IMAGES: Sweden’s Icehotel Is Back And It’s Cooler Than Ever

Icehotel © Martin Smedsn

Image courtesy of Martin Smedsn

Grab your coat – Sweden’s infamous Icehotel has just opened for the winter season, with new British designs and a flower power theme

The iconic Icehotel in Swedish Lapland has just opened its doors for the winter season and it’s filled with cool new creations for awaiting guests.

As well as 35 uniquely designed art and deluxe suites, the latest hotel boasts an ice bar, an ice ceremony hall, a new 12-course chef’s table experience and an exciting programme of wellbeing activities.

Art suite -Daily Travellers Alem Teklu & Anne Karin Krogeveoll , ICEHOTEL 28  Photo by - Asaf Kliger

How it works
• A total of 30,000 cubic metres of snice (snow and ice) have been used in the seasonal building
• 500 tons of crystal clear natural ice to create the art, ice glasses and the ice bar itself this year.
• 1,000 hand-polished ice crystals used for the impressive chandeliers that adorn the Main Hall.
• A total of 36 artists from 17 different countries around the world were chosen to help design and build this year’s hotel including two British teams, both of which were involved last year.

Art suite - A Rich Seam Howard Miller & Hugh Miller  ICEHOTEL 28  Photo by - Asaf Kliger

The artists
Liverpool based design duo Hugh and Howard Miller have created an art suite named ‘A Rich Seam’ where guests clamber into an ice seam adorned with crystal clear ice. Then there’s Dorset based sculptor and taxidermist Lisa Lindqvist who has created a suite called ‘A Wandering Cloud’ which features a huge ice-carved cloud hanging over the frozen bed.

Other designs include a delicate Fabergé egg, a space room and a suite inspired by boat refugees’ journeys across the Mediterranean Sea called ‘Daily Travellers’.

Art suite - Queen of the North Emilie Steele & Sebastian Dell’Uva  , ICEHOTEL 28  Photo by - Asaf Kliger

Cool new features
This year, the Icehotel is offering a much larger schedule of events and activities, from an authentic Christmas market to a big focus on wellbeing with the introduction of weekly Arctic Yoga, winter running, Nordic skiing, Aufguss saunas (where essential oils are mixed with water to produce an aromatic steam) and workshops on how to best exercise in an Arctic climate.

Wilderness Dinner © Ragnar TH Sigurdsson

Image courtesy of Ragnar TH Sigurdsson

For the foodies
The hotel has also introduced a new ‘Chef’s Table’ dining experience at the Icehotel Restaurant, run by Michelin award-winner Alexander Meier. Guests can enjoy an impressive twelve-course tasting menu focused on local produce with a modern twist such as flavours including fir sprouts, cloudberry and sea buckthorn.

wilderness dinner by asaf kliger

Make it happen
When: December 2017- March 2018
Cost: A 3x night break at Icehotel #28 is available from £1,154pp based on two sharing (with 1x night sleeping in an ice room and 2x nights in warm accommodation) on a B&B basis, including a return direct Iceflight from London Heathrow to Kiruna (travelling Saturday to Tuesday at convenient times), all airport transfers and 1x morning sauna after a night sleeping on ice.
Bookings: To make a reservation or find out more, click here or call 01737 214 291

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