We visited the Ice Hotel in December 2011 and we had the most amazing time. The hotel is amazing and to see it being constructed made it extra special. We slept in the "Rock 'n' Ice" room and it was really cool and not as cold as I thought it would be. We did lots of excursions, which are expensive, but well worth it. The Dog Sled trip was one of my favourites!! I think if you are planning to visit the Ice Hotel, then make sure you do book excursions, as there isn't much else to do there - you can only play in the deep snow for so long!!
We went for a meal in the Ice Restaurant, which again was a bit expensive to have your food served on ice plates, but a good meal nevertheless. Breakfast was lovely and you can have as much as you like. If you are a veggie (like me), make sure you tell them because a couple of the excursions include food (of some description) - they eat a lot of Reindeer meat and fish!! Unfortunately, on our night time excursion they didn't have a meal for me, so I ended up really cold and famished, which wasn't great in sub-zero temperatures!!
The chalets are lovely, very warm and cosy. Ours had everything you could need i.e kettle, microwave, tv, iron, shower etc and plenty of room to hang up wet clothing. We took our own snow gear, but if you don't have anything suitable you can borrow boots and warm clothing from the hotel - a balaclava is a must, especially if you go out on snow bikes!!
Overall, we had a great time and met some great people. The staff are all friendly and helpful.
The only downside for me was the lack of food available during the day. If you are used to having lunch, then you'll have to venture down to the local shop to stock up on supplies. You can get snacks in the bar, but they are basic and very expensive for what they are.
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- Also Known As:
- Icehotel Hotel Jukkasjarvi
- Icehotel Sweden/Jukkasjarvi
- Ice Hotel Sweden