Hotels often undergo makeover. However, few can compete with the Icehotel in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden. Entirely carved out of “snice”, a mixture of snow and ice, the hotel is rebuilt every year, every iteration Continued impressive than the previous version. The 32nd Icehotel, open to guests until April 17, 2022, is not exception.
The essential Swedish tourist destination came about accidentally. In 1989, Icehotel founder Yngve Berquist organized an art exhibition at to attract tourists in Jukkasjärvi during the cold winter months. The exhibition, held inside a 5.5 square meter (60 square foot) igloo, was a run away Success. Many visitors opted to stay overnight, selling out all the cozy Jukkasjärvi cabins. Thus, when a group approach Berquist about a place to spend the night, he offered them the igloo.
“To my surprise, the guests said yes, so we team gave them warm sleeping bags and taught them how to sleep in the cold. The next morning they were blown away by the experience. Icehotel was born”, Berquist remember.
The Icehotel has come a long way since its creation humble to start up. Constructed from 1,000 tons of ice and 30,000 tons of snice, it now covers an area of over 5,500 square meters (59,200 square feet). Preparations for the annual hotel begin in March with the harvest of 5,000 tonnes of ice from the nearby Torne River. Ice is kept cold storage room until November, when a hundred workers and artists set to work to create a new structure. Icehotel is usually open for business in mid-December.
This year’s hotel understand 36 rooms, including 12 deliciously handcrafted art suites. From strong points is the sequel “Different Natures”. Decorated with massive ice rocks and sculpted water shapes, it aspire offer visitors a immersive natural experience. The “Great Gatsby” suite is inspired by the Art Deco design that was popular in America in the 1920s. The “Dickensian Street” suite promises to take visitors to a nostalgic tour of 19th century England, with cobbled streets, shops and buildings of the time.
The “To Bed with Chickens” suite is aptly named, with plenty of ice-sculpted chickens scattered around the room. The creators of the sequel say, “We’ve had chickens for a few years now, and it’s been so much fun watching them go to bed. They’re talking to each other about what happened that day, and they’re all trying to find the best place to sleep.. This inspired it’s up to us to design a room with chickens.”
The ice hotel experience is not cheap. Basic rooms cost around $400, while deluxe suites can cost visitors up to $900. Regardless of the price, the temperature is always set to a freezing temperature -5°C (23°F)! Customers are advised to huddle in thermal sleeping bags and wear winter gloves and hats all night. Unsurprisingly, most move to the conventionalwarmer cabins nearby after only one night.
The hotel’s unique restaurant serves gourmet cuisine, while drinks are always chilled to perfection in the famous ICEBAR! Icehotel guests can to participate in one myriad fun activities. They include snowshoeing, moose or snowmobile safaris and dog sledding. There’s even the option of wild camping overnight for those brave enough to support temperatures below freezing point.
While the Icehotel will melt into a giant puddle in April, the equally impressive Icehotel 365. next door is open to visitors all year round. Also built entirely from ‘snice’, the 20-room hotel is kept frozen by solar-powered cooling technology during the summer.