Highlights

  • Stay in a unique structure, the first of its kind, oft imitated, never bettered
  • Sleep in an ice suite with a constant interior temperature of -5C
  • Discover silence, snow-clad forests and the Northern Lights
  • Try Nordic cuisine and foraged foods

Frequently cited as the world’s coolest hotel, both literally and figuratively, the ICEHOTEL in Swedish Lapland first emerged beside the Torne River, 150 miles north of the Arctic Circle, in 1990. The original ice hotel and first property of its kind, it set a new standard in unusual overnight stays. Since then, the incredible property has been recreated every year. Although the experience of sleeping on a bed of ice has remained the same, the hotel emerges in a new guise every winter. The other big change is that, as of 2017, you can even experience sleeping in an ice hotel during summer as well at ICEHOTEL 365.


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Every winter, as the waters of the Torne River freeze over, sculpted blocks of ice are cut and shaped, to be formed into the Icehotel. Stood on the banks of the frozen river amid a spectacular wilderness of unspoiled pine forests and icebound lakes, the Icehotel is a shimmering design-led structure. Step inside to see what all the fuss is about. From the hallways lined with ice art and glittering chandeliers through to the ice suites and atmospheric ice bar, you’ll be amazed by the ingenuity and craftsmanship of the construction.

The actual experience of sleeping on ice is far more comfortable than you might imagine. Each suite is individually themed and hand-carved by artists commissioned from all around the world. Each is unique and has never been created before. The bed itself is covered with reindeer hides and you’ll snuggle down in a thermal sleeping bag. There are cosy warm beds in a separate part of the Icehotel as well for additional nights.

Add in fine dining prepared by a Michelin-trained chef and you’ve a seriously stylish experience. For a special occasion, let us secure a seat at the Chef’s Table on the Veranda for you, where you’ll enjoy a twelve-course menu accompanied by handpicked drinks to complement the flavours of the food. In summer, join a chef to go foraging for berries and plants for a Sami-inspired supper or, in the course of one of the region’s eight seasons sample a three-course wilderness meal at a secluded wilderness camp, inspired by the particular season you’re visiting in.

As well as the extraordinary sleeping experience, there are a wide range of winter activities to try. Take a class on ice sculpting if you’re inspired by your surrounds. Set off into the empty, unspoiled wilderness on a fishing adventure, dog-sled safari or snowmobile hunt for the Northern Lights. Let a local guide lead you in search of reindeer, foxes, hares and grouse or get close to moose during a horseback safari. Try your hand at driving a dog sled or take charge of a reindeer sled under the tutelage of a traditional Sami reindeer herder. Have an expert survivalist share the skills and techniques necessary for navigating the wilderness and living in the wild.

Can’t travel over winter or aren’t able to secure the dates you want? Don’t worry. The innovative Icehotel 365 is a permanent structure cooled by solar power that allows you to experience the Icehotel all year round. What’s more, visit in summer and you can combine bunking down on a bed of ice with sleeping under the Midnight Sun, river rafting or paddle boarding on the Torne River, for a matchless experience.

 

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Suggested itineraries

Mirrorcube, Treehotel

Treehotel & ICEHOTEL

5 days from £1,570 pp incl. flights

This amazing winter holiday to Swedish Lapland makes for an exceptional adventure. Snuggle up in front of the roaring fire, watch the Northern Lights from your hot tub and race across frozen lakes.

ICEHOTEL 29 | Art Suite Haven Design Jonas Johansson, Jordi Claramunt & Lukas Petko | Photo Asaf Kliger | © ICEHOTEL 2018

ICEHOTEL Break

4 days from £730 pp incl. flights

Achieve the perfect balance of adventure and experience on this luxurious break to Swedish Lapland. With a night in the renowned Ice Hotel, staying in a freshly carved, individually-designed Ice Room.

Once Upon A Time Deluxe Suite, ICEHOTEL 365 2017 (© Asaf Kliger)

Fjellborg Arctic Lodge & ICEHOTEL

5 days from £5,430 pp incl. flights

This thrilling journey takes you deep into Swedish Lapland and is a luxurious take on an Arctic adventure, combining a Scandi-luxe private log cabin with a stay at the iconic ICEHOTEL.

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