Sweden’s Iconic ICEHOTEL Is Now Open 365 Days a Year

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Deluxe Suite – The Victorian Apartment – designed by Luca Roncoroni.

Sweden's iconic ICEHOTEL has recently completed a project that will allow it to remain open year-round. Located 125 miles north of the Arctic Circle, the ICEHOTEL has been in operation seasonally since 1989. The hotel is created entirely from snow and ice, and includes 20 guest suites, a bar, and art gallery. In years past, the structure melted during the summer months, but new cooling technology will allow guests to enjoy this unique experience 365 days a year.

Part of the hotel will still melt after the spring season, but the new permanent section will remain intact. ICEHOTEL 365 is built on the site of a former refrigeration plant. Solar panels that take advantage of the near constant daylight from May to July, as well as a green roof, keep the interior temperatures as low as 23 degrees Fahrenheit. This guarantees icy enjoyment no matter what the season. ICEHOTEL 365 also includes saunas, a cocktail room, and warm rooms for those in need of an escape from the cold. An ice church on the grounds rounds out the new features of the unconventional accommodations.

In the tradition of the original ICEHOTEL, guests can select from standard rooms, Art Suites, and Deluxe Suites. The Art Suites are thematic rooms kitted out with magnificent art from ice sculptors across the globe. If you are looking to splurge, the Deluxe Suites also include intricate carvings, as well as a private heated relaxation area, sauna, and en suite bathroom. The ice beds throughout the hotel are fitted with thick mattresses, as well as reindeer hides and thermal sleeping bags to keep you warm and toasty at night.

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Art Suite – Dancers in the Dark – designed by Tjasa Gusfors & Patrick Dallard.

Art Suite – Dancers in the Dark – designed by Tjasa Gusfors & Patrick Dallard.

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Deluxe Suite – Don’t Get Lost – designed by Tommy Alatalo.

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Deluxe Suite – Once Upon A Time – designed by Luc Voisin & Mathieu Brison.

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Art Suite – You Are My Type – designed by John Bark & Charli Kasselback.

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Art Suite – Momo’s – designed by Lotta Lampa & Julia Gamborg Nielsen.

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Ice Church, Connect – designed by Edith Maria Van der Wetering and Wilfred Stijger.

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Deluxe Suite – Wishful Thinking – designed by Marjolein Vonk & Maurizio Perron.

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Deluxe Suite – Kiss – designed by Kestutis & Vytautas Musteikis.

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Art Suite – Oh Deer - designed by Ulrika Tallving & Carl Wellander.

Art Suite – Oh Deer – designed by Ulrika Tallving & Carl Wellander.

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Ice chandelier in main hall.

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ICEHOTEL 365 Exterior.

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Illustration of ICEHOTEL 365 in the summer (via PinPin Studio).

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h/t: [Inhabitat, designboom]

All images via Asaf Kliger and ICEHOTEL 365.

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