In the tiny village of Jukkasjärvi in Sweden lies ICEHOTEL 365, the first year-round part of the famous fairy-tale ice hotel.
Constructed of snow and ice blocks originating from the nearby Torne River, the ceiling and walls are sturdy and assisted by structural pillars made of concrete and covered in ice & snow.
The temperature inside the hotel holds steady at 23 degrees Fahrenheit, with help from steel pipes that run 16 feet underground. Utilizing the midnight sun that beams 24 hours a day in the summer, there are solar panel powered cooling systems to keep it from melting. Located on the roof, the solar panels generate 130,000 kWh per year which is enough to warm restaurants and other attached buildings.
27 years in the making, the year-round hotel 125 miles north of the Arctic Circle has just 9 guest room suites. In the hotel there are also saunas, ice sculptures, and of course an ice bar.
Welcome to join us as we present the numbers in the Icehotel Advent Calendar. Some with looong descriptions some with none – all with great pictures! Nr 1. ICEHOTEL 365 – opening celebration today. Photo @asafkliger Fall asleep in a typographical pun, dance with the clowns in the suite ”Dancers in the dark” or dive into a surreal underwater world at the bottom of the sea. Those are some of the creations that await the guests in the newly opened Icehotel 365. Icehotel 365 is a year-round ice experience in 2,100 square meter with 20 suites, an ice bar that serves champagne and drinks, as well as an ice gallery – all created out of snow and ice. Around 30,000 liters of water from Torne River has transformed into snow and several tons of ice have been harvested from the river to create both parts of Icehotel. To let the ice express ephemeral art is the heart of Icehotel. This year the hotel will offer more art than ever in the history. Over forty artists, designers and architects from nine different countries have created the art in the part of the hotel that will be open year-round and also opened first. Some of them are Icehotel veterans; for example the Norwegian-Italian architect Luca Roncoroni who this year has created an elegant apartment inspired by the Victorian era and for those who worry about freezing during the night, a (hot?) element is placed by the bed. Tjåsa Gusfors and Patrick Dallard are also they back this year and invite you to dance in the suite “Dancers in the dark”. ICEHOTEL on nature’s terms Walls, floors and ceilings are covered with ice and snow and the temperature is minus five degrees Celsius, year-round, in the new building. The refrigerating plant that makes sure Icehotel 365 is cold during the summer is powered by energy from solar panels and since Jukkasjärvi is situated 200 km north of the Arctic Circle, the sun is shining a 100 consecutive days during the summer months. Did you make it all the way? Number 2 will be shorter 😄👍🏻 #icehotel #icehotel365 #icehotelsweden #swedishlapland #seesweden #adventskalender #adventcalendar #withinthecircle #iceflight
With guest rooms starting at around 135 USD per night, you can snuggle up warmly in the hotel-provided toasty thermal sleeping bags. Because the hotel is open to the public between 10am and 6pm, you’ll also have the place to yourself in the evenings.