Check-in at the Ice Hotel

Nearly 200km above the Arctic Circle in northern Sweden, the hotel is a popular stopover for tourists in search of ‘something a little different.’

Sculpted from ice in October every year, these images reflect the 30th incarnation of the hotel. The edifice features chandeliers, ornately-decorated bedrooms, hallways, bathrooms and a wedding chapel.

Around 50,000 day-tourists visit the hotel every year, founded in 1989 by hotelier Yngve Bergqvist who wanted to attract people to the remote town of Jukkasjarvi inside the Arctic Circle. About 20,000 guests elect to spend a night.

The hotel has 35 bedrooms where temperatures reach -5o Celsius.

Individual suites feature sculptures and designs by artists from around the world. Guests can also enjoy a drink in the ice bar, where all beverages are served in glasses made from ice.

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Since 2016 the hotel has also used solar panels to generate electricity to cool a nearby building to below zero to allow them to keep 20 rooms frozen all year round. When spring arrives, the winter hotel’s rooms are closed and it all melts away – until October, when construction begins again.