Icehotel, a famed hotel and art exhibition in Swedish Lapland, has announced the hotel’s exhibition plans, as well as its first-ever suite designs in celebration of its 30th anniversary. In addition, travel specialist, Discover the World, will continue its sustained partnership with Icehotel to offer guests eight “IceFlight’s” this season, the only direct flight from the U.K. to the hotel.
Set in the village of Jukkasjärvi, about 100 miles north of the Arctic Circle, the Icehotel is made exclusively of snow and ice, and is recreated in a new guise every winter in collaboration with artists from around the world. As layers of snow form a blanket over Jukkasjärvi in mid-November, artists will gather together to create the exhibition of snow, ice and light that will become Icehotel 30.
This year, a total of 18 design teams have been chosen to help build the 15 Art Suites as well as the Main Hall, the Ceremony Hall and the Icebar.
In the Art Suites, guests will have the option of checking into a frozen West End theatre production complete with ice-carved curtains and a stage; sleeping next to a submerged iceberg; spending the night in a subterranean ice room with giant ice ants; settling down in a frozen feline lair; or waking up surrounded by an ice-carved Kaleidoscope.
In addition to the suites, designs for the Icehotel’s Main Hall, Ceremony Hall and IceBar have also been unveiled. The theme for the Main Hall, “Brutalism,” will celebrate the construction of the hotel, the Ceremony Hall, “Ginkgo,” will highlight the Ginkgo tree, which is seen as a symbol of hope, strength and longevity, and the IceBar, “Welcome to TorneLand,” will be a tribute to the hotel with ice-carved rollercoasters, Ferris wheels, carnival games and hot air balloons.
Lastly, the hotel will also be hosting a photography exhibition showcasing 30 years of “ice memories.” Guests will be able to enjoy a special ice-carved viewing platform built above the hotel, offering 360-degree views of the Torne River from which the ice is harvested.
A stay at the Icehotel gives guests the opportunity to combine sleeping on ice in these suites with various experiences including husky sledding, ice sculpting, snowmobiling, reindeer sleigh rides and Northern Lights photography classes. Additionally, Discover the World offers guests exclusive holiday packages and itineraries throughout the year.