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ICEHOTEL 26 open – first photos!

Imagine a three meter tall African elephant carved out of snow, dreamy jumping sheep tucking you into bed, a 1970’s inspired Love Capsule, and an imperial Russian-inspired theatre set, Labyrinth Saga – those are just some of the creations awaiting guests of this winter’s hotel.

News & highlights

  • Swedish sauna ritual experience including ice plunge and thermal starlit bath.
  • Swedish Lapland delicacies reinvented: Sashimi served on ice, reindeer served with chocolate sauce.
  • Northern lights wake-up calls straight to guests’ smartphones.
  • Arctic wilderness survival beginners’ course including building shelter and making fire.

Back-to-basic experiences is the current taste amongst ICEHOTEL visitors – with Nordic skiing, Swedish sauna ritual and the Arctic wilderness survival the most popular choices, says ICEHOTEL Adventure team manager Andreas Hermansson.

Michelin trained ICEHOTEL head chef Alexander Meier plans a winter menu focusing on local delicacies, reinvented in a new style. Some of the Arctic flavors that can be sampled includes spruce shoots, cloudberries and sea buckthorn.

The rustic Homestead restaurant, also located in Jukkasjärvi and operated by ICEHOTEL, launches a new steakhouse menu, capturing the smoky barbecue flavor by a specially crafted charcoal oven.

1 000 hand cut ice crystals, 700 million snowballs 

The ICEHOTEL in the small village of Jukkasjärvi is the original, and despite competition is still the grandest. The amount of snow used to create its 50 rooms, church and a bar would suffice to make 700 million snowballs and the chandeliers alone are made from 1 000 hand cut ice Crystals.

From December to April, the bar serves 26 550 drinks IN the rocks from ice cocktail glasses, and 11 000 hot cups of sweet lingonberry juice are given as a complimentary morning drink to fresh awakened guests before they leave the warm sleeping bags and head for sauna and breakfast.

The making of

Creating the hotel anew every year is an enormous undertaking, with some 4 000 tons of natural ice being harvested from Sweden’s national river Torne back in March. As soon as the temperatures drop below zero, the construction begins. All in all, the structure is completed over the course of two months, culminating with the ice church opening around Christmas.

Read more about the Art in ICEHOTEL 26

It never gets colder than -5 to -8 C

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