Inside the new floating hotel and spa that freezes into an Arctic lake in winter and bobs free during summer

The Arctic Bath hotel and spa will float atop the Lule river during summer and freeze into place come winter. Located in Swedish Lapland, its star attraction is the bath which sits in the centre of its circular complex. Guests can take an icy dip in the four-degree water and then retire to their own toasty cabin for the night.

There are plenty of ways to experience Swedish Lapland, but this might be the most unique yet. Currently under development in the far reaches of Swedish Lapland, the Arctic Bath hotel and spa will float atop the Lule river during summer and freeze into place come winter.

The star attraction, in keeping with its name, is the bath which sits in the centre of its circular complex – heated to a ‘refreshing’ four-degrees, for those partial to an icy dip. Those less brave can simply lounge around the deck and gaze up in search of the Northern Lights, or find warmth in the accompanying spa and saunas, the roofs topped with an artful array of local timber logs.

Visitors can then stay overnight in one of the six minimalist cabins dotted around the perimeter, which will either float individually or stand still depending on the season.

It’s a venture between Off the Map Travel, which will run expeditions to the Arctic Bath starting in early 2018, and the design team behind Sweden’s famed Treehotel. The project has been developed by Kent Lindvall, Per Anders Eriksson, Robert Lundqvist, Patrik Jonsson and AnnKathrin Lundqvist. The project grew out of the opening days of the Treehotel in Harads, Sweden when developers envisioned taking the wood concept from the air to the water as well. Specialist design architects Bertil Harström and Johan Kauppi, both of Sweden, translated the concept into design, utilizing their background of minimalist furniture and building design. The design of the spa and hotel is not only striking in its look but also created with the highest environmental standards in mind, using local materials and leaving a minimal to zero-impact on the environment.

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