The famous ice hotel in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden opened it’s doors this month with a brand new revolutionary idea – to stay open 365 days a year! How is that possible? The founder of The Icehotel, Yngve Bergqvist, is very passionate about the future of the hotel and it’s sustainability. The secret to this success comes from the use of solar panels.
As the Torne River freezes, the construction of the ice hotel begins. Artistic Director Ake Larson and architect Arne Bergh construct 2,100 square meters of ice and snow. As the spring approaches, it melts back into the river. This year, the hotel has devised a plan to accommodate guests who would like to stay in the spring and summer months.
The brilliance of this plan is to keep the new building of the ice hotel at a temperature around -5 degrees Celsius (23 degrees Fahrenheit). The refrigerating plant makes sure the permanent ice building stays cool during the summer months due to the use of solar panels.
These panels are placed on the ice storage’s roof and which should generate 130,000 kWh per year. The energy surplus can be used to power other buildings like offices and restaurants.Since the city of Jukkasjärvi is situated 200 km (approx. 125 miles) north of the Arctic Circle Since, the sun is shining for the equivalent of 100 consecutive days. The energy will be stored in the solar panels for the hotel and the other uses.
The actual building is essentially like a thermos. The classic vaulted architecture is combined with the exterior walls made of concrete. These walls are covered with ice and snow. Steel pipes were drilled into the permafrost below the ground. This stunning combination keeps the indoor of the building at that sweet temperature of -5 degrees Celsius.
Now you can stay in this hotel at any time of the year. It accommodates 9 deluxe suites with private sauna and bathroom in each suite. But this is not a place to stay for the faint of heart. You must be able to sleep on a frozen bed. They are covered in reindeer skin and furs to protect against a chill. The hotel does provide guest with state-of-the-art equipment which includes a sleeping bag, long johns, hats, gloves and warm socks. Not bad if you want to cross this off of your bucket list.
The hotel prides itself by including the brilliance of several artists from around the world to sculpt magnificent art in the walls.
There are 11 art suites in total in which you can experience the beauty of artists such as Sami Artist Erik Fankki, Arne Bergh, or AnnaSofia Maag.
If you would like to relax and enjoy a drink or two, this hotel offers a bar completly contructed out of ice and snow. All hand carved by carefully selected artists for this task.
The idea of having an ice hotel open 365 days a year will open up several different ideas other then seeing the northern lights, the midnight sun, or skiing. The world of possibilities have opened up for types life events such as weddings, anniversaries, or just exploring the summer outdoor events of Jukkasjärvi, Sweden.
Book your holiday or vacation event at http://www.icehotel.com/