Breathtaking views of the northern lights, hot bath, and a spa inside a property atop River Lulea — this Swedish floating hotel will take you on a heavenly tour. By Tanvi Jain

Imagine experiencing a spa session at a hotel that floats on a river in summers and is iced into its frozen waters in winter! A rejuvenating experience combined with breathtaking views of the northern lights… Surreal, isn’t it? Well Arctic Bath hotel in Harads, Sweden will serve you all this on a platter.

Floating on River Lulea, this hotel not only maintains a pool at three-degree Celsius inside a spa, but also offers hot baths, three saunas and a spa treatment room. 

This property including a cold bath, owes its design to architects Bertil Harström and Johan Kauppi, and lies just 1.5-hour away from Lulea Airport. Its bespoke lights by Atelje Lyktan, lounge furniture by Karl Andersson & Söner, and land cabins with glass walls, scream all things Sweden.  

Back in 2010, the same architects designed the neighbouring Treehotel’s The Bird’s Nest, and in 2013 came up with the idea of Arctic Bath, which opened its doors in 2020. 

There are total 12 cabins, of which six stand on land and six float on the river. There are also walkways that connect the cabins to the shore. Moreover, all the cabins come with heated floors, Wi-Fi, bathrobes, slippers and swimwear. 

Keeping the Swedish Lapland tradition alive, their cold baths help ease sore muscles and the sauna helps in limiting inflammation. Their wellness treatments are not just restricted to traditional massage but also offer bespoke crystal healing sessions. 

At the end of the visit, guests are presented with an Arctic spa kit, containing a body peel, facial mask, foot treatment, a dry brush and instructions on how to take care of your skin like a Swedish local. All the products include extracts like birch oil that have long been used by the indigenous Sámi. 

Moving on to food, the hotel’s restaurant specialises in dried herbs, wild meat, fish and local craft beer. 

The bookings for the Arctic Bath hotel are open for visits between February 2020 and 2021. 

When in Arctic you can go dog-sledding, snowshoe hiking, yoga, bear-watching, wildlife photography, and enjoy some Sámi singing and folk stories around the fire. If you are visiting anytime between August and March, you can also witness neon play of the northern lights, and enjoy the summer’s midnight sun. 

Per night cost of a room in Arctic Bath hotel can range from INR 65,000 to INR 70,000 for one person.

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