The 28th edition of the famous ICEHOTEL in the Swedish Lapland has now opened its doors for the 2017-18 season!
During the past six weeks, artists from all corners of the globe have brought their winning designs to life. Each team worked on one of the hotel’s 35 rooms, in Arctic temperatures hovering around -27 centigrade. Chalk & Moss had inside access to the full build on Chalk & Moss. You can see the first build stage here, and the final here.
The ICEHOTEL lies 200km north of Sweden’s Arctic Circle, in the small town of Jukkasjärvi. Two tonne blocks of ice were harvested in the spring from the clear Torne river and stored until work would begin. At the end of November, the artists received 200kg blocks of ice to carve into their spectacular creations.
What’s it like building with ice in the Swedish Lapland?
Chalk & Moss has had a unique insight into this year’s hotel development. The UK artist team, brothers Hugh and Howard Miller, have sent regular live updates in the form of a making diary. So right here you explore the making of their room titled “A Rich Seam”. See phase 1 and phase 2 of the build as it progressed, experiencing first hand the ups and downs of working with some unusual building materials in sub-zero temperatures in the Swedish Lapland. Very soon, you’ll also see a walk through of their final final creation and the concept design of their room. So subscribe for updates!
ICEHOTEL Sweden 2017-18 in Pictures
Arne Bergh, Creative Director at ICEHOTEL, says “I think we’ve managed to refine Torne River better than ever. The art is exceptional with a great variation and we are looking forward to welcome guests from all over the world”.
The ICEHOTEL tickles the imagination of the most curious and winter loving traveller. Nestle into an underground ice mine, sharing your bedroom with King Kong, sleeping on a fluffy cloud, and being watched over by Astronauts are all options for you now! I’m pleased to share with you now the first of the ICEHOTEL images, edition #28! Come April 2018, the hotel will once again melt and become part of nature, so catch it while it’s here…
All photos by Asaf Kliger @ICEHOTEL www.icehotel.com
I hope this roundup of the spectacular ICEHOTEL in the Swedish Lapland has inspired you to visit this remote and wonderful part of the world. If so, ICEHOTEL offers activities in the area like seeing the Northern Lights, husky tours, wilderness cooking and enjoying their unique dinner menu! I’d love to see comments here with your own Arctic experiences or future dreams!