ICEHOTEL is back and it’s as magical as ever. Located 200 kilometers north of the Arctic Circle in the Swedish village of Jukkasjärvi, this ephemeral hotel of ice and snow is rebuilt every winter for a few spectacular months and its unique luxury suites sculpted by select artists from around the world. From sleeping in a giant Fabergé Egg to the arms of King Kong, the experiences and incredible artistic skill of these individually themed rooms are guaranteed to send a chill up your spine.
Now in its 28th year, the world-famous ICEHOTEL is also the world’s first ice hotel and lasts from December to April. Every year, ice and snow is harvested from the nearby Torne River—the largest of Sweden’s four national rivers—and then returned back to the earth when the hotel melts. Around 40 artists from around the world are invited every year to bring the unique art exhibition to life using a combination of snow, ice, and light.
This year’s ICEHOTEL offers a total of 35 unique art- and deluxe suites in addition to an ice bar, ice ceremony hall, and ice gallery. Guests can choose from sleeping in a frozen jungle of Monstera-plants, in the company of giant snails, or even atop a “fluffy” white cloud. Each cold room is held at a temperature of -5 to -8 degrees Celsius (17.6 to 23 degrees Fahrenheit) and guests sleep on a Carpe Diem bed covered with reindeer hides and a thermal sleeping bag. Changing rooms and bathrooms are located in a separate heated facility. Prices for an Ice Room start at $661 USD.
Images Asaf Kliger © ICEHOTEL