Wednesday, 17 February 2016

The Ice Hotel, Sweden

Ice Hotel, Jukkasjarvi, Sweden (26)

After my epic dog sledding trip across the uninhabited, but beautiful Swedish Arctic, before I left Sweden I took some time to see a few of the more inhabited areas close by.

Which just so happened meant I was close by to the world famous Ice Hotel. So me and my fellow explorers hopped in the back of a rather large truck and headed over to it.


Ice Hotel, Jukkasjarvi, Sweden (1)
Ice Hotel, Jukkasjarvi, Sweden (2)

The Ice Hotel is as it sounds, a hotel made of ice. The walls, floor, rooms, even the beds are made out of ice from the local river.

Now it's also as much a museum as it is a hotel, meaning that it is open to the public until 6pm, so even the rooms are open to go view and explore. I wasn't staying there, which I wasn't gutted about his time as I'd just stayed in my very own igloo I built personally, so I think I win.

Ice Hotel, Jukkasjarvi, Sweden (11)

Inside the hotel is a grand, beautiful entrance with pillars made of solid ice, carved with intricate designs of past Swedish tribal symbols. 

There is even chandeliers made of ice. Every single thing is made of ice and snow, to a degree of detail that really is an art.

Ice Hotel, Jukkasjarvi, Sweden (12)
Ice Hotel, Jukkasjarvi, Sweden (13)
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Ice Hotel, Jukkasjarvi, Sweden (9)
Ice Hotel, Jukkasjarvi, Sweden (14)

Which actually is true in other senses too as the each room is designed by a different artist, who was challenged to work with the rather unusual material of ice to create something magical. 

Ice Hotel, Jukkasjarvi, Sweden (15)
Ice Hotel, Jukkasjarvi, Sweden (16)

Just how?! I was gobsmacked at the level of detail.

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Ice Hotel, Jukkasjarvi, Sweden (23)
Ice Hotel, Jukkasjarvi, Sweden (24)
Ice Hotel, Jukkasjarvi, Sweden (22)
Ice Hotel, Jukkasjarvi, Sweden (21)

I would say to go warm ourselves up we headed to the bar, but that would be a lie, as of course it was made out of ice too. 

Ice Hotel, Jukkasjarvi, Sweden (7)
Ice Hotel, Jukkasjarvi, Sweden (6)

Right from the bar, to the menus.

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The seats and even the glasses to hold the drinks. 

Ice Hotel, Jukkasjarvi, Sweden (25)

The hotel is magical and mesmerizing, however they recommend only staying for one night in the actual rooms as it's sub zero temperatures, meaning there is a whole other traditional wooden and brick hotel next door, with rooms, a restaurant and a warm bar. 

After spending the last few days seeing the uninhabited Swedish Arctic, and now what can be done with some simple ice, I really was falling in love with this part of the world.
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9 comments

  1. Laura this looks incredible! It's a real dream of mine to stay in this hotel!!

    Lauren xx | The Lifestyle Diaries

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  2. Wow - those sculptures are incredible. That's some amazing skills for someone to have created those!!

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  3. It looks oh so perfect! The Ice Hotel is on my bucketlist, whether I'll ever have enough money to go there, who knows!

    Tamsyn-Elizabeth | Peaches and Bear

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  4. Coolest place in the world??? God I want to go here - and check you and your own igloo! Lots of love, Andrea xxx

    Andrea's Passions

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  5. xo cooool !!! love i t ♥♥♥

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  6. These are incredible photos! I can't even imagine what it's like staying there, I bet it's really something to add to the bucket list xxx
    Lucy @ La Lingua | Travel, Food, Italy

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  7. I recon you clicks the Ice Hotel of Sweden very intelligently. All the images are very beautiful, especially Elephant photo is something to fall in love with.

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  8. I am very much inspired to know that there was Every single thing is made of ice and snow, to a degree of detail that really is an art.fantastic view and pictures you have shared

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