A floating arctic hotel and spa

  • 07 Apr - 13 Apr, 2018
  • Mag The Weekly
  • Mag Files

Over in Harads in northern Lapland, a very Scandi hotel is set to open this year. The Arctic Bath Hotel is a wellness retreat that floats on the Lule River. Well, when it’s summer, it floats. In winter, the hotel will sit suspended in ice. The exterior looks like a pile of sticks lit from within, painted all-white to blend in with the surrounding ice and snow.

Inside, there’s all kinds of fancy stuff to make the hotel a relaxing retreat. There’s the arctic plunge pool, right in the middle of the hotel’s central, open-air hub, heated to just 4 degrees Celsius.

After you’ve dived into the pool you can warm up in any of the hotel’s four saunas or hop in a hot tub, or get even chillier by jumping in the freezing cold outside bath.

Once you’re all buffed and steamed to perfection, you can head back to your room, one of six rooms floating separately from the main hub for a sense of total peace and isolation. Each room has massive windows, so if you’re lucky you’ll be able to see the Northern Lights while you snuggle up under the blanket.