Sweden’s annual and ephemeral Icehotel is back for the season and new images of the artist-crafted ice structure have been released.
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.
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.
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.