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Icehotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Marknadsvagen 63, Jukkasjarvi 981 91, Sweden   |  
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“They know how to do this with style”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

We spent 2 nights one in a warm room one in an ice room. The warm rooms were comfortable and we loved the heated floors. Food in the restaurant was excellent. Over our travels we saw 3 versions of ice hotels and this was the best by a mile. The art rooms were spectacular and they clearly had worked out how to do the ice rooms.

We had fun in the ice carving class and saw a new talent in our son. We spent the second night in an ice room not the best nights sleep but that was because we did not find the light switch under the mattress so slept with the lights on.

Ice bar was lots of fun

Room Tip: If I had a choice I would have gone with an art room
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

Icehotel is a once in a lifetime experience. It's worth doing once, but I would only do it once..
The Icehotel is a busy place with most people only staying a single night in the "cold" Icehotel.
We were warmly greeted and given all the instructions we needed to "enjoy" our evening in minus 5 degrees. The sleeping bags were very very warm. I wore thermals, a fleece, inners from my ski gloves, ski socks and beanie ..... I was very warm and I ended up shedding my fleece and gloves. The toughest bit was running in our "sleeping gear" plus arctic boots from the warm, out across the courtyard (minus 10 degrees), and into the room. Our daytime activities included a highly recommended dog sledding adventure up the river and through the woods and a nighttime skidoo chasing the aurora, which we didn't see but the adventure was alot of fun.

Room Tip: One close to reception so you don't have to haul your luggage too far over the snow and ice
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2013

We had 1 night in a warm room and 1 night in the ICEHOTEL. The warm suites were practical but comfortable. We ate at the Hotels own Homestead which is located 900m down the main road, the quality was fabulous. The ICEHOTEL & ICEBAR were special in every way, the hotel team could not do enough to make everyone's stay special. Recommend the 'Survive the night' induction at 5.30pm which is light-hearted but useful. Its up to you when you want to use the cold room to sleep in, we went after midnight, which seemed about right. The night was spent in a constant -5 degrees but was comfortable in the ICEHOTEL sleeping bags. Suggest you wear your thermal 'base-layer' to be cosy. At 7.30 you are woken by hotel staff bearing warm 'Lingonberry juice', which was nice! Breakfast was served across the road at the ICEHOTEL restaurant, the food was excellent. The ICEBAR was everything we'd expected but even better, the drinks, in ICE glasses were Vodka based and cost £11.00 each. The Main Reception also had a 'Warm Bar' which was quite busy and used by guests and locals alike. Recommend the 'Fresh Beer'.
There is little to do during the day and night so we'd pre-booked a 4hr 'Husky Sled' tour in the afternoon and 4hr Snow-mobile tour in the evening, both were spectacular. At the end you are presented with a Diploma of your night's stay. This was a dream come true for us, hope it is for you too!

Room Tip: The Art Suites are extra special, but also extra pricey!
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Durham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2013

We did not stay in the ice hotel - only had a quick visit on an afternoon which unfortunately we felt was not long enough to see everything as we were hurried up by our rep after an hour when we were enjoying a drink in the wonderful ice bar - something I had looked forward to for a long time - which as there was only the 2 of us on the trip seemed a bit silly! Consequently we missed the church. However, still got a feeling for the place and felt overall it was amazing although the basic rooms did not inspire us to sleep in them! Scenery beautiful and no doubt from the aurora viewing tower the sight would be spectacular if the lights were visable (which unfortunately they weren't for our 4 night trip due to cloud).

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2013

Had 1 night in cold accommodation in an art Suite and 1 night warm. Booked direct with Ice Hotel, who were very helpful and patient with my changes!! Well organised when there.
Did a husky trip and night time snow mobile trip. Was unlucky as did not get to see the northern lights. Was nice and warm when slept in Ice Hotel.
It was an excellent experience, wish I could have stayed longer, would love to go back.

