The icy kingdom that is "Icehotel 365" opens in November 2016!
In a place, where the summer sun shines for 100 days and nights without ever setting, there stands the Icehotel, a hotel made of snow and ice. This year, a new building will be built adjacent to the exisitng wintertime hotel by the riverside in Jukkasjärvi, 200 km north of the Arctic Circle.
"We'll simply be better positioned to meet market demand for both the midnight sun and the northern lights, so we can attract visitors to summer and winter activities north of the Arctic Circle," says Yngve Bergqvist, founder and creator of Icehotel and Icehotel 365.
With a total size of 2100 square meters, it will be covered with 600 square meters of solar panels to generate energy during the summer months. Guests will be welcomed to nine deluxe suits with ensuite bathrooms and saunas, and eleven art suits, each custom-created by artists from all over the world. The term 'room temperature' has a different meaning there, as it's far below 20 degress Celsius. Guests will sleep in a room with refreshing -5 degrees Celsius! Inside the permanent ice experience there will also be an ice bar and an ice gallery. With the help of solar energy, the sustainable and eco-friendly hotel will be open 365 days a year, hence the name Icehotel 365.
"According to our calculations, Icehotel will reduce its total energy requirements. This is because our solar cells take advantage of the nearly continuous daylight during the summer months. Consequently we'll be able to produce roughly 75 kilowatts from April to September, which gives us an energy surplus that we can use to run our existing buildings, like our restaurants, offices and warm rooms," says Yngve Bergqvist.
Adding charm to the fantastical experience will also be enjoying in dogsledding, the northern lights or a boat trip on the river, beneath the midnight sun.
Check out the gallery for concept photos of the project as well as for photos of the existing icey structure.