ICEHOTEL, Jukkasjarvi, Sweden, Scandinavia
CEHOTEL is the world’s first and largest hotel built of snow and ice and it is situated in Jukkasjärvi, a small village in Northern Sweden with 1,100 residents and 1,000 dogs.
Each winter, some 50,000 visitors from all over the world come to see ICEHOTEL to experience the tranquility, the northern lights and all of the activities offered in Europe’s last wilderness 200 km north of the Arctic Circle.
ICEHOTEL covers 5,500 square metres and is constructed from 1,000 tonnes of Torne River ice and 30,000 tons of “snice”, a mixture of snow and ice that strengthens the structure. Around 100 people are involved in the construction of ICEHOTEL, half of which are artists especially invited to design particular areas of the hotel. The construction is a year-round process. Between March and April, 5,000 tons of ice is harvested from the Torne River and kept in cold storage during spring and summer. Construction takes place in November and December and the entire ICEHOTEL is then open between December and mid-April, when everything begins to slowly melt and return to the Torne River.
A hotel but also a protected work of art
ICEHOTEL is beautiful and ephemeral, changing yet consistent. Every ICEHOTEL is special. Thanks to the work of visiting artists and designers from around the world, it is always a unique attraction. With innovative and modern design; technical know-how and architecture, ICEHOTEL is a project with high ambitions that leaves no one indifferent.
Location and Transfers
ICEHOTEL is located in Jukkasjärvi, a small village 200 km above the Arctic Circle but only 15 km from Kiruna Airport (KRN), approximately 15 minutes by car and 17 km from Kiruna train station.
Deluxe Suite – the Deluxe Suite is something out of the ordinary! Furnished with a large bed and seating area made of ice and snow, it also boasts an ensuite sauna and toilet
Art Suites – beautifully carved by hand, the art suites are all individually designed and created by handpicked artists from around the world and a wide range of disciplines. Perhaps you’ll stay in a room created by a French architect, or Swedish industrial designers, or a Spanish wood sculptor
Northern Lights Room – an ice and light installation and the artistic celebration of the Aurora Borealis. Sleep with the northern light dancing above your head. Spacious rooms decorated with light art
Ice Rooms – comfortably furnished with furniture made from ice
Snow Rooms – in this simple but spacious snow room you’ll get a good night’s sleep in -5 degrees
Arctic Hotel Chalet – this chalet sleeps one to three people and includes two bedrooms (one double and one single), a modest living room and bathroom with shower and WC. The double bed is non-detachable. Refrigerator, water kettle, TV, WiFi and telephone available in all rooms
Kaamos Hotel Room – these rooms are bright and airy, with a modern Scandinavian feel. Ensuite bathroom with shower and WC. TV, telephone, water kettle and WiFi are available in all rooms. Note, most of the Kaamos rooms have detachable beds and can be converted into twin beds
Nordic Hotel Chalet – these chalets sleep one to four people. They include two bedrooms (one with a double bed and the other with bunk beds), a modest living room and bathroom with shower and WC. Refrigerator, water kettle, TV, WiFi and telephone available in all rooms
Wilderness Camp – sleep in the wilderness with nature as you closest neighbour. Overnight tour with dogsled or snowmobile
Staying at ICEHOTEL is an experience unlike any other. That’s why ICEHOTEL give “survival courses” every night to the newly arrived guests as an introduction to sleep in minus degrees. All guests that stay in the cold rooms will be checked in to a special warm building where you also keep your luggage and other equipment. The cold rooms will be vacated during daytime, as the hotel turns into an art installation for visitors.
No matter how cold it gets outside it will never be colder than -7ºC inside. Before going to bed you dress warmly in thermal underwear, pull your hat down over your ears and slide in to your sleeping bag on a bed built by ice blocks, a thick mattress and reindeer skins. In the morning you will be awakened with a cup of hot lingonberry juice before it’s time to enjoy a delightful sauna session, a delicious breakfast buffet and an array of different activities.
Most of guests sleep one night in cold accommodation and several nights in warm.
Food is important to ICEHOTEL and believed to be equally important to you as a guest. Therefore something is offered for all appetites and moods – a finer gourmet restaurant as well as places with a more homely feeling. You may visit ICEHOTEL Restaurant, the traditional homestead restaurant Hembygsgården, the Lounge, the Porch and of course the popular ICEBAR BY ICEHOTEL.
Even if none of the restaurants are made of ice, several of the dishes are served on plates made of the crystal clear ice from the Torne River when you order something from the famous ice menu.
ICEHOTEL Restaurant – if you are curious about the best that Swedish Lapland has to offer in terms of raw ingredients, ICEHOTEL Restaurant is perfect for you. This traditional restaurant offers the finest quality meals. As well as evening meals, breakfast and lunch are served during winter
The Old Homestead – from the genuine and homely restaurant The Old Homestead (Hembygdsgården) you can enjoy a view of the Torne River. In the timbered building dating back to 1768, which is also a museum, visitors can enjoy a home cooked meal with an organic focus and traditional cooking methods in a rustic environment or just have drink or two with friends. If you are lucky you might even get to enjoy the sound of Backwood Shindig, ICEHOTEL’s own house band
The Lounge – a place for relaxing or for warming up in between outdoor activities. In the Lounge you can enjoy lighter meals with the flavors of Swedish Lapland in a cosy environment
ICEBAR BY ICEHOTEL Jukkasjärvi was first set up in 1994 and is the original icebar. Visiting ICEBAR is something you should do at least once in your life. Sip on a delicious cocktail or have a glass of champagne – obviously the glasses are made entirely out of ice. Dance on a floor made of snow and do some late night mingling with visitors from near and far that have all travelled to this little bar by the Torne River
Facilities and Activities
Examples of activities offered include:-
Dog sledding tours and northern lights
Sami cultural experiences
Ice driving experiences
Cross-country skiing with guides
Extreme winter driving by MINI
Cross country cycling
White water rafting
Stand up paddle on Torne or Kalix Rivers
Challenge Park – with a rope and wire track both for the beginner as well as the more experienced
Tailor-made events for individuals as well as small and large groups