Latest Art Suite designs kick off building the Icehotel in Swedish Lapland

Monday, 26th October 2020

Pam Forrest

icehotel31 art suite by kauppi and kauppi

Early autumn in Swedish Lapland brings a burst of rich-colour to the natural landscapes as leaves turn golden and berries flourish while at night the prospect of the northern lights illuminating the ever darkening sky becomes a daily possibility. And in the tiny village of Jukkasjarvi, high above the Arctic Circle, creation of the inspirational winter Icehotel begins with the unveiling of the designs for the latest Art Suites.

The circumstances of 2020 mean that this year’s artists comprise home-grown talent rather than the international line-up of previous years. Designers and sculptors from or residing in Sweden are teaming up to create 12 brand new themed suites including frozen saunas, hotdog stands and ice gardens as soon as temperatures fall below zero. In addition, the creation of six new suites in the permanent building, Icehotel 365, is already under way. In total, 19 teams comprising a total of 35 artists will use 1,300 blocks of ice during this year’s construction which was harvested from the Torne River earlier this spring.

Surrounded by true wilderness, the Icehotel remains one of the world’s most extraordinary hotels. In a year like no other, this creation of ice and snow is the perfect place to suspend reality and marvel at the incredible blend of artistry and eclectic imagination.

swedish lapland building ice hotel

New Art Suite Designs

The first six Art Suites in the 31st winter hotel will be ready for the opening on the 11 December with the following six opening a week later. Designs include typographic art, a forgotten hotdog stand, a frozen winter garden as well as a toy box made from ice and snow.

In Icehotel 365 a new deluxe suites will be called “Sauna”, where the cold bedroom depicts an ice-cold sauna which contrasts with the adjoining actual hot sauna experience guests can enjoy in their heated ensuite bathroom.

“With many years of experience in creating art from ice and snow, this year’s artists have also had a share in Icehotel’s 31-year history. Together, the artists will create a magnificent experience.”
Luca Roncoroni, Icehotel Creative Director

Below is a peek at some of the designs…

Icehotel’s Experience Room

A new ‘Experience Room’ has already opened in Icehotel 365. This area open to all guests celebrates the heritage of the hotel and is made entirely of ice and snow. Visitors can follow the hotel’s 30 years through ice works and explore the time line, view selected pieces of art that have been preserved from previous years and get to know Icehotel’s founder, Yngve Bergqvist, who appears in a personal film portrait.

icehotel experience room render

Travelling in winter 2020/21

With travel to Sweden currently quarantine free, a trip to the Icehotel this winter is possible and booking with Discover the World you have the extra peace of mind that comes with our comprehensive flexibility promise should the travel situation change.

Consider our classic 3-night Icehotel Break or combine with a stay in Abisko National Park – rated by Lonely Planet as the best place in the world for experiencing the northern lights – on our Northern Lights, Abisko and Icehotel holiday.

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