ICEHOTEL to open year-round; run on solar power
In Jukkasjärvi, 200 km north of the Arctic Circle, the midnight sun glows for 100 days and nights without setting. Sweden’s ICEHOTEL reveals plans for a permanent sub-zero ice experience, ICEHOTEL 365, including bar, art gallery and suites for overnight stays, available all year round.
Ice suites chilled by sunlight
The team behind the hotel announce plans to create a sustainable addition to the iconic ICEHOTEL that covers 1200 square meters and includes some 20 suites, a bar and a gallery. The sketches reveal an architecturally sleek building, combining the hotel’s smooth ceiling arch design with traditional methods and modern sustainable energy. Using the near constant daylight that the region above the Arctic Circle is blessed with through the warmer months of the year, the building is planned to run solely on solar power during the summer months. In winter, the new addition will form part of the classic ICEHOTEL, which is about three times its size.
“This ground-breaking initiative lets our guests decide whether they want to combine ICEHOTEL with dog sledding and northern lights, or hiking under the midnight sun. It just lets us meet the desires of our clients in a way whole new way, says ICEHOTEL founder Yngve Bergqvist.”
Letting the ice express ephemeral art is at the heart of the business; the classic ICEHOTEL and the new addition will still have a life cycle whereby it changes guise on a yearly basis. Arne Bergh, artist and creative senior advisor of ICEHOTEL says: “Ice has an interesting effect on creativity – since it’s not permanent it makes you dare trying ideas that you wouldn’t otherwise – it’s very liberating. The idea of a project that marries this transient tradition with a semi-permanent, year-round element is even more exciting!”
Sustainability and solar power experts on board
The idea to create an ice experience available year-round is not new – it’s been brewing in the company for years, but it’s not until recently that technologal advancements in sustainable energy renders it achieveable. Swedish solar power pioneers Solkompaniet are partners in the project: “It’s inspiring and fun to be part of an initiative that takes place well above the Arctic Circle. The midnight sun offers unique conditions for producing electricity using solar power, as it allows us to generate power throughout the night” says Jon Malmsten, advisor general at Solkompaniet.
Will open end of 2016
The construction of ICEHOTEL 365 will start in spring 2016 and is projected to open on 1 Nov 2016.
“Every summer we have international visitors who arrive in Jukkasjärvi and ask us where they can see ICEHOTEL – I look forward to being able to point it out to them!” says Yngve Bergqvist.
The new building will be erected on the current site, adjacent to the existing ICEHOTEL.
• 10 luxury suites with ensuite bathroom
• 12 art suites
• ICEBAR BY ICEHOTEL
• Ice sculpture gallery and sculpting class studio
• Event space