Photo credit: Anders Blomqvist / Arctic Bath
The floating Arctic Bath spa and hotel has just opened on the Lule River in the Swedish Lapland. It’s located right under the northern lights during the winter and midnight sun in the summer months. The design itself resembles a giant circular bird’s nest and alternates between a frozen or floating state depending on the season. Read more for additional pictures and information.
It was actually inspired by the timber-floating era when felled trees were transported down the river for processing and consists of several structures, with the main one being The Treehotel. Designed by architects Bertil Harström and Johan Kauppi, this floating section features cabins located near the water’s edge, complete with access to the shore via foot bridge and outside decks. There are six land cabins, designed by Ann Kathrin Lundqvist, that are built on the tree-lined shore. Other amenities include ice baths, saunas, private treatment rooms and a sustainable restaurant.