You can now stay in Icehotel all year round

Deluxe suite: Once Upon A Time
PHOTO: Icehotel/Asaf Kliger

If you think you can stay in Sweden's famed Icehotel only during the winter, you're gravely mistaken.

Travellers are in for a new sub-zero temperature experience at Icehotel 365 which opened on Dec 1 in Jukkasjärvi, 200 km north of the Arctic Circle.

They can now spend the night in icy rooms all year round.

Wait, won't the ice melt in the summer?

During the warmer months, the frozen elements will be kept cold using solar energy harvested from the midnight sun, which shines for 100 days and nights without setting.

Icehotel's new expansion spans 1200 square meters and includes 10 luxury suites with ensuite bathrooms and 12 art suites.

Those who don't feel like venturing too far away from their quarters can enjoy a tipple at the ice bar, try their hands at ice sculpting, or admire the frozen masterpieces on display in the gallery.

Meanwhile, the adventurous can head outside to go husky sledding, hike under the midnight sun, and catch the northern lights while lying down on reindeer skins.

Brave souls may also attempt a chilly plunge in the Torne River or sign up for a half-day beginners course on how to survive in the Artic wilderness.

When it's time to snooze, grab a sleeping bag and lay it over the beautiful ice beds. Don't forget to tuck yourself in snugly.

Icehotel 365 sits right next to the existing Icehotel.

Also read: Surviving a -5 degrees night at the Icehotel

Also read: 10 stunning hotels around the world to stay in before you die

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