Jukkasjärvi, Sweden, is sure to give you a cool reception! Although icehotels are built every year in Sweden, Icehotel 365 will be unique as this spectacle will remain open all around the year.
The Icehotel 365 has its inner walls built entirely from snow, while the out structure is made from concrete. This 2,100 sq m (22,600 sq ft) giant was created using 30,000 l (6,600 gallons of water taken from the Torne River.
The walls and ceilings are created from a mixture of snow and ice called “snice,” which takes the internal temperature of the hotel at -5° C (23° F).
To keep the ice from melting away, a refrigerating plant powered by solar panels expanded on 875 sq m (9,400 sq ft) of area, is installed to produce 130,000 kWh of power per year. This is enough to not only is expected to not only cover the running of the plant, but also provide electricity to power other facilities within the building, such as restaurants, offices and warm rooms.
This solar system is also plausible because it is located 200 km (124 mi) north of the Arctic Circle, where the sun doesn’t set for 100 consecutive days during the summer months.
The Icehotels entails 20 suites, a gallery containing intricate artwork and an ice bar. The hotel also boast private saunas, showers and bathtubs and other luxuries adjacent to the room.
The icehotel 365 took over 40 artists, designers and architects to build, and some of that effort will melt way come the summer. But this is not necessarily a bad thing, as this also means that there will be constant changes and improvements in the design and structure.
The Art Suites entail angels and underwater worlds completely made out of ice, and its Deluxe Suites reflect a 1920s era interactive story, a forest of crystals, a maze and a riff on Gustav Klimt’s “The Kiss.”
The guests at the Icehotel 365 can choose to dive into the river and sauna, or show offtheir creative side and create their own ice sculptures. The hotel offers a half-day wilderness survival course focusing on building shelter and fire with flint.
The hotel has a Michelin-trained chef Alexander Meier offering a locally-inspired menu, including the scrumptious fir sprouts, the all famous cloudberries and the mouth watering sea-buckthorn.
Icehotel CEO Yngve Bergqvist said in a press release,
“This is the first time in the world something like this has ever been built. The idea for Icehotel 365 came about a year ago and the building plans has been intense since then.”
The groundwork for the Icehotel was laid on June 27, which took only five months to build, and has been opened for customers since the end of November. You can book your room or learn more about it by visiting their site!