Looking Back at Our Favourite Icehotel Suites

Saturday, 10th August 2019

Destination Specialist

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We fell under the spell of the Icehotel when it first emerged in 1989 in Jukkasjarvi, Swedish Lapland. Over three decades, guests have seen an array of spectacular features. From crafted chandeliers, a charming Ice Church, the ever-popular ICEBAR, and of course, the Art Suites. Let’s take a look back at some of our favourite Art Suites from over the years.

ICEHOTEL #29

December 2018 witnessed the opening of the 29th incarnation of the iconic Icehotel in Swedish Lapland. Featuring 15 uniquely designed art suites and a spectacular ceremony hall, guests entered a fantastical world crafted entirely out of ice and snow.

“This winter our guests can enter an amazing wonderland. Explore everything from the deep sea to forests and incredible skies. Every winter, I say that this is the best Icehotel so far. But, this year it is!” – Arne Bergh, Former Creative Director of the ICEHOTEL

Designs included “Spruce Woods” where guests could sit down around the fire (of ice) in a campsite in the forest. Visitors could also visit a magical ice “Haven”, guarded by a clever fox and the fiery phoenix.

British father and daughter duo Jonathan Paul Green and Marnie Green created “The Living Ocean”. The suite depicted an eerie underwater world inspired by the negative effects of climate change and over-fishing, complete with ice-carved corals, shells and fish. Other suites featured dancing ballerina auroras, abstract concepts about life, and interactive designs.

  • The Living Ocean Suite by Jonathan Paul and Marnie Green

The suite is inspired by the climate changes and the over-fishing that affects our oceans. I also thought the idea of using frozen water from a river in northern Sweden to create an ocean with shells, fish, and corals is exciting.” – Jonathan Paul Green, read an interview with the designer »

  • Icewoman by Linda Vagnelind 
  • Haven by Jonas Johansson, Jordia Claramunt & Lukas Petko
  • Blossom by Wouter Biegelaar & Viktor Tsarski
  • Flock by Lisa Lindqvist & Ulrika Tallving
  • Lollipop by Mathieu Brison & Luc Voisin
  • Differential Expansion by Antonio & Juan Carlos Camara
  • The Tao Of Cat by Sonia Chow & Huschang Pourian
  • Oak by Tjåsa Gusfors
  • Dancing Auroras by Emilie Steele & Sebastian Dell’Uva

ICEHOTEL #28

The 2017/18 season brought many surprises and some of our favourites art designs. You could have been sleeping beneath the frozen rain forest, snuggled in the arms of a gigantic gorilla or drifting into dreamland under the watchful eye of a snow queen.

  • King Kong by Lkhagvadorj Dorjsuren
  • Queen of the North by Emilie Steele & Sebastian Dell’Uva
  • Daily Travelers” by Alem Teklu & Anne Karin Krogevoll
  • Cumulus by Annakatrin Kraus & Hans Aescht
  • Monstera by Nina Kauppi & Johan Kauppi
  • Follow the White Rabbit by Anna Sofia Mååg & Niklas Byman
  • A Rich Seam by Howard & Hugh Miller
  • Hang in There by Marjolein Vonk & Maurizio Perron
  • LIVOQ by Fabien Champeval & Friederike Schroth
  • Space Room by Adrian Bois & Pablo Lopez
  • Ground Rules by Carl Wellander & Ulrika Tallving
  • Radiance by Natsuki Saito & Shingo Saito
  • The White Desert by Timsam Harding & Fabián Jacquet Casado

ICEHOTEL #27 and 365

During this season, Icehotel 365 opened up its doors for the first time. Bringing a permanent ice experience, 365 has nine deluxe suites, each with their warm bathroom and sauna, as well as eleven art suites.

Letting the ice express ephemeral art is the heart of Icehotel, and in 2016/17, the hotel offered more creativity than ever in its history. Including a house of cards made from ice and snow, a palace inspired by Casablanca, and a cherry tree made to last the winter. These are a few of the ingenious creations guests encountered at 27th ICEHOTEL.

ICEHOTEL #26

Imagine a three-meter African elephant carved out of snow. What about a 1970s inspired Love Capsule? Even an imperial Russian-inspired theatre set, Labyrinth Saga. Those were some of the creations created for the 2015/16 edition of the ICEHOTEL. This year also introduced extra exciting activities:

  • Elephant in the Room by AnnaSofia Mååg
  • Cesare’s Wake by Petros Dermatas and Ellie Souti
  • Eye Suite by Nicolas Triboulot and Cédric Alizard
  • The Flying Buttress by AnnaKatrin Kraus and Hans Aescht
  • Fractus by Anja Kilian and Wolfgang A Lüchow
  • Live your time by Jose Carlos Cabello Millán and Javier Alvaro Colomino Matassa
  • Love Capsule by Luc Voisin and Mathieu Brison
  • Show Me What You Got by Tjåsa Gusfors and David Andrén
  • Under the Arctic Skin by Rob Harding and Timsam Harding

The Best of the Rest

Since opening, the hotel has featured over 400 different designs, and we’d be crazy to include all of them in this one blog. Therefore, we’ve singled a few of our favourite ones that we’ve loved in the past.

  • The Mushroom Suite by Viktor Tsarski and Liliya Pobornikova (ICEHOTEL #19)
  • Blue Marine by Andrew Winch & William Blomstrand (ICEHOTEL #23
  • Mind the gap by Marcus Dillistone & Magdalena Åkerströ (ICEHOTEL #24) In the 150th anniversary year of the London Underground, British film director Marcus Dillistone built his “Mind the Gap” Art Suite depicting a Tube platform in ice. Discover what it takes to bring an idea to life in part 1 of his diary
  • Abject Beauty by Lotta Lampa & Julia Gamborg Nielsen, Sweden (ICEHOTEL #25)

The classic and elegant can often become dull and anticipated. In the “Abject Beauty” suite, the creators have worked with complex sculptures to create a sense of the unpredictable. With their abstract world, they hope to change people’s ideas of what they consider ‘beautiful’.

“We wanted to create a world within the world. A world full of patterns and shapes that fill the room and create a captivating scene.”

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