The Ice Hotel in Jukkasjärvi was Scandinavia’s first Ice hotel and has been re-built yearly since 1989 from snow and blocks of ice from the Torne River. During the years the ice Hotel has changed from an Igloo of 60 square meters to the world’s largest hotel of ice and snow at about 5500 square meters.
The Ice Rooms are beautifully furnished with furniture made from ice. Unique hand crafted artwork decorates the rooms, but the Ice Rooms offer less ice art than the Winter Suites. You sleep in a thermal sleeping bag on a special bed built of snow and ice, on reindeer skins which will keep you warm and comfortable.
After a day of adventures, nightfall approaches quickly. The outdoor temperature drops and when you step inside the Ice Hotel, you feel a rush of warm air. Inside, the temperature is never colder than -5 °C to -8 °C, regardless of how cold it may be outside. It will soon be time to climb into bed.
Please note that you will not be able to take your personal belongings into the Ice Hotel as they will freeze. They will be stored in the warm service building next door to the Ice Hotel where you will also find the bathroom areas and sauna.
Staying at an ice hotel is a must for the modern adventurer – an experience utterly unlike other hotel stays.
We recommend that you sleep in:
You will be provided with outer clothing which includes a snowmobile suit, gloves, and hat and snow boots.
Breakfast buffet, morning sauna and towels are included.
The transfer from Kiruna Airport to the Ice Hotel takes approximately 20 minutes per way, from the train station about 30 minutes. An Ice Hotel representative will meet you upon arrival. Your return transfer to the Airport will leave the Ice Hotel reception about 1,5 hrs prior the departure of your flight and about 1 hour prior to the train departure. Kiruna airport is a small airport so that check in and security control go fast. You will find a small shop and a café/restaurant there.
There are buses to the small town of Kiruna which take approximately 30 minutes per way. You can find time tables at the reception at the Ice Hotel and at the bus stops. Please remember to check when the return bus leaves. There is also a small local shop a couple of hundred meters from the Ice Hotel where guests can buy food and drinks.
Hotel rooms in Scandinavia are generally furnished with twin beds, which can be moved together to form a double bed or placed separately (some hotels have double beds though). Unless otherwise specified all rooms have private bathroom facilities, which are often equipped with a shower instead of a bath. Please note that single rooms are generally smaller than doubles. Purpose-built triple or family rooms are likewise unusual in Scandinavian hotels. Whilst it is possible for 3 persons to share a room, this will normally be formed by a double room with an extra bed. As a result space may be restricted.
Unless otherwise clearly specified a standard room/cabin is included in the tour price.