The original hotel made entirely from snow and ice, Ice Hotel in Swedish Lapland is literally one of the coolest places to stay in the world. Built to a new design each winter, guests are able to experience sleeping in temperatures of -5 degrees.
At a Glance
Discover the unique experience of sleeping on ice in the world's original ice hotel
Each room is created afresh every winter and individually crafted by artists from all over the world
Warm up after your ice adventure with a sauna followed by a few nights in a local chalet or hotel
Stay before Christmas and watch the artists at work creating the final guest rooms
Try your hand at husky sledding or take a reindeer safari
Chance to see the Northern Lights
For the 2013/2014 season one of the Art Suites will be London Underground themed with the "end of the Northern Line" a stunning Ice Suite.Scott Dunn team
Be sure to sample a cocktail at the IceBar served in a glass made of ice naturally. Then take to the dance floor made of snow!Scott Dunn team
The village of Jukkasjärvi which is the home of Ice Hotel boasts 1,100 residents and 1,000 dogs!Scott Dunn team
In the short lifespan of the Ice Hotel each winter, more than 50,000 visitors come to marvel at this feat of constructionScott Dunn team
Meet our specialists
To start planning your vacation to Ice Hotel
Located in Jukkasjarvi, 200km north of the Arctic Circle, Ice Hotel is built entirely from the natural ice harvested from the River Thorne. A team of highly skilled engineers and artists work together to create the incredible structure, with no two designs ever the same. At the end of each season the spring sun thaws the walls and the ice rejoins the waters of the river.
The best way to visit is to combine one night in the Ice Hotel's 'cold accommodation', the famous rooms or suites made of snow and ice, with a few nights in warm chalet or hotel room in the neighboring building. The Ice Hotel opens its doors from December onwards and on arrival you are given a fully guided tour with hints and tips on how to sleep well in minus temperatures. The tour also covers a brief history of the hotel and offers the chance to ask any last minute questions.
All beds in the hotel are made from blocks of ice with a wooden base and a mattress covered with reindeer skin. Each guest is given a sleeping bag in which to snuggle down for the night, while heated bathrooms can be found in the warm building connected to the Ice Hotel. In the morning, you are served a hot juice in bed and the chance to enjoy a warming sauna before going to the Ice Hotel Restaurant for breakfast.
As the whole hotel is rebuilt from scratch each winter, the style and size of rooms varies from year to year. In the winter season 2011/2012, the Ice Hotel's 22nd year, there were 47 rooms in total with 1 Deluxe suite, 16 Art suites, 20 Ice rooms, 8 Snow rooms and 2 group rooms.
Snow rooms are usually in the shape of an igloo, while Ice rooms are a little larger with the addition of ice 'furniture'. Both room types generally sleep two people. Art suites are the most impressive of all, with artists from all over the world selected to create new and unique room designs.
To ensure the process runs as smoothly as possible the construction is done in several phases. The first section is open to visitors and overnight guests as soon as it is completed while work continues on the remaining sections. Visiting during this period provides a fascinating insight into the unique requirements for building and creating art and architecture in snow and ice.
After your night 'on ice' you spend two or three nights in warm accommodation, either in an en suite hotel room or in a chalet with kitchenette facilities.
|Deluxe by MINI: MINI Evolutions||
IceHotel and car manufacturer MINI have created a deluxe suite for the 2013/14 winter season. Features an en-suite sauna, relaxation area and WC. Sleeps two.
Features a large bed and seating area made of ice and snow. Has an en-suite sauna and WC.
Individually designed and created by a variety of handpicked artists from across the globe.
|Northern Light Suite||
Features an ice and light installation to replicate the northern lights as you sleep.
Furnished with furniture made from ice.
Simple but spacious snow room in -5 degrees.
|Arctic Hotel Chalet||
Sleeps one to three people and includes two bedrooms (one double, one single), a living room and bathroom with shower. Facilities include refrigerator, kettle, TV, Wi-Fi and telephone.
|Kaamos Hotel Room||
Bright and airy rooms with a Scandinavian feel to them. Can opt for a twin or double bed. Facilities include an en-suite bathroom with shower, TV, telephone, kettle and Wi-Fi.
|Nordic Hotel Chalet||
Sleep 1-4 people in a double bedroom and a bunk bedroom. Features a living room, bathroom with shower, refrigerator, kettle, TV, Wi-Fi and telephone.
The Ice Hotel is really geared to adults, although children over the age of 8 can take part in most of the activities. If you are traveling with children we would recommend booking into the warm accommodation for the duration of your stay and visiting the Ice Hotel during the day. Please note the Ice Hotel does not provide a children's menu in either restaurant.
The Ice Hotel's restaurant is located in a cosy wooden building and serves immaculately presented meals complemented by an excellent wine list. Dishes feature local specialties including reindeer, elk, grouse and Arctic char. There is also a Champagne bar in the restaurant. Around a 10-minute walk from the Ice Hotel is a second restaurant called Homestead which serves a hearty a la carte menu in the evenings. This large log cabin, with wooden tables and chequered tablecloths has a very welcoming and rustic feel.
Ice Bar serves everything from steaming coffee to full-bodied red wine and is open from 1pm to 1am everyday during the winter. For a warmer alternative, the lounge offers cosy, comfortable sofas and serves sandwiches, coffee drinks, wine and beer.
There are plenty of activities on offer during your stay to make your time at Ice Hotel as unforgettable as possible. Husky sledding is great fun and a real must. You can choose to let someone else take the reins or, if you're feeling adventurous, you can mush your own team of dogs. Sled rides vary between short trips right up to a full wilderness safari. Reindeer and moose safaris are available too, usually including a stop at a Sami campfire en route for some traditional food. If you would like to learn more about the local Lappish people's fascinating culture you can also pay a visit to the outdoor museum Nutti Sámi Siida.
Snowmobiling is a fun way to explore the surrounding snow-covered fields or the arctic taiga forest, where moose gather during the winter to graze. Guides can also arrange a snowmobile tour to try and see the Northern Lights, or you can go by horseback on sure-footed purebred Icelandic horses. If that all sounds a little nippy it is also possible to make the journey in the warmth of a bus most evenings from the hotel.
If you are feeling inspired by the incredible ice designs around you then you can try your hand at ice sculpting. Using special ice implements artists from the hotel will guide you, helping you create your own unique design.
Other activities available include snow-shoeing and cross-country skiing, with instruction if you need it, and ice driving around a specially designed course for the ultimate adrenalin rush.
Location & Directions
Ice Hotel is built each year on the banks of the River Thorne in the small village in Lapland called Jukkasjarvi, 200 km north of the Arctic Circle.
When to go
As construction of the hotel is subject to the whims of Mother Nature, an exact time frame cannot be guaranteed, but the Ice Hotel usually remains open to guests from December through to April when the hotel closes to allow the thaw back into the River Thorne. Ice Hotel accepts both overnight guests and visitors between 10am - 6pm each day during this period.
With the recent addition of the Ice Hotel's little sister which houses three art suites and an ice bar, you can also experience the feeling of sleeping on ice during the summer months, albeit on a much more modest scale. The summer season usually starts at the beginning of June and lasts until the end of August.