Sweden’s Iconic Icehotel Is Back, and Wow, That’s King Kong

Hotel suites carved in ice and snow never get old

January 8, 2018 9:00 am

In the U.S., we deal with winter weather by live-tweeting over-hyped storms then arguing about whose icicles are bigger.

In Jukkasjärvi, Sweden, 125 miles north of the Arctic Circle, the residents embrace the ice and snow … by sleeping in it. Or more accurately, making you sleep in it.

The town’s world-renowned Icehotel is up and running again for the winter, and while solar power has led to similar accommodations you can visit year-round, the reason to make the trek is the artist-designed suites that last from November until the end of the season (when they melt).

This year, 36 artists from 17 countries carved the 35 suites. And the photos of the final products are downright bone-chilling (and not for the obvious reasons). One reindeer-hide covered bed clasps to King Kong’s bosom, while another entitled “Queen of the North” calls to mind Game of Thrones White Walkers.

Take a gander at the chilled chambers below and head to Icehotel for booking info. 

Ice Hotel 2017/2018 (14 images)

Photos: Asaf Kliger / Icehotel


Join America's Fastest Growing Spirits Newsletter THE SPILL. Unlock all the reviews, recipes and revelry — and get 15% off award-winning La Tierra de Acre Mezcal.