Let our transcendent pair of dancing Auroras sweep you away with wonder like shimmering waves on an onyx sea…
“When the sky is clear and the tension is just right /
That’s when Aurora appear in the darkest of nights
To tunes and rhythms only spirits can hear /
They dance and they sway across the dark atmosphere
Painting saturated colors through lucid energy /
The dazzling display of souls that live on in our memory”
Steele & Dell’Uva tell their tale of the Dancing Auroras – inspired by the mesmerizing northern lights; enchanting ballet dancers guiding the newborn atmospheric spirits across the sky to rest among the stars before sunrise.
SEBASTIAN DELL’UVA works as an industrial and product designer at AJ products.
EMILIE STEELE is a multi-faceted artist whose work consists of art dolls, photography, painting and couture fashion – with focus on handcraft and norm-creative subject matters.
Geometric shapes blossoming into one organic sculpture.
Tsarski and Biegelaar’s suite is all about transitions. At the far end of the room, the walls are geometrical square shapes. Gradually the squares transform, until eventually, in the opposite end of the room the squares have blossomed into one organic sculpture.
The duo behind Blossom are ICEHOTEL veterans with several suites and renditions of ICEBAR BY ICEHOTEL to their names. Viktor Tsarski marks his 10-year anniversary as an ICEHOTEL artist in 2018.
VIKTOR TSARSKI is an architect from Sofia (Bulgaria) and Wouter Biegelaar is a product designer from Holland. They paired up five years ago for a deluxe suite for ICEHOTEL and have been working together ever since on a range of projects involving ice as well as toy design.
“ A room that holds a thousand wings… ”
A flock of Arctic terns rises from an iceberg and circumnavigates the space. The rhythm, the vision, even the sound of their collective movement – all so fleetingly beautiful and transient.
The idea for ’Flock’ is inspired by a moment spent standing underneath a starling murmuration last spring. “We wanted to create a room that plays with the idea of bird sillouettes against the sky. How a flock is both a solid group but constantly dissolves, only to be recreated. The lace like fragility of this vision and its combined strength as a whole. The room we create literally holds a thousand wings to carry you through your own imagined dreamscape.”
LISA LINDQVIST is a Swedish/English visual artist and sculptor. To her, no materials can compare to ice and snow. “I love the sound of the of the chisel on the ice, and the way it holds light within in its forms. Equally I love the giant sculptures that can be made in snow and how strong they can be. I also love that by spring, everything I’ve made will be consigned to memory.”
ULRIKA TALLVING is a Swedish artist working with sculptural projects as well as illustrative and graphic ones. “It has been over ten years since I came to the Icehotel for the first time, and all the projects in ice and snow that I have done so far have all been very special and dear to me. I love the ice, the cold, the dark and the auroras hovering over us… not always visible.”
A meadow of ice, a riddle of light – Speak the words and enter sanctuary.
Deep in ICEHOTEL lies a mythical portal protected by two animal guardians; the Clever Fox and the Fiery Fenix.
Legend says, only the inventive and pure of heart are able to enter.
Light the torch, collaborate, solve the riddle and illuminate the path to access their haven where time is endless and life is eternal.
JONAS JOHANSSON is a Swedish anywhere based artist combining nature and pixels through play, light and technology.
JORDI CLARAMUNT is a Catalan artist and bronze smelter reimagining mythology and life through sculpture and ilustration.
LUKAS PETKO is a Slovakian architect, designer and illustrator blending functional architecture with a sense of childlike wonder.
Icewoman shares her strength and courage to spend the night in sub-zero.
As you enter the suite, you are met by a giant pair of swimming goggles. Waves run along the side walls towards Icewoman towering at the far end of the room. She loves to immerse herself in cold water and the waves symbolizes her strong connection with water.
Are you strong enough to immerse yourself in ice cold water? Yes! You don’t need to be a health freak or a fitness fanatic, all you need is curiosity to try something different and intoxicating. Get inspired and experience the effects of cold water yourself or just be an icewoman for a night.
LINDA VAGNELIND is a Swedish artist who in addition to exhibitions also do commission work and mural assigments for public spaces. Her art is represented worldwide and her signum is portraits painted sculpturally with large brushes and thick paint, in the borderland between 2D and 3D. Vagnelind recently released the book KALLA BAD about cold baths as a photographer, artist and co-author.
The Arctic summer sun has found shelter during cold winter months.
The Arctic summer sun is hibernating and has found an icy nest providing shelter for the long winter months – inside ICEHOTEL.
Your first encounter in the suite is the winter darkness and polar night twilight. As you go deeper into dusk, you step over the threshold into the temple of the midnight sun, where warm hues fill the dome-shaped room.
Using the pure characteristics of light and snow, Kaamos Aurinko is juxtaposing the two extreme seasons of the north, inviting the guest to experience both the polar winter nights as well as the warm midnight sun of summer.
