Icehotel FAQs

How many rooms does ICEHOTEL have?
This varies from year to year. We usually have around 65 rooms divided into deluxe suits, art suites, ice rooms, snow rooms and group rooms.

How large of an area does ICEHOTEL cover?
5,500 square meters. This area is the same every year.

How much snow and ice is used to build ICEHOTEL?
About 30,000 m3 of snice and about 1,000 tonnes of ice.

What is snice?
Snice (snow and ice) has two components: An exactly calculated amount of water from the Torne River, and air. The snice is used to build ICEHOTEL. It reflects the sun rays and protects the ice inside the hotel from melting. The snice has a higher density than natural snow and therefore insulates better and melts slower.

How many people are involved in building ICEHOTEL?
More than 50 people are involved in the construction of ICEHOTEL. At the end of November the artists arrive from all over the world. This means a total of about 100 people.

When does the Torne River begin to freeze and when does the ICEHOTEL ice harvesting begin?
The river freezes over in the middle or end of October and grows thick up until the end of March. Under the winter months, the area where the ice is harvested is maintained, regularly clearing away the snow.

Is there an Ice Church at ICEHOTEL and can couples get married there?
Yes, the Ice Church next to the ICEHOTEL opens every year on 25 December. On this day it is formally handed over to the Swedish Church. Couples from all over the world come to Jukkasjärvi to promise each other eternal fidelity. Children from near and far are baptized here. Couples that are already married can renew their vows in the church. ICEHOTEL can assist in planning and formalities such as applying for a certificate regarding consideration of impediments to marriage (hindersprövning).

How many weddings are held in the ice chapel each year?
More than 100 wedding ceremonies are held every year.

How many visitors does ICEHOTEL have every year?
ICEHOTEL has between 50,000 and 60,000 visitors every year, counting day visitors and overnight visitors.

Is ICEHOTEL affected by global warming?
In order to determine the effects of global warming, scientific measurements and research must be carried out under a longer period of time. We cannot say that we have seen any tangible effects of the global warming, but we are well aware that we, just like everybody else, must adapt to a changing climate.

It never gets colder than -5 to -8 C

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