ICEHOTEL

Blue Marine Art Suite, hotel, artists, ICEHOTEL, Sweden, ice, snow, Jukkasjärvi, art, 2013, bedroom, whale, snice

ICEHOTEL is the world’s first and largest hotel built of snow and ice. It’s located in Jukkasjärvi, a small village in Sweden about 200km north of the Arctic Circle. Last January I was there and as a lover of art and hotels, I was in (minus 8 degree) heaven.

During the daytime, ICEHOTEL is open to visitors as an art exhibition. The public are invited to stroll through the hotel, have a drink in the ICEBAR and wander into the guest rooms. People who stay at ICEHOTEL generally stay one night in the snow and ice before moving to the warmer accommodation for the remainder of their stay.

The hotel melts and is rebuilt from scratch each year. First time and returning artists are brought on board to create a new, one of a kind piece of art with some of the results of last season’s hotel shown below.

ICEHOTEL, Sweden, ice, entrance, snow, Jukkasjärvi, art, 2013, hotel

Entrance to the hotel

ICEHOTEL, Sweden, ice, hotel, bar, snow, Jukkasjärvi, art, 2013, ICEBAR, bottles of Absolut vodka

ICEBAR by ICEHOTEL. Bottles of Absolut vodka are lodged into the ice.

Pillars, hotel, ICEHOTEL, Sweden, ice, entrance, snow, Jukkasjärvi, art, 2013, main corridor

The main corridor

The Flower Art Suite, hotel, bedroom, ICEHOTEL, Sweden, ice, snow, Jukkasjärvi, art, 2013

The Flower Art Suite

Sign outside The Flower Art Suite, artists, hotel, bedroom, ICEHOTEL, Sweden, ice, snow, Jukkasjärvi, art, 2013

Sign outside The Flower Art Suite showing the names of the artists.

Reindeer hides, bedroom, hotel, ICEHOTEL, Sweden, ice, snow, Jukkasjärvi, art, 2013, suite

Reindeer hides

Dragon Residence Art Suite, hotel, artists, ICEHOTEL, Sweden, ice, snow, Jukkasjärvi, art, 2013, bedroom

Dragon Residence Art Suite. Artists – D. Lkhagvadorj and Bazarsad Bayarsaikhah, Mongolia.

Blue Marine Art Suite, hotel, artists, ICEHOTEL, Sweden, ice, snow, Jukkasjärvi, art, 2013, bedroom

Blue Marine Art Suite is designed like an inside of a whale. Artists – William Blomstrand and Andrew Winch, UK.

What I love about this hotel is the creativity of it all and the fact that they’ve managed to create a place where people from all over the world want to stay. This is a place where you sleep in a sleeping bag, in minus 8 degrees, where the toilet is outside and you can’t take your luggage into the room with you. There are no doors to the guest rooms (except the Luxury Suite) and each room is only closed off to the rest of the hotel population by a curtain, and not one that reaches the ground. ICEHOTEL is open to visitors throughout the winter season from 10am to 6pm so hotel guests only have access to their rooms outside of these hours. Normally just one of these aspects would be a traveller’s nightmare but the designers, owners and staff make it work and make it a place over 50,000 people stay each winter.

The words ‘unique’, ‘spectacular’, ‘incredible’, ‘magical’ all crop up time and time again on the hotel’s TripAdvisor page and that’s exactly what it is. ICEHOTEL will completely make you rethink what’s possible and how business and creativity are a perfect, award winning match.

www.icehotel.com@ICEHOTEL_Sweden / www.facebook.com/icehotel.sweden / Book at www.hotels.com

For some of the new season’s designs check out the Guardian’s photos here.

One thought on “ICEHOTEL”

  1. Shobha says:

    This looks amazing! I would love to stay at the Icehotel one year. We had friends who did a long weekend and they combined a stay at the Icehotel with the nearby lodge and went dog sledding and snowshoeing etc. We saw some of the creativity in ice in Washington D.C. last year when they had some Chinese sculptors from the ice festival in Harbin do an exhibition – amazing! And, it was freezing – we were given special snow suits to go through the exhibit.

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