Created from enough material to make 700 million snowballs, the 55-room Icehotel is erected every year for a few magical winter months until it melts away in spring. The intricately carved 5,500-square-meter structure takes around two months to complete, with the harvesting of river ice beginning in March. With walls and bed frames made of ice, the unique art suites can drop to temperatures below freezing. Fortunately, however, the mattresses are not carved of ice. Overnight guests are given expedition-style sleeping bags, hot lingonberry juice, and packing guidelines for warm clothing (and complimentary loans of warm outer clothing).
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In addition to the cool suites, Icehotel also offers warm suites, an Icebar, main hall, restaurant, and a church. Stunning chandeliers made from 1,000 hand-cut ice crystals hang from above. However, our favorite feature of the Icehotel will always be the cool art suites. This year’s 19 designs were whittled down from 130 submissions and are positively enchanting with their attention to detail. Prices for overnight stays in the cool rooms range from SEK 2,500 ($300 USD) for a simple snow room to SEK 8,500 ($1,000 USD) for the spacious deluxe suite that boasts a heated ensuite bathroom and sauna.
Images via Icehotel, © Asaf Kliger