Brief

Each December, the Icehotel is host to frozen bedrooms filled with amazing ice sculptures for a few months, before it all melts away into a puddle. This year’s iteration contains a selection of icy artworks ranging from the abstract to the sublime.

 

Insight

Each December, Sweden’s chilly Icehotel hosts frozen bedrooms filled with amazing ice sculptures for a few months, before it all melts away into a puddle again as arctic winter turns to spring. This year’s iteration is no exception and contains a selection of icy artworks ranging from the abstract to the sublime.

This year is the 31st year of the Icehotel. As always, its creation involved the harvesting of thousands of ice blocks from a nearby frozen river in Jukkasjärvi, Swedish Lapland that were then painstakingly carved into the sculptures by a team of 24 skilled artists.

Icehotel 31 contains 12 new frozen art suites, plus there’s another six in the permanent hotel that’s established nearby. Additionally, there’s an ice bar, ceremony hall for weddings, ice furniture and even ice light fittings.

The frozen bedrooms are kept at a chilly -5 °C (23 °F), and guests must sleep on a thick mattress and reindeer hides, though standard warm hotel rooms are also available too for those who prefer to sleep in toasty comfort. The collection of themed rooms this year is quite abstract and includes the depiction of children’s toys, a frozen woodland, fantastical creatures, and a frozen sauna.

 

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