Icehotel, Swedish Lapland
Perhaps the most iconic hotel in Swedish Lapland is the famed Ice Hotel. As the world’s first ice hotel, the entire property is also an art exhibition with more than 40 artists joining together annually to rebuild the hotel. Situated about 125 miles north of the Arctic Circle, the hotel offers a luxury experience in one of the most remote and untouched wildernesses on the planet.
Icehotel has a combination of warm and cold rooms, which most guests take advantage of during their stay. The cold rooms hold a consistent temperature of 18-25F. There are two restaurants on property that showcase traditional dishes, with a contemporary twist. For guests not staying at Icehotel, it is possible to visit during the day, as a day guest.
The newest addition to the Icehotel complex, is Icehotel 365, which opened in 2016. While the traditional hotel is open from November to March, Icehotel 365 allows guests visiting at any time of the year to marvel at its construction. Like the original Icehotel, Icehotel 365 is also comprised of a number of suites (including saunas) and rooms. Icehotel 365 also has its own ice bar and ice gallery, displaying ice sculpture from some of the artists who help to rebuild the original Icehotel annually.
After reveling in the hotel’s astonishing construction from its Art Suites to Ice Church, guests and visitors have the chance to try ice sculpting for themselves! The hotel features a number of wonderful winter activities including Stand Up Paddle Boarding on the Torne River, Cross Country Skiing, Wilderness Survival courses, plus dog sledding and snowmobiling, just to name a few!
While the aurora borealis is visible from October to March, we recommend visiting between December and March when the snow pack is at it’s peak. Icehotel offers Northern Lights tours taking guests out into the wilderness, as far away from light pollution, as possible. Given it’s prime position in Swedish Lapland, it is possible to venture to Abisko National Park on a Northern Lights Safari. With predictably clear skies and almost no light pollution, Abisko is really one of the best places for photographing the natural phenomenon, as well as, for landscape photography. Icehotel offers excursions at all times of the day up to Abisko for aspiring photographers.