Icehotel 365 – the world’s first permanent ice hotel in Swedish Lapland, Sweden. Guests are surrounded by frozen art, can climb an ice staircase to a ‘floating’ bed and sleep at a cool -5C (23 degrees Fahrenheit), 365 days a year. Located about 125 miles (200 km) north of the Arctic Circle, the 2,100 sq ft resort houses 20 suites, 11 ‘art suites’ and 9 deluxe suites for its guests, in addition to a bar and an art gallery.
The suite also features a staircase of pure ice that winds from its entrance towards the ‘floating’ frozen bed. More than 40 artists, designers and architects from 9 different countries have worked on the hotel. During winter, the hotel will be covered in snow but during the summer it will be kept cool by solar power from the midnight sun, covered with a turf roof and planted with Arctic flowers.
The 2016 variation of Icehotel 365 is the resorts 27th in total, dating back to 1989. Icehotel 365 is next to the Ice Hotel (which melts away by spring). Construction of both properties involves the use of around 30,000 litres of water from the Torne river: the equivalentof 700m snowballs.
A three-night Icehotel 365 break with Discover the World costs from £1,105pp (based on two sharing a cold Art Suite for one night and ‘warm’ accommodation for two nights, including flights). The hotel is in Jukkasjärvi, where the sun doesn’t set for 100 days in Swedish Lapland. Artists Marjolein Vonk and Maurizio Perron have created one of the deluxe suites – known as Wishful Thinking.
Here’s a Sneak Peak into Icehotel 365 – the world’s first permanent ice hotel in Sweden. See Inside Pictures: