This Amazing Swedish Ice Hotel Is the First to Stay Frozen All Year Round

You’ve got to see it to believe it.


(Photo: ICEHOTEL Jukkasjärvi)

Just when you feared ice hotels were no longer cool, a small town in the northern tip of Sweden, Jukkasjärvi, opened the first one to stay frozen for the entire year. 

Aptly named ICEHOTEL 365, the shiver-inducing structure of 2,100 square meters houses 20 luxury suites, a fully-stocked “ice bar” and a funky “ice gallery.” All rooms are replete with intricate ice carvings and sculptures, which provide a modernist flare in the midst of the dreary Scandinavian tundra.

For the grand tour, browse the slideshow below:

Though reinforced with steel, the building is made almost entirely of “snice,” a durable blend of ice and snow. While bone-chilling colds keep the structure standing for most of the year, it will be coated in grass and pumped with chilled air from a solar-powered refrigerating plant during summer months. 

This is the second iteration of Jukkasjärvi’s ICEHOTEL, which first opened in a much smaller scale in 1992.

You can now book a suite although we advise that you at least bring a jacket.

h/t Conde Nast Traveler