Photo Asaf Kliger
Harvest time for Sweden’s 30th ice hotel
March 14, 2019
This week work gets under way on the 30th ICEHOTEL in the Swedish village Jukkasjärvi, a place that has attracted hundreds of thousands of visitors from all over the world since 1989.
What started as a random overnight stay in an ice igloo is today Sweden’s most famous tourist destination with around 70,000 visitors a year. 2019 marks the 30th anniversary of the ICEHOTEL and this week the ice for next season’s ice hotel is being harvested from the Torne river.
“It sure feels special. Thanks to the river as well as fantastic artists from all over the world, we have had the opportunity to create a unique place for our guests for three decades. I am very grateful that so many people choose to visit us every year”, says the founder of the ICEHOTEL, Yngve Bergqvist.
At this time of year, the ice in the Torne river is thick after months of freezing temperatures. 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.
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.call for proposals Ice harvest gallery