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A Floating Hotel and Spa Is Opening in Sweden Soon

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The circular hotel’s jumbled-timber exterior aims to recall the Lule River’s history with the logging industry.

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The circular hotel’s jumbled-timber exterior aims to recall the Lule River’s history with the logging industry.

The back-to-nature Arctic Bath Hotel and Spa will feature cozy cabins inspired by drifting timber and a full-service spa with hot and cold plunge pools.

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The team behind Sweden’s world-famous Treehotel is back with plans to launch a new hotel and spa that floats along a major river in Swedish Lapland during summer and freezes into the ice during winter, all in a prime spot to see the Northern Lights. This is not a joke: The next-level property, brought to you by Off the Map Travel, is set to finish construction later this year—and you can now book your stay now for February 2020 through February 2021.

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The Arctic Bath Hotel and Spa is located on the Lule River in Luleå, a small coastal city about 31 miles south of the Arctic Circle in Swedish Lapland. The property, designed by Swedish architects Bertil Harström and Johan Kaupp, takes its inspiration from drifting timber in the area.

A rendering of the interior of a “floating” cabin at the Arctic Bath Hotel and Spa, designed by architects Bertil Harström and Johan Kaupp.
Once completed, the unique hotel will consist of six floating “cabins” and a design-forward spa connected by above-water walkways. The on-site spa features four saunas, a hot bath, an outdoor cold bath, plus outside and inside showers. When construction of the luxurious property is complete, the Arctic Bath Hotel and Spa will also feature six additional cabins on land.

Of course, because this is Scandinavia, the designs won’t just be visually striking; they’ll also be developed with eco-friendly standards in mind, using local materials with “minimal-to-no” impact on the environment.

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In addition to the experience of sleeping in a floating cabin in the heart of Swedish Lapland, a stay at the Arctic Bath Hotel and Spa will include daily breakfast, nightly five-course dinners, unlimited spa access, and a guided Northern Lights tour. Itineraries can also be customized to meet travelers’ specific interests. (From $3,250 per person for a three-day itinerary) 

A rendering of the hotel’s bathhouse, where an open ceiling invites guests to soak under the star-filled skies.
“The circular shape of [the] spa and Arctic Bath creates a haven to relax and soak up the local Arctic environment,” Jonny Cooper, Arctic travel expert and founder of Off the Map Travel, said in a statement. “You can experience the spa bath and stay overnight in a room that will float or be frozen into the ice, depending on the season. This will be a one-of-a-kind Arctic experience.”

Families are welcome at the hotel and childcare will be available, according to a spokesperson from Off the Map Travel. To book your stay at the Arctic Bath Hotel and Spa between February 2020 and February 2021, contact Off the Map Travel at info@offthemap.travel

This article originally appeared online in January 2018; it was updated on July 5, 2019, to include current information.

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