A hotel in Sweden made from snow and ice has revealed its newest room, designed by one of the country’s princes.
The Icehotel was founded in 1989 in Jukkasjarvi, a village 200 kilometers north of the Arctic Circle. The hotel is built in the winter, melts in the spring, and is rebuilt again each year.
In 2016, Icehotel 365 was also created, which is a part of the hotel that is kept cold to stay open all year round. It includes a bar, an art gallery and several guest rooms.
Each year artists are invited to create new rooms for the hotel. Prince Carl Philip of Sweden and his business partner Oscar Kylberg were among the 32 artists chosen to design a room in 2021.
The prince’s room is called “Midsummer Night’s Dream,” and has flowers and other plants held in ice. An ice chandelier with flowers inside it hangs from the room’s ceiling.
Visitors to the Icehotel can choose to spend one or more nights in one of the hotel’s ice rooms, which can be as cold as minus 7 degrees Celsius. The rest of their stay can be spent in a normal, heated room, and they are able to return to the heated part of the hotel at any time of the day or night. Bathrooms are also in the heated area.
Visitors are given special sleeping bags and training to help them sleep comfortably in the ice rooms.