ICE HOTEL, Sweden by Rhenz Restrivera

ICEHOTEL (SWEDEN)

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ICEHOTEL is the world’s first hotel made of ice and snow. Founded in 1989, it is reborn in a new guise every winter, in the Swedish village of Jukkasjärvi – 200 km north of the Arctic Circle. The Torne River, the arts, and creating a setting for life-enriching moments are at the heart of it all.

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The Torne River

With its impressive length of 520 kilometres, it runs from the ancient mountains in the west down to the coast in the east, where it f lows out into the Bay of Bothnia. As the largest of Sweden’s four national rivers it is rare – indeed, unique. One of the last untouched rivers in Europe. A wild river.

Hearts beat for art

When the first snow has sprinkled the whole of Jukkasjärvi with white, artists from all over the world come together in the village to take part in creating the art exhibition of snow, ice and light that makes up Ice hotel. “Ice hotel is an art symposium in a class of its own. The energy released here when creative people from a wide variety of backgrounds and places meet the ice is almost tangible,” says Arne Bergh, partner and sculptor who’s been part of Ice hotel since the start.

 ROOMS

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-Art Suite (cold room)

Each suite is individually themed and hand carved by artists commissioned from around the world and a wide range of disciplines.  Spending a night in ICEHOTEL is a surreal experience and a memory for life. You are awakened in the morning with a cup of hot lingonberry juice at your bedside and a sauna session and hot shower awaits before breakfast.

The art suites, are our individually designed and sculpted thematic suites. The artists, perhaps from Kiruna, Germany, UK or the US have been picked from over two-hundred applicants and invited to make the suite you’ll be sleeping in. Each suite is unique and has never been created before.

The room holds a temperature of -5 to -8 degrees Celsius. The bed you sleep on has a thick mattress that rests on a wooden base. The bed is covered with reindeer hides and you sleep in a thermal sleeping bag. Instead of doors the hotel rooms have curtains that you draw to give you and your company privacy. Your luggage is stored in the luggage storage room prior to your overnight stay. There are communal changing rooms, toilets and saunas for women and men in the warm section of Ice hotel. A complimentary private changing booth is included when you book a winter suite.

 

Room Facts

  • 2 or 3 beds
  • 27 square meters
  • Breakfast included
  • Free entry to sauna included
  • Guided tour of ICEHOTEL included
  • Loan of snowsuit, boots, mittens and balaclava included
  • Private changing cubicle and storage
  • WiFi
  • Non-smoking only

 

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-Arctic Chalet (warm room)

Our Arctic Chalets are traditionally Scandinavian with natural materials and colors. Rustic, simple and comfortable, this two bedroom apartment is decorated in natural materials and organic shades of dark blue, white and brown.

The Arctic Chalet has a rustic character, with pine wood paneled walls, tiled floors and birchwood details complemented by shades of dark blue, grey and white. The apartment sleeps two or three, with one queen bedroom and one single bedroom, and also has a small lounge and kitchenette.

The cabins are located in a u-shaped walkway between Icehotel, the main reception and shop – all within a couple of minutes’ walk.

Room facts

  • Three beds
  • Two bedrooms
  • Lounge and kitchenette
  • 33 square meters
  • TV
  • WiFi
  • Bathroom with shower
  • Hairdryer
  • Iron & board on request
  • Tea & coffee
  • Non-smoking

 

Review:

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BY Rhenz Restrivera

 

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