Chill Out at the Ice Hotel in Iceland

March 1, 2013 by

Ice Hotel in Iceland

The Ice Hotel in Iceland isn’t an actual hotel, but instead is a unique art venue that serves as both a hotel and art gallery. Rooms, beds and artwork are all made of ice and snow. Guests sleep in a thermal sleeping bag on beds crafted of blocks of ice, a wood fame, and mattress covered in reindeer skins.

Ice and Snow Artwork

Not only are the beds made of ice. Artists from around the globe gather in Jukkasjärvi to fashion an exclusive art exhibit crafted from ice and snow.

The only ice used is from the frozen Torne River. These frozen masterpieces are creative and imaginative and differ from year to year. That’s because the works are only for a season. When springtime comes, all that remains of them are memories and photographs.

Beds are covered in reindeer skins.

How Cold Is It in the Ice Hotel?

The Ice Hotel is one place you won’t have to worry about turning on the air conditioning. However, if you’re worried about the room being too cold to sleep, temps in the Ice Hotel don’t get colder than 17-23 degrees no matter how cold it gets outside; even when it drops well below zero. 

Ice Luxury Suite and More

The concept of the Ice Hotel is not limited to accommodations, though the luxury suite is something of a masterpiece. The Ice Hotel also has a Main Hall, an Icebar, communal areas, as well as the reception area.

Yes, they are all crafted from ice and a spectacle to behold!

Ice Hotel reception.

Ice Hotel reception.

Ice Hotel Hours

The Ice Hotel is open to the public between 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. After six, the doors are closed and the Ice Hotel is only available to guests. For those interested in booking a room, it can be done via their website or by email at [email protected]. 

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  1. Julie C. says:

    I’d like to try this. Once. I think they build one in Quebec too? Maybe that’s closer.

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