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The original ICEHOTEL
"Imagine a hotel built from thousands of tons of snow and ice, and re-built every winter" - that is ICEHOTEL in the little village of Jukkasjârvi in northern Lapland, Sweden.
This is the original ICEHOTEL, first created in the early 1990's. It has become the global ambassador for this genre and now licenses ICEBARs around the world too. With 65 rooms and suites, the property is a huge undertaking to be rebuilt every year, and their expertise inspired other similar properties in North America (Hotel du Glace Quebec) and elsewhere.
The ICEHOTEL offers four types of cold accommodation: Deluxe Suite, Art Suites, Ice rooms, Snow rooms, Northern Light Suites (new in 2013).
In all cases you sleep on a bed made of ice covered with an insulating sheet and reindeer skins. The ambient temperature is minus 5 degrees celcius - so it's chilly inside, but much warmer than outside, where temperatures drop to minus 15 or more. Inside the room is a warm sleeping bag, however heed the advice of what to wear in bed closely.
Many guests keep on too many clothes in bed, get too hot(!), perspire! and spend the rest of the night in a cold, soggy sleeping bag.
The hotel offers the famous and indispensable ICEBAR JUKKASJÄRVI, open to non-residents, as well as an ice chapel sought out by some couples as a likely venue to get married. Of the two restaurants near the hotel, we strongly recommend the one furthest away: It is in a much more charming setting and the walk (15 mins) is very pleasant.
During a packaged trip you'll likely consider staying in their warm rooms. There are two categories of warm accommodation: Hotel rooms or chalets.
A 30-minute drive from the town of Kiruna. If the Stockholm-Kiruna flight is fully booked or too expensive, you can take the direct-link night train.
Taking a tour is an essential part of your trip. We strongly suggest you take the opportunity to go on a dog sledding expedition (it is fantastic fun!). ICEHOTEL offers a vast range of adventures in the surroundings of Jukkasjärvi as well as in the greater parts of Swedish Lapland and northern Norway. You can book on site or in advance online at the hotel's own website.