Every Year in Jukkasjärvi, Swedish Lapland not far from Kiruna, is build an ice hotel that can accommodate more than 100 people, made completely of ice, the first one of this kind in the world since 1990. Every year a new structure is build in December and different artists are called to realize the rooms and suites, all different one from the other. Everything is made of ice, from the walls to the beds to the glasses. More than an hotel, visiting it is like attending an art exhibition. About 900 tons of ice is used, taken from the nearby river. In April when the temperature is getting too warm, the Hotel is closed and start to melt down, waiting for next year, to be built again.
Ice Hotel in Jukkasjärvi through photos
A reconstruction of a Sami Kata, a tepee build by indigenous inhabitants of the local area, outside of the Ice Hotel.
Bedtime story, Art Suite 302
Designed by Natsuki Saito & Shingo Saito, Japan.
This couch is sculpted out of ice, and the surface is made comfortable with a local reindeer skin
To add "warmth" to the room, some frozen pictures are what is needed
Legacy of the river, Art Suite 303
Designed by Ben Rousseau & Ian Douglas-Jones, Great Britain.
A cub of polar bear shyly appear from behind a wall
Art Deco Suite
Designed by Tomasz Czajkowski & Eryk Marks, Poland
Even lamps are made of ice, here at the Ice Hotel in Jukkasjärvi
As well as chairs and furniture that are also made out completely of ice
At the end of the main hall, an Ice pyramid is catching the eye
Designed by Sofi Ruotsalainen, Mats Nille Nilsson & Lena Kriström, Sweden
Retro Drive, Art Suite 312
Designed by Natalia Chistyakova & Karlis Ile, Russia & Latvia.
Frigid Dare Art Suite 314
Designed by Marcus Dillistone, Great Britain.
Bubble Art Suite 319
Designed by Wilfred Stijger & Edith van de Wetering, The Netherlands.
Artikos Art Suite 318
Designed by AnnaSofia Mååg, Sweden.
An elephant sculpted in the wall of the corridor of the Ice Hotel in Jukkasjärvi
ABSOLUT ICEBAR JUKKASJÄRVI
Designed by Jens Thoms Ivarsson, Mats Nilsson and Jon Nilsson, Sweden.
Also benches, chairs and table for the clients in the Icebar are made out os ice, covered with the never missing reindeer skin.
And Reindeer skin is used also to cover one of the entrance doors of the Ice Hotel in Jukkasjärvi