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“A fairytale wonderland” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Icehotel
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Jukkasjarvi
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Lund, Sweden
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16 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“A fairytale wonderland”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 31, 2014

We didn't stay at the Icehotel but did the tour, thinking it would take an hour or so. We ended up staying three hours. We were completely spell-bound. Forget the sun and sangria of Spain, if you want a different holiday go to Swedish Lapland, see the Northern Lights, and the Icehotel and go on dog sleigh rides. Don't bother with Jokkmokk market though. It's mostly candyfloss and cheap underwear!

Room Tip: It's worth the visit even if you don't sleep in the cold rooms. The Art Suites were exquisit...
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 31, 2014

Best trip ever!

We arranged the dog sled transfer from the airport. Our group of 6 sleds had 120 dogs! We were met promptly upon landing! The changing room is very convenient to the terminal. The trip to the hotel was 1.25 hours. We were warmly greeted and absolutely everything was in order upon our arrival.

We had sandwiches for lunch. Dinner was at the Homestead restaurant - a 20 minute walk which was fun in the snow! Food was great. The Ice Bar was friendly.

We slept in 5 ice art suites and 2 warm chalets the first night. WHAT AN EXPERIENCE AND WHAT BEAUTY! We heeded the advice of everything we read and we each slept in single sleeping bags. All feedback said to avoid the two person sleeping bags.

We were married the next day at the Ice Church. What a magical event. Pastor Anna made the day remarkable. In addition to being a great minister (she is of the Church of Sweden and we are Catholic), she is a phenomenal singer. We also used the services of Kent, photographer, arranged by the hotel. Great pics!

We also did the aurora borealis tour. The guides were great. Though the northern lights did not make an appearance, this was still a fun evening.

The second night at the hotel, we were all in Nordic chalets. Very restful sleep.

I have VERY high standards and Eva, the event coordinator at the hotel, along with the entire hotel staff exceeded every expectation we had. EVERY request we had during the booking and arrangement process was met.

Room Tip: By all mean, book the ice art suites!
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 30, 2014

The Ice Hotel is an incredible sight! You will be mesmerized by the beauty of it! I spent hours just walking around marveling at everything. It doesn't look all that impressive from the outside (especially around the sides and the back; it just looks like a building in the snow with an occasional ice wall. However, once you go inside, you'll be amazed.

The main hall is beautiful; the ice columns extend toward the back, and there is a wishing well halfway back and then a magnificent unicorn sculpture at the end. The detail is amazing; from the sculptures themselves to the flowers on the wall, it's incredible.

I thought the main hall was amazing, but the Ice Bar is even more impressive. EVERYTHING is made of ice; the bar, the round booths (seats and tables), the huge fish ice sculpture that spans one side of the room, and even the glassware that is used. I was so in awe that I forgot how cold it was! Make sure you have gloves if you're ordering a drink; it'll hurt your hand holding the ice-glass after a while.

There are 5 types of rooms, but the bed is the same in all of them. Be warned; none of the rooms have an actual door (except the two deluxe suites). There is just a curtain, so don't think you'll have any real privacy. You can store everything in the changing building, so it will be safe. The art suites are very beautiful and impressive, but you can see these by touring the hotel. It's up to you whether it would be worth the extra money to stay in one of these rooms. You'll definitely want to walk around and check out ALL of the art suites. Don't forget to dress warm; just because you're not staying overnight doesn't mean you won't get chilled walking around checking it out.

The Ice Hotel is one of those must-see sights if you're anywhere near the area (maybe even if you're not). It's worth the effort. If you're into saying you had the experience of sleeping there, go for it. If that doesn't appeal to you, they have warm accommodations, too, and you can tour the hotel during the day (all overnight guests have to be out early so visitors can tour, even if you're staying several nights).

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Paris
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 30, 2014

Looking back on my sleep in the ice hotel i am so happy to have experienced it and would do it again without worrying the way i did first time round! Really it was very daunting for me; someone who is used to heating up the bedrom and the bed before going to sleep even during mild european winter and someone who suffers from cold feet and hands permanently. So everything you read about at the hotel on how to ensure a good night's sleep is helpful and if you follow the simple rules you will actually have a very restful night.
1) only wear your thermal long sleeved top and leggins with socks
2) walk to your ice room in your boots and take time to get comfortable in your sheet inside the sleeping bag (i rushed this thinking i wouldnt be able to warm up again and I was wrong)
3)wear a hat or snood to protect the top of your head from the chill that might get into the sleeping bag opening
4) keep your head within the sleeping bag hood and position yourself so the air you breathe out creates a little cushion of warmth around your face but allowing you to breathe in fresh air from the outside (usually sleeping on your side is easiest)
5) dont forget to locate the light switch in advance so you know where to reach to turn it off!
With all this prep you should be in for a good nights sleep. I slept quite lightly but had some lovely dreams and of course was never cold. But if it really turns out to be a nightmare for you the warm reception area is not vey far away and is open 24hrs.

Room Tip: The cheaper rooms are just as fun as the deluxe room which you can visit in the day.
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 28, 2014

This was part of a package trip to Abisko to see the Northern Lights. We stayed in the Icehotel on our last night.

