ICEHOTEL is the world’s first hotel made of ice and snow. Founded in 1989, it is reborn in a new guise every winter, in the Swedish village of Jukkasjärvi – 200 km north of the Arctic Circle. This hotel is built entirely from ice blocks which melt when summer comes along. It was until now. But, things are changing and this icy experience will be available 365 days a year. Sweden’s ICEHOTEL reveals plans for a permanent sub-zero ice experience, ICEHOTEL 365, including bar, art gallery and suites for overnight stays, available all year round.
The permanent hotel covers an area of 2,100 sq m (22,600 sqm ft) and has 20 rooms. Guests can now enjoy either cold or warm rooms year round, along with a cocktail room, saunas, and even an ice church. The cold rooms are kept between -5 and -8 degrees Celsius, and although the beds are made from blocks of ice, they have thick mattresses on top of wood crates for added comfort. Reindeer hides and thermal sleeping bags keep guests warm and comfy during the night.
Like the original hotel, the 365 version has a series of thematic rooms called Art Suites. Each room has carved ice detailing created by artists from around the world. And if you really want to splurge, go for the Deluxe Suites. The largest suites in the hotel, the Deluxe Suites also have individually designed carvings as well as a private heated relaxation area, sauna, shower, and en suite bathrooms.
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.