Harvest season is here

March, 2019

At this time of year, the ice in the Torne river is thick after months of freezing temperatures. That means the harvesting for ICEHOTEL #30 has begun!

During the harvesting, giant ice blocks will cut out and lifted from the river with the help of unique machines and tools, then stored in a depository until the creation of the new hotel in the fall. In total, about 1000 ice blocks are harvested in the spring – each with a weight of 2 tons.

When the first snow reaches Jukkasjärvi, around mid-November, artists from all over the world will gather to create the art exhibition of snow, ice and light that will become ICEHOTEL # 30.

In numbers

How many tons of ice are harvested in one season?
This spring we can harvest 1000 blocks that each weigh 2 tons.

What is the weight of each chandelier?
Seasonal hotel: 70-100 kg, the 365 hotel : 200-250 kg.

What is the weight and dimensions of the base column blocks?
The base column blocks are 40x40x220 cm they weigh 324 kg each.

How many cubic meters of snice went in to the final building this year?
For the hotel (not the walls around the hotel area) we used about 22500 cubic meters of snice, which is about 14000 tons.

What is the total Meters Squared of the whole Ice hotel?
The area for the part of the hotel with the rooms are 2000 square meters.

Each year, around 150 artists apply to create one of the hotel’s fifteen “Art Suites”. The artists’ names for the jubilee hotel, which opens on 13th of December, will be released in June. Will you be one of them?


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