Arctic Bath, set to open in January, is a new floating spa hotel located on the Lule River near the village of Harads in Swedish Lapland. Built in a circular shape on the water, Arctic Bath floats during the summer and freezes into ice during the winter. The hotel has a giant ice bath in the middle, ringed with three saunas, a spa treatment room and hot baths. Together with Treehotel and other local companies, such as Logger’s Lodge, Arctic Retreat and Aurora Safari Camp, Arctic Bath forms part of a micro-destination for luxury travelers in Lapland.
The floating part of the hotel, including the circular cold bath and six guestrooms, was designed by architects Bertil Harström and Johan Kauppi, who were also involved in the design of the nearby Treehotel. Ann Kathrin Lundqvist, a Swedish designer educated at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in San Francisco with expertise in fashion, accessories, furniture and interior, has designed all of the six land cabins.
The 12-room floating hotel is inspired by the timber-floating era when felled trees were transported downriver for processing, with the main building being inspired by a ‘log jam’. Constructed using local materials and with very little impact on the environment, there is a flotilla of six floating cabins for couples near the water’s edge, offering private access from the shore via a foot bridge and outside wooden decks. There are also six larger, elevated cabins built on the tree-lined shore. The land cabins showcase glass walls offering views of the landscape.
Photo: Anders Blomqvist