Arctic Bath Hotel – A Floating Hotel Under the Northern Lights

Arctic Bath Hotel

The Arctic Bath Hotel and Spa, designed by architects Bertil Harström and Johan Kauppi, freezes into the ice of the Lule River in the winter and floats on top of the water in the summer. With six detached floating cabins and six additional cabins on land designed by AnnKathrin Lundqvist, the team at Arctic Bath have completed the land-based cabins allowing the world to get a taste of what’s to come.

The cabins will come with two different layouts both of which take full advantage of the floor to ceiling wall of glass looking out over the Lule River. One layout sees a bedroom including a super king-sized bed, seating area and large 8m2 bathroom downstairs with a spiral staircase leading to a mezzanine floor containing an additional lounge area and the ability to include up to three additional beds. Another configuration includes a double bedroom on the second floor with a living area and generous bathroom taking up the ground floor.

All of the cabins will include all of the details to make a stay at Arctic Bath comfortable and connected including free WiFi, the finest quality bedding and linens, fully automated temperature controls with a cutting edge climate control unit, under floor heating, room service, mini bar facilities, an in cabin tablet computer delivering local information and details of menus, treatments and activities. The tablet will also be used to communicate with reception and the spa.

The design of both the cabins and the main Arctic Bath spa have been inspired by the timber floating era which recalls how felled trees were transported downriver for processing. The main inspiration for the striking wedge-shaped cabins was the ‘Flottningshake’, a tool that was used by loggers in the timber floating work when levering apart a timber jam.

The cabins take a refreshing approach to Arctic Bath’s core philosophy on wellness with affirmation statements used to support guests’ piece of mind’; smoothies made with local ingredients and created specifically for Arctic Bath available in the cabin’s mini bar supporting its drive for proper nutrition; and complementary Kerstin Florian toiletries and a local handmade soap in the cabins’ bathrooms to allow guests to pamper their face and body.

The cabins are built from locally sourced materials with the interior walls clad in pine and the floor finished with dark oak giving the space an unmistakable Scandinavian design. Lighting has been supplied by award winning Ifö Electric through their Ohm range, with furniture selected from a range of Scandinavian designers to complete the look which was pulled together by designer AnnKathrin Lundqvist.

Arctic Bath guestroom

Arctic Bath’s land-based cabins have also been built with minimal impact to the local wilderness. Elevated off the ground on poles, flowers and animals are still able to thrive underneath the cabins. Locally sourced materials, low impact paints and oils and a living sedum roof, grown in Sweden, tops off the structure. The cabins are highly insulated and even the windows are prepared with a special coating to reflect heat in the summer and retain it in the winter. Green electricity is created locally using the river and a closed water and waste system ensures nothing is released to impact the water system.

With the first images of the on-land cabins now released, we look forward to also sharing a first look at the floating cabins and main structure of Arctic Bath over the coming months.

Arctic Bath Hotel spa

Off the Map Travel ( offer both summer and winter itineraries to Arctic Bath. Although every itinerary can be personalised, a 3-day Off the Map Travel Arctic Bath itinerary including the new Arctic Bath Hotel and Spa costs from £2595 per person, not including flights. This includes accommodations in a floating cabin, breakfast daily, nightly five-course dinner, a guided Northern Lights hunt, transfers and spa.

To book an adventure to experience the Arctic Bath contact Off the Map Travel visit, call +44 (0) 800 566 8901 in the UK or +1-646-701-0041 in the US; email

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