Sweden's Stunning ICEHOTEL Opens For The 28th Year

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Space Room at ICEHOTEL (Photo Credit: Asaf Kligel – Icehotel.com)

While most hotels undergo makeovers, very few get upgraded as frequently as the ICEHOTEL in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden. Constructed entirely from a mixture of snow and ice, or “snice,” the structure has been rebuilt from the ground up every year since 1989, with each rendition more stunning than the previous. The 28th ICEHOTEL, which opened for business on December 15, is no exception.

Queen of the north suite (Photo Credit: Asaf Kligel – Icehotel.com)

The seasonal hotel’s 19 intricately sculpted, thematic suites are the work of artists that have been carefully selected from over two hundred applicants from around the world. This year’s rooms feature fluffy cumulus clouds, a pair of astronauts, and even King Kong – all carved from “snice,” of course.

Cumulus cloud art suite (Photo Credit: Asaf Kligel – Icehotel.com)

Each 290-square-foot (27-square-meter) suite sleeps between 2-4 guests, enabling couples and families to share a room. To ensure visitors are comfortable, in the below freezing –23 to –18 degrees Fahrenheit temperatures, the beds are covered in reindeer hides. Guests are also advised to wear thermal underwear and sleep inside the hotel-provided thermal sleeping bags. While there is a private changing room, the bathrooms and showers are located in the adjacent conventional hotel, which is open year-round.

King Kong suite (Photo Credit: Asaf Kligel – Icehotel.com)

Creating such icy splendor is no easy task. Preparation for each ICEHOTEL begins in March, when about 5,000 tons of ice is harvested from the nearby Torne River and placed in cold storage. Construction begins in earnest in late October when approximately 100 workers, half of them artists, descend upon the region. The transient hotel usually opens for business in late November, or early December, and melts by April of the following year.

The invisible (invincible) army suite at ICEHOTEL365 (Photo Credit: Asaf Kligel – Icehotel.com)

Guests wishing to experience the freezing rooms during the warmer spring and summer months now have the option of staying at the year-old ICEHOTEL365. Constructed from 1,000 cubic meters — the equivalent of 20 million snowballs — of “snice,” the permanent structure that measures 22,600-square-foot (2,100 square-meters) features 20 rooms. Visitors can choose between the deluxe suites, which feature bathrooms and saunas, or stay in one of the beautifully sculpted art suites. In case you are wondering, the ICEHOTEL365 remains frozen thanks to 6,500 square feet of solar panels that help keep the heat out!

Not surprisingly, the unique hotel’s popularity has resulted in numerous copycats. Similar structures can now be found in Canada, Norway, Finland, and Romania. However, for true fans, the original is the best and grandest of all!

Resources: Icehotel.com, newatlas.com

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  • HalloFriday, January 19, 2018 at 8:32 pm
    So interesting and AWESOME
    • HiFriday, January 19, 2018 at 6:40 am
      that is cool i want to go
      • ?????Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 6:30 pm
        wow this would be hard to build
        • tusky18
          tusky18Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 5:33 pm
          • tusky18
            tusky18Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 5:33 pm
            Awesome.....ME WANNA GO😀
            • epicdood100
              epicdood100Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 4:37 pm
              you sure this warm enough
              • dudeThursday, January 18, 2018 at 4:04 pm
                how many rooms does it have????#homework
                • dudeThursday, January 18, 2018 at 3:59 pm
                  plz like my comments!!!
                  • dudeThursday, January 18, 2018 at 3:58 pm
                    wow this is awesome! but i dont think i woud want to sleep in poofy jackets and thermal under wear!?☃️
                    • TacoThursday, January 18, 2018 at 3:41 pm
                      cool stuff

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