Icehotel

Top choice ice hotel in Jukkasjärvi

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8.9 out of 10

Every winter, from December onwards, the Icehotel seems to grow organically from ice blocks taken from the Torne river, while international artists flock from all over to carve the ice sculptures that make its frozen rooms masterpieces. Snuggle up between reindeer furs on a bed of snow and ice in the igloo-like 'cold rooms'; thankfully, the bathrooms are heated...

From a humble start in 1989 as a small igloo, originally built by Yngve Bergqvist to house an art gallery, the Icehotel has grown into a building comprising an entrance hall and a main walkway lined with ice sculptures and lit with electric lights, with smaller corridors branching off towards the 67 suites. The beds are made of compact snow and covered with reindeer skins, and you are provided with sleeping bags used by the Swedish army for Arctic survival training, guaranteed to keep you warm despite the -5°C temperature inside the rooms (and in winter that’s nothing – outside the hotel it can be as low as -30°C).

There are heated bathrooms near the reception, and you leave most of your possessions in lockers so that they don’t freeze. Stuff your clothes into the bottom of your sleeping bag, otherwise they’ll soon resemble a washboard. Come morning, guests are revived with a hot drink and a spell in the sauna. Guests spend just one night in the Icehotel itself (it’s not a comfortable night’s sleep for most), so the hotel provides 30 satellite Aurora Houses – bungalows decorated in contemporary Scandinavian style, with skylights for viewing the Northern Lights.

This custom-built ‘igloo’ also has an Ice Church, popular for weddings (giving new meaning to the expression ‘cold feet’)! Outside the winter season, the hotel offers tours (295kr) that initiate visitors into the process of building this unique hotel and include a visit to see the rooms in Icehotel 365.

Winter adventures on offer include snowmobile safaris, skiing, ice fishing, dog-sledding (you can even arrange a dog-sled pickup from the airport!), Sami culture tours and Northern-Lights safaris, while summer activities comprise hiking, rafting, paddleboarding, canoeing, fishing and all-terrain-buggy tours.

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Situated in Jukkasjärvi in northern Sweden, the Icehotel features rooms entirely made out of sculptured ice from the neighbouring Torne River. Warm rooms are also offered. A bookable sauna experience featuring a sauna, wood-burning hot tub and ice bath is available for a fee. Holding a temperature between -5 to -8 degrees Celsius, the individually themed cold rooms include hand-carved ice furnishings by international artists. Guests sleep in thermal sleeping bags on exclusive Carpe Diem beds covered in reindeer hides. In the morning, guests can enjoy the shared sauna. All warm rooms feature a flat-screen TV with cable channels, dining area, and a private bathroom equipped with a shower. Free WiFi is offered in all rooms. The on-site Icehotel restaurant serves traditional dishes with locally produced ingredients. Guests can relax with hot drinks and snacks in the warm lounge, or enjoy cocktails served in glasses made out of ice in the below-freezing Icebar. The area around Icehotel is popular for outdoor winter activities such as dog sledding, reindeer sled excursions, and snowmobile tours. The staff will also be happy to arrange activities such as river rafting, hiking, and fishing. During summer season, guests will experience midnight sun. In the winter, guests can enjoy northern lights if lucky. The closest airport is Kiruna Airport, 14 km from the property. Bookable shuttle service is available upon request for a fee.


Features of Icehotel

Other

  • Parking
  • Airport shuttle
  • Fishing
  • Skiing
  • Games room
  • Free parking
  • Internet services
  • Gift shop
  • Bicycle rental (additional charge)
  • Library
  • Hiking
  • Tour desk
  • Horse riding
  • Wifi
  • Shuttle service (additional charge)
  • Ski equipment hire (on site)
  • Special diet menus (on request)
  • Airport shuttle (additional charge)
  • Lockers
  • On-site parking
  • Board games/puzzles

Food and drink

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Restaurant (à la carte)

Services

  • Meeting/banquet facilities
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Laundry
  • Fax/photocopying
  • Luggage storage

Activities

  • Sauna

General

  • Safety deposit box
  • Heating
  • Non-smoking throughout

Internet

  • Free WiFi available

Parking

  • Private parking
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