I believe most people come here for the experience instead of seeking a comfortable stay. To be honest, it's not hard to figure out that the stay is not all that comfortable. People might think it is over priced, maybe.. but I still think it is a experience worth paying for.
The hotel is opened for public during the day, so our room is not exactly ours until the visiting hour is closed. But the guest are given a small "changing room" to store our belongings and to change to "proper attires" for the night. The changing room is enough for a few luggages and have a bench to seat maybe 2 people. Other than that you can rest at the hotel lobby or bar. There are a few tours that the hotel operates to bring the guest around the hotel, check the timing with the front desk. The lobby for the "warm hotel" and the ice hotel is separate.
There is no difference to the snow rooms, but the design of each art suite is different and they are different each year. If you booked an art suite, the design is randomly assigned (I assume). I am a bit disappointed that we were not given a more interesting suite, well.. but we still can go in to have a look at all the other suites.
The dinner at the ice hotel is lovely. Dishes are served on ice plates and are delicious. The diamond cocktail is nice and interesting too and I am lucky enough to find a bottle of DRC Echezeaux at a bargain price which totally made my night. If you want to drink more, you can proceed to the ice bar, just don't try to stick your lips too long on the ice cups.
The bathroom is shared, like those in the gym. When it comes to bed time, each guest will be given 2 sleeping bags. A thin layer one, probably those thermal kind, and a thick, down-filled one. Wrap those sleeping bags around you in your changing room and get ready to run to your room. There is no lock for the rooms, as the hotel staff will walk in to wake you up the next morning with a hot lingo berry juice. The body will not really feel cold given the sleeping bags, the face is the part that will be suffered. Don't put any moisturizer as your face might just get frozen. Keep it dry, you should be fine. You will be given a certificate for sleeping overnight in a ice room and the room temperature and outdoor temperature will be stated.
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- Also Known As:
- Icehotel Hotel Jukkasjarvi
- Icehotel Sweden/Jukkasjarvi
- Ice Hotel Sweden