This Floating Viking Fortress Is Actually A Swedish Hotel And Spa [PHOTOS]


The Arctic Bath Hotel is a wellness retreat (we’ll get to the health benefits in a bit, once we’ve covered the fact that this hotel is suspended in ice) that floats on the Lule River. Well, when it’s summer, it floats. In winter, the hotel will sit suspended in ice.

The team behind the famous Treehotel in Sweden just unveiled plans for a new floating hotel and spa on the Lule River in that will fill you with wanderlust. The Arctic Bath Hotel and Spa might be the perfect place to enjoy the Northern Lights and work on your well-being while being surrounded by stunning landscapes.

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As a company that specializes in luxury adventure holidays, Off the Map Travel aims to provide people with exotic travel options and allow them to reach authentic destinations. The newest addition to their handpicked offering is this floating hotel and spa that freezes into the ice in the winter and floats on top of the Lule River in the summer.

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The Arctic Bath Hotel and Spa is a circular building that will house a spa treatment room, four saunas, an outside cold bath, a hot bath, outside and inside showers, and two dressing rooms for visitors. The six hotel rooms included also float or remain frozen into the ice, depending on the time of year.

There’s the arctic plunge pool, right in the middle of the hotel’s central, open-air hub, heated to just 4 degrees celsius. So a bit nippy for a relaxing paddle, but a great way to feel refreshed.

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‘The circular shape of spa and Arctic Bath creates a protected environment sheltering guests and creating a haven to relax and soak up the local Arctic environment,’ say hotel staff. ‘

The project is being built using locally available materials and will be open for overnight stays as soon as early 2018.

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‘This will be a one-of-a-kind Arctic experience. Although all seven buildings will be securely anchored in place they are freely floating in water or frozen into ice.’

Well, what do you think? Would you like to stay here for a few nights? Let us know in the comments!

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Via Treehugger