Experience the coolest hotel in the world – the Ice hotel Sweden. Swedish Lapland’s Icehotel remains famous the world over as the original, and simply the best, hotel made entirely from ice and snow. Located 200km north of the Arctic Circle, it is one of the most amazing hotels in the world.
We fell under its spell when it first emerged beside the Torne River in the village of Jukkasjarvi back in 1990. Set in a pristine wilderness of snowclad pine forests and frozen lakes, the Icehotel is the ultimate winter wonderland.
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About the Icehotel
The ingenuity of the design and construction has to be seen to be believed and, with an interior temperature kept at a constant -5°C, it really does take your breath away. Over 1,000 tonnes of ice and 30,000 cubic metres of ‘snice’ – an ingenious mix of ice and snow – are harvested each winter from the nearby Torne River before being crafted into the original ice hotel. Come late April and the seasonal building simply melts back into the river. Each year heralds more inventive and even quirkier designs by artists from all over the world, no two designs are ever the same.
Opened in December 2016, Icehotel 365 is a permanent structure, offering the experience of sleeping on ice year round. Maintained at sub-zero temperatures by solar power during summer its domed roof is covered in wild flowers, while in winter, it blends seamlessly with the adjacent winter structure.
History of the Ice Hotel
Back in the Autumn of 1989, friends Par Granlund and Yngve Bergqvist had a vision to build an igloo, in the Inuit style but bigger than ever created before…
But it was to be much more than a building made out of ice and snow. It was to be a work of art and creative design, a meeting place which would cross-cultural boundaries and symbolise local traditions, nature, history and the environment. The little town of Jukkasjarvi, which actually means ‘meeting place by the lake’, has been a centre for trade and commerce amongst the native Sami for around 400 years – now it would attract ice artists and visitors from all around the globe.
Their vision has been brought to life, year after year, on the banks of the frozen River Torne. The first igloo, a simple art gallery had just 50 square meters of floor space, visited mainly by curious locals. Growing in size annually in a never-to-be-repeated design, ice rooms were included in the late nineties for those wishing to stay longer, seek inspiration and to admire the building and its stunning location.
Icehotel in Numbers
The first and original Icehotel was built in Jukkasjarvi, Swedish Lapland in 1989 and took just two weeks to complete.
- 2500 blocks of ice are harvested in March each year
- Each block weighs 1.6 tonnes and measures 210 x 100 x 80 cms
- Almost 1 million ice glasses are produced each year.
- It takes 48,000 hours over a 12-week period to build the seasonal hotel
- 6.5 million snowballs could be created with the ‘snice’ that is used for one individual suite at the Icehotel
- Around 26,550 cocktails are drunk in the Icebar in Jukkasjarvi each winter
- The interior temperature is around –5°C to -7°C
We had a fantastic holiday at the Icehotel, one that will stay in our memories for life, it was not so much a holiday but more a life experience never to be forgotten.
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