Ice Hotel: the world’s first and largest hotel built of snow and ice

Ice Hotel: the world’s first and largest hotel built of snow and ice

Location: Jukkasjärvi, Sweden
Year: 1989
Area: 59.202 sqft / 5.500 sqm
Photo courtesy: Paulina Holmgren, Martin Smedsén, Christopher Hauser
Description:

ICEHOTEL is the world’s first and biggest lodging constructed of snow and ice and it is arranged in Jukkasjärvi, a little town in Northern Sweden with 1,100 occupants and 1,000 canines.

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Every winter, about 50,000 guests from everywhere throughout the world come to see ICEHOTEL to encounter the serenity, Aurora Borealis and the greater part of the exercises offered in Europe’s last wild 200 km north of the Arctic Circle.

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ICEHOTEL covers 5,500 square meters and is developed from 1,000 tons of Torne River ice and 30,000 tons of “snice”, a blend of snow and ice that reinforces the structure. Around 100 individuals are included in the development of ICEHOTEL, half of which are craftsmen particularly welcomed to plan specific ranges of the inn. The development is a year-round procedure. In the middle of March and April, 5,000 tons of ice is reaped from the Torne River and kept in chilly stockpiling amid spring and summer. Development happens in November and December and the whole ICEHOTEL is then open in the middle of December and mid-April, when everything starts to gradually liquefy and come back to the Torne River.

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ICEHOTEL and its structures are secured under Sweden’s Copyright Act.

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