Winter Wonderland – The IceHotel, Sweden

Every winter for more than 20 years, an international group of intrepid architects and artists have headed over to a remote village in northern Sweden (Jukkasjärvi) to build a hotel out of ice and snow.

They call their sculpture (or should we say sculptures – they build the place from scratch every year) IceHotel. And we’re all invited to stay!

But a night in these luxurious, ornately carved frozen surroundings doesn’t come cheap. A double room costs anything between 1,450-7,000 Swedish Krona (SEK) per person per night – that works out as £137-660 or $220-1,060.

If sleeping on a bed of ice (literally) isn’t your kind of thing, it’s possible to take a guided tour. Adult tickets cost a whopping SEK 325 (£30.50 / $50)!

On the off chance you can’t afford to stay, or you’re not popping by Jukkasjärvi (which, by the way, lies 200 km north of the Arctic Circle) any time soon, we’ve put together this photo gallery of the IceHotel.

Featured image: IceHotel chapel (2007), by bjaglin
Ice Hotel - Jukkasjarvi, Sweden

Jukkasjärvi’s a great place to catch the Northern Lights. Photographer: Martin-SmedsÇn

Ice Hotel - Jukkasjarvi Swed

Reception – ice sculptures are found thoughout the building. Artists: Liliya Pobornikova & Viktor Tsarski | Photographer: Christopher Hauser

Ice Hotel - Jukkasjarvi Sweden

IceHotel always features a chapel that can be booked for weddings. Artists Cindy Berg, Marjolein Vonk, Jan Willem van der Schoot and Marinus Vroom | Photographer: Big Ben Productions

Ice Hotel - Jukkasjarvi Sweden

Every year there’s a new Absolut Vodka-sponsored bar (the people behind IceHotel also run IceBar in London). Artist: Thoms Nilsson | Photographer: Christopher Hauser

Ice Hotel - Jukkasjarvi Sweden

The craftsmanship is immense throughout. Artist: Thoms Nilsson | Photographer: L. Milling

Ice Hotel - Jukkasjarvi Sweden

Rooms feature beds and ornaments made of ice. Artists: Ben Rousseau & Ian Douglas-Jones | Photographer: Christopher Hauser

Ice Hotel - Jukkasjarvi Sweden

Guests are supplied with either a single or double duvet and advised to wear thermals at all times. Artists: Wilfred Stijger & Edith van de Wetering | Photographer: L. Milling

Ice Hotel - Jukkasjarvi Sweden

They’re also given a welcome kit containing warm winter clothes, gloves, and shoes. The price of a room also includes a breakfast buffet, morning sauna and admission to the rest of the hotel. Artists: Natalia Chistyakova & Karlis Ile | Photographer: L. Milling

Ice Hotel - Jukkasjarvi Sweden

Apparently, the key to dressing for the cold is layers. Artists: Marjolein Vonk & Marinus Vroom | Photographer: Christopher Hauser

Ice Hotel - Jukkasjarvi Sweden

This is probably the only place in the world where you’d be happy to share your bedroom with a pack of polar bears. Artist: AnnaSofia Mååg | Photographer: Christopher Hauser