A Look Inside the Newest Version of Sweden’s Ice Hotel
Every year, in a small Swedish town of 10,000 people living north of the Arctic Circle, builders transform 30,000 tons of "snice" (a mix of snow and ice) into an incredible one-time-use hotel. The Ice Hotel celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, and like past iterations, artists from around the world designed a handful of incredible rooms. In April, when the hotel shuts down (and eventually melts), these spaces will be gone for forever and a new round of artists will take on the chilly challenge. Here’s a look inside.
Abeject Beauty by Lotta Lampa and Julia Gamborg Nielsen
Beautiful abstract sculptures adorn the room.
Polar Night by Hans Abrahamsson and Ann-Louice Ambrahamson
Polar wildlife watches over you as you sleep in eerie moonlight.
Prime Mate by Ulrika Tallving and Urs Koller
An icy version of a jungle den.
7,5 Rø by Wolfgana A. Luchow, Sebastian Scheller and Anja Killan
Lucho, Scheller and Killan's room looks like an endless optical illusion
Borderland by Tomasz Czaykowski and Eryk Marks
The intricate carvings on the bed and walls is amazing work.
Renaissance by Francisco Cortés Zamudio
A simple classic design.
White Lullaby by Shingo and Natsuki Saito
Carved to let in small dots of light, what little light there is this time of year.
Time Piece by Theodor Fahlén, Emma Curdén and Gabriella Bulin
Detailed gears and dials are reminiscent of the inside of a clocktower.
Hot Type by Charli Kasselback and John Bark
Kasselback and Bark carved perfect typeface into the wall.
Forest Fairy by Benny Ekman
Owls perch on icy trees all around you.
Chess by Fernando Inçaurgarat, Nadia Inçurgarat and Sofia Sol Inçaurgarat
Huge chess pieces surround you in a room checked like a game board.
Spring by Wilfred Stijger and Edith Van De Wetering
The freezing room looks like it's melting already.