This previous weekend the doors to the 33rd edition of Icehotel opened. The hotel with its art suites, sculptures and ceremonial hall has been created by 24 artists from around the world, together with the hotel’s construction team and Creative Director, Luca Roncoroni, during six intense weeks.
Photo: Asaf Kliger
Ceremony hall Embrace
Design: Wouter Biegelaar & Viktor Tsarski | Photo: Asaf Kliger
The construction, which is made in a new rendition every year, begins already during spring when blocks of ice are harvested from the mighty Torne River. They are then kept cold in a ice warehouse in Jukkasjärvi, later to be used to create beautiful art and architecture.
Icehotel 33 and all its art and rooms will be available to experience during this winter season, before everything melts in the spring where it reunites with the Torne River. What remains is the permanent part of the hotel, Icehotel 365, with an Icebar, a movie theater and an exhibition made of ice and snow, as well as another nine art suites and eight deluxe suites and one design suite, one of which is new for the season.
Icehotel opened in 1989 and is beside a hotel also an art exhibition with ever-changing art made of ice and snow. Icehotel is created in a new version every winter, completely made of natural ice from the Torne River, one of Sweden´s national rivers and last untouched waters. When the winter season’s hotel has melted back into the river during the spring, a part of the hotel remains; a place where visitors can experience the ice and snow all year round.
Read more: www.icehotel.com