Located in the Swedish village of Jukkasjarvi, 200 km north of the Arctic Circle and next to the shores of the Torne River, sits the ICEHOTEL. A hotel that’s been built and rebuilt every year since 1989 using ice from the Torne River.
This year however, the newly designed ICEHOTEL 365 is being unveiled. The new structure will be a permanent one that remains next to the Torne River all year long with the help of solar powered cooling technology during the summer months.
The ICEHOTEL features both cold and warm rooms as well as a dining room, cocktail bar, and communal changing rooms, toilets, and saunas all found in the warm section. The hotel also has an ice church attached to it to host the perfect arctic wedding.
Ice Church, Connect – designed by Edith Maria Van der Wetering and Wilfred Stijger. Photography by Asaf Kliger | ICEHOTEL.
Let’s have a look at the 4 types of cold rooms that are each kept between -5 and -8 degrees celcius…
The Art Suites are a series of rooms that are each thematically designed and feature unique hand carved detailing done by artists from around the world. The beds in every suite are made from thick matresses on top of wood crates sitting on blocks of ice. Each bed is also outfitted with reindeer hides and thermal sleeping bags to provide ultimate warmth and comfort. The Art Suites are located in the winter structure and are only available from December to April.
Art Suite – Dancers in the Dark – designed by Tjasa Gusfors & Patrick Dallard. Photography by Asaf Kliger | ICEHOTEL.
Art Suite – Oh Deer – designed by Ulrika Tallving & Carl Wellander. Photography by Asaf Kliger | ICEHOTEL.
Art Suite – You Are My Type – designed by John Bark & Charli Kasselback. Photography by Asaf Kliger | ICEHOTEL.
Art Suite 365
Much like the exclusively winter Art Suites, the 365 Art Suites are each designed and hand carved by artists from around the world. Thick warm beds covered in reindeer hides and thermal sleeping bags ensure you have a warm and cozy stay. These rooms are available all year in the ICEHOTEL 365 structure.
Art Suite – Momo’s – designed by Lotta Lampa & Julia Gamborg Nielsen. Photography by Asaf Kliger | ICEHOTEL.
Deluxe Suite 365
The Deluxe Suites are the largest suites available at the ICEHOTEL and have a number of luxurious features. A heated relaxation area complete with a private sauna, shower, and en suite bathroom as well as an extra bed in case you don’t feel like snuggling to keep warm are all part of the Deluxe Suites. Like the other suites available at the hotel, the Deluxe Suites are all individually themed and feature hand carved detailing throughout.
Deluxe Suite – Wishful Thinking – designed by Marjolein Vonk & Maurizio Perron. Photography by Asaf Kliger | ICEHOTEL.
Deluxe Suite – Don’t Get Lost – designed by Tommy Alatalo. Photography by Asaf Kliger | ICEHOTEL.
Deluxe Suite – Once Upon A Time – designed by Luc Voisin & Mathieu Brison. Photography by Asaf Kliger | ICEHOTEL.
Deluxe Suite – The Victorian Apartment – designed by Luca Roncoroni. Photography by Asaf Kliger | ICEHOTEL.
The last of the cold rooms, the Ice Room, is the standard room at the ICEHOTEL. It provides an experience very similar to that of the previous Art Suites but without the themed designs and intricate hand carvings.
Photography by ICEHOTEL.
While it is a hotel made from ice, the ICEHOTEL also has a number of warm rooms to give you a little taste of normalcy during your stay. The large heated rooms feature natural warm materials and contain a number of ammenities not found in the cold rooms, including hairdryers, irons, and TVs.