Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Hotel made of ice

Imagine you decided to open a hotel and then built it...only to have to build it again the next year...and the year after that, and the year after that, and so on.

Well that's what the builders of the ICEHOTEL in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden do. Jukkasjärvi is 200 kilometers (about 125 miles) north of the arctic circle, so the winters are quite cold. Around the beginning of winter, a team of snow builders, architects, designers, artists from all over the world gather in Jukkasjärvi to begin construction on a new ICEHOTEL. Think of an igloo, only much larger with multiple rooms capable of accomodating many guests. According to the hotel's website, ICEHOTEL #22 will have 1 Deluxe suite, 16 Art suites, 20 ice rooms, 8 snow rooms and 2 group rooms. There will be 47 rooms in total during the winter season of 2011/2012. The various rooms are sculpted by artists from different countries. Guests will sleep in rooms made of ice and snow and some may even exchange wedding vows in the Ice church. People who want to visit Northern Sweden and stay in the ICEHOTEL will have the opportunity to do so until the Spring time when the sun starts to melt the walls away and the hotel returns to the Torne River. After that, they will have to wait until the next hotel is built.

Check out some pictures of the ICEHOTEL.
Entrance (2011)

Bar (2011)

Main Hall (2011)
Retro Drive suite (2011)
Royal Deluxe Suite (2011)
Legacy of the River suite -- Inspired by the legacy of the Torne River and Tron (2011) 

Ice Church (2011)
You don't get ice in your drink at ICEHOTEL.  You get drink in your ice.
It's not just a building.  It's a work of art.

Visit the ICEHOTEL website here.

Check out an article about the ICEHOTEL and some other hotels made of ice here.

Watch a video here.


  1. If I were crazy enough to re-marry--that's where I'd like to do it. I would sooooo love to go there. I think just ordering a drink would be a magical thing.

  2. Seems like a cool place to visit (or should I say "cold" place?), but I'm not sure I'd actually want to stay there! I think I could probably find some warmer places to spend my money

  3. I totally love this place and have to visit again this coming December for holiday season with my family.

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  4. ICE HOTEL, Sweden builders do. Jukkasjarvi is in the arctic of the Arctic Circle 200 km (about 125 miles), so actual algid in winter. Before and afterwards the alpha of winter, snow builders, architects, designers, artists from about the apple aggregation in Jukkasjärvi collection, started the architecture of a new ICE HOTEL.

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