A hotly-anticipated floating hotel in Swedish Lapland that offers views of the Northern Lights is now taking bookings.
The Arctic Bath is a year-round spa hotel, which floats atop the Lule river in summer and freezes into place come wintertime.
Its star attraction is the bath, which sits in the centre of its circular complex – heated to a ‘refreshing’ four-degrees, for those partial to an icy dip.
Currently under development in the far reaches of Swedish Lapland, the floating Arctic Bath hotel and spa will freeze into place come winter
During summer when the ice melts, it will float, as seen here. Its exterior is crafted from an artful array of local timber logs which protect guests inside from the nippy conditions
Those less brave can simply lounge around the deck and gaze up in search of the Northern Lights, or find warmth in the accompanying spa and saunas.
Visitors can stay overnight in one of the six minimalist cabins dotted around the perimeter, which will either float individually or stand still depending on the season. There are also six cabins on land.
The hotel design is inspired by the timber floating era, where ‘trees felled in local forests were transported down the river to be processed’.
It has been created with the ‘highest environmental standards in mind’, using local materials and with a ‘minimal, to no impact’ on the environment.
The very Nordic cabins boast windows and a skylight from which to gaze in search of the Northern Lights during winter
The star attraction, in keeping with its name, is the bath which sits in the centre of its circular complex – heated to a ‘refreshing’ four-degrees, for those partial to an icy dip
AnnKathrin Lundqvist, from the Arctic Bath team, said: ‘Arctic Bath really is a first. With any project as innovative and exciting as this an incredible amount of thought, engineering and ingenuity has come together to create a new experience like no other.
‘We are delighted that all the hard work and dedication from the team has paid off and seeing it all come together is a dream come true.
‘We can’t wait to receive our first guests and look forward to working with Off the Map Travel to deliver new and innovative Arctic travel holidays for guests from around the world.’
Bookings are available between February 2020 and February 2021. Rooms start from £815.
Bookings are available at the hotly-anticipated hotel from February 2020 with rooms from £815 per night. Pictured is a rendering of how the hotel will look in winter
The hotel is also offering a three-day stay for £2,595 per person with accommodation in a floating cabin, breakfast daily, a nightly five-course dinner, a guided Northern Lights hunt, transfers and spa access.
‘The Arctic Bath has been eagerly anticipated over the last year ever since the plans were first announced,’ said Jonathan Cooper, founder of Off the Map Travel.
‘Not only is it a spectacular new space to stay, but it will offer a really different wellness experience that can’t be had anywhere else on earth.’