Building a hotel of ice
Ice is not the most practical construction material, but an art exhibition and hotel built entirely of natural ice and snow creates one of the most unique overnight experiences in the world. Every winter blocks of ice is harvested from nearby Torne River. The ice is the building material and also the basis for all the artworks. Show more
Every spring the hotel and accompanying art exhibition melts back into the Torne River. The following winter a new hotel with all-new artwork is built up again. Artists come from all over the world to help fill the walls, floors and ceilings of the hotel with unique and ephemeral designs. The world’s first ice hotel was completed in 1989 in Jukkasjärvi north of the Arctic Circle in Sweden. The ICEHOTEL is located 200 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle in Sweden. As of 2016, guests will be able to take part of the experience year-round, as parts of the hotel will stay open, cooled with solar power from the midnight sun. Show less
Region: Northern Sweden
Location: Icehotel in Jukkasjärvi
Categories: Accommodation, Nature, Society & Lifestyle, Outdoor, Big file format +40 Mb, Day, Winter
Limits on use: "www.icehotel.com" must always be given next to the picture, along with the photographers name.
Credits: Asaf Kliger/Icehotel//imagebank.sweden.se