The much-anticipated Icehotel #30 has officially opened in Jukkasjärvi, and it has been designed this year by 33 artists from 16 different countries.

Golden Ice design at the Icehotel
Golden Ice by Nicolas Triboulot and Jean-Marie Guitera © Asaf Kliger Icehotel

The exhibition of snow, ice and light has 15 art suites with an eclectic range of designs. For example, visitors can check into a frozen West End theatre production, spend the night in a subterranean ice room with giant ice ants, settle down in a frozen feline lair or wake up in the Greek island of Santorini.

Feline Lair design at the Icehotel
Feline Lair by Brian McArthur and Dawn Detarando © Asaf Kliger Icehotel

The design teams built the hotel under the guidance of the hotel’s new creative director, Luca Roncoroni. The theme for the main hall is ‘Brutalism,’ celebrating the construction of the hotel, and the Ceremony Hall's theme ‘Gingko’ highlights the ginkgo tree, which is seen as a symbol of hope, strength and longevity.

Ginkgo design at the Icehotel 30
Ginkgo by Nina Kauppi and Johan Kauppi © Asaf Kliger Icehotel

A Night at the Theatre has ice curtains, reindeers, a model of the hotel entrance in the centre and a frozen bed nestled amongst miniature theatre seats in the auditorium. There are also six life-size ice seats for guests to sit on.

A Night at the Theatre design at the Icehotel
A Night at the Theatre by Jonathan and Marnie Green © Asaf Kliger Icehotel

Icehotel #30 marks 30 years of the popular attraction in Swedish Lapland. It began in 1989, when founder Yngve Bergqvist decided to turn his summer business offering white-water rafting, saunas and mountain biking into a year-round experience. He added a small igloo allowing visitors to stay during the winter months, and three decades later, the Icehotel has welcomed a million visitors and has become one of the world’s most famous and unique places to stay.

The 6th Feeling design at the Icehotel
The 6th Feeling by Ekaterina Barsukova and Vladimir Barsukov © Asaf Kliger Icehotel

Icehotel #30 has been created from what staff call "sn-ice," which is a mixture of giant ice blocks made from water harvested from the Thorne river and snow. When it melts in the spring, the water will return there. To mark the 30th anniversary, the hotel has built an ice-carved observation deck, offering views of the surrounding frozen landscape across the Torne River.

Subterranean Design at the Icehotel 30
Subterranean by Daniel Rosenbaum and Jörgen Westin © Asaf Kliger Icehotel

A stay at the Icehotel offers the chance to combine sleeping on ice in one of these unique suites, with various winter adventures including husky-sledging, ice-sculpting, snowmobiling, reindeer sleigh rides, Northern Lights photography classes, wilderness dinners and guided Swedish sauna rituals. For those who want to visit at other times of the year, the Icehotel has also opened a permanent ice and snow experience.

White Santorini desjgn at Icehotel 30.jpg
White Santorini by Haemee Han and Jaeyual Lee © Asaf Kliger Icehotel

"As proud partners of the original Icehotel, we are excited to see the new designs and artistic expressions carved into the ice," says Jonathan Cooper of Visit Lapland. "This sustainable and beautiful destination remains a firm favourite with travellers to Swedish Lapland, and with each year's new designs comes a fresh perspective. Each room tells a story that the designers want to share with the world and every year people are enchanted by the new stories that emerge."

The Day After design at the Icehotel 30
The Day After by Marjolein Vonkm and Maurizio Perron © Asaf Kliger Icehotel

For further information on visiting the Icehotel, please see Discover the World here. Dates for the 2020/21 season are bookable now!

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