Opulent Destinations, Sweden — Jan 13, 2012 5:00 AM

Sleep well in -5 °C | ICE HOTEL, Jukkasjärvi, Sweden

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Every year in mid-November new version of ICE HOTEL is being built by a team of snow builders, architects, designers and artists from all over the world gather in the little town of Jukkasjärvi far north of the Arctic Circle. Nothing remains the same.

This season (Winter 2011/2012) ICE HOTEL opened its doors for the twenty-second time onthe 3rd December 2011with 47 rooms. ICE HOTEL covers 5 500 square metres and is constructed from 1 000 tonnes of Torne Riverice and 30 000 tonnes of ‘snice’, a mixture of snow and ice that strengthens the structure.

 

 Photographer: Ben Nilsson/Big Ben Productions

 ICEHOTEL: Entrance 2010/2011 | Photographer: Leif Milling

 

Warm & Cold Accommodation 

At ICE HOTEL you can choose from two types of accommodation – warm and cold. Recommended is to combine one cold night in art or deluxe suite, ice or snow room ( -5 °C to -8 °C) with several warm nights in ICE HOTEL rooms and chalets.

 

How to dress for cold and sleep in cold?

When you check in to the ICE HOTEL you will be explained everything from where is your locker, where to store your clothes and luggage, and you will be shown around. When it’s time for bed, you pick up a sleeping bag (single or double) from reception. Recommended is to sleep in thermal underwear and woollen hat. Your luggage will be stored in a locked luggage room during your stay. If you bring it to your room, it will freeze during the night. Warm bathrooms, showers and a sauna are in the warm building connected to the ICE HOTEL.

If you need to use the bathroom during the night, you’ll have to get out of your sleeping bag and go the warm building.

Around7.30 am, you will be awaken by one of the guides and served hot lingonberry juice by the bed. In the warm building, you can enjoy a warm morning sauna before going to ICE HOTEL Restaurant for breakfast.


 

 Photographer: Christopher Hauser
Artist/s: Brian Mahanay & Julie Birsinger
Suite: Freeze Frame

 Photographer: Leif Milling
Artist/s: Wilfred Stijger & Edith van de Wetering
Suite: Bubblesuite

Restaurant, Bar & Lounge

Gastronomic adventure is offered at ICE HOTEL Restaurant. A le Carte menu offers cuisine awarded by so many gourmet magazines.

Dress code: casual but well-dressed (snow boots, long-johns, jackets)

 

Photographer: Maria Sirviö
ICEHOTEL: ICEHOTEL Restaurant

 Photographer: Karl Anders Ramström

Every year ICE BAR by ICE HOTEL is built by artists and designers who are especially invited to create a new and unique atmosphere. Everything is made of ice chairs, walls, furniture and even drinks are server “in the rocks” rather than “on the rocks” .  ICE BAR by ICE HOTEL offers colourful ice drinks in ice glasses produced every year in Jukkasjärvi. Bar is open from1pmuntil1amevery day.

Warm drinks are also in offer in the lounge where you can relax and socialize with other guests.

 Photographer: Ben Nilsson/photobigben.com
Artist/s: Åke Larsson, Mats Nilsson and Jens Thoms Ivarsson
ABSOLUT ICEBAR JUKKASJÄRVI: The Meeting

ICE HOTEL offers guided Northern Lights tours by snowmobile or bus, dog-sledding and reindeer-sledding excursions, horseback riding to watch moose, ice sculpting, SAAB Ice Driving, and Raidú – an encounter with the Sami culture.

There is also a church – ICE CHURCH, where already couples from all over the world said YES to each other and children were baptized.

Conferences and events are organised for adventurers all year round.

At ICE HOTEL Shop you can buy some unique, especially designed for ICE HOTEL souvenirs from jewellery, books, clothes and more.

 

Summer in ICE HOTEL?

The contrast to winter is overwhelming. It is light around the clock and all of nature is brimming with life. Summertime you can choose from a wide selection of activities suited for both the adventurous and family with children. Whitewater rafting, bicycling and hiking are just a few of the activities we offer. Naturally the ice is always present in Jukkasjärvi, so don’t forget to visit ICE HOTEL Productions where eight people work year-round with creating ice products.

 

ICE HOTEL brings unforgettable memories and if you have a chance to experience it once – do it!

It’s a once in a lifetime experience!

 

 

To make a reservation at the ICE HOTEL visit their website:

W: www.icehotel.com

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