ITS TIME TO WRAP UP WARM!
Every year, when Torne River turns to ice a new ICEHOTEL is created in the small village of Jukkasjärvi in the north of Sweden. This year we see the 29th version take shape and take a sneak peak inside...
Inside a candy shop filled with giant sweets, a swimming ice woman with a love for cold baths, an aquarium and a flock of Arctic terns – these are the suites of the original ICEHOTEL .
Building the seasonal hotel demands a large amount of work, beginning in March when 2 500 tons of ice is harvested from the Torne River. The ice is then stored cold until October when the building of ICEHOTEL starts. A portion of the ice is ear-marked for making glasses, plates and bowls as well as international commissions for events and pop-up ice experiences.
In total, 34 artists from 13 countries spent an intense couple of weeks in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden, to create the 29th annual incarnation of the ephemeral hotel that is entirely made out of ice and snow from the free-flowing Arctic river Torne and include 5 unique suites of ice and snow, one ice ceremony hall for weddings and ceremonies and the main hall, featuring the iconic columns and chandeliers that have become synonymous with the hotel, in addition the artists also create an additional 20 ice rooms.
A great deal of this year’s art is inspired by nature. In “Spruce Woods” by Christopher Pancoe and Jennie O’Keefe from Canada, the guests can sit down around the fire (of ice) in a camping site in the forest. Jonathan Green from England creates “The Living Ocean Suite” together with his daughter Marnie Green, an underwater world filled with corals, shells, and fish to marvel at.
Each year, ICEHOTEL is visited by around 70,000 guests from all over the world, about 50 wedding couples get married in the sparkling ceremony hall. Most visitors stay three nights (only one in an ice suite and the rest the warm rooms that the hotel also offers) and the bucket list experiences to be checked off the list include northern lights, snowmobiling and dog sledding, ice sculpting and of course tasting the bespoke ice menu at ICEHOTEL Restaurant, – a five-course festive dinner on plates made out of ice, straight from Torne River.
ICEHOTEL is open December 14, 2018 to April 13, 2019.
Prices for two adults 2018-19 starts from SEK 1549 for a warm room and SEK 2354 for an ice room.
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