Hotels, Eco Escapes & Lifestyle Resorts | Unearthing the Exceptional
There aren’t many properties that can boast of being not only the location for an iconic fashion campaign, but the inspiration for a Bond villain’s lair, but then Sweden’s IceHotel is not just any property. Located in the miniature village of Jukkasjärvi in Swedish Lapland, where dogs almost outnumber permanent residents, the first and largest hotel in the world made entirely of snow and ice is constructed anew each year, turning river into art.
Construction begins in November, when the abstract designs of an elite group of international artists slowly become reality. By early January, there are multiple icy suites, each as individual as a snowflake, as well as a chapel and a bar, where drinks are served ‘in the rocks’, in glasses made of ice. Some 50,000 visitors from around the world come to see it each year, and the lucky are able to stay overnight.
Accommodation is offered on beds made entirely of ice, but with the addition of a toasty sleeping bag to snuggle up in.
Warm accommodation is also available, with chalet-style bedrooms, a lounge and sauna. And as extraordinary as sleeping comfortably in sub-zero temperatures may be, a stay here is also a chance to enjoy an Arctic experience like no other – nights snowmobiling in search of the elusive Northern Lights, dog sledding across frozen lakes and through Narnia-like landscapes of lakes, firs and snow.
There is the local Sami culture to be explored, delicious meals to be eaten, and crackling fires to be curled up beside, with a cup of warm lingonberry juice in hand (a Swedish favourite). With such a mix of comfort and adventure, it’s no wonder that IceHotel has been named one of the Seven Wonders of Sweden.
There are two types of accommodation.
There are 26 ice rooms. They are comfortably appointed rooms with ice furniture and ice art.
There are 8 snow rooms and 3 family snow rooms.
For something special
There are 18 art suites
Each room is uniquely designed by different artists from around the globe
We strongly recommend that you combine only one night in cold accommodation with several nights in warm.
The mother of all ICEBARS is located at the ICEHOTEL in Jukkasjärvi,200 kilometers north of the Arctic Circle and first set up in 1994.Every winter people from around the globe meet up at the ICEHOTEL and break the ice over a drink or two at the frosty counter of this trendy establishment.
Each winter, guests, invited artists and ICEHOTEL personnel gather at the official launch of the world-famous ICEBAR in Jukkasjärvi. A very popular event, appreciated by all guests staying at ICEHOTEL.
Our menu mimics the seasons. Our shelves are stocked with ingredients gathered from the deep mountain forests, racing rivers and clear lakes.
ICEHOTEL Restaurant offers a gastronomic adventure in a bright and modern atmosphere. An exclusive menu is served on plates and bowls made of crystal-clear ice from the Torne River.
Situated only 800 metres from ICEHOTEL and overlooking the Torne River is the genuine Old Homestead. In this historical log building, dating from 1768, guests are offered a well composed dinner in a cosy environment.
The Ice Church titled ‘Lumen Aureus’, pays homage to the tradition of gilding, and daylight illumination through stained glass in medieval Christian churches. Gold leaf is used here to transform the natural light into a warm reflective glow. A substantial amount of clear ice is used in the design, with both end walls to the vault which is entirely transparent. Fourteen ice pews, rotated to focus on the alter space, serve this ethereal congregation.
The ice chapel that is right next to ICEHOTEL is opened every year on December 25th, whereby it is formally handed over to the Swedish Church.
Couples from all over the world come to Jukkasjärvi to marry or renew their vows. Children from far and near are baptized here.
Let us take you on a guided snowmobile safari, dog sled tour or a visit to the indigenous Sámi people to learn more about their culture.
Also, try ice sculpting, ice driving, Horseback riding or the guests could go visit the Northern light Esrange Space Center and also have dinner under the stars.
With the Torne River and the Lapland wildlife as inspiration, we have created an range of activities will bring about unforgettable holiday memories. River rafting, canoeing, ATV safari, and much more.
ICEHOTEL is located in a small village in Sweden, 200 km above the Arctic Circle. A place with about 1,000 inhabitants and a arctic climate.
ICEHOTEL, Marknadsvägen 63, 981 91 Jukkasjärvi, SWEDEN
Many roads lead to ICEHOTEL. Although ICEHOTEL does not offer any transport (except for transfer) here are some good tips
on how to get here. ICEHOTEL is located in the small village Jukkasjärvi, 200 km above the Arctic Circle but only 15 km from
Kiruna Airport (KRN) and 17 km from Kiruna train station.
Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) and Norwegian offers almost daily flights to Kiruna and the Swedish train company SJ has daily departures that will take you all the way to the ski slopes in Swedish Lapland.