Sweden

Icehotel Accommodation

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Type: Unique

Grade: Superior

Introduction

This inspiring and totally 'cool' hotel has to be seen to be believed! Providing both warm and cold accommodation, a spectacular Icebar, a fine restaurant and a wealth of thrilling activities this is an experience never to be forgotten.

World-famous Icehotel

The Icehotel in Swedish Lapland remains famous the world over as the original, and simply the best, hotel made purely from ice and snow. Located in Jukkasjarvi, 200km north of the Arctic Circle, it remains one of the most stylish hotels in the world and certainly the coolest! We have been operating holidays to the Icehotel since it first opened its reindeer-skin doors 28 years ago and know this beautiful region inside out. With the Icehotel 365, which opened in December 2016, you can now experience this travel icon year round.

Thanks to our exclusive direct flight between Heathrow and Kiruna (just 20 minutes from the Jukkasjarvi) we can get you there quicker than any other operator. And our special partnership with the Icehotel also means we can guarantee accommodation during peak periods. See all Icehotel holidays

As for 'sleeping on ice', surprisingly you'll find it far more comfortable than it may sound - many people find the silence, cool fresh air and a cosy thermal sleeping bag, gives them the best nights' sleep they have ever had!

how to sleep on ice Tips for 'Sleeping on Ice'
For the lowdown on how get the perfect nights sleep whilst in an ice room at the Icehotel, check out our top tips in this handy infographic

Tips for 'Sleeping on Ice'

The 2017-18 incarnation celebrated the 28th Icehotel. With an ingenious mix of ice and snow, otherwise known as 'sn-ice', plenty of engineering know-how and supreme design flare, it is created each winter then left to melt back into the River Torne in late April. Each year heralds more inventive and even quirkier designs by artists from all over the world, no two designs are ever the same. Radiating from a magnificent central hallway, complete with ice crystal chandeliers, are Ice Rooms and Art Suites.

Although the main building is built of 'sn-ice' there is a separate building alongside which houses plenty of warm showers, WCs and sauna facilities. Also housed in heated buildings is a lounge bar and an excellent fine dining restaurant as well as stylish hotel rooms and chalets.

In addition, the structure that houses Icehotel 365 sits adjacent to the seasonal hotel, blending in with the environment both summer and winter and offers Art Suites and Deluxe Suites.

Icehotel 365

Icehotel 365 offers the chance to experience of sleeping on ice at any time of year... even with the midnight sun glowing outside. 

Maintained at sub-zero temperatures by solar power, the interior of this permanent structure is just like the winter one, complete with Icebar, art gallery and 20 rooms including 9 sensational Deluxe Suites with lockable doors and heated ensuite bathrooms. Covered in snow during winter it blends seamlessly with the adjacent winter structure, while in summer its domed roof will be covered in grass and wild flowers.

View our 4-night Icehotel and Treehotel Summer Fly Drive

Ice rooms

The thought of sleeping on ice for some is an intriguing prospect - for others well, it leaves them rather cold. However, we've found that it is an experience more and more people are seeking and with an amazing choice of rooms, from the standard to the spectacular, it is sure to be a night to remember...

Ice beds consist of a large block of illuminated ice upon which sits a thick mattress, a layer of reindeer skins and a thickly-padded polar sleeping bag, so you won't need to wear layers and layers of night clothes. There are several different types of ice room varying by size and 'decor'.


Ice Rooms

These classic rooms with ice 'furniture' typically contain a double ice bed but there are limited number that sleep up to 3 or 4 people – ask our ice hotel specialists for further details. These rooms are the 'standard' room type our trips are based on.


Art Suites
Individually designed Art Suites are carved by artists from around the world. On the daytime tour, we can guarantee that each suite you step into will be more striking than the last. Each room varies in style, theme and design and has a large ice bed. The walls may be adorned with all manner of 'sn-ice' art (a combination of snow and ice), imaginative lights create different effects and some have incredible ice sculptures and furniture, all setting the scene for the room's unique theme, which can be surreal, arty, comical or thought-provoking – all most certainly, are stunning. The 365 Art Suites are located in the year round Icehotel and they have a solid door, whilst the Art Suites in the the winter Icehotel have the classic curtain door.


Deluxe Suites

These 9 extraordinary suites, located in the Icehotel 365, are not only amazing in design but also by sheer size! They also boast a heated changing area, en-suite with shower and wc.

You can upgrade your Deluxe Suite to a heated changing area with a sauna or a sauna and bath tub.


Your stay at the Icehotel

Most stays are a minimum of three nights with one night spent in the actual Icehotel in an ice room and two spent in warm accommodation, such as on our classic 3-night Icehotel Break.

Prior to your night in the Icehotel, and depending on which of the 3 nights that is, you will check out of your warm room by 11.00 am and store your belongings in the facilities adjoining the Icehotel, which has a changing area, showers and sauna. If you're switching from a cold room to a warm room the next day, then check in will be available from 3.00 pm.

On booking you can decide which nights you would prefer to sleep in the cold and warm rooms, subject to availability, or our Travel Specialists can give you advice on the combinations available. However, if you'd prefer to spend your entire stay in a warm room, or have one as back up whilst on your 'ice night', please contact our team.

Warm rooms

Although an overnight in an ice room is what most come here to experience, with outdoor temperatures of down to -30°C and the Icehotel kept at a ‘balmy’ -5°C (!), it is essential to have somewhere to 'come in from the cold'. There are several warm room options all with excellent facilities.

Kaamos Room
These are similar to hotel rooms with several buildings set together in the scenic surrounds of the Icehotel. Kaamos means 'polar light' and these rooms get plenty of it with the addition of large corner windows. They are spacious and furnished in a modern contemporary Scandinavian style, sleep two (mainly twin with a limited number of double beds) and have an en-suite bathroom with shower and WC.


