Jukkasjärvi Ice Hotel 25th Anniversary
These are some pretty magical photos of this year's 25th Jukkasjärvi Ice Hotel in Sweden. The hotel is a temporary structure which only exists for four months a year. The small village of Jukkasjärvi just north of the Arctic Circle is home to just over 1,000 permanent residents, 1,000 dogs and sees upwards of 50,000 annual visitors.
The ICEHOTEL involves around 100 people to construct it's walls each year, half of which are artists who are involved in the design of specific areas and rooms. ICEHOTEL is constructed from 1,000 tons of Torne River ice and 30,000 tons of "snice", a mixture of snow and ice that strengthens the structure. The Torne River's slow, natural freeze during the winter gives the ice it's unique crystal-clear properties, completely lear of, bubbles and cracks. Between March and April, around 5,000 tons of ice is harvested from the river and kept in cold storage over the summer. Construction no the hotel takes place in November and December and then opened for a short winter season from December - April when everything begins to melt.
Rooms come with an insulated sleeping bag made for temperatures as low as -13° F, which should be plenty warm considering the temperature inside the hotel never drops below 23° F. For anyone that gets super chilly, you can always book the Deluxe Suite, which comes with an ensuite sauna. In the morning, you’re woken up with the on-tap hot lingonberry juice, followed by an invigorating morning sauna and a hearty breakfast buffet. I imagine you would feel a bit like Elsa in Frozen sleeping in the rooms, below.