The ICEHOTEL in Swedish Lapland remains famous the world over as the original, and simply the best, hotel made purely from ice and snow. Located in Jukkasjarvi, 200km north of the Arctic Circle, the ICEHOTEL remains one of the most stylish hotels in the world and certainly the coolest! It is built to a new design each winter, melting back into the River Torne in spring after it has captured the hearts of those who have visited or stayed within its beautifully crafted walls.
Discover The World has been operating holidays to Swedish Lapland for 25 years, two years before the ICEHOTEL opened its reindeer-skin doors to its first clients. The 2013-14 season will be the 24th construction and promises to be more special than ever before. It will feature designs by artists from 15 countries and alongside the 20 ice rooms and 8 snow rooms will be 16 Art Suites, 1 Deluxe Suite and Northern Light suites. Accommodation at the ICEHOTEL»
The ICEHOTEL complex includes the surreal ICEBAR as well as a fine restaurant in a cosy wooden building. Immaculately presented meals often feature reindeer, elk, grouse and Arctic char and the desserts are truly wicked! Complemented by an excellent wine list, the ICEHOTEL Restaurant offers fine dining in a very fine setting. There is also a Champagne bar in the restaurant. Further to this, around a 10-minute walk from the ICEHOTEL is the Homestead restaurant, open in the evenings for hearty a la carte meals. This large log cabin, with wooden tables and chequered tablecloths has a very welcoming and rustic feel.
An ingenious hotel design, a host of thrilling winter activities and spectacular Swedish cuisine - the ICEHOTEL is the only place to be this winter!
The history of the ICEHOTEL
Back in the Autumn of 1990, friends Par Granlund and Yngve Bergqvist had a vision to build an igloo, in the Inuit style but bigger than ever created before. But it was to be much more than a building made out of ice and snow. It was to be a work of art and creative design, a meeting place which would cross cultural boundaries and symbolise local traditions, nature, history and the environment.
The first igloo, a simple art gallery had just 50 square meters of floor space, visited mainly by curious locals. Growing in size annually in a never-to-be-repeated design, ice rooms were included in the late nineties for those wishing to stay longer, seek inspiration and to admire the building and its stunning location.
The little town of Jukkasjarvi, which actually means 'meeting place by the lake', has been a centre for trade and commerce amongst the native Sami for around 400 years - now it attracts ice artists and visitors from all around the globe as Par and Yngve’s vision is brought to life year after year.
The latest research from NASA
indicates a double peak 'Solar Max' improving your chances of seeing the aurora this year.
"We went up the chair lift to the sky station to wait for the Northern Lights and saw an amazing display, couldn't have asked for anything more."
Rik and Angie Humphries,
Tromso, Abisko and Icehotel 2013