Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond the Lobby

Icehotel, Sweden

Series 1 - Episode 6 Icehotel, Sweden



Of all the extraordinary hotels Giles Coren and Monica Galetti have visited, Icehotel in Lapland is the one that appears most often on people’s bucket lists. It’s a magical structure like a frozen art installation where guests sleep in sub-zero temperatures on a block of ice and the drinking glasses are made from ice – as Giles discovers.

Reassuringly they’re told, “Nobody has died yet” – but Giles still feels like Scott of the Antarctic – “and it didn’t end well for him”. Ever-practical Monica is more interested in knowing how they clean up if someone spills red wine on the ice floor and how the bathrooms work.


Giles Coren and Monica Galetti travel more than 120 miles north of the Arctic Circle into Swedish Lapland to work in Icehotel in the village of Jukkasjarvi. Using two-ton blocks of ice hacked from the nearby River Torne, Giles works with a team of international artists to create individually crafted rooms and is taught how to make drinking glasses from ice, while Monica learns how the head chef uses natural ingredients found in the nearby forest; and meets Manne, an 82-year-old man who supplies reindeer meat to the hotel. Last in the series.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Giles Coren
Presenter Monica Galetti
Series Producer Rebecca Templar