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A Night On Ice: A Guide to Sweden’s Icehotel

For the ultimate winter wonderland, Sweden’s Icehotel is the first of its kind and a must for those seeking something out of the ordinary. From its opening in 1990, the hotel has set the standard for icy accommodations, and is built anew every single year! Read my guide below on how to visit the Icehotel in Sweden.

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Timeline

  • March – in preparation for building the hotel, ice is gathered from the Torne River, one of the world’s cleanest sources of water
  • May – various artists from around the world start designing the rooms – there are never two identical rooms from year to year!
  • November – artists come from all over the world to create their rooms and bring the designs to life
  • December to April – rooms open to guests
  • April – rooms melt away and the cycle begins again

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When to visit

One of the most important aspects of your plan to visit the Icehotel in Sweden is timing it correctly!

  • December to February – Arctic winter with the lowest temperatures and limited daylight
  • March to early May – Arctic spring with long days, mild temperatures
  • May to August – Arctic summer, with ample daylight due to the midnight sun
  • September to November – golden autumn

The best times to avoid crowds are January, March, or April.

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Getting there

The Icehotel is located 200km / 124 miles north of the Arctic Circle.

Fly into Stockholm, then take a short 1.5 hour flight into Kiruna. From Kiruna, take a car or taxi, or I recommend contacting the concierge to organize a dog sleighing ride to the hotel!

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Accommodations

The hotel features around 50 cold rooms and 70 warm rooms – take your pick between a classic warm hotel room in a log cabin, or one of the famous ice rooms.

Ice room

Prepare for a cold, cold night! With temperatures hovering around 23F (-5C), everything is made of ice – the walls, ceiling, chairs, and bed (topped with reindeer furs to keep you warm.) Each room is special in its own way, and ask the staff for a tour to choose which one you want:

  • Snow room – the bare essentials. This is a simple bed in a room made of snow and ice
  • Ice room – a larger snow room including two ice chairs
  • Art suites – themed rooms with cool sculptures and art – think Tron, arctic animals, water, vehicles, food, etc.!
  • Deluxe art suite – a large room twice the size of the art suite

They also provide an extremely sturdy, polar-tested sleeping bag that’s so warm, you can easily sleep with one layer on underneath! There is no plumbing, but there is a sauna nearby and a hot tub outdoors that includes bathroom facilities.

Warm room

The cold not for you? Stay in one of their classic log cabins! These are fully equipped rooms with all your typical amenities, and extremely cozy.

Tip: I would recommend 1 night in the ice room, 1 overnight excursion, and the remainder of your nights in a warm room.

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Features and amenities

Icebar

Though there are branches worldwide, this is the original Icebar. For a one-of-a-kind experience, order a drink “in the rocks!”

Church

For those seeking an extraordinary wedding experience, try getting married at Icehotel’s church. Children can also get baptized here, and couples can renew their vows too. Talk about a ‘cool’ place 😉

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Activities

There are plenty of winter activities to keep you occupied during the day and night. With limited hours of daylight, learn to make the most out of the darkness – such as going on an aurora borealis tour!

  • Northern lights tour
  • Dog sleighing
  • Horseback riding
  • Ice sculpting (yours may even get featured in the hotel lobby!)
  • Ice fishing
  • Moose watching
  • Snowmobile safari
  • Exploring nearby town of Jukkasjärvi

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Want to visit the Icehotel in Sweden, been there before, or have another favorite wintertime destination? Let me know in the comments section below!

18 Comments

  • Reply littlemisscant September 28, 2016 at 6:08 am

    Your photos are absolutely beautiful! I live in “the land of ice and snow” so I would be down for checking this out for a night. Looks a little chilly but the cuddling would help for sure! I think they have something similar here in Montreal but I could be wrong…

  • Reply Paula Schuck September 28, 2016 at 6:57 am

    That is so crazy cool! I love everything about that place! The scenery, the hotel, the doggies!

  • Reply Gwendolyn Mulholland September 28, 2016 at 12:42 pm

    This is incredible and breathtaking. As awesome as it would be I do not tolerate the coldat all.

  • Reply Michele d September 28, 2016 at 4:36 pm

    Such a beautiful place but I’m afraid it’s a tad too cold for me to visit there.

  • Reply Amanda Simkin September 28, 2016 at 4:52 pm

    Wow, how absolutely breathtaking! Although I’m not a fan of long Chicago winters, it looks like the Ice Hotel in Sweden would be a great place to spend a beautiful winter day!

  • Reply Jenn September 28, 2016 at 5:36 pm

    I have been to Sweden before but never to an ice castle. That looks like an amazing experience.

  • Reply Melissa Dixon September 29, 2016 at 7:38 am

    That sounds like a wonderful place to visit. I bet I could take a million pictures while there.

  • Reply Lynndee September 29, 2016 at 8:05 am

    An ice hotel? Isn’t that amazing?! I get cold so easily, but I think I would love to experience something like that for maybe a night or two. 🙂

  • Reply Ann Bacciaglia September 29, 2016 at 9:58 am

    It would be amazing to go to the Ice Hotel in Sweden. It looks fantastic. We have an Ice Hotel here in Ottawa for a few months in the winter and it is so cool to go and explore it.

  • Reply uprunforlife September 29, 2016 at 1:32 pm

    That is a cool idea. I have seen an ice hotel on tv too. I would love to stay there. I bet it would be awesome for my arthritis.

  • Reply Nile September 29, 2016 at 7:54 pm

    I remember seeing an ice hotel on a Bond movie. Seems like a cool (pun intended) concept. I’d like to go to an ice hotel sometime.

  • Reply lauren September 30, 2016 at 6:44 am

    I have never stayed at an ice hotel but that looks awesome!

  • Reply Gabriel Bregg September 30, 2016 at 3:47 pm

    This might be the coolest thing I’ve ever seen. Pun totally intended. Added to the bucket list, for sure.

  • Reply Ricci September 30, 2016 at 6:55 pm

    Wow! This looks like a one of a kind, unforgettable stay! What a gorgeous place!

  • Reply rosepetalsinthesea September 30, 2016 at 9:03 pm

    How gorgeous! I absolutely hate being cold, but this chilly experience sounds like something I’d love to try at least once. – HilLesha

  • Reply Christina Aliperti October 2, 2016 at 2:51 pm

    I didn’t know how badly I wanted to go to Sweden until now. Everything is absolutely gorgeous!

  • Reply Stephanie Pass October 2, 2016 at 10:07 pm

    How amazing! I would so love to visit a place like this. Someday…

  • Reply IvyIvy October 4, 2016 at 6:01 pm

    This is INSANE! I can’t believe it’s rebuilt every year. You go to the coolest places 🙂

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