Because ARTICO ICE BAR is much more than a solid ice construction.
ARTICO ICE BAR is indeed an Arctic Experience. It is the place to discover ice and touch all different kinds of natural ice, watch Arctic images on a snow and ice screen, get inside a real-size igloo, sit on soft reindeer hides and, most of all, admire and enjoy the impressive beauty of natural ice.
When we opened up back in 2004, there was only another similar construction – in Sweden, smaller and following a different concept. Since then, several ice-built facilities have popped up around the world.
How to spot a genuine Ice Bar from “fake” ice places?
Only those who have visited some of these places can have an educated opinion. However, we may give you some clues… Take into account where the ice comes from (natural ice or industrially frozen water), the place’s size, the ice-blocks’ size and amount, design solutions to hide refrigeration systems, customer service and staff’s dedication, amount of ice available, decoration, type and quality of drinks served (don’t have a drink poured from an unlabelled plastic bottle!), state and hygiene in the warm jackets and/or gloves provided (in fact, at ARTICO ICE BAR we don’t provide gloves due to hygienic reasons), state of the ice and furniture (beware holes in the ice, proving it is not often changed and taken care of), etc.
We strongly advice you not to waste your time and money, and make sure you choose a worthy experience.
Not everything goes!
As you know, we started up back in 2004 where there was just one more Ice bar in Europe (located in Sweden). Some more have opened up since then: several belong to the original Swedish company as franchises; some others are owned - and heavily sponsored- by private companies.
Artico Ice Bar is the Europe’s only private, totally independent and self-supported ice premises. Willing to keep ourselves independent and free, inside our place visitors will find design, but no advertising banners. There are currently some other ice bars using a name very similar to ours – they hold absolutely no connection with us.
Remember: don’t let yourself be fooled by others currently trying to use our image, concept and ideas: THERE IS ONLY ONE ARTICO ICE BAR, located on the northernmost tip of Europe, near North Cape. It is there, because we want to show the Arctic ice right where it flows – in the Arctic.
We own no other bars in Europe and we don’t intend to open any – for now, at least.
Remember that most ice sculptures on display (and, in some cases, on sale) are made out of a mould, and thus are as worthless as frozen tap water.
We do that, because we intend to show ice in a perfect state – at any time. Ice could actually be kept rather well in the cold chamber between seasons. “Rather well” is not enough for us at ARTICO ICE BAR though. For that reason, we are happy to face high expenses every year on ice’s extraction, transport, artists, machinery, etc. We do all that it takes, in order to offer only the best.
Those visiting us for two consecutive years will find a similar design, but carved out of different ice.
ARTICO ICE BAR is not a bar, but an Arctic experience that the kids will enjoy the most while they learn.
Also, children will enjoy a special fare (Aver horarios y precios).
ARTICO ICE BAR is designed for anyone to move around without risk: kids, adults, elders, people in a wheel-chair, etc. Half of the bar’s floor is made of special, non-slip concrete, while the other half is snow and ice. Logically, visitors may watch their step when walking on ice/snow surface areas.
So – choose your favourite surface to walk on; it’s up to you.
Average temperature inside the bar is -5ºC (23F).
You’ll be provided with an “Arctic cloak (poncho)” at the entrance, in order to better stand the inside’s Arctic “winter” conditions. Visitors are however suggested to bring along warm clothes, in order to enjoy the most of the place. In fact, outside temperatures range around 11ºC (52F) so that you may be wearing warm clothes anyway. Sandals and shorts might not be the best choice for the day – obviously.
At ARTICO ICE BAR we don’t provide our guests with gloves, for two reasons:
However, people particularly sensitive to cold may want to bring along their own gloves – or purchase them in our shop at a reasonable price.
See you at ARTICO ICE BAR !!