An ice hotel is a temporary hotel, made up of snow and sculpted blocks of ice. They could be visited by adventurous travelers that are comfortable with the outdoors. Ice hotels are dependent on sub-freezing temperatures. They are constructed from ice and snow and typically have to be rebuilt every year. Ice hotels exist in several countries in the world but the original, first one started in the far north of Sweden in 1989.
Nestled in the small town of Jukkasjarvi, it was first built by hotel pioneer Yngve Bergqvist – who was, at the time, regarded to be mad as a box of frogs.
As it turned out, the concept was a roaring success and each winter since then, artists from around the world have been flying in to construct the 65-room palatial structure from scratch, using ice from the nearby Torne River.
Come summer, when the sun finally wrestles its way through the winter-long darkness, the Icehotel melts back into the river from whence it came.
This year, for the first time ever, its newly opened 365 wing will remain standing all season round, kept cool – although it sounds impossible – entirely using solar power.
Fit snugly into a groove of each ice bed is a waterproof mattress topped with a reindeer hide, and within arm’s reach is a single switch which turns off all the lights when it’s time to sleep.
A few of the eye-wateringly expensive suites come with their own bathrooms, equipped with a bath and a wooden sauna leading off from the cold room.
Seldom few spend more than one night here, and it’s certainly a long way to voyage for a single night. It’s also expensive, with rooms starting at £220 and running up to around £1,000.
But whoever had been once is saying it is absolutely worth it!