Scheduled to open between February 2020 and February 2021 in Lulea in Sweden, the unique Arctic Bath Hotel and Spa is designed to freeze into the Lule River in the winter and float on top of the water in the summer. Both the spa complex and six detached cabins float on waters ranging from 6.5 to 14 feet deep and are connected by floating walkways.
Inspired by history and the timber floating era, a time when felled trees were transported downriver to be processing, the Arctic Bath leaves a minimal environmental footprint.
The Arctic Bath’s approach to wellness is based on four elements: proper nutrition, regular exercise, peace of mind, and the care of face and body. These are reflected through menus, snacks and smoothies focusing on clean, local ingredients; the encouragement of exercise through a variety of activities; working with affirmation cards, mindfulness and meditation; and, in partnership with Kerstin Florian the Arctic Bath’s proprietary spa treatments.
Guests at the floating hotel and spa will experience the wellness benefits of alternating cold-water and hot-water dips and sauna, yoga, meditation, and cleansing sessions such as crystal healing. Each moment is designed to bring relaxation, refreshment and clarity.
The circular-shaped Arctic Bath houses one spa treatment room, four saunas, an outside cold bath, a hot bath, outdoor and indoor showers, and two dressing rooms. The open center of the bath invites guests to sunbathe, ice bathe or sit back to view the Northern Lights or star-filled skies. A dip in the bath itself is consistent with the Arctic tradition of a cold-water plunge with the water maintained at 39 degrees Fahrenheit and combines well with the warmth of a sauna and spa. A special technique has been developed to keep the center of the bath open during wintertime, adding to the drama of the setting and the guest experience.
Advance bookings for the Artic Bath can be made via Off the Map