Sweden’s Floating Arctic Bath Hotel Is Now Accepting Reservations
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Sweden’s Floating Arctic Bath Hotel Is Now Accepting Reservations

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By Duncan Nielsen
Reservations just opened for Arctic Bath—a hotel and wellness retreat in the middle of the frigid Lule River.

Set in Harads, in northern Sweden’s scenic countryside, Arctic Bath is a remote getaway with a spa, hot and cold baths, saunas, shops, and a restaurant. In the ever-sunny summer months, the entire hotel floats upon the water's surface. In the winter, the structure locks in place upon the frozen river, providing an ideal platform for stargazing.

The circular hotel is centered around an enclosed soaking tub that allows guests to view the open sky at all times of the year. 

The circular hotel is centered around an enclosed soaking tub that allows guests to view the open sky at all times of the year. 

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The simple, luxurious rooms showcase Scandinavian design. 

The simple, luxurious rooms showcase Scandinavian design. 

The hotel just announced the availability of February 2020 reservations for its 12 accommodations. Half sit inside the floating rotunda, and the other six are landlocked cabins that lay only paces from the hotel's dock. The rooms feature skylights, wood-burning stoves, and sleek, Scandinavian design.

The slanted, on-land cabins grant immediate access to the natural surroundings. They're sited close enough to the hotel to access its amenities.

The slanted, on-land cabins grant immediate access to the natural surroundings. They're sited close enough to the hotel to access its amenities.

The wooded municipality of Harads is also home to Treehotel, another luxe resort set amongst the pines. Drawing inspiration from the landscape, architects Bertil Harström, Johan Kauppi, and Annkathrin Lundqvist developed a design that imitates a jam of logs drifting down the river. The result is a striking structure that blends in with the picturesque environment.

The about-to-open retreat entices adventure-seekers with combo of luxury and cultural enrichment; guests can sign up for cultural and outdoor activities through the hotel, or simply soak under the stars amidst a forested wonderland.

Rooms start at $850 per night and can be booked through the Arctic Bath website.

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