It’s mid-March and people are gathering on the frozen Torne River in Jukkasjärvi. Behind us, the world-famed ICEHOTEL. But our eyes are fixated on the tractors hoisting up giant blocks of ice from the river. We’re looking at the next year’s hotel, yet to be carved out from the crystal clear ice. It’s harvest time.
Every winter ICEHOTEL borrows several hundred tonnes of ice from the Torne River, only to give it back when spring arrives. And it is a bit of hassle, dragging up about 5,000 tonnes of natural ice. One might even wonder why decent tap water wouldn’t do? But here, in the ice, lies the beauty of ICEHOTEL.