The original Icehotel has been welcoming 50,000 visitors a year since it opened in 1989, but because of its icy nature, it was only open four months out of the year. But the new Icehotel 365 has become the first permanent ice hotel ever.
Icehotel 365 is located in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden, about 124 miles north of the Arctic Circle. The 22,604 square-foot structure has 20 guest rooms, a bar, and an art gallery.
The concept to make a permanent version of the hotel came about from an increased demand and interest that couldn’t be met with the limited time frame.
The structure took five months to build with the help of over 100 people… and over 30,000 liters of river water. To keep everything frozen throughout the year, they placed steel pipes 16 feet below the ground which make it work like a thermos, as well as solar-powered refrigerating plants.
The hotel also has a warm building with 70 more hotel rooms, for those who would rather ration out their cold time.