ICEHOTEL 365 is now open!
A 2,100 square metre facility filled with snow and ice from the Torne River, a permanent ice experience – ICEHOTEL 365 has been inaugurated.
On the inside of Icehotel 365 there are 20 suits, an ice bar that serves champagne and drinks, as well as an ice gallery – all created out of snow and ice by artists from all around the world. ICEHOTEL’s founder Yngve Bergqvist hatched the idea for a hotel made out of ice and snow 27 years ago and now his dream of a year round Icehotel has come true.
— We saw that there was a demand for visits to the Icehotel all year round and we have long wondered how we could meet that demand in an environmentally sustainable fashion. When we had the idea to run Icehotel all year round with the help of solar energy, we decided to do it and to make the ice experience accessible all year round, explains Yngve.
Walls, floors and ceilings are covered with ice and snow and the temperature is minus five degrees Celsius, year-round, in the new building. The refrigerating plant that makes sure Icehotel 365 is cold during the summer is powered by energy from solar panels and since Jukkasjärvi is situated 200 km north of the Arctic Circle, the sun is shining a 100 consecutive days during the summer months. To let the ice express ephemeral art is the heart of Icehotel. This year the hotel will offer more art than ever in the history of Icehotel.
– What’s fascinating is that the sun which melted the art in the past, is essential for making the year-round art experience possible. The art in the permanent part of Icehotel will also change during the year and melt back into Torne River again, says Arne Bergh, Creative Director at Icehotel.
Icehotel 365 is open for daytime visitors every day of the week between 10am and 6pm, and you can also join a guided tour. In mid-December the doors will open to the 27th renditon of the classic Icehotel.
Read more about guided tours and visits at ICEHOTEL.