WanderingJustin.com

The world’s coolest hotel … and one of the coldest!

submit to reddit

Superman's bedroom? Nope, it's the ICEHOTEL!

Superman's bedroom? Nope, it's the ICEHOTEL!

About a year ago, I talked to a teenager who made an awesome visit to Sweden. He went there to stay at the ICEHOTEL, up in the very far north part of the country. He was a very clever guy who works part time as an architectural draftsman, so he was really fascinated about the idea of a hotel carved each year from ice and snow. He first learned about the ICEHOTEL in a documentary on The Discovery Channel.

It was also his first time traveling out of the country, so I have to give him a lot of credit for being bold enough to spent the better part of 24 straight hours in the air. And even better … from the airport, it was something like 30 miles by dogsled to get to the ICEHOTEL!

Here’s a bit more about the hotel:

It has some permanent, heated rooms. But the really awesome rooms are cold rooms, which workers build each year using blocks of ice from the nearby River Torne. The rooms stay at temperatures from 28 to 40 degrees F.

Each room, according to my source, had a “serene blue glow” from LEDs in the icy walls; the hotel’s silence added to the serenity. He slept on a bed made from ice covered in reindeer fur. The staff wakes guests up each day with a steaming cup of lingonberry juice, which is supposed to do wonders for keeping you warm.

There are some expeditions you can arrange from the hotel. Jukkasjärvi is pretty cold, though, so you really have to bundle up. I heard about some pretty awesome back-country dogsled trips. The food sounds tasty, too … I really want to try reindeer brisket!

Oh, something else: The cold rooms don’t have their own bathrooms. You have to get bundled up, tromp outside and go into the heated area. Can you imagine having to get up in the middle of the night for that? (Shivers)

Bookmark No Crocs Allowed

7 thoughts on “The world’s coolest hotel … and one of the coldest!

  1. Ratty

    It sounds like an adventure of a lifetime, but I’m not sure I would want to sleep in that cold. I’d still love to see that hotel though.

  2. wanderingjustin

    Sounds like the heated rooms would be for you! For me, the worst would be waking up in the middle of the night and having to get dressed to use the toilet. But I just may give it a go anyway … one of these days.

  3. aljun83

    This blog was cool. A lot of fun if you experienced to go to Sweden and stay at the Icehotel. I want to try it. It’s really cool. I love the photos posted from this blog.

  4. Tom

    All I can say is Wow..I haven’t heard a hotel like this one, its so unique and really cool. I wish to come in Sweden and explore that very nice hotel, I love cold places and I’m sure that I would love to stay there..Great share.

Leave a Reply