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IceHotel, Sweden

Located in the village of Jukkasjärvi with distance more than 200 km from the Arctic Circle, IceHotel is the first hotel in northern Sweden is made of snow and ice. IceHotel attracts thousands of visitors every year to come and enjoy peaceful and cool sleep at -5 degrees Celsius.

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The hall of IceHotel 365
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Flame heating in a building that made completely by ice in IceHotel 365

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A white bed room with blankets of reindeer leather

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Originally launched in 1989 and now, after 27 years of construction and reconstruction in every winter, IceHotel has officially operated smoothly throughout the year thanks to using solar-powered cooling technology, so It also known as IceHotel 365. According to The Sun, every year there are about 50,000 visitors from around the world visit this hotel. With the hotel put into operation all year-round, the number of visitors is expected to be much higher.

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The IceHotel 365 view from outside – Photo: WENN
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The outside of IceHotel 365

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The door to the IceHotel 365

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IceHotel 365 is the first hotel that inspire to many other similar buildings in the world, with the ice walls and the reindeer horn-shaped doors. All All of which originated in the northern of Sweden since 1989.
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A statue of elephant is sculpted from ice with 3m high set in the hall of the hotel impressed tourists by the sculptor of AnnaSofia Måå – Photo: Daily Mail
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All items are made from ice, from chandeliers to bed rooms. Photos: WENN

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Using the source of ice from the Torne River, the constructions of 2,100-square-meter are made of two layers of walls: the ice wall of the inside and the concrete wall of the outside which covered by snow and ice. To keep the temperature at -5 degrees Celsius, IceHotel uses a natural cooling system with steel pipes drilled straight down to the freezing layer 5 meters from the ground. With this technique, the constructions will be completely separated from the surroundings, so the cool air can not escape to the outside and the hot air can not penetrate into the inside.

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The Torne River (Left)
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The ice wall of the inside and the concrete wall of the outside which covered by snow and ice.
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To keep the temperature at -5 degrees Celsius, IceHotel 365 uses a natural cooling system with steel pipes drilled straight down to the freezing layer 5 meters from the ground. With this technique, the constructions will be completely separated from the surroundings, so the cool air can not escape to the outside and the hot air can not penetrate into the inside.

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To keep rooms cool enough during the spring and summer, the hotel uses solar energy from April to August. Electricity will help the “cold pipes” inside the ceiling keep the temperature of hotel always at -5° C. The hotel has 20 suites, an ice bar and a gallery of ice sculptures.

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As soon as the temperature drops below 0 Celsius degrees, the construction will be started, and it takes 2 months to complete.
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One of the bedrooms of the hotel. The new design of IceHotel 365 promises to bring all the charm of its sister hotels, the another special thing is this ice hotel will open all year round thanks to the technology of cooling from solar energy to keep the frozen structure remain during the months of summer.

Before, this hotel was opened in 1989 under the name IceHotel 365. However, the hotel is only operated and maintained in the winter, when the sun warms up the ice will melt away, so the hotel is only erected once a year in November, December until April next year.

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The construction of this ice hotel is a feat, using 5,000 tons of natural ice exploited from the Torne River. This peacock statue is lit by bulbs, created the shimmering looks fanciful.
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Under the Arctic Skin designed by Rob Harding and Timsam Harding which has the bed covered with the reindeer leathers, impressive circles on the walls and dome.

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 …

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This unique room is called Wake designed by Petros Dermatas and Ellie Souti, with light passing through the ice cubes.
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The most impressive thing about the Eye Suite was designed by Nicolas Triboulot and Cade Dick Alizard are textures on the walls and and bulkheads. The bed is decorated very magnificent.
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In addition to the 3 meters high elephant statue, this year the hotel also has Love Capsule — a bedroom designed in the style of the Russian Royal Theatre. This room also has an ice cave.
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The ice bed of visitor is covered with waterproof mattress, with a reindeer leather piece on the top. Near the bed there is a switch to turn off the lights when visitor want to sleep. They were awakened at 7 a.m. with a glass of warm fruit juice.
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The luxury room The Great Escape designed by Marjolein Vonk and Maurizio Perron, with plenty of space for visitors to explore, hide and seek.

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One of the unique ice rooms of the IceHotel 365 with its arch dome and ice cubes. The ice bed of visitor is covered with waterproof mattress, with a reindeer leather piece on the top. Near the bed there is a switch to turn off the lights when visitor want to sleep. They were awakened at 7 a.m. with a glass of warm fruit juice. – Photo: Daily Mail

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The new freezing technology helps maintain the hotel all year-round. Photo: WENN
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The decoration patterns are also made by ice. Photo: WENN
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Reindeer leather is widely used in the rooms and seats to keep feeling warm and comfortable.
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Ice Gallery
The Ice Bar of IceHotel 365

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Drinks in the Ice Bar are served in these molded ice cubs (left) while some courses in the restaurant are served on an ice slab (right)

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It is no surprise that the temperature in the ice bar is very low. So visitors have to wear warm clothes before coming here and wear gloves to keep the cups made from ice.
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The hotel also has an ice church, which helps couples who want to get married in the Arctic

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Outside the hotel area is a flat land, ideal place for viewing the aurora borealis. In addition to the beautiful rooms, the hotel also offers wake-up service to wake up visitors to watching northern lights (Aurora Borealis). You can also join the survival courses or relax in the spa.
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Autumn arrives, the yellow of September and the first northern lights (Aurora Borealis) in the season appeared make captivated visitors – Photo: WENN
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The hotel also has an ice church, which helps couples who want to get married in the Arctic

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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.

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The hotel also has warm areas for visitors who can not stand the cold – Photo: WENN
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The hotel also has warm areas for visitors who can not stand the cold – Photo: WENN
IceHotel seen from above. Photos: WENN
The hotel consists of two rectangular long buildings that contain the ice rooms and bar, scattered around are the cabins and a cozy restaurant in the center. IceHotel seen from above. Photos: WENN
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This project team used up a large amount of snow enough moulding 700 million snowballs to make 19 rooms with a variety of themes, with a church and a bar.
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Very few visitors stayed longer than one night, although they had to crossed a long way on the sea. The room rates are quite expensive, ranging from 220-1,000 Euro, but worthy of the experience.

Further information

IceHotel Sweden

Address: Marknadsvägen 63, 981 91 Jukkasjärvi, Sweden
Phone: +46 980 668 00
Website: http://www.icehotel.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/icehotel.sweden

The prices & costs

The room rates are quite expensive, ranging from 220-1,000 Euro, but worthy of the experience.

The 3 nights package at IceHotel 365 costs 1150.86 Euro. The price includes 2 nights in the Ice Room and 1 night in the Kaamos Room. You can also booking directly through the hotel website at: www.icehotel.com

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