On December 15, the seasonal part of ICEHOTEL in Swedish Lapland opened. Thousands of overnight guests and day visitors and around 50 weddings later it is time for the seasonal suites to return to its source in Torne River. The year-round part of ICEHOTEL is still standing, and right now, two art suites of ice and snow are being created.

It’s dripping from the roof in the seasonal part of ICEHOTEL. The 35 rooms, hand-chiseled from ice and snow and the 80-meter long Main Hall and Ceremony Hall is now melting back into its source.

– This winter weather has been something extra. Sub-zero degrees from October until Easter and then switched to mild temperatures both days and nights. The quick changes in weather have kick-started the melting process and ICEHOTEL #28 is now melting back into Torne River, says Arne Bergh who is Creative Director at ICEHOTEL and has been following the ice art transforming into water again.

Sleep on ice year-round in newly designed art suites

For those who long after snow, ice and sub-zero degrees, the permanent part of ICEHOTEL remain and welcomes guests year-round. During the spring and summer, the mythical midnight sun glows over forests and watercourses in Jukkasjärvi in northern Sweden – while it cools the year-round part of ICEHOTEL, which runs on solar power.

The permanent part of ICEHOTEL is filled with art created from crystal-clear Arctic ice, a contrast towards the greenery outside. The hotel consists of an ice bar, an ice gallery and 20 ice suites, nine of them with private sauna and relax, all individually created and hand-made by artists from all over the world.

Two new art suites are being created

On June 2, 2018, two new art suites will open in the permanent part, and visitors can peek inside and see the creative process in full swing. One of the suites is a Deluxe Suite with a private sauna and relax, and is created by Jens Thoms Ivarsson, previously Creative Director at ICEHOTEL. The suite is called ”Lost & Found” and the design in the suite will be accompanied by an especially composed song by ice sculptor and musician Petri ”Bette” Tuominen.

The other art suite is made by the sculptor and designer Javier Opazo from Chile. The suite, “Téckara”, a language from the northern part of Chile. The suite is named “Téckara” because of the nine pillars that shows the magnificent height from floor to ceiling.