Lonely Planet Writer

A floating hotel that freezes in ice come winter is set to open in Sweden

Plans for a new Swedish floating hotel and spa that freezes into the ice in the winter have been launched, and it looks amazing. The Arctic Bath floats on top of the Lule river in the summer, and it’s located in a prime spot to experience the Northern Lights.

A new floating hotel and spa concept with 4 degree water has been launched in Northern Sweden. Image: Off the Map Travel
A new floating hotel and spa concept with four-degree water has been launched in Northern Sweden. Image: Off the Map Travel

“The circular shape of Arctic Bath creates a protected environment, sheltering guests and creating a haven to relax and soak up the local Arctic environment,” says Jonny Cooper, founder of Off the Map Travel and Arctic travel expert. “To complete the experience guests will also be able to stay overnight in one of the six hotel rooms that will also float or be frozen into the ice, depending on the season, although all seven buildings will be securely anchored in place.”

A new floating hotel and spa concept with 4 degree water has been launched in Northern Sweden. Image: Off the Map Travel
A new floating hotel and spa concept with 4 degree water has been launched in Northern Sweden. Image: Off the Map Travel

The open centre of the bath is designed for sunbathing, ice-bathing and for those who wish to experience the Northern Lights or starry skies. A dip in the bath itself will not be for the faint-hearted, being kept at a refreshing four degrees, but the summer arctic sun, or a combination of the warmth of the saunas and arctic spa, will warm proceedings up.

A new floating hotel and spa concept with 4 degree water has been launched in Northern Sweden. Image: Off the Map Travel
A new floating hotel and spa concept with four-degree water has been launched in Northern Sweden. Image: Off the Map Travel

“This will truly be a unique place to stay in the Arctic,” says Jonny. “The team behind the project have also developed a special technique to keep the centre of the bath open during wintertime, adding to the drama of the building and guests’ experience.”

A new floating hotel and spa concept with 4 degree water has been launched in Northern Sweden. Image: Off the Map Travel
A new floating hotel and spa concept with four-degree water has been launched in Northern Sweden. Image: Off the Map Travel

Building work is due to commence imminently on the structure, and the first guests should be able to stay overnight in the new floating hotel rooms and enjoy the Arctic Bath in early 2018. Once building schedules are finalised, guests will be able to book to stay at the new floating hotel six months in advance of opening day. To register interest, email info@offthemaptravel.co.uk or call +44 (0) 800 566 8901.