Sweden gave sensation-seeking luxury travellers the idea of ice hotels, and it furthered the concept of treehouse hotels. And now, this month, comes Arctic Bath .
Arctic Bath is in Swedish Lapland, on Lule River, downstream from Bodträskfors, and the main building alternates between frozen and floating depending on the season (Lule River is still considered Sweden’s most profitable river, but not much is left of its former Golden Age of timber transport).
The idea of a floating sauna-hotel first came to Harads resident Per-Anders Eriksson during the opening of Treehotel in 2010. At first, the vision was a glass cube on a raft. Bertil Hagström, who designed Treehotel’s The Bird’s Nest, took over the idea and in 2013 he and Johan Kauppi designed Arctic Bath’s floating, circular building. It floats on Lule River, imitates logs getting jammed in rapids.
Arctic Bath has 12 rooms, designed by AnnKathrin Lundqvist, and prices are full-board, including lunch, or half-board (dinner is a set five-course menu). Most wow are the 24sq m tepee-shaped wood cabins that float on water – they are reached by floating walkways. There are also 62sq m land-set cabins, two floors with spiral staircases leading to upper lofts – these have five beds, and come with 8sq m decks for meditation, morning coffee or just relaxing. All accommodation is air-conditioned, with minibars, spa bars, Wi-Fi, floor heating and pellets stoves. Natural, sustainable materials – wood, stone, leather and luxurious textiles – harmonise with Scandinavian design. The spa is Kerstin Florian. Activities include Arctic bathing, snowmobiles, Husky sleds, visiting locals, fishing.
Arctic Bath is owned by Treehotel’s Kent and Britta Lindvall, plus Per Anders Eriksson, Robert Lundqvist, AnnKathrin Lundqvist and Patrik Jonsson with financial backing from Peter Engström and Maarten Raes.
Arctic Bath is in Harads, approximately 85 kilometres from Luleå. The closest airport is Luleå Airport, with daily flights to and from Stockholm. If you are traveling by train, your closest alternatives are Boden and Luleå. Contact Britta Lindvall, a former nurse.