Set in Swedish Lapland, the Icehotel was created 30 years ago and is now a landmark. More than 1 million travelers visited the hotel over its lifetime, even though the hotel is closed and then recreated every season to coincide with the weather.
“It’s been a fantastic journey with a lot of pride and joy, and the reason for this is the employees throughout the years who’ve really made an effort to give the guests, coming from all over the world, life-enriching moments during their stay,” said Yngve Bergqvist, founder, Icehotel.
The 30th reincarnation of Icehotel was created with the help of 33 artists from 16 countries. The Torne River-side snow and ice art exhibition features 15 unique suites and even event space for weddings and similar celebrations. An ice bar serves guests in a unique atmosphere.
Special features for this year include an observation deck where guests can overlook the Torne River; an outdoor sculpture that’s also a large tower guests can enter; 30 stars inlaid in the grand Main Hall, one for each Icehotel since its conception; guest activities such as sauna rituals, ice sculpting, dog sledding and snowmobiling; and a new dining program with menus inspired by traditional Swedish flavors.
The hotel features 55 cold rooms in total, though it also offers warmed accommodations. The main building is a mixture of snow and ice and the amount used to create the floors, ceilings and walls is equal to 110 million servings of ice cream.
You can still stay in Icehotel before it closes for the season on April 14. A separate experience, Icehotel 365 is open year-round.
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