Sweden’s reputation for innovative design just keeps growing, and the newest addition to its list of spectacular accommodation doesn’t disappoint.

Arctic Bath in Swedish Lapland is a wellness hotel with an innovative touch. Built to float on the stunning Lule River during the summer and freeze in place throughout the winter, the hotel offers the ultimate peaceful retreat year-round.

Connected by floating walkways, the circular Arctic Bath features three saunas, a spa treatment room, a hot bath, outdoor and indoor showers and two dressing rooms.

As per Nordic tradition, there is also a cold-water bath for guests to take an icy plunge and add to their wellbeing experience.

Guests can choose to stay in one of the six floating cabins or land-based cabins.

On land, you can make use of the huge glass windows to search the skies for the Auroras and in the floating cabins, you can enjoy a brilliant view from your wooden deck outside.

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The Design

From the same brilliant team behind the spectacular Treehotel, it’s no surprise that Arctic Bath is just as awe-inspiring. Architects Bertil Harström and Johan Kauppi designed the unique structure which is a nod to the floating timber era where felled trees were transported downriver. What’s more, all buildings are built from local wood from the region and the whole experience has been expertly designed so that guests leave a minimal environmental footprint behind.

Situated in the small village of Harads and on the Lule River which spans 280 miles through Northern Sweden, the surrounding area adds to the serene experience and is a prime location for Northern Lights hunting.


Arctic Bath believes in a holistic approach and the four cornerstones of wellness; proper nutrition, regular exercise, peace of mind and care of the face and body.

Nutrition is covered in the onsite restaurant which features local, pure and sustainable ingredients. Regular exercise can be achieved with the available activities such as snowshoe hiking and yoga. You will find peace of mind in the tranquil surroundings and by making use of the saunas and wellness areas. Finally, take care of your face and body with the available treatments on offer, ranging from massages to facials all using organic skincare.

Image Credits: Johan Jansson, Daniel Holmgren & Arctic Bath Hotel

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