Sweden: The Ultimate Retreat for Wellness Travelers

Johan Kauppi/Arctic Bath
Johan Kauppi/Arctic Bath

Floating Arctic Bath Hotel Kiruna: You May Want To Pack An Extra Layer

By Jackie Cohen

Dry land is so old school. An unusual new Swedish innovation is in the works to launch in the late 2018. This daring design in the middle of Lule River of Northern Lapland will act as a floating oasis for a lucky dozen guests.

Designed to give visitors a front-row seat to the Northern Lights phenomenon, Arctic Bath will bob on the surface of the Lule River, a small channel near the village of Harads in Swedish Lapland, almost 1000 kilometers north of Stockholm.

Jonny Copper, Arctic travel expert and founder of Off the Map Travel
Jonny Copper, Arctic travel expert and founder of Off the Map Travel

After the success of their nearby sister retreat, the wildly popular Treehotel with guestrooms built atop the treetops in the forest, the idea for the Arctic Bath Hotel was born.

Like the treehouse concept, the floating retreat draws architectural inspiration from the woods and surrounding natural beauty.

The intricately designed tree trunk and log exterior paired with the raw wood interior are an important tribute to a driving force behind Sweden's economy. They have a booming forestry industry, with major exports including paper, pulp, and raw materials like timber.

Once inside of the utopic building, the focal point shifts from architectural beauty to the enormous arctic pool situated in the center of the hotel's open-air lobby area. Don't forget to pack your bathing suit, the pool is always set to be a balmy 39 degrees Fahrenheit.

A floating oasis

The spa treatment room of the Arctic Bath Hotel in Lappland, Sweden
The spa treatment room of the Arctic Bath Hotel in Lappland, Sweden

Plans for the floating hotel are in the works, with the plot centralized on the Lule River, downstream from the bridges of Bodtraskfors.

The phenomenon will be open year-round, complete with floating along the Lule River in the summer months or venturing out to the ice in the winter.

Complete with a full spa with unique services like cold baths, saunas, Swedish treatments, guests' mindfulness will become one with the nature they are surrounded by.

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Anchored in place, the floating Arctic Bath Hotel in northern Lapland offers guests spectacular views of the Northern Lights. Easiest to view in the darkness of Swedish winter, views aurora borealis will be approaching just as the hotel opens its doors in the Fall of 2018.

With six individual 25 square meter floating cabins, guests will be ready to face the cold with their own wood-burning fireplaces, all while

A cozy bedroom in the floating hotel.
A cozy bedroom in the floating hotel.

enjoying the simplicity of the classic Swedish minimalist style.

With the capacity setting at just twelve guests, this exclusive retreat will be comfortable, cozy, and intimate for visitors. Access to the floating hotel will be via a long boardwalk, stretching from the shore to the entrance of the Arctic Hotel.

Dinner with a view of the aurora borealis

After your refreshing dip in the arctic bath, visit the hot bath or sauna to warm up. When you have gotten nice and toasty, settle into one of six floating guest rooms, all with massive windows that have incredible views from the comfort of your bed.

Complete with an on-premise restaurant, you will not have to leave the complex once you have checked in to the hotel and checked out of reality.

“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 Arctic environment, 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,” said Jonny Cooper, part of the launching campaign for the Arctic Bath Hotel and existing Treehotel.

Guilt-free spa service

A simple boardwalk connects the Arctic Bath Hotel with the rest of civilization
A simple boardwalk connects the Arctic Bath Hotel with the rest of civilization.

Surrounded by natural beauty and incredible resources, part of the design team's mission was to build this hotel using locally sourced materials, utilizing the availability of such incredible raw goods.

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With the use of local materials, their goal was to leave as small an impact as possible to the surrounding environment and ecosystems.

The hotel's eco-friendly promise will leave guests with a clear conscious, ready to enjoy the spa service guilt-free.

Booking opportunities to come soon

Though reservations are not able to be made yet, their online booking service is expected to launch in the coming months as construction of the structure moves along with progress. Once they open up for service, excited guests will have the ability to book guestrooms up to six months in advanced.

With the growing popularity of wellness based natural getaways, people will likely take advantage of this amenity, as rooms are expected to fill up soon after they become available.

Until then, though, if your adventure bug is bothering you and you are in the market for a nature-based getaway in the woods, that Treehotel not too far away in Northern Lapland is open for business and running with extreme popularity.

Jackie Cohen

Jackie Cohen is an avid globetrotter, in constant search for new obscure destinations and adventures. With a special interest in sustainable tourism practices, she’s traveled around the world to North and East Africa, the Middle East, the Americas, Southeast Asia, and across Europe-always looking for local cuisine, hidden surprises, and lessons in different cultures. She’s from Beverly, MA.