Arctic Chalet
(1-3 occupancy)
These charming and airy wooden chalets with modern furnishings have two bedrooms, one with a double bed and the other a single bed, an en-suite bathroom and a small dining area with a fridge, TV and tea and coffee making facilities.


Nordic Chalet (1-4 occupancy)
Delightful 'light and bright' wooden chalets, with modern furnishings and two bedrooms, one with with twin beds, the other bunk beds, an en-suite bathroom and a small dining area with a fridge, TV and tea and coffee making facilities.


Your stay at the Icehotel

Most stays are a minimum of three nights with one night spent in the actual Icehotel in an ice room and two spent in warm accommodation, such as on our classic 3-night Icehotel Break.

Prior to your night in the Icehotel, and depending on which of the 3 nights that is, you will check out of your warm room by 11.00 am and store your belongings in the facilities adjoining the Icehotel, which has a changing area, showers and sauna. If you're switching from a cold room to a warm room the next day, then check in will be available from 3.00 pm.

On booking you can decide which nights you would prefer to sleep in the cold and warm rooms, subject to availability, or our Travel Specialists can give you advice on the combinations available. However, if you'd prefer to spend your entire stay in a warm room, or have one as back up whilst on your 'ice night', please contact our team.

Restaurants

Two very welcoming restaurants provide different dining experiences. Both offer delicious Swedish cuisine and use the freshest local ingredients, some only found in Swedish Lapland.


Icehotel Restaurant

Located almost opposite reception, the Icehotel restaurant offers a fine dining experience in a bright, modern atmosphere. With a high end á la carte menu in the evenings, immaculately presented meals often feature reindeer, elk, grouse and Arctic char and the desserts are truly wicked!

The restaurant cuisine has been featured in gourmet magazines around the world and has been awarded the prestigious Werner Vögeli Statuette. There are three times for dinner reservations, which we recommend you make in advance with our Sales team. Sittings are at 6pm, 7.30pm and 9pm. An impressive breakfast buffet and lunchtime buffet are also served here and there is a small bar.

Icehotel restaurant


Homestead Restaurant
Around a 20-minute walk from the hotel, the Homestead is a charming log building, built in 1768, overlooking the River Torne. Wooden tables and chequered tablecloths create a welcoming and homely atmosphere. Open in the evenings only it offers a rustic á la carte menu. There are two times for dinner reservations which we recommend are made in advance with our Sales team. The sittings are at either 5.30pm or 8pm.

Homestead restaurant

Dress Code
The dress code at both restaurants is casual, but it is suggested you don't dine in your outerwear, snow boots or thermals!

Lounge Bar
Located just behind the Icehotel's main reception and open from 10am until midnight. The lounge is a comfortable place to warm up during the day or relax in the evening with other guests. During the day it offers light snacks, hot drinks, wine and beer.

Icehotel history

Back in the Autumn of 1990, friends Par Granlund and Yngve Bergqvist had a vision to build an igloo, in the Inuit style but bigger than ever created before. But it was to be much more than a building made out of ice and snow. It was to be a work of art and creative design, a meeting place which would cross cultural boundaries and symbolise local traditions, nature, history and the environment. The little town of Jukkasjarvi, which actually means 'meeting place by the lake', has been a centre for trade and commerce amongst the native Sami for around 400 years - now it would attract ice artists and visitors from all around the globe.

Their vision has been brought to life, year after year, on the banks of the frozen River Torne. The first igloo, a simple art gallery had just 50 square meters of floor space, visited mainly by curious locals. Growing in size annually in a never-to-be-repeated design, ice rooms were included in the late nineties for those wishing to stay longer, seek inspiration and to admire the building and its stunning location.

Read more about the Icehotel in our digital magazine celebrating the 25th anniversary in winter 2014/15.

The Gallery

Each year Icehotel accepts applications from artists around the world to design the incredible art suites. Applications are submitted by artists from a wide variety of backgrounds, including theatre and photography, interior design and architecture. This winter 42 international artists from 11 different countries have been chosen to craft the 16 Art Suites, Deluxe Suites, ICEBAR and Ice Church. The designers head to Jukkasjarvi in November to start the build with the first guests arriving to stay in December.

25th Icehotel 2014/15

Photos by Paulina Holmgren


7,5 Rø
by Wolfgang Lüchow, Sebastian Scheller & Anja Kilian

Art Suite 7.5 degrees

 

Borderland by Tomasz Cjazkowski & Eryk Marks

Icehotel Art Suite

 

Spring by Wilfred Stijger & Edith Van De Wetering

Icehotel Art Suite

 

Hot Type in a Cold Setting by John Bark & Charli Kasselbäck

Art Suite Hot & Cold Type Setting

 

Two as one by Jose Carlos Cabello Millán

Two as One

 

24th Icehotel 2013/14


Mind the Gap by Marcus Dillistone & Magdalena Åkerström

On the 150th anniversary of the London Underground, British film director Marcus has built this wonderful frozen Tube platform. The line? It could only be the Northern.

Mind the Gap art suite

 

It's Alive by Karl-johan Ekeroth & Christian Strömqvist

It's Alive

 

A Face in the Crowd by Mikael "Nille" Nilsson & Ingemar Almeros

A face in the crowd

 

Frosty Flower by Natsuki Saito & Shingo Saito

Frosty flower

 

Pole Dancing by Christine Close & Natalie Close

Pole dancing bear art suite

 

Narcissus by Nina Hedman & Magnus Hedman

Narcissus art suite

 

Before the Big Bang by Robert Harding & Timsam Harding

Before the big bang


To plan your break to this spectacular hotel browse our collection of itineraries below or contact our Travel Specialists for a quote.