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A night in -5° C – how does it work?

ICEHOTEL only exists for some four months every winter, but during that intense period, people from over 80 countries around the world will travel to Jukkasjärvi to sleep on ice. But what is it really like, and how does it work?

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The gates to ICEHOTEL

The first ICEHOTEL

For 24 years ago, the long and cold winters made founder Yngve Bergqvist look around for new ideas to use what was at hand in Jukkasjärvi – ice, and plenty of it. He invited artists to attend a workshop in Jukkasjärvi in 1989. This marked the start of a nearly 25 year long journey with the Torne River.

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An encounter with the Sámi

In Jukkasjärvi, just a stone’s throw away from ICEHOTEL, the Sami culture is a natural and living part of the daily life – and it hasn’t come about by chance.

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In Sauna Veritas – ”In sauna there is the truth”

The sauna culture is flourishing around the world, and thrives even in Swedish Lapland. svenska Bastuakademin, the swedish sauna academy, was inaugurated in 1988 with the opening of Kulturbastun, the Culture sauna, at the open air historical museum in Jukkasjärvi, a stone’s throw from ICEHOTEL. The man behind the initiative is Pär Granlund. He tells us how it all started:…

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TORNE RIVER – the mother of ICEHOTEL

Each winter, ICEHOTEL borrows several hundred tonnes of ice from the Torne River. Follow us from river to river – nature’s own cycle.

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Sapporo Snow Festival 2013

During the first half of February, the Art & Design team at ICEHOTEL went to Japan to participate in Sapporo Snow Festival. The result: Fourth place in the International Snow Sculpture Contest. We also got the Artist’s Choice Award together with Finland. Way to go Team Sweden!

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For many are invited, but few are chosen

Each winter, professional artists from near and far come to Jukkasjärvi to create in snow and ice. For some, this is their first opportunity to work in these materials. others are experienced ice artists.

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A tearful meeting of ice and magnetite

The two materials are so totally different to work with. Ice is pure and transparent; the material has an intrinsic lightness. Magnetite, on the other hand, is heavy and much denser. Working in magnetite is a hard and dirty job.” says designer Sofi Ruotsalainen.

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Let there be light

For the first time, ICEHOTEL presents moving light settings in their premises. André Gulliksen is the man with the illuminating task of providing moving light settings to ICEBAR by ICEHOTEL – the original bar in Jukkasjärvi, but also the ephemeral bar concepts in Stockholm, Oslo and London.

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Colourful greetings in the winter night

The white snow reflects a heavenly light show – glittering stars, a full moon and the magical, mystical Northern Lights. But what, exactly, are the Northern Lights?

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