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Indulge your senses at ICEHOTEL, the world's first and most exclusive hotel to be constructed from glistening ice and snow.

The Swedish village of Jukkasjärvi is home to the crystal-clear Tome river, perfectly located 200km north of the Arctic Circle. Free of pollutants and imperfections, the natural waters of the Tome River freeze slowly and naturally in winter, to provide perfect building material for the spectacular ICEHOTEL.  

Originally constructed in 1989, ICEHOTEL is an unimissable, year-round experience. A real-life winter wonderland, the shimmering hotel is creatively reborn each year in a brand-new form, cooled with solar panels during summer, when the domed roof is colourfully adorned with wild flowers.

The perfect location for capturing the famed Northern Lights, ICEHOTEL is set within snow-topped pine forests, and offers an immaculate mixture of individually-designed warm and cold rooms. You'll discover art suites exquisitely sculpted by over 40 specially selected artists, along with a glowing ice bar (ICEBAR BY ICEHOTEL Jukkasjärvi) - ideal for champagne-supping with friends you haven't met yet! - and a truly breathtaking ice gallery.

Step inside this very special hotel, and you'll immediately understand why it has made such an impact all over the world. Marvel at the hallways lined with stunning ice art, gaze at the glittering chandeliers, and let yourself get carried away by magic!

The hotel is kept at a constant temperature of -5°C, and you may find you soon become addicted to the feeling of sleeping ‘on ice', especially when snuggled in thermal sleeping bags on cosy beds covered with reindeer hides...and with a steaming cup of hot lingonberry juice to greet your day!

Toilets, piping hot showers, dressing rooms and storage areas are all located in the warm section of the hotel (no freezing ice showers here), along with the hotel's selection of warm rooms.

Of course, you'll find plenty of amazing spots to eat, drink and be merry at ICEHOTEL. Alongside the famous  ICEBAR BY ICEHOTEL Jukkasjärvi, with cocktails served in real ice glasses and a glittering dance floor made from snow, you can enjoy local specialities including moose and reindeer in the signature restaurant, ranked amongst the area's top three in Scandinavia's restaurant guides.  

Meanwhile, rustic Jukkasjärvi Homestead is a timbered building that dates back to 1768, with a roaring open fire and and a porch that overlooks the Tome River, ideal for indulging in sumptuous comfort food.

Naturally, you'll want to experience the spectacular Northern Lights during your stay, and ICEHOTEL's position above the Arctic Circle makes it the perfect base - simply enjoy a pre-sighting cocktail and then join a group of aurora watchers at the frozen river! If you're feeling more adventurous, why not arrange a husky safari or snowmobile tour, and head deep into the wilderness for an even more spectacular viewing platform, as long as the cloud conditions are just right?  

Many people dream of walking in a genuine winter wonderland. So why not make those dreams come true, with a stay in the glistening ICEHOTEL...a place where enchanting fairytales are made wonderfully real.

Things to note

All activities at ICEHOTEL are weather dependent. For snowmobile tours, drivers should be aged 16 or over and hold a valid drivers, tractor or moped class I licence. Some images used are creditied to Asaf Kliger.

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The basics

Region: Jukkasjärvi, Norrbotten
Cost (from): £140/night warm room, £215/night cold room
Sleeps: Varies
Bedrooms: Varies
Minimum stay: 1 night
Property ref: 688

Facilities

ICEHOTEL has a wide variety of warm and cold rooms with varying facilities in each. Please refer to the property website for a full breakdown. Breakfast, morning sauna, free entry and option of guided tour of ICEHOTEL are included in the price of your room. During the winter season the admission fee to ICEHOTEL, winter overalls, shoes and gloves are also included.

Local activities

Ice sculpting, Northern Lights safari, talks, guided tours, quizzes, dog sledding, photography, fishing, snowmobile, skiing, wilderness skills, moose safari, river rafting.

At a glance

  • The original ICEHOTEL with ICEBAR BY ICEHOTEL Jukkasjärvi and a range of dining options.
  • Located in the Swedish village of Jukkasjärvi and offering a range of accommodation in a selection of individually-designed warm and cold rooms and suites.
  • Discover the World offer an exclusive and direct ‘Ice Flight' from London Heathrow to Kiruna, Swedish Lapland, just 20 minutes from the Ice Hotel. Alternatively, fly via Stockholm with separate transfers.
  • It is recommended that visitors combine warm and cold sleeping options, with the first or last night in a cold room. Please pack plenty of warm and thermal clothing.
  • An ideal location for capturing the Northern Lights, with additional excursions (including husky safaris and snowmobile tours) available. Guests can combine their trip with an overnight stay at Abisko National Park for the Aurora Sky Station, one of the best aurora viewing platforms in the world.
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