The doors of Sweden’s Icehotel for 2022 are open – and these pictures show that it’s as mesmerising as ever.
Each year since 1989, the Icehotel has been built and rebuilt using just snow and ice in the village of Jukkasjarvi, 125 miles north of the Arctic Circle next to the shores of the Torne River.
For this year’s winter Icehotel – No.32 – 27 artists from all over the world spent six weeks creating 12 suites, as well as three new suites in Icehotel 365, the year-round version.
‘Dickensian Street’ by British father and daughter duo Jonathan and Marnie Green
The ‘No Pressure’ suite, pictured, depicts Earth in a press, with the bed placed in a gigantic vice. The room was created by two Swedes, sculptor Carl Wellander and neuroscience student Klara Wellander
Pictured here is the ‘To Bed with the Chickens’ suite, created by Edith Van de Wetering and Wilfred Stijger from the Netherlands
Ice chickens roosting in the ‘To Bed with the Chickens’ suite. The phrase ‘go to bed with the chickens’ means going to bed early
And there is a new design for the Icehotel ceremony hall for ‘intimate celebrations’, built by artists Marjolein Vonk and Maurizio Perron.
Helped by the hotel’s construction team and Creative Director Luca Roncoroni, the artists whittled their creations using 600 tons of ice and 10 Olympic swimming pools of ‘snice’ – a mixture of snow and ice.
The temperature inside the building is around -5C, which keeps the sub-zero masterpieces in tip-top condition.
This suite is called ‘UV’ and was created by designers Nicolas Triboulot and Fernand Manzi, both from France
The ‘Blue Tundra’ suite, where reindeer ‘gather for their migration to the coast’. This room was created by sculptor Elisabeth Kristensen from Norway
This mesmerising suite, called Ginnungagap, was created by Onomiau, a French architecture and design practice
The amazing ‘Room Service’ suite, created by Swedes Tjasa Gusfors and Ulrika Tallving
One highlight of the new hotel is a suite designed by British father and daughter duo Jonathan and Marnie Green called ‘Dickensian Street’. Here guests are ‘taken on a trip back in time to travel in a bygone era down the cobbles of a London street set in Dickensian times with shops, houses and even a pub intricately carved out of ice’.
Guests can also marvel at the hexagonal Art Deco interior of the ‘Great Gatsby’ suite, a band of monkeys and a prehistoric dinosaur crash the party in the ‘Room Service’ suite and reindeer from the frosty blue tundra gather for their migration to the coast in the ‘Blue Tundra’ suite.
There’s also a suite filled with chickens in the ‘To Bed with the Chickens’ suite, created by Edith Van de Wetering and Wilfred Stijger from the Netherlands, with the phrase ‘go to bed with the chickens’ meaning going to bed early.
Sculptor Robert Harding and artist Timsam Harding created this room – ‘Different Natures’
The other-worldly ‘Ceremony Hall’, created by Dutch stylist and art director Marjolein Vonk and Italian sculptor Maurizio Perron
Swedish artists and sculptors AnnaSofia Maag, Emilia Elisson, My Flink and Oscar Insulander banded together to create this room, called ‘Sacred Giant’
This room is called Inom and was created by artist and sculptor ‘Henkia’, who’s based in Stockholm and Berlin
A BLIZZARD OF FACTS ABOUT THE 2022 ICEHOTEL
- 27 artists created the new art suites in Icehotel 32, as well as in Icehotel 365.
- 600 tons of ice were used to build the Icehotel 32.
- 10 Olympic swimming pools (25,000 cubic metres) of snice, a mix of snow and ice, were used to create Icehotel 32.
- 200 handmade ice crystals were used to create the crystal chandeliers in Icehotel 32.
- Icehotel 32 has a temperature of -5C inside the building.
- It takes six weeks to build Icehotel 32, from start to finish.
- Icehotel was named the world’s leading ice hotel and winner of the World Travel Awards 2020.
Extinct animals feature in the ‘No Pressure’ suite, meanwhile. This room depicts Earth in a press, with the bed placed in a gigantic vice.
Activities on offer at the hotel include snowmobiling and dogsledding under the Northern Lights, sipping cocktails out of frozen glasses and guests can challenge themselves to a spot of ice sculpting.
The winter hotel will be open until April 2022. To book a trip to the Icehotel for this year or to visit during the summer or next winter, contact Discover the World on 01737 214 291 or at www.discover-the-world.com/holidays/icehotel-break.
Each year since 1989, the Icehotel has been built and rebuilt using just snow and ice in the village of Jukkasjarvi, 125 miles north of the Arctic Circle next to the shores of the Torne River
The Art Deco ‘Great Gatsby’ suite, created by artist and designer Tomasz Czajkowski and architect Tomasz Jastrzebski, both from Poland
This ethereal suite is called ‘Molecules’ and was created by interior and textile designer Anja Kilian and product designer Wolfgang Luchow, both from Germany