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
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit
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.
I would hugely recommend doing the ‘Dog Sledding with Overnight Stay' experience, where you'll stay in a cosy, remote Wilderness Homestead, perfect for spotting the Northern Lights!
To start planning your holiday to Ice Hotel
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.
Located in Jukkasjarvi, 200km north of the Arctic Circle, Ice Hotel is built entirely from the natural ice harvested from the River Torne. 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 neighbouring 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. Ice rooms are the entry-level of the cold rooms, while Art suites are the most impressive of all, with artists from all over the world selected to create new and unique room designs. The majority of cold rooms do not have en-suite bathrooms, however the Ice Hotel 365 Deluxe Suites offer warm, en-suite bathrooms with private saunas. After your night 'on ice' you spend one or two nights in warm accommodation, either in an en-suite hotel room or in a chalet with kitchenette facilities.
|Cold Room - Ice Room||
Furnished with furniture made from ice.
|Cold Room - Art Suite||
Individually designed and created by a variety of handpicked artists from across the globe.
|Cold Room - Art Suite 365||
Features a large bed and seating area made of ice and snow.
|Cold Room - Deluxe Suite 365||
Features a large bed and seating area made of ice and snow. Has an en-suite sauna and warm bathroom.
|Warm Room - Kaamos||
Bright and airy rooms with a Scandinavian feel to them. Facilities include an en-suite bathroom with shower, TV, telephone, kettle and Wi-Fi.
|Warm Room - Arctic 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.
|Warm Room - Nordic 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 travelling 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 specialities 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. 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. 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 snowshoeing and cross-country skiing, with instruction if you need it.
Georgie Carlisle (Staff)
This is a once in a lifetime experience you cannot miss. The Icehotel in Swedish Lapland offers stunning rooms and ice bar which are individually carved out of ice in a theme, whether it be under the sea or a circus! A stay here also provides the opportunity to experience a range of activities, including husky sledding, ice sculpting and even s fantastic wilderness dining experience too.
You can choose whether you might want to have a larger room with a warm bathroom on the side of it (which I would thoroughly recommend for a hot shower in the morning).
Claire Medlock (Staff)
The Ice Hotel 365 is a love or hate property. Having gone out a sceptic, I returned a convert. Yes it wasnt the most comfortable night's sleep Ive ever had, but the feeling of waking up in somewhere unique (in my case surrounded by giant ice jellyfish) was something Ill never forget. If communal showers arent your thing, I would suggest booking a deluxe suite in Ice Hotel 365, which comes with a luxury private bathroom complete with sauna!
Milly Walker (Staff)
I was pleasantly surprised to find that the Ice Hotel didnt feel like a mass market operation. Yes, tourists will be looking around the cold rooms between 10am -6pm, however, ensure that you are booked on a few activities during each day of your stay and you wont notice it. The cold rooms in the Ice Hotel365 are fantastic too, so if the rooms in the original Ice Hotel (which is rebuilt each year and now known as the 28) are fully booked, don't feel like you are missing out by staying in a 365 cold room.
Cammie Burke (Staff)
A stay at the Ice Hotel should be on everyone's bucket list. The Ice Hotel offers both cold and warm accommodation, perfect for every type of traveler. The Ice Hotel lies in the town of Jukkasjarvi and the ice is harvested from the nearby River Torne. The artists and ice engineers create the hotel each year, with each one different from the last. One night in -5 degrees temperature in a cold room followed by a stay in the warm accommodation makes from the perfect Arctic adventure.
Arctic Wildlife Safari by Snowmobile
With your expert local guide at your side, explore the Lappish wilderness in search of the region's native wildlife. Take in the breathtaking mountain scenery as you keep your eyes peeled for moose, reindeer and grouse.
Dog sledding with overnight stay
This two-day husky adventure offers you the rare chance to truly escape into the wilderness of Swedish Lapland where, away from artificial lights, your chances of spotting the Northern Lights are heighten as you head off the beaten track to a cosy cabin.
Ice sculpting at Ice Hotel
A must-do when staying at the iconic Ice Hotel, try carving an ice sculpture of your own in an introductory sculpting class. Using the same ice as the hotel is made from, you'll learn the techniques and then be able to test your creativity!
Snowmobile Tour in Swedish Lapland
For a real Lappish experience, try riding a snowmobile through the incredible winter wonderland around the Ice Hotel. You'll witness stunning scenery and maybe see some of Lapland's native wildlife as you admire the snowy mountains.
Wilderness dinner at Ice Hotel
Enjoy a one-of-a-kind dinner underneath the night sky at Ice Hotel's secluded wilderness camp. Your chef will serve up a delicious three-course dinner of local specialities while you relax on reindeer skins, looking out for the elusive Northern Lights.
Winter survival skills at Ice Hotel
Learn how to thrive in the wilderness at Ice Hotel with an exciting introduction to winter survival techniques. Your experienced guide will take you into the heart of Swedish Lapland where you'll be taught how to make fire, navigate and much more!
Epic Swedish Lapland
from £3800 pp inc flights & transfers for 6 nights
- Dive into the epic winter wonderland of Swedish Lapland and stay in some of the world's most extraordinary hotels
- Hunt for the northern lights, nature’s most incredible light show and hunker down for the night in the magical Ice Hotel
- Husky sledding through the snowy wilderness and snowmobiling whilst staying at the unique design-led Treehotel
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from £3600 pp inc flights & transfers for 7 nights
- Thrilling winter activities included for all the family
- This winter wonderland offers the perfect opportunity to catch a glimpse of the elusive Northern Lights
- Spend a night at the original Ice Hotel for a once-in-a-lifetime experience
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.
How to get there
Flights from London Heathrow go via Stockholm to Kiruna, so you could include a few nights in the capital on the outbound or return journey if you wish. On arrival in Kiruna the transfer to Jukkasjarvi takes about 15 minutes. You can also choose to upgrade to a transfer by snowmobile or husky sledge.
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