Everything starts with a design, and every year different ideas come to fruition. Ice and Snow Hotels are art projects and accommodation rolled into one, and no two Ice and Snow Hotels are ever the same.
The designers that know How to Build an Ice Hotel are encouraged to experiment, have fun and come up with creations that reflect the nature of Scandinavia. Every guestroom inside Ice and Snow Hotels are unique and features artistic ice sculptures which are enhanced by mood lighting. First though, the designs must be brought to life by a dedicated team of builders who strive hard against often unfavourable weather conditions to ensure that the Icehotel opens in time to receive its first guests of the winter.
Building starts in November when the temperature drops low enough to keep the ice frozen. A steel frame forms the shell of the hotel, which is then coated in snow sprayed on by a snow machine. This is then left to freeze and after a few days, the steel frame is removed, leaving behind a free-standing structure with a maze of corridors and halls inside.