ICEHOTEL – one of the world’s coolest (literally) wedding destinations
Press Release July 5, 2018
Each year, many couples choose to get married amongst natural crystal clear Arctic ice at Icehotel in Jukkasjärvi – and recently, Icehotel was named one of the world’s coolest wedding destinations by Brides Magazine.
Arctic weddings year-round
200 kilometers above the Arctic Circle, in the north of Sweden, is where you find Icehotel. A destination that has attracted wedding couples from all over the world to exchange vows in sub-zero degrees – for almost 30 years. We are very pleased to be featured in Condé Nast’s wedding magazine Brides as one of the world’s coolest wedding destinations, and I agree that it is a cool experience to wed here.
Louise Wallin, in-house wedding coordinator at Icehotel.
Our Ceremony Hall is created by different artists every year and each ceremony is completely unique, not only because of each couple’s wishes, but also because of the art that changes day by day. Every winter, select artists create a new Ceremony Hall. In addition to that, another 35 Art Suites are created for wedding couples and guests who like to spend a night on ice, some of them with a warm, private relax, bathroom, sauna and bathtub. There are warm chalets and hotel rooms at Icehotel as well.
For those who are looking for a spring-, summer- or fall wedding with a winter theme, Icehotel is now open year round. The hotel offers 20 Art Suites of ice and snow, an ice bar and an ice gallery, which is perfect for weddings, engagements and renewal of vows – and it is all cooled with help from the midnight sun that gives 24-hour daylight over the northern parts of Sweden during the summer months.
Got married amongst their own ice art
One of the wedding couples who got married in 2017 were artists Edith van de Wetering and Wilfred Stijger, who together with Icehotel-veteran Tjåsa Gusfors created this year’s Ceremony Hall inside Icehotel. The artist couple had been dreaming of a wedding and when the Ceremony Hall was inaugurated, the opportunity presented itself and they got married amongst their own ice art.
It was like being in your own fairytale. The best memory from that day was when we walked in together, hand in hand, into the Ceremony Hall we had created together with Tjåsa and see all the people, says Wilfred. Around 70 weddings are held at Icehotel every year. The ephemeral surroundings create memories that are extra cherished when no architectural memento exists.
Edith and Wilfred also chose temporary rings – out of ice!
The ice rings were really cool and got colder after 10 minutes. They melted slowly on our hands.
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Icehotel opened in 1989 and is beside a hotel also an art exhibition with ever-changing art out of ice and snow. Icehotel is created in a new guise every winter, completely made out of natural ice from Torne River, one of Sweden’s national rivers and last untouched waters. When the winter season’s Icehotel has melted back into the river in the spring, a part of the hotel remains; a place where visitors can experience the ice and snow year-round.