Every year since 1989, the IceHotel has been redesigned and rebuilt in the village of Jukkasjarvi next to the shores of the Torne River.
The 28th version of the hotel has just opened for winter and the whole thing is mind blowing. This year, the artists used 30,000 cubic meters of snow and ice and 500 tons of clear natural ice for glass.
A total of 36 artists from 17 different countries around the world were chosen to help design and build this year’s hotel, which opened on December 15.
It also features 35 uniquely designed deluxe suites, an ice ceremony hall and a brand new frozen playground for children. Also for the younger guests, a creative snow park has been sectioned off from the rest of the hotel where children can make snow angels, build mini ice hotels and even carve their own designs into a special snow fortress.
Dorset-based sculptor and taxidermist Lisa Lindqvist has created another suite called A Wandering Cloud, which features a huge ice-carved cloud hanging over the frozen bed.