The Arctic Bath hotel in the Swedish Lapland is finally open with a unique concept to boot: an open-air cold bath hotel.

While the concept of a floating hotel is nothing new, the Arctic Bath hotel takes things to another level. It offers an entirely new experience to what a bath hotel is like when it’s levitating over water. The hotel also doubles as a spa and wellness centre and its doors have finally opened on Sweden’s Lule River.

Arctic Bath hotel
Image credit: Daniel Holmgren

The idea of an open-air cold bath floating hotel was first coined back in 2010, during the opening of the Treehotel, which was another property by the same developer. Due to its position of the Lule River, the year-round Arctic Bath hotel is capable of alternating between frozen or floating, depending on the season.

Designed by Swedish architects — Bertil Harström and Johan Kauppi, the main building of the Arctic Bath hotel resembles a floating bird’s nest accompanied by a series of land and floating cabins around it. To sweeten the deal, the hotel is located under the northern lights in the winter as well as the midnight sun in the summer. This allows it to be a year-round hotel no matter the time of year.

Aside from its main floating building, the hotel’s series of suites, water and land cabins, are tastefully designed. The focus was on overall wellness with nods towards a high level of comfort and luxury. The design of cabins and suites pays tribute to its surrounding nature by using natural, sustainable materials with a rich history. It utilises materials like leather, wood, stone, and luxurious textile to ensure it harmonises well with its Scandinavian design.

As for the accommodation, you can choose between a floating cabin, a land cabin, or a land suite, all of which comes with an arctic bath. There are a total of 12 rooms with six each split between the land and water cabins. The Arctic Bath hotel also offers additional touches of detail that would mostly go unnoticed.

The hotel provides a spa ritual for a couple per room alongside bathrobes, swimwear, as well as slippers for the spa. Aside from that, it also offers half- and full-board as well as welcoming pets to some of its cabins for a one-time fee.

The floating double-room cabins come with a wooden outdoor deck that is perfect for meditation, sunbathing in the summer, or spotting northern lights in the winter. As for the land cabins, it comes in a two-storey unit that can fit up to five people. The cabins are elevated on poles and located on the shore connected through walkways. It also has an outdoor deck that is great for meditation or relaxation. Lastly, it’s the land suites that can sleep just two people. The land suites share similar features with the land cabins, both of which also come with a spiral staircase that leads to the loft.

If you’re feeling bored, fret not as the Arctic Bath hotel has plenty to discover. It offers plenty of activities such as husky sleigh rides, snowmobile safaris, cross-country skiing, as well as northern lights photography (if you’re lucky). The main building is where you can find an open-air bath as well as a sauna and spa.

Food can be found at the hotel’s restaurant with carefully curated set menus inspired by its local surroundings. It uses only local produce and ingredients while its five-course set menu is ever-changing.

As the Arctic Bath hotel is now open, you can find out more details on its website.

Wi-Liam Teh
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Wi-Liam is a geek at heart with a penchant for tattoos. Never without a drink in hand (preferably whisky, gin, or Guinness), he is also a writer by day and a keyboard warrior by night. On his day off, he masquerades as a streetwear and sneakerhead enthusiast while his bank account says otherwise.