JUKKASJARVI, Sweden — A Swedish ice hotel has opened its doors just 124 miles from the Arctic Circle with stunning art sculptures created by local artists.
The annual seasonal hotel debuted this year in December.
The pop-up part of the hotel only exists during the winter months and this is its 31st iteration, hence its 2020 name.
A centerpiece of the temporary hotel is its stunning art sculptures, whose distinct designs were created by 35 Swedish artists, chosen to help create 12 one-of-a-kind ice suites, according to Icehotel.
The hotel usually accepts artists from around the world. However, Icehotel creative director Luca Roncoroni explained the pandemic forced them to take a different approach this year and only use sculptures by Swedes. But he promises guests a stay will still be memorable and mesmerizing.
The images show the rooms made up of ice-sculpture decorations and bed frames. The art — and parts of the hotel — are created using ice blocks from the River Torne. The ice is then returned to the river in the springtime.
The hotel offers guests a wide range of art displays, accompanied by audio guides explaining the story behind each piece.
Guests also have access to saunas, a frozen forest display, award-winning food and outdoor winter sports.
Icehotel 31 will be open until April 11, 2021.
Given the difficult circumstances posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, management is taking a more virtual approach to reach a wider audience.
The hotel is offering online tours to anyone who wants to visit one of its 12 suites or one of the six new art suites in the permanent part of the hotel, called Icehotel 365. More news and information is accessible via Icehotel’s social-media page.
Ice hotels are relatively rare. Others include Hotel de Glâce in Canada and Snowhotel Kirkenes in Norway.
(Edited by Fern Siegel and Matthew B. Hall, Map by Urvashi Makwana)