Sweden’s Icehotel opens for its 29th annual winter season

Inside the 29th Icehotel in Sweden – and it’s as incredible as ever, with 15 unique frozen suites sculpted by artists from around the world

  • Icehotel is built and rebuilt every year in the village of Jukkasjarvi in Swedish Lapland inside the Arctic Circle
  • This year is the 29th version of the hotel, which is made from 30,000 cubic metres of snice – snow and ice 
  • There are 15 one-of-a-kind suites and 34 artists from 13 countries were chosen to help design and build it

Sweden’s Icehotel has opened once again for the winter season – and it features 15 one-of-a-kind suites.

Each year since 1989, the Icehotel has been built and rebuilt in the village of Jukkasjarvi, 200km (125 miles) north of the Arctic Circle and next to the shores of the Torne River. The latest is the 29th version.

This year, the artists and designers used 30,000 cubic metres of snice – a mixture of snow and ice – to construct the building, which is the equivalent of 110 million Popsicles.

Sweden’s Icehotel has opened inside Swedish Lapland for the 29th consecutive year. Pictured is the suite called Spruce Woods, which allows guests to sit around a fire (of ice) in a forest camping site adjacent to a vintage VW camper van. It was created by artists Christopher Pancoe and Jennie O’Keefe from Canada

Another of the suites in this year’s hotel has a huge carving of a woman’s face next to the bed. It is called ‘Icewoman’ and was designed and created by Linda Vagnelind from Sweden

Artist Tjåsa Gusfors from Sweden came up with the idea for this suite, called Oak, as it resembles a large oak tree

As well as the uniquely designed deluxe suites, there is also an ice ceremony hall and a main hall where 1,000 hand-polished ice crystals have been used to create impressive chandeliers.

Competition to design the Icehotel room was hot.

In total there were 150 design submissions, with 15 teams comprising 34 artists from 13 countries chosen by a jury to help build the hotel, which opened on December 14.

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They included British father-daughter duo Jonathan Paul and Marnie Green, who designed the ‘Living Ocean Suite’ room.

The suite depicts an eerie underwater world inspired by the negative effects of climate change and overfishing, complete with ice-carved corals, shells and fish.

Another of the rooms at the Icehotel, which was designed by French Mathieu Brison and Luc Voisin. The room is called ‘Lollipop’ 

The suite called ‘The Tao Of Cat’, which was created by Sonia Chow and Huschang Pourian from Hong Kong and features a feline ice sculpture

The suite called ‘The Living Ocean’ by British father-daughter duo Jonathan Paul and Marnie Green. The suite depicts an eerie underwater world, inspired by the negative effects of climate change and overfishing. It has ice-carved corals, shells and fish

Dutch artists Wouter Biegelaar and Viktor Tsarski desgined and created this unusual suite, which they decided to call ‘Blossom’ 

Mr Green said: ‘The suite is inspired by the climate changes and the overfishing that affects our oceans.

‘I also thought the idea of using frozen water from a river in northern Sweden to create an ocean with shells, fish, and corals is exciting.

Other designs include ‘Spruce Woods’ by Christopher Pancoe and Jennie O’Keefe from Canada, which allows guests to sit around a fire (of ice) in a forest camping site adjacent to a vintage VW camper van.

The ‘Flock’ room is by Lisa Lindqvist and Ulrika Tallving, a UK and Swedish team, and has birds carved into the walls.

While the ‘Haven’ room represents a magical portal of ice guarded by the clever fox and fiery phoenix, created by artists Jonan Johansson, Jordi Claramunt and Lukas Petko from Sweden, Spain and Slovenia.

Other designs include the icy Aurora Borealis and a room bursting with frozen flower blossom.

Antonio Camara from Canada and Juan Carlos Camara from Mexico designed this suite in the Icehotel, which they called ‘Differential Expansion’ 

A flock of birds is carved into the ice behind the bed in the Flock room, by Lisa Lindqvist and Ulrika Tallving, a UK and Swedish team

The main hall of the hotel was designed and created by Marjolein Vonk from the Netherlands and Maurizio Perron from Italy. The hall features 1,000 hand polished ice crystals, used to create impressive chandeliers

Arne Bergh, creative director at Icehotel, said: ‘It was a challenge for the jury to choose the 15 winning designs but we are very happy with our selection.

‘This winter our guests can enter an amazing wonderland and explore everything from the deep sea to forests and incredible skies. Every winter I say that this is the best Icehotel so far, but this year it definitely is!’

Activities on offer include Arctic yoga, winter running, Nordic skiing, Aufguss saunas (where essential oils are mixed with water to produce an aromatic steam) and workshops on how to best exercise in an Arctic climate.

The Icehotel, which has been launched by Discover the World, is open until March next year. There are 11 direct flights from Heathrow to Kiruna, which is near Jukkasjarvi, throughout the winter season. 

The entrance to the Icehotel in Swedish Lapland. It is is open until March next year when it will then melt and the process of building a new one will start again 

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