Art Suites at Icehotel


Here is a selection of images of the Icehotel in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden, including the Art Suites created by artists from around the world. The temporary hotel is created from snow and ice each winter.

The hotel also includes an Ice Church and an Ice Bar. The following text and caption info is provided by Ice Hotel:


The dropping of the temperature to several degrees below zero in Jukkasjärvi marks the start of an ephemeral art endeavour. Using only frozen water form the Torne River, artists from all over the world gather in this small Swedish village, 200 km north of the Arctic Circle, to create an exclusive art exhibition: ICEHOTEL in Jukkasjärvi.

Top image: Lighting design - Milky way. Artist/s: KTH and Svefi students. "As part of an ongoing endeavor to enhance the overall experience of visiting ICEHOTEL, a collaborative project was initiated this year with the Lighting Laboratory at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm, in which KTH students contributed to the planning and integration of various lighting installations in and around ICEHOTEL." Photographer: Ben Nilsson/Big Ben Productions

Above: Reception - Changes. Artist/s: Jens Thoms Ivarsson & Mats Nilsson. "The permanency of change is what inspires us – our feelings, perceptions and actions are driven by the transformations all around us. Change… is forever." Photographer: Ben Nilsson/Big Ben Productions.

Above: Main Hall - Mellanrum: Mind the Gap. Artist/s: Lena Kriström Kulin. "Mellanrum: Mind the Gap is a mood-enhancing voyage that draws visitors down the center of the massive corridor, passing carefully crafted figurative faces, each with a different design and mood." Photographer: Ben Nilsson/Big Ben Productions.

Above: Ice Church: Kristall. Artist/s: Mark Szulgit, Julia Orlando Adzuki, Marjolein Vonk & Cindy Berg. "The 2007-2008 Ice Church pays tribute to the graceful little building block that is the basis for the entire structure itself – the snowflake. The symmetry of the snowflake is seen in the church itself, its balance and openness creating an inviting atmosphere for contemplation." Photographer: Ben Nilsson/Big Ben Productions.

Above: Ice Church: Kristall.

Above: Design Suite 327 - Skate. Artist/s: Mikael Nille Nilsson, Åke Larsson & Sofi Ruotsalainen. Photographer: Ben Nilsson/Big Ben Productions

Above: Art Suite 320 - Dream’s Room. Artist/s: Viktor Tsarski & Liliya Pobornikova. "A fantastical landscape of flowing folds and shapely curves tenderly embraces you before it lulls you into a magical world of captivating dreams." Photographer: Ben Nilsson/Big Ben Productions

Above: Art Suite 313 - The Forest Suite. Artist/s: Andrea Thomson. "Leave the ICEHOTEL corridor behind you and step into a celebration of the lofty pine and spruce woods that characterize the landscape of northern Sweden." Photographer: Ben Nilsson/Big Ben Productions.

Above: Art Suite 306 - Crystallization. Artist/s: Patrick Dallard. "Charting the geometric voyage from chaos to order and back to chaos again, previously unperceived beauty is unleashed in a constellation of ice and snow." Photographer: Ben Nilsson/Big Ben Productions.

Above: Art Suite 304 - Snow Aurora Borealis. Artist/s: Kestutis Musteikis & Vytautas Musteikis. "During the darkness of an Arctic winter, it is the aurora borealis that offers hope and promise by adding vivid brushstrokes to a cold, black canvas." Photographer: Ben Nilsson/Big Ben Productions.

Posted on Sunday February 17th 2008 at 10:05 pm by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • It is hard to imagine staying warm in these places, but they are beautiful

  • I love suite 313 and 304.

  • Kate

    beautiful… do people actually stay in there?

  • Nuno

    If you are surrounded by ice the ambience is very hot. Take a look at eskimos “houses” made of ice…


    i love the snow!

  • It’s amazing what people can do with frozen water!

  • Bunny Music

    I love the architecture! What imaginations!

  • bald skull

    what, no fireplace?

  • mir_architect

    that’s amazing.. i really can’t imagin how ppl could live with this amount of ice, but it’s a fantastic architecture .. i luv it ..

  • There’s one nearby Quebec City as well.

    Pictures, videos, virtual tour, etc. here:


    P.S. If you feel like it, there’s a Chapel as well, how about a nice white wedding? ;P And last time I went some suites we’re equiped with insulated fireplaces.

  • PWM

    I don’t think I could sit on those chairs for two long…

  • Jonas

    Sure, you can stay there, but you won’t be wearing a silk kimono. :)

  • Kayser

    The Hotel also provides warm rooms. So, you stay a few nights in the ice suites, then move to the warm rooms when you’re sick of it. :P

    I love the Ice Hotel. It’s interesting that it changes every year, and no two hotels will ever be the same.

  • Hi everyone!
    I’m a swedish architecture student and by coincidence I learned to know one of the artists working at the icehotel. I was there one week last year and tried out ice sculpting. (much better than highway archiecture, that my school wanted us to do) It was totally amazing! After that week’s experience I had gotten a much better insight in how to boost my creativity (ice is very sketchy and easy to work with) and how to treat new materia in a true, authentic way. It has certainly made me do better graphics and architectureal projects too :)

    I’ve got some photo from my ice tryouts in my flickr, you could always look at them via the link!

  • kisha

    i’m a guatemalan architecture student! and i have to make an investigation about the ice hotel and the experience of sleeping at the suites… i was wondering if you could help me by telling me your experiences in the arts suites!
    thank you so much by the help i’ll apreciate it!

  • this videoclip is shot at the ice hotel in Canada! Anyone who thinks about sleeping there, think twice, it is riduculously cold because of the humidity level… anyway check out my vimeo link where I also give advice on anyone who intends to shoot in the Ice Hotel… prepare as if for a polar expedition… :)) of course at the end of the day if you get your footage it is absolutely worth it, every milli-second of it… Enjoy!!!

  • Chris Harvey

    Not only did I stay here, but I got married at the adjoining Ice Church in 2007. It is an “out of this world” experience and would totally recommend to anyone who has the slightest interest in visiting.

    They provide you with a ski jacket and when you combine this with base layers etc you really are warm.

    There are also a number of excursions that you can do – husky dog and reindeer rides for example.

    Fantastic experience, can’t wait to return

  • Rose

    I went there just last December. It is a marvel of design, especially the designer suites. Eternity, Lego, Wave and the Flower Room let me catching my breath. Though the reindeer skins smell as if you are sleeping with dogs that haven’t had a bath recently. The warm room village is so picturesque, it’s a wonderful place to be over the Christmas break.

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  • Sonia

    Great post. The ice hotel is an architectural wonder!