Dreams of a British white Christmas may be rapidly melting away, but in Swedish Lapland temperatures have dipped sufficiently for the ICEHOTEL to fling open its frozen doors.

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White Desert Timsam Harding & Fabián Jacquet (Asaf Kliger/PA)

White Desert by Timsam Harding & Fabián Jacquet (Asaf Kliger/PA)

Now open for its 28th season, the temporary hotel made from ‘snice’ (snow and ice) features fabulous room designs from specially selected artists. Here’s a sneak look at what’s on offer…

Cool and creative new rooms

Ground Rules by Carl Wellander & Ulrika Tallving (Asaf Klige/PA)
Ground Rules by Carl Wellander & Ulrika Tallving (Asaf Klige/PA)

Every year, new designs are unveiled in the ICEHOTEL- and the new selection is one of the best. Guests can rest in a room full of giant snails, snooze under the gaze of a giant white rabbit, or drift off surrounded by jagged, icy pinnacles.

Follow the White Rabbit by Anna Sofia Mååg & Niklas Byman (Asaf Kliger/PA)
Follow the White Rabbit by Anna Sofia Mååg & Niklas Byman (Asaf Kliger/PA)

Along with Art Suites in the temporary hotel, three new rooms have been added to the permanent year round property – although we’re not entirely sure we’d manage a night with a legion of ice women inspired by the Terracotta Army.

The Invisible Army by Nina Hedman & Lena Kriström (Asaf Kliger/PA)
The Invisible Army by Nina Hedman & Lena Kriström (Asaf Kliger/PA)

More activities on offer

Arctic Yoga
(Asaf Kliger/PA)

In addition to the new rooms, the hotel has launched a selection of packages including Arctic yoga, Nordic skiing and workshops on how best to exercise in an Arctic climate.

Winter running
(Asaf Kliger/PA)

There’s also a new Chef’s Table dining experience at the ICEHOTEL restaurant, featuring a 12-course tasting menu by Michelin award-winner Alexander Meier.

For families, there’s now a creative snow park section with space for making snow angels and building a mini snow fortress.

How to get there

Icehotel 28
(Ragnar Sigurdsson/PA)

Discover the World charter a seasonal direct flight to the ICEHOTEL, with journeys taking less than 3.5 hours each way. The #Iceflight operates on various dates from December until March.

A three-night break at Icehotel #28 is available from £1,154pp based on two sharing (with one night sleeping in an ice room and two nights in warm accommodation) on a B&B basis, including direct flights. Book here.