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“Loved the physical challenges!”
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Icehotel
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Istanbul, Turkey
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“Loved the physical challenges!”
Reviewed March 15, 2013

We went for a short mother-daughter adventure vacation and it was a great experience! My daughter is a strong 13-year-old and we were a good team. We enjoyed the many physical challenges which began from the minute we stepped off the plane in the Arctic Circle -- at the Kiruna Airport! Driving a reindeer sled, eating reindeer meat cooked over an open fire in a Sami teepee, sleeping in the -5C ice room, dog-sledding for 17K (1 1/2 hours!) through the forest at night in very sub-zero temps, staying in a camp in the woods, sauna complete with jumps into a snowbank, riding on Icelandic horses, nightly searching for Northern Lights, just taking walks in the beautiful landscape... It was exhausting but so much fun!
Thank goodness for the Arctic gear (jumpsuit, boots, mittens) everyone is provided by the IceHotel plus the nice IceHotel souvenir fleece hats we bought at their lovely gift shop. Bring the warmest gear you can find from home; long underwear is a must; and lots of the warmest socks available!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 15, 2013

Many people have said this is a once in a life time experience, which I would agree with and I think Ice Hotel realise this also. We stayed in a warm room first night and an ice suite the second night.
The warm rooms are very basic but clean. The Ice suite was fantastic, but there are a few things they could do to make the experience more comfortable. Coldness was not an issue as the sleeping bags are very warm indeed, if you get claustaphobic it may not be for you as you have to enclose yourself completelty to keep warm. The bed is double in size but they put two mattresses on the bed and cover these in reindeer skins, this makes it very slippy when you are in your sleeping bag. If like me you move around a lot in the night this means you keep slipping towards the other mattress! If they put one mattress on the bed this would stop this. The mattress isn't very thick so again this made it uncorfortable. Our friends stayed in the deluxe suite, which had a much thicker mattress which was a double mattress, it hadd blankets on the mattress as well as skins which made it a whole lot more comfortable. The experience is about sleeping in the cold, so why dont they make the bed more comfortable? Going to the loo in the middle of the night again wasn't a problem at all. I didnt sleep very much at all but not because I was cold but because of being uncomfortable on the bed.
Both resaurants are excellent, a bit expensive, about £150 per couple with a bottle of wine and a couple of beers, not much more than a decent restaurant in th UK. I am gluten free and there was so much choice I was shocked as this does not happen in the UK. The Ice bar was great fun, the staff even changed the music so we could have a dance in the ice disco! All the staff were very friendly and most helpfull. The biggest rip off was the taxi to the train station, instead of the taxi putting on its meter, the Ice Hotel charged us all 220 SEK each and there were 6 people in the taxi! The journey was only 15 mins, my advice would be to phone and organise your own taxi.
Overall it was a great experience but you wouldnt go back again.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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Queenstown, New Zealand
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Reviewed March 14, 2013

I slept in the ice room for 1 night with my girlfriend....first of all, this is possibly the most un-romantic thing you could possibly ever do, so don't plan on a close night together! Yes it's expensive and yes it's only a once in a life time type of deal and yes it's very very special.....However if you book a hotel room you kind of expect to book a room you can do what ever you want in for 20+ hours, but here it's purely sleeping there, as during the day it's open for thousands of visitors to wander around all of the rooms....so why does it cost over 3000kr for a room when people can spend nearly as much time in there in the day time for 325k entrance?!? I personally regret wasting the money on sleeping there, when a couple of hours visit in the day time will more than suffice

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed March 13, 2013

Okay let's get the cost dealt with first. Yes it may cost more per night to stay in an Icehotel cold room that most people would have ever spent on any room. But it is worth it as you have nothing to compare the experience to. And might not ever.
We stayed in the Whitewater Art Suite Room and were blown away. Yes you won't get maybe a full night's sleep but who cares. Nothing like you have ever experienced.
Restaurant is ok. Evening meal food good standard so think of it as part of the experience. Breakfast great. Tours expensive - check Kiruna Guidetur for their rates as they will collect you ok.
One layer of thermals was all you need for sleeping.
Ice bar great. 3 is enough to get the feeling. Chilli one was the best.
Did you get the message? Don't miss out doing this if only for one night.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Crowthorne, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 12, 2013

A life time experience. Always wanted to drink a cocktail in Ice Bar and sleep in Ice Room. Not disappointed, fantastic experience. Don't expect too much sleep, as you are so wrapped up and warm, you can hardly move in bed. Had wonderful sledge ride with Husky's at night. All the staff really friendly and helpful. Expensive, but not something you do that often
Only downside was the Restaurant at Ice Hotel. Would not recommend, very expensive and surly staff. The chef thinks you take good quality local food, mess it around and call it , fine dining. We don't eat red meat, so not much choice. The ravioli we had, was under cooked and too thick. Had a bit of arguement, as they tried to charge me for it and i refused.
Overall an incredible experience.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Sao Paulo, SP
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Reviewed March 11, 2013

I think this is a good for anyone who is interested in doing out-of-the-ordinary experiences. The personal are very good and the atmosphere is xlnt.The programming is also good even though a little expensive

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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Coffs Harbour, Australia
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Reviewed March 7, 2013

These days there are a number of ice hotels in Scandinavia, but the original one is at Jukkasjärvi, a short distance from the larger settlement of Kiruna in northern Sweden. It comprises a lot of permanent buildings, including hotel-style sleeping accommodation and a
large restaurant, but its chief attraction is the ice rooms that are fashioned annually from the ice and snow that is abundant in these parts.

Preparing to spend a night in an ice room is a little like preparing for a dip in a local public swimming pool back home — you use a building full of showers, toilets and lockers, then plunge in. Each room comes off a public corridor of ice, and is austere, consisting of a bed on wooden slats over a large slab of ice, a snowy floor, and ice walls. On the bed is a moderately thick mattress covered in reindeer skins. There is no door to each room, just an archway with a curtain. The light in each room is controlled by a switch on the side of the bed, since, after cocooning oneself in the provided arctic-grade sleeping bag, it’s a marathon effort to get out again. In each room there are some ice sculptures, artistically illuminated. In most rooms these comprise a solid ice table and chairs, but in the more expensive suites are artworks from commissioned designers. All the rooms are on public display between 10 am and 6 pm, after which they become the domain of their overnight occupants.

The temperature in the ice hotel is kept at -5°C — just cold enough to stop the ice melting. Indeed, after spending some time on the aurora viewing platform at -25°, one could easily feel the extra warmth upon re-entering. In the morning we were greeted with a cup of hot lingonberry juice in bed.

There’s a large hall full of ice columns, a nearby ice church, and famously an ice bar where one can purchase cocktails of a wide range of hues in chunky ice cocktail glasses.

There’s a conventionally heated restaurant a short walk away, and the cuisine was beautifully prepared, as we were becoming accustomed to in Sweden. Rather expensive too, but we won’t go into that.

Very hard to give this place a rating. Normally I'd be very disappointed with any hotel where a room had no ensuite, no mini bar, no television, no temperature control, etc etc.!

Spending a night in an ice room at the ice hotel is certainly a “must” for everyone’s “bucket list”, but one night is probably enough. I was warm as toast once I’d snuggled into the sleeping bag, but if we’d stayed a second night I’d have been more than happy to go back to normality and sleep in a warm room with an ensuite.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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Property: Icehotel
Address: Marknadsvagen 63, Jukkasjarvi 981 91, Sweden
Location: Sweden > Norrbotten County > Jukkasjarvi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Jukkasjarvi
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Hotel Class:3.5 star — Icehotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 60
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