30 years have passed since the start of Icehotel – and the concept continues to grow and develop. Each year 2,000 ice blocks are harvested from Torne River in the spring. Art, ice bars, ice glasses and of course a brand new ice hotel is created every out of the sparkling, crystal clear ice.
For Jukkasjärvi, Icehotel has turned the seasons around. The cold, dark winters are peak season; the bright magical summers are low season.
The Icehotel-year has, since the beginning, started in November when the artists from all over the world have gathered in Jukkasjärvi to create unique art on site – art that later will find its way back to Torne River in the form of water.
In December the first guests arrived to experience the unique concept: to sleep in sub zero degrees, do a dogsled tour, enjoy the northern lights and, if one wants to, try ice sculpting. When the sun has taken over in the spring, the hotel melts and returns to Torne River – and at that point, the last of the approximately 50,000 guests that every year visit Icehotel have left Jukkasjärvi.