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Peacock sculpture made of snow at the Icehotel in Swedish Lapland.
Ice sculptures, Icehotel in Jukkasjärvi
Photo: Asaf Kliger/Icehotel/

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ICEHOTEL, Jukkasjärvi

Icehotel is not only a cool (!) hotel. It is perhaps Sweden’s most unique art gallery, with yearly art exhibitions made of snow and ice.

Sustainability is at the core of this unique hotel located in the Arctic Circle, on the bank of Sweden’s largest river, Torne. Built entirely from ice from the river, this hotel, spread over 2,100 square metres, is reshaped each year with new artists designing the rooms. When the temperature rises during spring, it melts and returns to the river. The hotel is open 365 days a year and a visit here is easily combined with activities as dogsledding and boat trips beneath the midnight sun.

Since 2016, the hotel features a permanent structure open all year round, cooled by solar panels during the warmer months. This new addition, ICEHOTEL 365, has 10 luxury suites, 12 art suites designed by selected artists, an ice bar and gallery, all run on solar power. 

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