IceHotel is the first hotel in northern Sweden built of snow and ice, located in the town of Jukkasjärvi, more than 200 kilometers from the Arctic Circle. Every year, hundreds of guests flock to IceHotel to experience quiet and refreshing sleep at -5 degrees Celsius.
Originally inaugurated in 1989, IceHotel has now officially functioned smoothly throughout the year owing to the use of solar-powered cooling technology, thus it is now known as IceHotel 365, after 27 years of building and renovation in every winter. According to The Sun, about 50,000 tourists from all over the world visit this hotel each year. The number of guests is anticipated to skyrocket now that the hotel is open all year.
Using ice from the Torne River as a source, the 2,100-square-meter structures are built of two layers of walls: an ice wall on the inside and a concrete wall on the outside that is covered by snow and ice. IceHotel employs a natural cooling system with steel pipes dug straight down to the freezing layer 5 meters below earth to keep the temperature at -5 degrees Celsius. The structures will be entirely isolated from their surroundings using this approach, preventing cold air from escaping to the outside and hot air from penetrating into the interior.
From April to August, the hotel employs solar energy to keep rooms cool enough during the spring and summer. The electricity will assist the “cold pipes” inside the ceiling in maintaining the hotel’s temperature at -5° C at all times. The hotel features 20 suites, an ice bar, and an ice sculpture gallery.
The hotel has 9 deluxe suites with private bathrooms and saunas, 11 art suites, an ice bar and an ice sculptures gallery. All of things are carefully sculpted by the famous artisans from all over the world. All the items in the hotel are made of ice, from rooms, beds, chairs, chandeliers, fireplaces, decorative patterns, drinking glasses …
The IceHotel also has a Homestead restaurant with chef Alexander Meier serving traditional cuisine. The rustic Homestead restaurant with famous Swedish delicacies like reindeer meat served with chocolate sauce.