Sweden's Icehotel offers sneak peak of this year's amazing ice rooms
Sweden’s annual and ephemeral Icehotel is back for the season and new images of the artist-crafted ice structure have been released.
Nicolas Triboulot (France)
Cédric Alizard (France). Image by Asaf Kliger / Icehotel
The hotel, which in now in its 26th year, is built every year by a variety of artists and then melts away in the spring. This year the hotel, which opened 11 December, features a three-metre tall African elephant carved from snow, a 1970’s-style Love Capsule room, an Imperial Russia-inspired suite and a Labyrinth Saga suite, according to the hotel.
The hotel is located in the village of Jukkasjärvi and has 50 rooms, a church and a bar, made with 4,000 tonnes of ice taken from the river Torne and constructed over two months.
Sebastian Scheller (Germany)
Kristina Möckel(Germany). Image by Asaf Kliger / Icehotel
According to the hotel, the amount of snow used would make 700 million snowballs and the chandeliers are made of 1,000 hand-cut ice crystals. The hotel also has a Michelin-trained chef who creates meals with Arctic ingredients like spruce shoots, cloudberries and sea buckthorn.
Tjåsa Gusfors (Sweden)
David Andrén (Sweden). Image by Asaf Kliger / Icehotel
For Icehotel guests looking for a glimpse of the Northern Lights, a wake-up call can be sent straight to their smartphone letting them know when they are visible.