The Arctic Bath hotel and spa will float atop the Lule river during summer and freeze into place come winter.
Located in Swedish Lapland, its star attraction is the bath which sits in the centre of its circular complex.
Guests can take an icy dip in the four-degree water and then retire to their own toasty cabin for the night.
There are plenty of ways to experience Swedish Lapland, but this might be the most unique yet.
Currently under development in the far reaches of Swedish Lapland, the Arctic Bath hotel and spa will float atop the Lule river during summer and freeze into place come 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.
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, the roofs topped with an artful array of local timber logs.
Visitors can then 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.
The circular shape of spa and Arctic Bath creates a protected environment sheltering guests and creating a haven to relax and soak up the local srctic environment,’ says Jonny Cooper founder of Off the Map Travel. ‘This will be a one-of-a kind arctic experience. Although all seven buildings will be securely anchored in place they are freely floating in water or frozen into ice.’
It’s a venture between Off the Map Travel, which will run expeditions to the Arctic Bath starting in early 2018, and the design team behind Sweden’s famed Treehotel.
Arctic Bath is a project run by Arctic Bath AB. Architecture & Design by Bertil Harström and Johan Kauppi, Sweden.