Double amount of art in this year’s ICEHOTEL

While Torne River slowly freezes over, something intriguing is emerging on the riverbank in Jukkasjärvi. On December 1, Icehotel 365 opens up its doors – a permanent ice experience with nine deluxe suites, each with its own warm bathroom and sauna, as well as eleven art suites. The structure will also hold a magnificent ice bar that serves champagne and drinks, and an ice gallery – all of it created out of ice and snow by hand picked artists from around the globe.

The 2 100 square meter building will be filled with ice and snow from the pure Torne River and when the winter arrives Icehotel 365 becomes a part of the classic Icehotel, which opens December 16. By then a total of 55 rooms, whereof 26 art suites and 9 deluxe suites, will be ready to fascinate and inspire the guests. Letting the ice express ephemeral art is the heart of Icehotel and this year the hotel with its 35 unique deluxe and art suites, ice chapel, ice gallery and ice bar will offer more art than ever in the history of Icehotel.

Over seventy artists to Jukkasjärvi

In the middle of October, the first round of creators arrive at Icehotel. Around forty artists, designers and architects from nine different countries will create the art in the year-round part of the hotel. The artists for Icehotel 365 are specifically invited and hand picked based on their creativity, experience and technical proficiency.

Several of the artists have previously designed suites and created art at Icehotel and amongst the veterans we find Jens Thoms Ivarsson (Swe) who together with his team will build the Icebar “The Fuzzy Chisel”. The French architects Luc Voisin and Mathieu Brison (FR) return to Icehotel to create a deluxe suite inspired by the roaring 20’s, and the perennial duo Viktor Tsarski (BG) and Wouter Biegelaar (NL) are making another deluxe suite “Crystal Forest” that experiments with the reflections, shadows and depth of ice crystals.

Lotta Lampa and Julia Gamborg Nielsen (Swe) will come to design the suite “Hydro Smack”, which seize the feeling of being at the bottom of the ocean. Two other artists that are coming back this year are the Kiruna designer AnnaSofia Mååg (Swe), who created the notable suite “Elephant In the Room” and the artist and designer Sofi Routsalainen (Swe) who has shaped ice art all over the world for Icehotel. Together the accomplished duo creates the deluxe suite “Pick Your Mustache!”

Architect and artist Alex Haw from Atmos Studios (UK) and architect and musician Aditya Bhatt are professional designers, but novices when it comes to working with ice and snow. These newcomers are designing and creating the suite “Dreamscape”.

Deluxe Suites with ensuite bathroom & private saunas

When Icehotel 365 opens up its doors, the overnight guests can enjoy a good night amongst art and sub-zero temperatures. There are two types of suites in Icehotel 365; deluxe suites and art suites. Both room types are exclusively designed by this year’s invited artists and include mattresses from the Swedish bed manufacturer Carpe Diem Beds. Every room is totally unique with its individual art and the deluxe suites got their own adjacent private warm bathroom, with an exclusive sauna from Tylö, and all amenities required.

A warm welcome

To all the artists who are participating in the creation of this year’s hotel – a warm welcome to Jukkasjärvi, we are looking forward to seeing you in November! For a full list of the artists participating in the making of Icehotel #27 and Icehotel 365, click here.

Icehotel 365 will open December 1 and the Classic Icehotel 27# opens December 16.
We hope to see you!

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