One Night In The IceHotel, Sweden

Over a thousand tons of ice, lovingly shaped by the world’s finest ice artists: this is the original IceHotel, in Sweden’s Arctic Circle. This is a hotel so cool, it’s sub-zero.

Icehotel in Sweden Frosty Flower Suite in the Icehotel, Sweden


Every year the Icehotel is re-imagined and re-built totally different from ever before. Artists from across the globe compete for the annual honour of seeing their design realised in thousands of tons of ice and “snice”, a snow and ice blend, all sourced from the icy depths of the Torne River. Come spring, the hotel will melt away to nothing and be returned to the river as if it never even existed. “When we drew close to the hotel, I just loved how pristine it looked. It was a surreal sight, straight out of a fairytale!” says Paolo Bonato, Exodus product manager.

Icehotel, Sweden Icehotel, Sweden


Inside the hotel everything is whittled away from blocks of ice to create a gallery of sculptures, chandeliers and even the beds themselves. “I stayed in an ice room, on a bed made of ice, at a constant minus five degrees. I was given some serious winter overall gear and boots to wear throughout (but don’t forget your thermal underwear!) The sleeping bags on top of the reindeer skins are really great. You don’t feel the cold at all!”

A room in the Icehotel A room in the Icehotel


Even if it’s minus 20 outside, inside the hotel bar the welcome is as warm as the snug Arctic gear you’re given to ward off the chill. Cocktails are served up in carefully carved ice glasses, and the walls glimmer with tiny rainbows of reflected colour. The corners echo with people whispering about the Northern Lights – if you’re lucky, the skies may dance for you too.

Fancy a tipple in the coolest bar around? Fancy a tipple in the coolest bar around?


“It was one of the most incredible night’s stays I’ve ever had.” Paolo assures us. Just remember to capture every fleeting, frozen moment here whilst you can – it won’t be here for long.

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