Back for its 29th year, the Icehotel in Sweden, Jukkasjarvi opened its doors on the 14th December. Suites can be designed to look like anything from a spaceship, lollypops to giant hotdogs.
This year, after inspecting over 150 submissions, 15 new art suites have been created where guests will be able to explore themes from the ocean to the woods. In total 34 artists from 13 countries have spent weeks turning the hotel into a candy wonderland.
The room, named ‘Haven’, was designed by Jordi Claramunt, Jonas Johansson, Jordi Claramunt and Lukas Petko depict a ‘magical portal of ice’ guarded by a large Phoenix.
Ice and snow taken from the river Torne were manipulated into various well-known shapes. Jonathan Green from England created ‘The Living Ocean Suite’ with his daughter Marnie Green, featuring coral shells and fish. Other designs were ‘Spruce Woods’ by Christopher Pancoe and Jennie O’Keefe from Canada, where you can sit around an ice fire.
It is thought that the Icehotel will draw in excess of 70,000 guests and host around 50 weddings. Using up to 2500 tonnes of ice, work started back in March 2018. The detailing that goes into creating such a spectacle is what makes it so unique. Plates, bowls glasses and even an ice crystal chandelier for the main hall are all expertly crafted.
Meling during the summer months, this Icehotel is open until 13th April. Guests can enjoy other activities such as snowmobiling, husky sledging and ice sculpting. The prices range from SEK 1549 (£135.91) for a warm room and SEK 206.55 for an ice room. It is well worth enquiring about this unique experience.