An awesome experience, there is a bar and an entrance hall and corridors as well as about 200 rooms in this humungous igloo.
There are snow rooms which are basic, no chairs, table or head board and the beds are a block of ice.
The Ice Rooms are more luxurious, with bedside tables and or chairs and tables and a head board of ice, still you are sleeping on ice,
The suites are all different and number about 8 and all have elaborate sculputures and fourposter bedesq, still you are sleeping on a bed of ice. ok, not quite, you have two reindeer hides and are given a thermal sleepign bag and a sleeping bag and are in my opinion as warm as toast even if you do sleep in what you would/ wouldnt sleep in in a warm country.
They wake you up in the morning with warm juice.
There is two restaurants to coice from, one very close the other about a twenty minute walk.
You are in pitch darkness, there is a frozen lake where catching the "lights" is awesome.
Make sure you go to the tour of the hotel and the talk on how ot sleep.
There is however a warm brick/log part to the hotel where a bar with heating can be found, its great.
Fun and interesting.
Great staff, always there on hand to help.
They run tours which seem pretty good too.
Most clean hostel I have ever been to. Kitchen facility was wonderful. HUGE kitchen with 8 stoves, 4 huge refridgerators. Rooms were very spacious and the corridor, common room was very clean.
Camp Alta is a wonderful place to stay in for a large group! Our group of 6 rented a cabin for 6, and it was such a cosy place it's sad that we were staying for only one night! The cabin was sectioned into 4 main parts, the entrance and bathroom, the kitchen, the living room (with 2 double decked beds) and a separate bedroom with 2 single beds. The whole place was also very well furnished. Definitely an A-star accommodation.
The beds and sheets were perfectly clean. But if you do mind, you should bring your own bed sheet or you could rent one for 60 SEK.
This hotel only exists during winter and melts away each spring/summer. They build it anew from scratch each winter! Check out their website - it's quite awesome. Make sure you click the "Panoramabilder" in order to see pictures from the place:
It's made out of ice - never heard of anybody else who does this. Check out the pictures at their website - it's awesome: www.icehotel.com
If you are brave, your guide get's you a tent...ha ha ha
It's better then to sleep in your bivouac (see previous tip)
Not the best hostel I've ever stayed in, but cheap and central which is why we picked it (since we were then off to Abisko by train).
To their defense, they weren't really going to be open between Christmas and New Year due to few bookings, but in my opinion, why not keep it closed if you can't look after it? The hostel shares premises with the City Hotel but I don't know much about its rooms. As for the hostel, the beds were very comfy and there was a TV on the room which was a bonus, but that was it. The oven and microwave on our floor were extremely dirty, and the shower rooms were equally unpleasant, and I was surprised as Swedish hostels are normally well kept. I was told by a long-time resident that this was due to gangs of messy young people and that the owners were told but had not cleaned for weeks. The floors below us had ben let to mining engineers and were locked to hostel guests so who knows who were actually living there...not a place I would recommend.
Views of beautiful Kiruna Church.
We arrived Kiruna on August 29, after being four days in Norway. The rain in Norway soaked our tent and sleeping bags so that we couldn't camp that night. We decided to sleep one night in a guest house. We drove around to find one. Most of them were closed in the post season. Around 11 pm we saw on roadside, ca. 18 km north of Kiruna a small white sign "Rum, Room, Zimmer" - we followed the sign and found this house. I aroused the owners by ringing the bell. The owner opened the door and was very friendly (I wouldn't be friendly when someone wakes me up). She showed us around and gave us a room for the night and we were allowed to dry our camping stuff in the yard.
There is no better way to explore the fabulous nature that surrounds you if you decide to camp!
There is no problem to place a tent wherever you want, the campground is very good all the way from Nikkaloukta to Kebnekaise!
Use the right of common access!
The picture is taken on our way from the Station to the top.
It's a different experience for sure!
Although it is not luxury at all, you will remember it. When we stayed here there was another couple staying here for their honey moon!
See the photo from outside the hut on my Kiruna page.
If you keep the fire all night, you won't be cold, but you will still have to wear your clothes and sleep in a sleeping bag.
It is quite expensive, but if you are looking for something special - this is the place to stay if in northen Sweden!
The Ice Hotel in Kiruna have you stayed at any more exotic hotel
A hotel made of ice do I have to say anything more
this is a standard hostel with clean rooms, community room, community kitchen, etc. friendly staff but often booked up in the summer time. i went to the tourist office and they told me they had no space but when i went by the actual hostel they gave me a room for the night
i think i paid less than 150 sek for a bed in a 3 bed room.
There are three ways to stay here, either in a hotel-room, a apartment or in your own camping-trailer (which you have to bring up here early in the summer)
The Ice Hotel is a must see. The hotel is made of the extremely clear river ice. The hotel is built each fall and melts each summer. The rooms have ice sculptures that are beautiful works of temporary art. The bar is unique and serves vodka in large ice cubes. Bring your coat. There is no heat in the hotel and the bathrooms are outside. (with heat!)
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