This Icehotel in Jukkasjarvi, Sweden, just 120 miles inside the Arctic Circle is no gimmick. It’s a real, stunning work of art that is used as a hotel. And it justifies the name. Icehotel is made of ice. Completely. It’s freezing cold and majestic.
Every year in November loads of artists and engineers flock to the site and start the construction. The ice and snow used for the hotel are taken from the Torne river. They are carved into true works of art in every part of the hotel, including bedrooms, bar, chapel and even glasses for sipping, you guessed it, ice cold drinks.
The Icehotel has 65 rooms in total with carved walls and ice beds covered with reindeer skins. There’s also a lobby, reception area, a hall and a bar. Each of the rooms is unique and provides a different visual effect, but the common thing is that they are all worth seeing.
For example, the Dragon Residence’s carvings are clearly inspired by a Mongolian theme, providing a truly magnificent experience. The Blue Marina Suite gives the guests the impression that they are in a belly of a large whale. A queen size bed can be found in the Cold and Crazy suite that is adorned with large planet-like sculptures. Just some of the sculptures in other rooms include trees carved in walls reminiscent of ice forests, large tears of ice, whitewater-like walls, wonderful etched flower shapes in translucent structures, providing the impression that you are in a bed of flowers and eerie human-like ice figures that welcome the guests into one of the rooms.
The sleeping bags are surprisingly warm and you will not need any extra warming up for a great sleep, however the temperature in your room is sub-zero and popping out of your bed for a quick run to the toilet might not prove to be a pleasant experience.
The hotel is made from scratch every year, so there is no plumbing or other amenities you might find in a conventional hotel, but the mere fact that you’re sleeping in a truly stunning work of art should be enough to keep you there. [via] watch video below
See also the Ice Hotel in Quebec, Canada
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