Building the Ice Hotel

About this programme

Documentary following the progress of artistic director Ake Larson and architect Arne Bergh as they embark on a six-week project to build Icehotel, a sophisticated structure constructed in the Swedish village of Jukkasjarvi - more than 120 miles inside the Arctic Circle. The venue has been built from snow and ice every year since 1990, when an edifice housing an exhibition of ice sculptures became a temporary hostel for visiting art enthusiasts. However, an unseasonable heatwave in the middle of the build leaves the team struggling to complete the construction in time to accommodate paying guests.

Cast and crew


Colin King
Executive Producer
Ann Harbron
Executive Producer
Dan Korn
Executive Producer
Laszlo Barna
Executive Producer
Steven Silver
Series Producer
Wendy Trueman
Colin King