This Swedish ice hotel has opened its doors just 124 miles from the Arctic Circle and displays stunning art sculptures created by local artists.
Icehotel 31 is located in Jukkasjarvi in the municipality of Kiruna located in the northernmost Swedish province of Lapland just 200 kilometres (124 miles) from the Arctic Circle.
The seasonal hotel opened its doors on 11th December. It only exists during the winter months and is the 31st time the temporary hotel is set up, giving the venue its name for this year.
Its unique art designs were created by 35 Swedish artists who were chosen to help create 12 one-of-a-kind ice suites, according to a press release by Icehotel yesterday (14 December).
The hotel usually accepts artists from around the world, however, Icehotel creative director Luca Roncoroni explained that the pandemic forced them to take a different approach this year, but assures guests it “will be a memorable one” with art that will “mesmerise” visitors and offer an escape.
The images show the stunning rooms made up several ice sculpture decorations and bed frames.
The art and parts of the hotel are created using ice blocks from the River Torne before it thaws and is returned to the river in the springtime.
The hotel offers guests a wide range of art displays which will be accompanied with audio guides explaining the story behind the piece.
Guests will also have access to saunas, a frozen forest display, award-winning food, and outdoor winter sports.
Icehotel 31 will be open until 11th April next year.
Given the difficult circumstances posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, hotel bosses have also taken a more virtual approach to reach a wider audience.
The hotel is offering virtual tours online to anyone who wants to visit one of their 12 suites or one of their six new art suites in the permanent part of the hotel called Icehotel 365.
Anyone interested in further information or wants to stay updated on any news from Icehotel can check out their social media page at (https://bit.ly/37mJtjL) or visit their website (https://bit.ly/3ngNPOK).
To find out more about the author, editor or agency that supplied this story – please click below.
Story By: Juan Mayes, Sub-Editor: Marija Stojkoska, Agency: Newsflash
The Ananova page is created by and dedicated to professional, independent freelance journalists. It is a place for us to showcase our work. When our news is sold to our media partners, we will include the link here.