Yngve Bergqvist, the founder of Ice Hotel.
The Ice hotel (styled as ICEHOTEL) in the village of Jukkasjärvi, about 17 km from Kiruna, Sweden, erected each year from December to April, was the world’s first ice hotel. First opening in 1990.
The entire hotel is made out of snow and ice blocks taken from the Torne River - even the glasses in the bar are made of ice. Each spring, around March, Ice Hotel harvests tons of ice from the frozen Torne River and stores it in a nearby production hall with room for over 10,000tons of ice and 30,000 tons of snow. The ice is used for creating Ice bar designs and ice glasses, for ice sculpting classes, events and product launches all over the world while the snow is used for building a strong structure for the building. About 1,000 tons of what is left is used in the construction of the next Ice Hotel.
When the temperature drops and the snow guns start humming on the Torne River shore, usually in mid-November, the building process begins. The snow is sprayed on huge inverted catenaries shaped steel forms and allowed to freeze. After a couple of days, the forms are removed, leaving a maze of free-standing corridors of snow. In the corridors, dividing walls are built in order to create rooms and suites. Ice blocks are now being transported into the hotel where selected artists start creating the art and design of the perishable material. Ice Hotel in Jukkasjärvi opens in phases; the first phase opens in the beginning of December and for each week, another part of the hotel opens up for visitors and guests until the beginning of January when the entire construction is completed.
When completed, the hotel features a bar, church, main hall, reception area and rooms and suites for over 100 guests to sit and sleep on blocks of sculpted ice in the form of chairs and beds. There is also warm accommodation available next to the hotel. The Ice Hotel in Jukkasjärvi is known to be the biggest hotel of ice and snow in the world, spanning over some 6 000 m². Each suite is unique and the architecture of the hotel is changed each year, as it is rebuilt from scratch. Each year artists submit their ideas for suites and a jury selects about 50 artists to create the church, Absolut Ice bar, reception, main hall and suites. When spring comes, everything melts away and returns to the Torne River. The Ice Hotel only exists between December and April, and has been listed as one of the Seven Wonders of Sweden.
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