An iconic ice hotel just opened in Lapland, Sweden, and it’ll really make you feel like you’re staying inside a giant igloo. The Icehotel first opened in 1989 on a seasonal basis and was the first hotel in the world made of snow and ice. Since then, it’s reappeared each winter as a pop-up experience, with 8,000 gallons of water used to build the igloo anew.
The property is about 124 miles north of the Arctic Circle in the village of Jukkasjärvi, and this year it’s entering its 31st season. Icehotel 31 (named for its age) features 12 unique “Art Suites” made from Torne River ice, an intimate ceremony hall for weddings and events, and six new suites in Icehotel 365 — an adjacent property that includes permanent ice rooms, an ice art gallery, and an icebar, open all year-round.
If you’re thinking of staying, the two-night “Icelebrate” package starts at $589 per person and includes one night in an “Art Suite,” one night in a warm Kaamos Room on the adjacent property, and breakfast and Champagne upon arrival.
Around 1,300 blocks of frozen water were used to create the pop-up property for the current season, and this year’s frozen accommodations include ice sculptures like a frozen hot dog stand and a carved sea monster.
Since actually traveling to Sweden is tough right now due to the pandemic’s travel restrictions, you can take an augmented reality tour of the rooms online.