The 30th Icehotel
The iconic Icehotel in Swedish Lapland opened its doors for its 30th anniversary in December 2019 with new layouts, suite designs, activities and features including a special ice-carved observation deck built above the hotel. It has been 30 years since Icehotel founder Yngve Bergqvist started a journey that would lead to the world’s first hotel made entirely out of snow and ice and during this time over one million guests from all continents of the world have visited.
The 30th incarnation of the hotel featured 15 art suites designed by 33 artists from 16 different countries making it the largest group ever. The much-anticipated opening followed an intense couple of weeks in the village of Jukkasjärvi, as the new build took shape under the guidance of the hotel’s new Creative Director Luca Roncoroni.
“It’s 30 years since the start of what later came to be the world-known ICEHOTEL. I really look forward to welcoming the artist teams to Jukkasjärvi and see their visions turn in to unique experiences for our guests.”
– Luca Roncoroni, Creative Director at the Icehotel
From checking into a frozen West End theatre production and sleeping next to a submerged iceberg, to spending the night in a subterranean ice room with giant ice ants, settling down in a frozen feline lair, waking up surrounded by an ice-carved Kaleidoscope, enjoying the Greek island of Santorini as a backdrop and enjoying cocktails surrounded by frozen roller-coasters and carnival games in the Icebar, this 2019/20 hotel offered an incredible range of rooms for guests to enjoy.
Take a look at some of the incredible suites below including two from British teams.
‘A Night at the Theatre’ Art Suite
British father and daughter duo, Jonathan and Marni Green, are back again to take us to a Night at the Theatre. Get your Oscar speech ready!
This suite celebrates 30 years of Icehotel with an Icehotel-themed West End production, complete with ice-carved curtains, a stage with reindeers waiting in the wings and an impressive scale model of the hotel entrance in the centre of the room. A bed is nestled amongst miniature theatre seats in the auditorium and there are six life-size ice seats for guests to sit on behind.
‘White Santorini’ Art Suite
Greece’s most romantic and popular island, White Santorini, comes to the snow-laden landscapes of Jukkasjärvi. This winter paradise is brought to you by South Korean-American duo Hamee Han and Jaeyual Lee.
‘Kaleidoscope’ Art Suite
From the creators of last year’s highly favoured Ceremony Hall, Natsuki and Shingo Saito take symmetry and reflection to a whole new level with their “Kaleidoscope” Art Suite.
‘The Golden Ice’ Art Suite
Designed by French designer, Nicolas Triboulot and Australian Jean-Marie Guitera bring glitz, glamour and colour to the ICEHOTEL with The Golden Ice.
‘Bone Room’ Art Suite
British artist Robert Harding’s Bone Room celebrates the natural melting process of the Icehotel each spring as it slowly dissolves back into the Torne River, and aims to highlight the beauty found in the cycle of life with giant ice-carved bone sculptures overlooking the frozen bed, each glowing from within thanks to an under-floor white light.
New Observation Deck, Outdoor Sculpture & Chef Team
To mark the 30th anniversary, the hotel built a special ice-carved observation deck, offering views of the surrounding frozen landscape across the Torne River from which the ice is harvested. Plus, the hotel also built a new sculpture at the entrance to the winter hotel; a four-metre tall tower that guests can climb.
The Icehotel even unveiled a fresh new restaurant team for the season, led by the Food and Beverage Manager Henrik Lööv alongside talented chefs Samuel Jahn and Sebastian Olsson. They are passionate about using natural ingredients, local cooking methods and traditional Swedish flavours characterised by salt, sweet and smoke.
All images © Asaf Kliger
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