The world famous ICEHOTEL in Sweden has over 80 rooms built each year from snow and crystal clear ice, taken from the waters of the local river Torne.
Bookings are available from mid-December to mid-April and for departures before early January, you can still watch some of the ice sculptures and artists at work, finishing off their creations and other aspects of the hotel, whilst you stay in a snow room. After that time you can see the completed hotel in all its glory and if you wish, upgrade to one of their stunning art suites, each individually designed and hand crafted by one of many artists who travel there from all over the world to help create the ICEHOTEL each year.
Watch the ICEHOTEL construction (a little quicker than in reality!)
And art is certainly at the heart of ICEHOTEL: the dropping of the temperature to several degrees below zero in Jukkasjärvi marks the start of an ephemeral art endeavor. Using only frozen water from the Torne River, artists from all over the world gather in this small Swedish village, 200 km north of the Arctic Circle, to create an exclusive art exhibition: ICEHOTEL. The art is created with imagination and hard work, only to melt away under the unforgiving rays of the sun come springtime. All that remains are impressions, memories – and photographs.
The interior, at between -5°C to -8°C, actually feels quite pleasant, especially when outside temperatures can drop to around -37°C!
The sight, as you open the main, reindeer-skin clad doors, is simply breathtaking – a grand, ice pillared hallway illuminated by dazzling ice sculptures and spectacular ice-carved chandelier. Walk past several ice sculptures and imaginatively lit ice art towards one of the most popular rooms – the Absolut Ice Bar. With its vaulted ceiling, plenty of ice block seating (covered in reindeer skins) and see-though bar, it serves an impressive range of colourful vodka cocktails, naturally served in chunky ice glasses. Hot cocktails are also available should you need to warm up (we can’t imagine why!).