Whether it is value for money isn't something I can answer. It is a different and for us a unique experience. We thought it was a great and very enjoyable experience and well worth what we paid.

We had upgraded to an art suite. For this you get a room with an ice sculture and your own dressing room in the warm bit of the hotel where you can keep your luggage and change clothes, as you can't keep anything in your 'ice bedroom'. Alongside the dressing rooms in the 'warm' building are showers, toilets and saunas.

We had dinner at the Homesteads restaurant which is part of the hotel but is more rustic (I read that to be less expensive) than the main restaurant. Homesteads is about 900m from the hotel. Make sure you get detailed instructions - the last turning before you reach the church (which is lit up at night). The Homesteads is an old building (from the 1700s) and has great character. There is a limited choice of 3 or 4 main courses, a few starters and a few deserts. We had smoked meat sami style which was delicious as were the other courses. The house red was also deliciouis. The cost was SEK1200 for two. Great food and service.

The breakfast was in the main restaurant and offered both the traditional cold buffet and a small selection of hot food.

There are briefings for those staying in an ice room on how to survive the night! Essential!

Going to bed means dressing in as little as you can get away with (you only need a base layer of thermal underwear) given that you will be walking through reception, collecting a sleeping bag and sheet and warm boots from reception and then getting to your ice bedroom as quickly as possible. You then get into the bags which lie on rheindeer skins on matteresses. To get the value out of your room, you need to enjoy the experience so enjoy a relaxing chat with your roommate through the small round hole that will be left in your sleeping bag after you have pulled it tight. The bags are very warm and very comfortable. They won't suit someone who feels claustrophobic as you can't fling the bag open. In the morning you get an early morning call with the offer of warm fruit juice after 7:30. You then have another chat with your roommate whilst you enjoy the experience of the ice bedroom and its art work and prepare to get up. As we were walking back to the dressing room I thought that there was a hot air blower above the door leading out of the ice hotel - it turned out to be the warm air from OUTSIDE blowing into the ice hotel.

The ice rooms are expensive and really only a one night experience. There are other rooms in the hotel and if you wanted an extended stay to enjoy the activities such as snowmobiles offered from the hotel I assume it would be less expensive to stay in a 'normal' room.

We had a guided tour which explained the history of the hotel and how it is built. Very interesting.

We wouldn't go back, once is enough but it is an experience we enjoyed and we're glad we did it.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Prague, Czech Republic
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130 reviews
32 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 24, 2014

An interesting experience, but one night is enough. Not because it was cold, but it is just right. What there. During the day and at night you can buy really well prepared activities and night itself is not so great experience. Interestingly it can be for a man from the city who had never experienced any outdoor activity or have never been to the mountains of the frigid sky. The building itself is spectacular, but the activities and bedtime are doomed to wait at the reception. One experience is enough. Sweden offers a lot more interesting and more beautiful things even in winter.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Lyon, France
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173 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 24, 2014

My husband and I visited the Icehotel on March 18. The Icehotel itself is a real hotel as well as a tourist attraction. They are open Mon-Sun 10h-18h, but the English guided tours are only scheduled at 12pm and 4pm. The fee for adult is 325 SEK, 200 student, and 75 child (6-12yrs). It started with a 65m2 igloo museum, now expanded to be a 5,500m2 hotel of ice and snow. You don't have to live there to appreciate it, you can just go for a guided tour like we did. The guide started by telling us the history of this hotel, and showing us where came the building materials (from the man made ice, the ice in the nearby frozen river, and the snow). She then showed us the ice chapel with 8 ice beaches covered with reindeer fur. Finally she led us into the hotel. There is an ice bar which offers cocktail in a ice cup for a fee. Everything inside the hotel is made of ice-snow. Besides all the ice furniture, there are many ice sculptures inside the bar, on the hall way or on the ice wall. For a superior price, you can choose one of the luxury rooms with different ice sculpture theme. Of course, if you pay less, you get a plain room with no artist's ice master piece. In all the rooms, you will need to sleep in a doubled sleeping bag on a ice bed covered with fur. No matter how much you pay, the room temperature is all the same minus 5 degrees C for everybody. According to the guide, she said she actually could get a good night sleep. But all the guests will have to be waken up around 7am ! I guess it is dangerous to stay in the frozen temperature too long once you wake up, After the guided tour, we wondered around to take pictures of all the ice art in all the luxury rooms. We also got down to the river to see the ice sawing. We were there about 1 1/2 hours. Even with several layers of warm clothes, socks, and snow shoes. Our fingers and toes were all frozen. Once you get to the place, there is a reception house, a gift shop, many storage rooms for the luggages, and a restaurant across the road. If ever you travel to Kiruna area, do go to see this rare hotel for yourself. The Icehotel is the first and the largest of its kind in the world. It will start to melt in May, completely melt down in August, and be rebuilt around October or November according the weather each year. The chance to see it is from November to April. Absolutely COOL !!!

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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
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Jukkasjarvi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Icehotel 3*
Number of rooms: 60
Also Known As:
Icehotel Hotel Jukkasjarvi
Icehotel Sweden/Jukkasjarvi
Ice Hotel Sweden

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