My partner and I have just returned from a stay at the Ice Hotel for three nights. One of these was spent in a Snow Room in the cold accommodation. This is the most basic type of room you can get within the cold part of the hotel and has a bed frame made of ice. The Art Suites are absolutely amazing and if you can afford to upgrade it would definitely add to the experience. However, as you are able to walk around these and take pictures during the day and you spend very little time in your room in the cold accommodation we didn’t feel it worth the extra cost.
In our experience the hotel worked like a well-oiled machine (apart from initially being told to get on the wrong bus when we were collected from the airport). Our luggage was dropped off in the cold accommodation reception, which enabled us the chance to walk around and familiarise ourselves with the hotel and grounds. We were then able to check-in in and collect our snow suites etc. at our leisure, without having to stand in a long queue.
In the cold accommodation you use communal changing rooms and have a locker to store your luggage. One benefit of upgrading to one of the other suites is that you get a private changing room within the communal ones.
It was -30 outside the night we stayed in the cold accommodation but -5 inside. We did not have any problems with sleeping in the Snow Room wearing the right clothing; using both the sheet and the sleeping bag and having a few cocktails in the Ice Bar before we went to bed, which did the trick!
We arranged a wakeup call for 7am with hot lingonberry juice (which is always available in the cold reception if you need to warm up) as we had a husky sled tour booked for 9.30am. As check out was scheduled before our tour finished we were able to leave our luggage in a locked room which was then dropped off at our warm accommodation later that afternoon.
After our trip we visited the warm accommodation reception and were able to check in to our Kaamos Room straight away. These rooms are located in the separate lodges within the grounds. It was very clean, spacious and had everything you could possibly need, separate hanging room for the snow suites and boots, a flip down seat where you could sit to take off your boots (without getting reindeer fur all over the bed), fridge, hot drink making facilities and most importantly great views.
As well as the husky sled tour we went on a Northern Light’s snowmobiling trip and a reindeer sledging trip. All three included some form of hot drink and food and every trip was fantastic!
We ate at the Ice Hotel and Old Homestead restaurants both were amazing if a little on the expensive side, but you are in Sweden which is expensive in itself and staying at the Ice Hotel for which you are obviously paying a premium. The only thing I was a little disappointed with was that the Ice Hotel restaurant was also where you had the buffet style breakfast which meant the atmosphere was a little lacking.
There is too much to include in a trip advisor review so if you have any specific questions please don’t hesitate to contact me and I’ll do my very best to answer them. Overall an amazing once in a life time opportunity/experience and would definitely go back.
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- Also Known As:
- Icehotel Hotel Jukkasjarvi
- Icehotel Sweden/Jukkasjarvi
- Ice Hotel Sweden