Lonely Planet Writer

Take a first look at Sweden’s new year-round ice hotel with incredible art and more

Icehotel 365 is now open, meaning travellers can now enjoy a year-round sub-zero experience complete with suites created from snow and ice by artists from around the world.

Deluxe suite at the hotel.
Deluxe suite at the hotel. Image by Icehotel
Entrance to the Icehotel.
Entrance to the Icehotel. Image by Icehotel
Ice chandelier in the main hall.
Ice chandelier in the main hall. Image by Icehotel

The addition of a permanent structure to the country’s famous Icehotel in Sweden means the incredible experience will be available to travellers year-round. The new development was created with snow and ice harvested from the nearby Torne River and turned into 20 suites, complete with an ice bar that serves champagne and drinks, and an ice gallery.

Art suite at the hotel.
Art suite at the hotel. Image by Icehotel
Art suite at the hotel.
Art suite at the hotel. Image by Icehotel

The new structure is kept cold through solar-powered refrigeration, and is located adjacent to the seasonal Icehotel created each year in the colder months. The seasonal hotel opens on 16 December, and guests can check out a total of 55 rooms, with 26 art suites and nine deluxe suites.

Deluxe suite at the hotel.
Deluxe suite at the hotel. Image by Icehotel
Deluxe suite at the hotel.
Deluxe suite at the hotel. Image by Icehotel

The overnight guests in the permanent part of the hotel can also enjoy art or deluxe suites. Every suite has unique art inside, but the deluxe suites have a sauna, shower or bathtub and all amenities adjacent to the room.

Deluxe suite at the hotel.
Deluxe suite at the hotel. Image by Icehotel
Art suite at the hotel.
Art suite at the hotel. Image by Icehotel

Guests can also take part in the Jukkasjärvi sauna ritual and plunge into the Torne River, or try out some Arctic wilderness survival – a half-day beginners course that teach visitors how to build a shelter and make fire with flint. This winter there will also be a Michelin-trained chef at Icehotel, Alexander Meier, who will be serving a menu that focus on local produce, with ingredients like cloudberries and sea-buckthorn.

Art suite.
Art suite. Image by Icehotel
Art suite.
Art suite. Image by Icehotel

The hotel notes that while the sun melts each year’s Icehotel, it is actually essential to the year-round experience, as it is solar-powered. The refrigerating plant that makes sure Icehotel 365 is cold during the summer is powered by energy from solar panels, and because Jukkasjärvi is situated 200 km north of the Arctic Circle, the sun shines for a 100 consecutive days during the summer months.

Deluxe suite at the hotel.
Deluxe suite at the hotel. Image by Icehotel
Deluxe suite at the hotel.
Deluxe suite at the hotel. Image by Icehotel

The art in the permanent part of Icehotel will also change during the year and melt back into Torne River again, according to Arne Bergh, the creative director at Icehotel.