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Inside the ICEHOTEL: Part 1, The Art Behind the Ice

I think at one point we’ve all heard about the hotel that is built with ice that is probably a world away. But it’s actually closer than you think. The world’s original ICEHOTEL in the town of Jukkasjärvi, Sweden, located in the Arctic Circle, is one of those places that is worth a visit – perhaps it’s on your bucket list?

I recently visited the ICEHOTEL myself and toured with Ms Sofi Ruotsalainen, a member of the elite ICEHOTEL Art & Design Group that designs and builds the hotel each year, about the work that is behind this annual showcase of art and design. My interest is really about the creativity that is behind the ICEHOTEL.

Icehotel forest of trees

Icehotel forest of trees

When I opened the door to enter the ICEHOTEL, I was greeted with a ice forest of trees. Then behind this room was a long main hall with a wave sculpture that represents the waters of the local Torne River. From the this main hall several long hallways to either side led to the sculpted Art Suites, and this is where the tour begins. Let’s take a look at some of these suites.

Frozen Love by Benny Ekman

This Art Suite features love that is “frozen” in time with all of the people and things we love. Mr Ekman’s animated style is in full swing here.

Frozen Love by Benny Ekman

Frozen Love by Benny Ekman

Penguins’ Era by Egle Saladzuite and Erika Irmler

The snow itself already gives the room a very calming (yet cold!) feeling. You’re surrounded by penguin eggs – including a penguin egg-shaped bed – along with a standing penguin lighted with LED lighting. Did you notice that even the room itself is almost shaped like an egg?

Penguins’ Era by Egle Saladzuite and Erika Irmler

Haven by Mark Armstrong and Dave Ruane

Perhaps it’s all about reincarnating yourself. A good night’s rest in the cocoon-shaped bed and you’ll wake up transformed into a beautiful butterfly. Note the detail in the butterflies. Quite amazing.

Haven by Mark Armstrong and Dave Ruane

Coffee Mudra by Nina Hedman and Magnus Hedman

A perfect yoga meditation pose (mudra) for this lady is apparently coffee and cookies. Enough said.

Coffee Mudra by Nina Hedman and Magnus Hedman

Coffee Mudra by Nina Hedman and Magnus Hedman

Kraken’s Lair by Karl-Johan Ekeroth and Christian Strömqvist

The old myth of the sea monster is brought to life here with a Viking ship in the center surrounded by Kraken’s tentacles lighted in LED.

Kraken’s Lair by Karl-Johan Ekeroth and Christian Strömqvist

Kraken’s Lair by Karl-Johan Ekeroth and Christian Strömqvist

Next up is our Q&A with Ms Sofi Ruotsalainen. Stay tuned!

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  1. […] can’t believe more than a year has gone by since my trip to the ICEHOTEL in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden. It was definitely a trip I will never forget. This year I followed-up with […]

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