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Arctic Bath Hotel

New floating sauna hotel in Sweden

Arctic Bath Hotel will be a “sister retreat” to the acclaimed Treehotel and a year-round attraction.

A new floating lodge and sauna, partly open-air, inspired by the success of the nearby Treehotel, is planned on the River Lule near Luleå in northern Sweden.

Situated on the frozen river in winter and free-floating in summer, the Arctic Bath Hotel will be a “sister retreat” to the acclaimed Treehotel and a year-round attraction, its owners say.

Activities at Arctic Bath will include cold baths, four different saunas, water activities and spa treatments. The six guest rooms will be accompanied by a shop, a bar and a restaurant.

The River Lule stretches 460 kilometres through northern Sweden and was once an important route for moving timber.

The logjam-inspired floating lodge “honours the jagged piles of timber that once clogged up the river and offers visitors a refreshing dip in an ice-cold bath in its centre”, say its owners Britta Jonsson-Lindvall and Kent Lindvall.

It will be designed in a way that “pays tribute to this heritage, cutting a spooky, serrated figure atop the waterway’s surface”.

Conferences and parties
The developers are pitching the Arctic Bath Hotel as an “exclusive hotel suitable for small conferences, group events and private parties”. It will also be marketed as the ideal place to watch the Northern Lights.

The surrounding area is a “glacial haven of snow-tipped forests, world-class fishing, amazing wildlife and the Northern Lights” and the hotel will offer “a mix of luxury and nature”.

The Swedish architects Bertil Harström and Johan Kauppi are responsible for the design. No dates have been given for the opening but it is expected to be this coming autumn.

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