About the Igloo Hotel

In 1999 Hans Ulrik and Tor Kjetil decided to pioneer the development of an ice hotel in Norway. Our Igloo hotel was the second of its kind in the world being made entirely from ice and snow. We started with six bedrooms and have expanded and adapted with experience to now create over 20 rooms and suites together with the ice chapel, ice bar and ice sculptures.

Local Identity

Our igloo hotel is made entirely by local craftsman and we create a unique design with a special artistic theme each year. We create an area of ca 2,500 m2 using 250 tonnes of ice and 7,000 m3 of snow. The construction takes about five weeks using fresh water ice cut from a nearby mountain lake and snow made from the river water. The igloo structure is made layer by layer and then the rooms are fitted out with ice furniture and ice art.

Since the start we have had our own vision with local identity and a new theme every year.  We are extremely proud to present a 2500 square meters hotel made of 250 tons ice and 7000 cubic meters snow.  
Everything made by local workers and artists! To build it up, we use ice from a still water in the valley, and snow is produced by water from the river. The shapes of the hotel are made step by step, and all together our incredible builders use about five weeks of hard work to get it all ready.

The Themes

Each year we select a theme for the igloo hotel to reflect a special part of local history or mythology such as the Vikings, Nordic legends or local wildlife. The decorations and ice statues are carved to reflect this theme throughout the igloo hotel.

A Social Hotel

The Igloo Hotel is not just a structure to see. The space created by the ice and snow has a special, even magical, atmosphere with a deep silence and serenity. This special atmosphere may be experienced whilst admiring the art work, having a special drink in the ice bar and especially when sleeping the night in a warm sleeping bag on a bed of reindeer skins. The Igloo Hotel is also used for special occasions including weddings and christenings in the ice chapel, dinner parties and fashion shows.

The quiet surroundings along with the white snow create a magical and silent feeling. Just stop for a while and listen, it’s a wonderful experience. The ice hotel is so much more than what the eye can see. It’s a place to be and a place for sharing.

During these years we have had weddings, religious services, dinner parties, fashion shows, ice drinks shared in the ice bar and lots of other events. We are humble to be a part of all the special adventures you are seeking when coming to the ice hotel.

The Igloo Hotel Team

Our staff will happily explain the construction of the Igloo Hotel to you and you may also try your hand at making an ice sculpture with the expert guidance of one of the craftsman.

Hasse Kjeldsberg

Ice Hotel Craftsman

Ola Tangen

Ice Hotel Craftsman

Jørgen Emaus

Ice Hotel Craftsman

Karstein Mosesen

Ice Hotel Craftsman

Jørgen Eriksen

Ice Hotel Craftsman

Tor Østlyngen

Ice Hotel Craftsman

Rolf Heitmann

Ice Hotel Craftsman

Martin Hall - Davis

Ice Hotel Craftsman

Johnny Skavhaug

Ice Hotel Craftsman

Robert Haugan

Ice Hotel Craftsman

Andreas Mathilassi

Ice Hotel Craftsman

Roald Bjøru

Ice Hotel Craft & Artist

Roald Kjeldsberg

Ice Hotel Craft & Artist

Knut Saxe Kjeldsberg

Ice Hotel Craft & Artist

Sonja Saxe

Ice Hotel Artist & Sculptor

Maya Christine Opgård

Ice Hotel Artist & Sculptor

Johnny Trasti

Ice Hotel Artist & Sculptor

Andrine Kjeldsberg

Ice Hotel Artist & Sculptor

Kristin Saele

Ice Hotel Artist & Sculptor

Lillian Opgård

Ice Hotel Artist & Sculptor

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