VERONIKA MAYERBÖCK is a lighting designer, architect and dancer. Her studio ALLES oder Licht is based in Vienna. Her work focuses on the interconnectivity between light, movement and space. As a lighting designer, she works in the field of artlighting for museums, theatre and architectural lighting as well as media art.
KATHARINA WYSS, architect & architectural journalist, lives in Zürich. She has a professional background as an architect in offices in Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Malta and Finland. Over the past six years, she has used her practical knowledge to extend her professional field into architectural journalism.
FRANK DITTMANN, scenographer, is based in Zürich and works in the interdisciplinary field of design, art and architecture. Dittmann designs experimental spaces for exhibitions and brands. Before founding his own firm in 2011, he was a partner in the Swiss architectural firm OOS and worked with Switzerland’s leading exhibition design firm Holzer Kobler.
A room to celebrate the natural wonder of our beautiful oceans.
With “Living Ocean”, duo Green wanted to highlight the importance of protecting and preserving our oceans, at a time when they are under enormous stress and strains from human existence.
A visual feast of beautiful marine creatures, sculpted in the pure and crystal clear Torne River ice reminds us of the importance of clean waters in our oceans.
“We hope that each person spending a night in our deep ocean, will leave inspired to help keep our most precious resource, our oceans, clean and safe for generations to come”.
MARNIE GREEN is an 18 year old British art student, with a passion for the environment, and the preservation of all creatures great and small. She is planning to do a Fine Art Degree in 2019.
JONATHAN PAUL GREEN is an established production designer working in the film & TV industry for 30 years. He’s mostly used to creating sets for TV shows, having studied sculpture in London many years ago.
Is it really true that there are ice lollies appearing pure as water, tasting just like your favorite sweets?
“Science is wrong! Pure water can too be packed with flavor and taste. And, the best part is you can indulge to your heart’s content – there’re are no calories in water. This time it makes perfect sense to wish you “sweet dreams.”
A sugar-coated escape into harmonious shapes and tentalizing treats and a dream come true for your inner child. Take a nap surrounded by giant lollipops, cupcakes and other retro sweets.
Welcome to spend a night in the candy shop.
MATHIEU BRISON is an architect. After studying and working in Paris, he is now running his own company in Lyon, France.
LUC VOISIN is a French interior and landscape designer. He runs a company together with Mathieu Brison, and take part of various art and landscape festivals, including several suites at ICEHOTEL.
A rustic hideaway where a canopy of spruce trees meets the dancing lights of the Aurora Borealis.
Enter Spruce Woods and be guided by the misty lights of a campervan to a clearing where you’ll become surrounded by nothing but peaceful wilderness, unpolluted skies, glimpses of fauna and the warmth of a glowing campfire. Dreams of fishing, canoeing and connecting to the natural world is surely to transpire under the distant light of a full moon. Where simple pleasures and timeless wonders are evoked.
JENNIE O’KEEFE is a Canadian artist and an event curator. She loves cooking, riding her bike, music festivals, and exploring wilderness by canoe.
CHRIS PANCOE is a Canadian artist, with a penchant for ceramics. He loves fixing broken things, coffee in a handmade mug, walking his dog and canoe trips with his family.
Let the wise old oak tree carry and embrace you.
It will remind you of your dreams and help you make them come true.
Let the wise old oak tree carry and embrace you.
It will remind you of your dreams and help you make them come true.
TJÅSA GUSFORS has been working as an artist at ICEHOTEL since 2000. She is a multi-talented artist, sculpting in a variety of materials, including wood, sand, stone and ice.
SAM GUSFORS is a farmer and carpenter, and also Tjåsa’s youngest son. He has been working with snow and ice since an early age, but this is his first art project with Tjåsa at ICEHOTEL.
“Fish, flowers and me
the poetry of a pond
a parallel world”
– Sonia Chow
Curiosity meets empathy.
We are captured in the moment of a cat’s thoughts. She peers into a frozen pond with her paws on the ice, trying to touch the goldfish swimming just below the surface. We look up to see her face from the perspective of the fish. The lotus blossom symbolises perseverance and hope.
In Tao of Cat, duo Chow and Pourian want to inspire quiet reflection and offer an alternative viewpoint, drawing on the wisdom of Marcel Proust: ”the real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”
SONIA CHOW is a Canadian designer/artist who is happiest when strings are involved; weaving, playing the viola, walking her cat on a leash.
HUSCHANG POURIAN is a German designer who lives to be on wheels: bicycles, motorcycles, cars and trucks. After 16 years in Japan and Hong Kong, Chow, Pourian & their cat recently moved to Halifax, Canada.
Did we capture ourselves;are we caught in our own nets?
Or, are the rivers, seas and oceans fishing us?
