After two months of construction, this season’s #23 ICEHOTEL in Swedish Lapland is now complete. Since November 2012, selected artists from around the world have gathered in the picturesque village of Jukkasjärvi to create this exclusive ice art exhibition. The artists this year came from fifteen countries including Greece, Lithuania, Argentina, Mongolia and Japan, with one designer from the UK. The 65 rooms include one Art Suite Deluxe, 16 Art Suites, 28 Ice Rooms, nine Snow Rooms and two group rooms. And, to celebrate the Aurora Borealis reaching its peak in the eleven-year cycle, ICEHOTEL has created ten Northern Lights Suites, themed to capture the magic of the aurora borealis. The rooms feature a ‘swipe’ of ice with spectacular LED lighting, so guests can enjoy a northern lights show from the comfort of their illuminated ice bed.
What’s more, for the first time in ICEHOTEL history, there is now a northern lights balcony above the ICEBAR so guests can enjoy these atmospheric displays whilst sipping on a specially created northern lights cocktail. Served in a chunky ice glass, this showcase cocktail is made with sparkling wine, Absolut Mango, cucumber syrup and Blue Curacao.
Blue Marine, designed by UK yacht designers from Andrew Winch Designs. Expect a suite in the form of a Whale, inspired by the Blue Marine Foundation, an organisation dedicated to raising awareness to create marine protected reserves.
Beam Me Up, designed by Swedish artists Karl-Johan Ekeroth and Christian Strömqvist. Ever since the 1940s, visitors around the Torne River have reported mystical lights across the Arctic night sky. In Beam Me Up, stand face-to-face with three UFOS hovering above the treetops with the Northern Lights as a backdrop.
The Flower, designed by Japanese designers Natsuki Saito and Shingo Saito. As the name suggests this suite illustrates the intricate design of flora.