Thirty years ago, Icehotel founder Yngve Bergqvist opened the world’s first hotel made of ice and snow in Jukkasjärvi in the north of Sweden. Today, the hotel’s 30th rendition is open for business.
To create this year’s hotel, 33 artists from 16 countries spent two intense weeks in Jukkasjärvi. Together with Icehotel’s building team, ice production, creative support and lighting designers the artists have—apart from the 15 unique art suites—created a ceremony hall for weddings and other celebrations as well as the Main Hall with its columns and chandeliers which has become synonymous with the hotel. In addition, an outdoor installation; a four-meter tall tower and two new ice suites were presented in the year-round part of Icehotel, as well as the ice bar “Torneland,” an icy amusement park.
In spring, 1,300 blocks of ice were harvested from the Torne River and kept cold until it was time for it to be used in order to create this year’s art. It was also used to make glasses, plates and to deliver ice orders in the shape of sculptures, blocks or whole environments for ice events around the world.
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