The biggest ice hotel in the world (24 HQ Photos)

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Every winter, artists from around the world gather in Jukkasjärvi, northern Sweden, for an art project that has become known as “Icehotel”. It is the world’s largest hotel built of snow and ice. The development covers 59,200 sq. ft and is constructed from 2,000 tons of Torne River ice and 30,000 tons of “snice”, a mixture of snow and ice that strengthens the structure. Building the hotel is a year-round process.

Turning in for the night involves slipping into thermal underwear, pulling a woolly hat over your ears, and then climbing into a sleeping bag atop reindeer hides and a mattress covering a block of ice. After your morning wake-up call (a cup of hot lingonberry juice), it’s time for a sauna, followed by breakfast from a well-stocked buffet and a day of activity.

Most guests sleep one night ’on ice’ and a few nights in the warm accommodation also on premise. Among other activities, ICEHOTEL arranges guided Northern Lights tours by snowmobile or bus, dog-sledding and reindeer-sledding excursions, horseback riding to watch moose, ice sculpting, and Raidú – an encounter with the Sami culture.


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  • non, a

    Woah, TheChive learned how to put text above a picture. :O

  • Mila

    If you ever get a chance – go there, it is amazing on every level – the culture, the ice, norther lights that can be seen from the hotel or by going to a northern lights safari…STUNNING! It is super cold, but you get over it…although do not expect to get much sleep in the ice bedroom.
    I was there in 2004.

    • Donkey Douche

      Cool story, bro. Tell it again.

      • Not Really Mila

        Granted:

        If you ever get a chance – go there, it is amazing on every level – the culture, the ice, norther lights that can be seen from the hotel or by going to a northern lights safari…STUNNING! It is super cold, but you get over it…although do not expect to get much sleep in the ice bedroom.
        I was there in 2004.

  • Moknowsbest

    this looks awesome, but i dont know about sleeping here on blocks of ice

    • WithoutRemorse

      haha they arent blocks of ice.. its a normal bed, sitting on wooden box, surrounded by ice to make up the bed frame.

  • stogeybytheway

    Neanderthal fantasy possible now..

    Go to loud club, grunt at girl, show off impressive thews, take back to ice cave bed covered in reindeer pelts.

  • justinbwoodard

    Baby, let's melt the bed.

  • Poop smith

    Is it dumb to say an ice hotel looks like hell to me?

  • damien

    Is that Joel McHale in pic 14 or just a guy with a big forehead?

  • HickoryHeel01

    If you need me, I'll be at the Icebar.

  • bee

    cool…gotta go there and chill someday

    • JESSE

      sure it looks nice, but it' snow Palace hotel.

  • Coal clean

    That's cool! (Yes, pun intended.)

  • Bruno

    Theres one in Canada too, Hotel de Glace.

    • Ricky Bobby

      Yeah but it's in Quebec…

  • whoops

    What if you want to take a shower?

  • Ride

    Pictures don't do that place justice! If you ever get a chance to go you should!

  • Canucks_Rule

    #8 #11 #15 – anyone else think of james bond?

    • MonkeyMadness

      No, why would I think of him? I'm thinking of Miranda Frost or Jinx Johnson.

      • Canucks_Rule

        ice hotel in 'die another day.'

        • MonkeyMadness

          Yes, good movie. You should watch it sometime so you'll know who I'm referencing when I'm talking about the Bond babes Miranda Frost and Jinx Johnson in the film.
          I was merely saying that I think of the hot babes instead of James Bond.😉

  • Justino

    Fuck that place, I sleep naked.

    • http://www.yohammada.de/sitemap.html sara

      😀 hahaha .. but after drinking all the shots ;D

  • JustTrollin

    And is the hotsprings hospital next door?

  • http://twitter.com/FlintSkinny @FlintSkinny

    I'm going to the Ice Hotel next month. Chive Everywhere.

  • BWaecker

    #21 seems vaguely dangerous…

  • blue_bronco

    No Superman references yet? Weird.

    • David

      seriously, why are all these people in the fortress of solitude? superman is going to be pissed when he gets back from his Lois Lane bootie call

  • brown dog

    Need sledgehammer.

    Now.

  • Steve Grenier

    It's all fun and games until someone lights a candle.

    • MonkeyMadness

      Or lights a fart.

  • Zodiac 308

    I want to go just to play hockey in the bar

  • http://Twitter.com/Talzar Talon

    This is most certainly where all my ex-girlfriends' hearts stay whilst on vacation.

  • Oli

    Haha! I was there a few weeks ago, absolutely stunning! Would recommend to anyone! The ice rooms are around -5C, but its suprisingly cosy once you're in your thermals and sleeping bag. Didn't get to see the northern lights as it was snowing a lot, but did go Husky sledding and ice sculpting!

  • Jason

    Anyone else curious as to where the shitter is?

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