Icebar was born in 1994 in Jukkasjärvi, a small village in Arctic Sweden. The name means meeting place in Sami. Here, next to the Torne River, people have gathered for hundreds of years and still do today. Now it is spectacular creations of ice and snow that attract travelers from all over the world.
Back in 2002, the visionary Yngve Bergqvist, founder of Icehotel, together with the artists Åke Larsson and Arne Bergh, decided to expand the Icebar concept and create a unique Arctic experience in cities around the world. Icebar would become another meeting place in true Icehotel spirit and Icebar Stockholm by Icehotel was the very first permanent Icebar in the world.
For the past 20 years, Icehotel has had Icebars in some of the world's largest cities such as London, Milan, Tokyo, Shanghai, Qingdao, Copenhagen, Oslo, and Stockholm.
Over the years, dozens of designers from around the world have designed amazing creations and experiences. Millions of guests have enjoyed drinks at -5 ° C, served in the iconic Ice Glass by Icehotel, contemplating unique art, entirely made of ice.
- There is a magical place in central Stockholm, a glimmering bar where the ice of the north merges with the neon lights of the big city streets - a passage of bright ice that transports you to the land of Aurora borealis and the star-filled polar nights of the north. Icebar 20 is a celebration in neon of Icebar Stockholm by Icehotel, turning twenty this year. So be enlightened! Come here and celebrate with us! says Charli Kasselbäck & John Bark, designers.
The new design by Charli Kasselbäck and John Bark celebrates an important milestone for a vision that started twenty years ago by Icehotel, with the opening of the world's first permanent Icebar.
Icehotel is constantly looking for new solutions and for the 20th anniversary of Icebar by Icehotel, they decided to use lighting in a completely new way, by embedding 300 meters of "light thread" directly into the ice blocks, once again pushing the boundary of innovation in ice design.
The result is a sensorial experience out of the ordinary, with light pulsating from within the ice, creating a space on the borderline between the Arctic landscape and the urbanscape.
A massive 40 tons of crystal-clear ice from the Torne River was used to build the new Icebar Stockholm by Icehotel. This time, the design and production team was much larger than usual, involving 13 people, who worked for 6 months in Jukkasjärvi, before coming to Stockholm to build the bar, fine-tune the lighting, and finally welcoming the first guests.