A new health and wellness hotel, the Arctic Bath Hotel in Kiruna, northern Lapland, Sweden will be a year-round hotel that floats freely during summer and in winter will be frozen in place on the Lule River.
From the hotel, guests will be able to take in the sights of the famed Northern Lights.
The project is being developed by the same group responsible for another of Sweden’s most popular design hotels, TreeHotel, with architecture and design by Bertil Harström and Johan Kauppi, Sweden.
Central to the wellness hotel’s design is an open air Arctic plunge pool heated to just four degrees Celsius where guests can take an ice bath. The hotel will also feature four saunas, a hot tub, spa treatments, a restaurant and lounge.
Six separate eco-friendly rooms reflect minimalist Swedish design and with blond wood furniture, log fires and extra-large windows to make the most of Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) viewing from bed. The six rooms are all stand-alone structures that will float (rather than stand) alongside the main building of the hotel.
The building’s design is inspired by the timber floating era as a monument to the importance of forests in Sweden’s development. The concept is one of contrasts — between hot and cold, water and wood and past and present.
The architects have committed to using natural, local and eco-friendly materials to ensure almost no negative impact on the environment.
Travel Monitor Memos
- Arctic Bath Hotel has confirmed to Travel Monitor they will open in December, 2018.
- Rooms will start at 5500 SEK (around A$856) per double room in low season.
- Bookings will open at the end of April, 2018.
- The hotel’s total capacity is for 12 guests.