You Can Now Stay in the World’s First Year-round Ice Hotel
The world’s first year-round ice hotel, Icehotel 365 in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden, opened its doors this weekend.
The property, with 20 luxury suites, is constructed of snow and ice from the nearby Torne River.
There is an ice bar offering cocktails and champagne, whimsical ice sculptures, and designs from artists in nine countries.
The hotel will feature more art this year than ever in the history of Icehotel, which originally opened on a smaller scale. Designs range from underwater worlds to dancing figurines.
The art installations change year-round as they melt back into the Torne River, before water is collected for the new creations.
Inside, the walls, floors, and ceilings are blanketed in ice and snow, with an internal temperature of minus five degrees Celsius.
Accommodations include cold rooms, the biggest suite of which comes with a sauna, shower, and en-suite bathroom, and warm rooms, which sit either in wooden single floor houses with roofs adorned that sit beautifully adorned with flowers in the summer, or within chic Nordic apartments.
A solar-powered refrigerating plant will keep the property cold during the summer, while activities like dog sledding and Northern Lights tours await visitors in the winter.