Room Tip: Sleeping on a block of ice is what it is. You can save a lot of money by not having an art suite. Wh...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2013 via mobile

This once in a lifetime experience comes at a not so cheap price but it is worth it. Everything is well organized, the rooms are great, especially the art suites. The showers and bathrooms are clean. They offer hot juice and water for free. The breakfast is very good and the prices in the icebar are not too bad. Try to take a picture of the drinks with a flash, the colors are great!

Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2013

Stayed at the Ice Hotel for two nights beginning February as part of a package tour with Discover the World (who were excellent and would definitely recommend as they are the only company who fly direct to Kiruna Airport, thus saving a changeover at Stockholm) Reps were on hand at Heathrow, Kiruna and the Ice Hotel to sort out any problems, not that we had any.
It is worth spending one night in a cold room at -5 at the Ice Hotel just for the experience. We stayed in a Northern Light Suite which had coloured lights shining on the roof and the ice crystals reflecting this were so pretty (Art Suites and Northern Light Suites do get a cubicle to undress and leave your belongings rather than just a locker). The thermal sleeping bags are fine with just thermals on (or as my friend recommended - wearing nothing!) You do have to go outside in the open for about 20ft to get from the warm accommodation to the cold rooms so if it is snowing, you need to move quick! Any extra clothing you take will need to be put in the sleeping bag to keep from freezing, other than your snow boots. Do take the tour on offer as you learn about the stories behind some of the Art Suites and ice sculptures, and of course you need to partake in a drink or two in the Ice Bar - great way of making friends.

The following night we stayed in a Kaamos room which was very nicely furnished with tea and coffee and a tv.

We ate at the Ice Hotel restaurant one night which although expensive, was excellent. The other night at the Old Homestead (about 15 mins walk down the road), again very good food and service. I would recommend booking in advance for both restaurants as they do get busy.

We did two excursions (which we pre-booked with Discover the World) as I had read they can get very booked up. I believe all the excursions are organised by the Ice Hotel so you can book direct or when you get there. I would highly recommend both. The Husky Sledging was great fun - you get to stop at a camp fire for cake and a hot drink with plenty of time to get to know the huskies and take photos. My favourite though was the Reindeer Sled Excursion run by Nils Torbjorn Nutti, known as Nisse - four hours of heaven. You are picked up from the Ice Hotel and taken to his pasture just outside the town (only a small group so you get individual attention). Here you get to feed and then "catch" your reindeer, harness it up in readiness for your sleigh ride through the forest. Everything is explained in great detail on how to handle your sleigh by Nisse and his assistant. You are accompanied by his assistant driving the lead sleigh and Nisse following on a snowmobile the whole time. It had been snowing the night before so the scenery was just stunning and you get to stop by the frozen river and take photos with a woodland backdrop before getting back to the farm. Here Nisse prepares a Sami lunch in the kata (a Sami style tepee) which was delicious. It was such a wonderful way to learn about the Sami culture and how he manages his wild herd of reindeer during the year.

All the excursions seem to be well run and organised by the Ice Hotel but sadly we did not have time to do anything else.

Unfortunately due to it snowing both nights we were there we didn't see the Northern Lights (well a glimmer of green in the sky behind the clouds ....) but as a couple were getting married in the Ice Church and they wanted it to snow, we weren't too disappointed as it made their day. The whole experience of being at the Ice Hotel is magical and the lights would have just been a bonus. I think if you go with that attitude, you will have a wonderful time. The staff are extremely helpful and friendly, nothing seems too much trouble for them.

Would definitely recommend a visit and as a previous reviewer has said, SAS Airlines were excellent and very efficient.

Room Tip: Would recommend paying extra for an Art Suite or Northern Lights Suite to obtain a cubicle to undres...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Marknadsvagen 63, Jukkasjarvi 981 91, Sweden
Location: Sweden > Norrbotten County > Jukkasjarvi
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant
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Hotel Class:3 star — Icehotel 3*
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