Below we've answered the most commonly asked questions about the incredible experience of sleeping on ice at one of the world's truly remarkable hotels - the Icehotel.
Where is the Icehotel?
Is everything in the Icehotel made of ice?
Why is the ice so crystal clear?
How cold is it inside the Icehotel?
Is there a restaurant in the Icehotel?
When staying at the Icehotel, meals are taken in a separate heated building across the road from reception. The restaurant offers an extensive breakfast and lunchtime buffet and a delicious à la carte dinner menu. The restaurant is often featured in gourmet magazines around the world and has been awarded the prestigious Werner Vögeli Statuette. We've created a special 3-night Culinary Adventure designed to showcase the integral role food, culture and lifestyle play in the Icehotel experience.
In addition, a selection of light meals and snacks are available in the comfortable lounge bar. And just a little further along the main road, the Homestead restaurant serves excellent hearty buffet style meals in a rustic setting.
When can I visit the Icehotel?
What happens to the Icehotel in the spring?
What type of room should I stay in?
Some people visit the Icehotel for the novelty of sleeping on ice, others prefer to enjoy visiting the Icehotel by day and sleeping in a warm cabin at night. Most stays at the Icehotel are a minimum of three nights with two spent in warm accommodation and one night in the ice hotel itself. The night here is usually spent in an Ice Room or you may wish to upgrade to an Art Suite. Art Suites are the most spacious and impressive, individually themed with striking ice sculptures and a bed that can only be described as a work of art! These are very popular with honeymoon couples, with sleeping bags made for two!
The warm accommodation is heated and consist of Nordic and Arctic chalets and Kaamos hotel rooms. discover more about Icehotel accommodation options
Please note that although sleeping in an ice room is a great experience, some people find it’s not for them. If you have particular sleeping requirements, you may wish to reserve a heated room as back-up at an additional cost, please call our reservations team for advice and to discuss your options.
Get the lowdown on how to sleep in an ice room: tips for sleeping on ice in our infographic.
Can I see the northern lights at the Icehotel?
During the winter months, the northern lights can be seen across a clear night sky. The Icehotel is in an excellent location for viewing the northern lights if they do make an appearance. We also offer a twin-centre break combining time at the Icehotel with a stay at Abisko National Park, recognised as one of the best places in the world for witnessing the aurora.
Remember the northern lights are a natural phenomena and as such can never be guaranteed to illuminate the night sky. But if you are lucky enough to experience nature’s most amazing light show, you’ll be hooked!
Can I get married at the Icehotel?
What do I need to take to the Icehotel?
Daylight hours in Swedish Lapland
Approximate hours of daylight recorded mid-month (varies according to snow and cloud cover) - this does not relate to sunrise and sunset but the actual full daylight period. Also in December and January during decreased daylight hours there is polar light (a blue subdued light) - not complete darkness. Approximate average temperatures given in degrees Celsius.
|Dec||4 / -13°||4 / -13°|
|Jan||5 / -14°||5 / -14°|
|Feb||8.5 / -12°||8.5 / -12°|
|Mar||13 / -9°||13 / -9°|
|Apr||16 / -3°||16 / -3°|
|May||22 / 5°|
For a quick look at the Icehotel in Numbers view our infographic
To plan your own visit to the Icehotel, contact our team of Nordic Travel Specialists direct today.
Classic 3-night Icehotel Break
Experience the magic of this iconic hotel on a unforgettable 3-night break enjoying a night in an ice room and a range of optional activities.
See all Icehotel holidays
Choose from a range of holiday options featuring a night sleeping on ice combined with other locations including Aurora Sky Station for optimum northern lights sightings.
Fly direct to the Icehotel
We offer the only direct flight to the Icehotel from the UK, departing from London Heathrow to Kiruna in Swedish Lapland, just 20 minutes from the Icehotel