Entrance specialist Besam, had the unusual task of providing a solution that would be installed into the facade of the ICEHOTEL.

Arctic entrance solutions for ICEHOTEL

Each winter, huge blocks of ice are harvested from Sweden’s Torne River to build ICEHOTEL, one of northern Europe’s top visitor attractions. Entrance specialist Besam, had the unusual task of providing a solution that would be installed into the ice.

Building a hotel of ice and snow

Located about 200 kilometers above the Artic Circle, ICEHOTEL in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden is constructed each year almost entirely of ice and snow. ICEHOTEL has approximately 85 rooms but that varies from year to year depending on design.

Group company Besam, is a leading supplier of customized entrance solutions and service. They were tasked with providing a solution for the hotel’s main entrance. The project was initiated in the spring of 2006 and will be finished in time for the opening of the 2006/2007 season.

Weathering extreme conditions

Due to its unusual environment and construction, ICEHOTEL is constantly exposed to extreme weather and temperature conditions. The door’s components, for example, need to be able to function in temperatures that are regularly between -5 to -10 degrees Celsius. Because the hotel is built differently from year to year, suppliers’ products need to be as flexible as possible to fit into the architect’s design.

Ola Jönsson, Product Manager at Group company Besam, says: “Installing an automated door into a block of ice is a unique experience and will be a testament to the durability of Besam products.”

A testament to durability

ICEHOTEL will feature a special Besam UniSlide solution in its main entrance. This will be one of the most high-profile and challenging installations that the Group company Besam has undertaken.

It is a win-win situation for both partners in which ICEHOTEL can improve their hotel offering and ASSA ABLOY can prove the durability of its products in an exciting environment.

In addition, Group company Besam will provide entrance systems for the growing chain of ABSOLUT ICEBARs around the world, including locations in Stockholm, Tokyo, Milan and London.


• UniSlide – Besam
• Air curtains – Besam (ABSOLUT ICEBAR)

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Besam fills one of our knowledge gaps - to construct automatic doors that endure severe cold."

Yngve Bergqvist
Founder and CEO of ICEHOTEL