2010 is the 20th anniversary of the Icehotel. The beginning of the hotel actually starts the previous Spring, when crystal clear iceblocks are harvested from the Torne river nearby and put into storage for the summer.
Icehotel "lobby". The Icebar is off to the left, while the doors in the center is where the main hall and rooms are accessed. Visitors can access the hotel and rooms from 10AM-6PM each day. After that, only overnight guests in cold rooms are allowed.
Once you're past reception, you enter the Ice Hall. From here, you access the rooms. There are 4 classes of rooms. Snow rooms, made only of snow, Ice rooms, that include ice table & chairs, Art Suites and one Deluxe Art Suite. Overall, there are 80 cold rooms and 26 warm rooms.
The Art Suites are the most expensive cold accommodation at the Ice Hotel. Each year, hundreds of artists from around the world compete to be one of 20 chosen who will each get to design a single room.
One of the corridors off of the Ice Hall with rooms on each side. There are no doors on the rooms, just small wool privacy curtain. In each room the only light is provided by minimal LED light. There's also a small hole in each ceiling that ventilates to the outside.
‘Abanico’ translates as fan in English. The Swedish refer to this as solfjädrar, sun feathers. Along the far wall is an ice fan, fully opened, with each piece superbly cut, sculpted and then installed into the snow wall.
Translucent ice walls guide you into this delicately sculpted space where secrets are shared while viewing the full moon. Your eyes will be treated to exquisite, detailed, sculptured ice each and everywhere you turn.