How does it work – practical info
What is it like to sleep in Icehotel?
The temperature inside the hotel hovers at a constant of -5 to -7 C. We provide you with expedition-style sleeping bags which are tested for extreme temperatures, so you’ll be fine with just thermals, hat, warm socks and a mid-layer jumper. You are given access to your room at 6 pm, but the heated service building, the Riverside Lobby, is staffed and open 24 hours, this is where you store your belongings, collect your sleeping bag and use the bathroom, shower and sauna. There is a tutorial for guests sleeping cold every day.
How many nights should I stay?
One night in an ice room or art suite and a couple of nights in a warm room is ideal, as it gives you time to join wilderness excursions on the days when you have a warm room to return to in the evening. If possible, we recommend you book your first or last night cool, the remaining nights in our warm cabins or hotel rooms, or join an overnight excursion (only on select days).
Where do I keep my belongings?
When staying in an ice room or in one of the art suites you store your belongings in a locker or booth in the warm Riverside Lobby which is staffed 24 hours, located just meters from the hotel. The Deluxe suites 365 has a private bathroom with shower and toilet directly connected to the bedroom. The heated relaxation area also provides storage for your belongings.
What should I do when I’m there?
Icehotel is carefully designed and handcrafted by artists from around the world so to make the most of your visit, make sure to attend one of the guided tours through the hotel and pick up a copy of the art catalogue to read upon all the details. We recommend that you book activities to get the most of your holiday. Dog sledding, skiing or snowmobiling in winter, or river rafting and cycling in summer, takes you into the vast uninhabited boreal forest. Fishing, midnight sun and northern lights safaris are amazing ways to experience the Arctic. Joining a class with one of our master ice sculptors is of course a must!
Around and about Icehotel
The hotel is located in the heart of the tiny village Jukkasjärvi, with about 900 residents. Besides the actual ice hotel with rooms filed with ice art, ice bar and ceremony hall made of ice, Icehotel has a restaurant, cabins, hotel rooms and lounge – all housed in warm buildings within walking distance of each other. In winter there are 55 Ice rooms, Art Suites and Deluxe Suites and in summer there are 20. All year round we have seventy warm rooms; 44 hotel rooms and 28 chalets. There is also the local homestead restaurant just ten minutes’ walk away.
There is a local convenience store in the village, but no cash point.
Good to know for the best experience
- Between 10 am and 6 pm, Icehotel is open to the public. Day visitors and guests have access to see all the rooms, except reserved Deluxe Suites, and join a guided tour. This means overnight guests get their rooms at 6 pm and wake-up call is around 7:30 am when staying in an Ice suite.
- Check-in and out for warm rooms is at 3 pm and 11 am.
- All rooms except the Art and Deluxe Suites in Icehotel 365 have curtain doors.
- The beds in the cold rooms have a bedframe made of ice, slatted bed base with mattress, reindeer skins and pillows.
- There are no bathrooms (except the Deluxe Suites) or storage in the Ice suites. These facilities are housed in a heated service building, the Riverside Lobby, where you also keep your belongings during the night. The service desk is staffed 24 hours.
- You get a locker or cubicle (if staying in an Art Suite), where you can get changed and keep your belongings.
- The changing rooms, sauna and showers are communal for women and men respectively.
- There are no electric sockets to charge your phone inside the cold room, so be sure to charge your phone before going to bed.
- If you’re changing between ice suites and warm accommodation, there are about 6-7 hours when you don’t have a room to withdraw to. We strongly recommend you to plan one or two excursions during this time as exploring nature and local culture is a substantial part of getting the full experience. Our lounge and shop are open from 10 am.
- Ice is an organic material. We may carry out maintenance and repairs during open hours.
- Icehotel is built in sections, which means that there is still building work going on for some time after we’re open for guests in December.
Good to know while planning your trip