its leading worldwide partner, enabling us to secure availability during busy periods and provide a wide range of Icehotel holidays.
Our Travel Specialists can advise you on the choice of rooms at the Icehotel, including the stunning ice suites and the various options for warm accommodation. We can also tailor make an action plan for you so that you arrive at this iconic place, travelling independently but fully prepared to experience its magic, with a Discover the World representative available to make sure everything runs smoothly for you.
Good to know…
Our special partnership with the Icehotel means we can guarantee accommodation during peak periods.
Icehotel Rooms & Suites
The core of the Icehotel concept is, of course, its cold rooms, which range from standard ice rooms to deluxe suites. The winter Icehotel comprises Ice Rooms and Art Suites, while Icehotel 365 houses Art Suites and Deluxe Suites, as well as the famous Ice Bar.
Ice Rooms at Icehotel
These classic rooms with ice ‘furniture’ typically contain a double ice bed but there are a few that sleep up to 3 or 4 people. These rooms are the ‘standard’ room type our trips are based on.
Standard ice room
Art Suites at Icehotel
Individually designed Art Suites are carved by artists from around the world. During the daytime, you can take a tour of all the suites and compare the exquisite and imaginative designs. Each room varies in style, theme and composition but has a large ice bed. The walls may be adorned with all manner of ice art and creative lighting to enhance the unique theme, which can be surreal, artistic, comical or thought-provoking – all most certainly, are stunning. The Art Suites in the winter Icehotel have a curtain that can be pulled across the doorway.
Daily Travellers Art Suite
Spruce Woods by Christopher Pancoe & Jennie O’Keefe
Lollipop Art Suite by Mathieu Brison & Luc Voisin
Good to know…
Prior to your night in the Icehotel, and depending on which night that is, you will check out of your warm room by 11.00am and store your belongings in the adjoining Riverside Lobby. If you’re switching from an Ice Room or Suite to a warm hotel room or a chalet the next day, check-in will be available from 3.00pm.
At the time of booking, you can decide which nights you would prefer to sleep in the cold and warm rooms, though this is subject to availability. Our Travel Specialists can give you advice on the combinations available. You can also choose to spend your entire stay in a warm room, or have one as back up whilst on your ‘ice night’. Speak to our team to discuss all your options.
Icehotel 365 is a permanently chilled structure that sits next to the seasonal hotel. Covered in snow during winter it blends seamlessly with the adjacent temporary structure, while in summer its domed roof is covered in grass and wildflowers.
Maintained at sub-zero temperatures by solar power, the interior is just like the winter hotel. There are 11 Art Suites and nine sensational Deluxe Suites with lockable doors and heated ensuite bathrooms. The Icebar is also located in 365 together with an art gallery.
Each of the 11 Art Suites come with access to a private and lockable cubicle at the Riverside Lobby where toilets, saunas and showers are located. Icehotel 365 also has warm toilets just a short distance for the Art Suites.
Art Suite 365
- Each of the 11 Art Suites come with access to a private and lockable cubicle at the Riverside Lobby where toilets, saunas and showers are located. Icehotel 365 also has warm toilets just a short distance for the Art Suites.
Dancers in the Dark Art Suite 365 by Patrick Dallard & Tjasa Gusfors
Oh Deer Art Suite 365 by Carl Wellander & Ulrika Tallving
Deluxe Suites Jáuvre
- All four of these suites have a heated area with seating, sauna, bathtub, shower & toilet.
The Victorian Apartment Deluxe Suite 365 by Luca Roncoroni
Deluxe Suite Jáuvre bathroom
Deluxe Suite Hilla
- All four have a heated area with seating, sauna, shower & toilet.
34 Meters Deluxe Suite 365 by Dave Ruane & Luca Roncoroni
Deluxe Suite Johka
- There is only one Jokha, which has a heated area with seating, shower & wc.
The Invisible Invincible Deluxe Suite 365 by Nina Hedman & Lena Kristrom
There are several warm room options all with excellent facilities.
Kaamos Room (1-2 occupancy)
These hotel rooms are located in several buildings in the scenic surrounds of the Icehotel. Kaamos means ‘polar light’ and these rooms receive plenty of it with large corner windows. They are spacious and furnished in a contemporary Scandinavian style and sleep two mostly in twin beds but there are a limited number of double beds. Kaamos rooms also have an en-suite bathroom with shower and WC.
Arctic Chalet (1-3 occupancy)
These charming and airy wooden chalets with modern furnishings have two bedrooms, one with a double bed and the other a single bed, an en-suite bathroom and a small dining area with a fridge, TV and tea and coffee making facilities.
Nordic Chalet (1-4 occupancy)
Delightful ‘light and bright’ wooden chalets, with modern furnishings and two bedrooms, one with twin beds, the other bunk beds, an en-suite bathroom and a small dining area with a fridge, TV and tea and coffee making facilities.
Restaurants & Bars
Two very welcoming restaurants provide different dining experiences. Both offer delicious Swedish cuisine and use the freshest local ingredients, some only found in Swedish Lapland.
Located almost opposite the reception, the Icehotel Restaurant offers a fine dining experience in a bright, modern atmosphere. With a high end á la carte menu in the evenings, immaculately presented meals often feature reindeer, elk, grouse and Arctic char and the desserts are truly wicked!
The restaurant cuisine has been featured in gourmet magazines around the world and has been awarded the prestigious Werner Vögeli Statuette. There are three sittings for dinner reservations, at 6pm, 7.30pm and 9pm – we recommend you make in advance.
An impressive breakfast buffet and lunchtime buffet are also served in the restaurant and there is a small bar.
Chef’s Table on The Veranda
For a truly spectacular fine-dining experience, reserve your space on the Icehotel’s exclusive 12-course Chef’s Table at the Veranda. With only 16 spaces available for each sitting, guests will embark on a menu of taster dishes prepared by the Head Chef. Hand-picked wine packages prepared by sommelier Sofie Nodefors are also available. Spaces are limited, so pre-booking is essential.
Around a 20-minute walk from the hotel, the Homestead is a charming log building, constructed in 1768 and overlooking the River Torne. Wooden tables and chequered tablecloths create a welcoming and homely atmosphere. Open in the evenings only it offers a rustic á la carte menu. There are two times for dinner reservations at 5.30pm or 8.00pm, which again we recommend are made in advance.
ICEBAR at the Icehotel
One of the special features at the Icehotel is the ICEBAR, which is built of blocks of pure ice with a creatively carved backdrop. Marvel at the innovative design and architectural brilliance – this large space often boasts striking columns, an impressive vaulted ceiling, stylish sculptures and subtle lighting to create a wonderful ambience.
While away an evening with other guests, relax in the seating area with its cosy reindeer-skins and sip vodka cocktails served ‘in the rocks’ using ice glasses.
Located just behind the Icehotel’s main reception and open from 10am until midnight. The lounge is a comfortable place to warm up during the day or relax in the evening with other guests. During the day it offers light snacks, hot drinks, wine and beer.
Good to know…
The dress code in the restaurants is casual. Thermal suits can be left in the restaurant’s cloakroom upon arrival.
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