This hotel preview definitely doesn’t feature a „normal hotel“. The Icehotel Jukkasjärvi may be the most unique hotel all over the world. Even though it is as expensive as many top-notch hotels, the experience offered is not even close that luxurious. Guests who spend a night at the Icehotel need to accept a temperature of -5°C (23°F) and don’t have opportunity to sleep in.
Traveling at times may be just enjoyment, but for many travelers seeing the world it is also excitement. The Icehotel in Sweden is one of these hotels that make the heart of every real traveler beat faster.
Located hundred kilometers away from real civilization, further north than Iceland and rebuilt each and every year, the Icehotel can’t be compared to other hotels around the world. Due to that, there is also no star classification. Adventurer will love the hotel nevertheless.
Living the life of the Inuit
The Icehotel Jukkasjärvi is not only a natural once in a lifetime experience, it’s also a cultural and historical experience that you won’t forget any time soon. All cold rooms (there are some in “real buildings” as well, but these are way less special) are rebuilt each and every year.
Artists from all over the world help building new rooms and suites at the Icehotel to make the experience unique every year. This season for example had different room categories like Art Suites (each different), a Deluxe Suite and normal rooms.
None of those features amenities like a television or heating, but no guest of the Icehotel needs or wants anything like that. A little downer may be the fact that only the largest suite of the Icehotel has an en-suite bathroom.
All others share facilities in the main building.
Dining without freezing
Even though guests of the Icehotel will learn to get along with the -5°C in the rooms, they don’t have to freeze while eating.
There is no such thing as room service at the Icehotel. The two restaurants of the hotel, The Homestead and the Icehotel Restaurant, are located inside buildings with heating. The former being built in 1768 is the way more traditional restaurant. It offers homemade food with a local and even historic touch.
The Icehotel Restaurant meanwhile focuses on a broader approach, bringing delights from all over the world to the Icehotel. Breakfast is also served at the Icehotel Restaurant. Another facility worth mentioning is the Icebar.
This one is located inside an ice building which means freezing temperatures. However, a good drink will make you feel warmer even though you’ll spend the night in an ice cold room.
Wide range of activities
Usually, we focus on the pool, the gym or the Spa in this section, but the Icehotel does not have any of the named. There is a sauna in the main building, but that’s it. However, guests of the Icehotel may enjoy a wide range of other activities instead.
Due to the unique location, the hotel offers a wide range of activities that may be booked for an extra charge. In winter, these include Ice sculpting, skiing, snowmobile tours and horseback riding tours, just to name a few.
Even in summer, there are some special activities with a focus on nature offered even though there is no or only few snow at this time of the year. Moreover, it’s worth a mention that guests of the Icehotel may have the pleasure to see Arctic Lights in person. A real once in a lifetime experience.
Much money for a bed of ice
The Icehotel Jukkasjärvi is a really unique hotel. The rebuilding of the rooms each and every year costs a lot of money. Due to that, the rates are pretty high. The smallest room category called “Snow Room” is available from 2.500 SEK (~ 265 Euro / 290 US-Dollar) a night.
However, the rates for the room may go up to 4.100 SEK (~ 435 Euro / 475 US-Dollar) on selected dates. The only cold room with an en-suite bathroom, the “Deluxe Suite”, costs 8.500 SEK (~ 905 Euro / 985 US-Dollar) regardless of the season. If you just want to have a look at the Icehotel, you may also stay in one of the warm rooms.
These are available starting from 1.725 SEK (~ 185 Euro / 200 US-Dollar) a night. All rates are including tax, services, breakfast and some basic winter equipment. Bookings for cold rooms are only possible from December to April. From April to November, you may only book warm rooms for a slightly lower price than the one the hotel charges in winter.