Fishing nets can survive over 40 years, floating in the oceans and rivers of the world. Fortunately, these will melt back to the river.
You are wandering, aimlessly floating around for decades. A size three times the country of France and countless victims wrapped in your arms for no reason.
What are you telling us? Maybe, you should be rescued.
Frozen in time, in the cleanest river in Europe. Never to be used again, you’ve done your job, a long time ago. And you will find your way back in the water d i s s o l v e d.
MARJOLEIN VONK is an art director and set stylist for film and photography based in Amsterdam. You can also admire Vonk’s in the deluxe suite bathrooms in ICEHOTEL 365 and the Veranda in ICEHOTEL Restaurant.
MAURIZIO PERRON is a sculptor based in Jovenceaux, Italy. Perron has also designed the lark wood basins in the deluxe suite bathrooms, as well as the intricate oak table top at the Veranda in ICEHOTEL Restaurant.
Imagine the sound of ice cracking as you walk on a frozen lake… hearing that snap you instantly freeze. But why does ice crack?
All cracks in ice are caused by stress that comes mostly from temperature changes. The outer core of the ice warms up and expands while the inner core remains cold and doesn’t expand, resulting in the crack. This beautiful phenomenon was the inspiration of Diffential Expansion.
On the search to create a metaphor for global warming and the rapid melt of the North & South Pole, brothers Antonio and Juan Carlos have designed an illusion of sleeping in the heart of a cracking ice cube. Where, the more you move, the more heat you provide, and the more cracks appear…
ANTONIO CAMARA is a Mexican-Canadian architect and artist. While born in Mexico, he has lived in Canada, Austria, France and USA. He uses design to reflect our society and question contemporary issues.
JUAN CARLOS CAMARA, Mexican-Canadian, has been working in research on human and social activities. This intervention wouldn’t have been possible without his collaboration.
“There are things known and there are things unknown, and in between are the doors of perception.” Aldous Huxley.
When you see something that is unfamiliar, imagination intervenes and gives you a sense to what you see. What happens if that intervention is challenged? If your perceptions shifts? If the way you see the world changes?
In Perceptions, Henkia plays with your imagination and challenges you to discover a new perception of the world. A long-standing ICEHOTEL artist, he has challenged his imagination by designing this suite from the perspective of a painter, striving for the same ambitions as in his paintings; spaces of potentialities.
FRANCISCO CORTÉS is a Chilean artist working under the name Henkia. Based in Berlin and Stockholm, he works mainly as a painter, but also explores other collaborative art forms such as video, music, photography and design.
Transporting a Romantic painting into the third dimension.
The Sea of Ice deals with the big topics of life: The here and now and the hereafter, man-made and devine, hope and despair, deliverance and grandness.
“We want the visitor become part of a piece of art and experiencing the existential power and beauty of nature.”
Inspired by the romantic works of German artist Caspar David Friedrich (1774-1840), Möckel and Scheller use the ice as their canvas to tell a three-dimensional story of the majestic powers of Mother Nature. A sunken sailor ship witnesses the forces.
KRISTINA MÖCKEL is a German designer with a passion for food and its packaging. She loves traveling around the world seeking out new trends and ideas.
SEBASTIAN SCHELLER is an artist and architect who lives in Berlin. He builds castles and palaces and suites at ICEHOTEL.
Water is always the same.
Eternal fish, nothing will be the same, the water cycle has begun, genesis, a causal order for the invisible, then peace, never peace.
Within and not outside the drama, the work follows its course, cyclical, cathartic, sovereign.
Time returns, tribute, saga of artists, as savages we sail. The altar arose and in it, the cathedral of the world is our stage and our genre: An eternal river. Fertility. Inguz.
JOSU GONZALEZ RUIZ is a Basque architect residing in the Italian-speaking area of Switzerland. Ruiz works with institutional architecture, furniture design and integral graphic developments. Together with Emiliano Lorenzo he won first prize in the 2018 Kiruna Snow Festival sculpting competition.
EMILIANO LORENZO lives in Barcelona where he has developed a career in comics, animation and sculpting. Currently he splits his creative flows between sculpting projects and teaching Arts…and traveling the world participating in snow sculpting festivals.
“The Light “ – future / hope / God / faith. The symbol of a couple.
Light that celebrates the intent and devotion of love.
Light that represents the prayers and vows of two lovers.
A testimony of their journey and a future full of hope.
Hikari is Japanese for light, the inspiration for this year’s Ceremony Hall, created by Japanese ice sculpting artists and husband and wife Natsuki & Shingo Saito.
NATSUKI SAITO is an ice designer and architect at Lake Shikaribetsu Igloo Village in Japan.
SHINGO SAITO has several years’ experience of ice sculpting and building at “ Lake Shikaribetsu Igloo Village”