New Floating Arctic Bath Hotel and Spa

Wellness-focused Hotel and Spa Sits in Ice During the Winter and Floats During the Summer

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Kiruna, SWEDEN

After extensive planning and construction period, the long-awaited Arctic Bath Hotel and Spa are now receiving bookings. Travel experts Off the Map Travel and the team behind the famous Treehotel in Sweden are accepting reservations for travel to the floating hotel and spa, Arctic Bath, between February 2020 and February 2021. The Arctic Bath Hotel and Spa, designed by architects Bertil Harström and Johan Kaupp, freezes into the Lule River in the winter and floats on top of the water in the summer. The Arctic Bath and Spa offers wellness, mindfulness and cleansing treatments through spa partners Kerstin Florian. The hotel and spa are located in Kiruna in Swedish Lapland.

The Arctic Bath Hotel and Spa offers a distinctive experience with a stay in the Hotel, comprised of six detached floating “cabins” and six additional cabins on land, plus the Arctic Bath inspired by the timber floating era which recalls how felled trees were transported downriver for processing. Both the spa and the rooms float on or are frozen into the water, depending on the season. The spa complex and cabins float on waters ranging from 6.5 to 14 feet deep and are connected by floating walkways. With an eye to sustainability, the Arctic Bath leaves a minimal environmental footprint.

The Arctic Bath Hotel and Spa – Under Construction 

(Credit: Anders Blomquist)

The Arctic Bath’s approach to wellness is based on four elements: proper nutrition, regular exercise, peace of mind, and the care of face and body. These are reflected through menus, snacks, and smoothies focusing on clean, local ingredients; the encouragement of exercise through a variety of activities; working with affirmation cards, mindfulness and meditation; and the Arctic Bath’s proprietary spa treatments. Guests at the floating hotel and spa will experience the wellness benefits of alternating cold-water and hot-water dips and sauna, yoga, meditation, and cleansing sessions such as crystal healing. Each moment is designed to bring relaxation, refreshment, and clarity. There are no ambient distractions or light pollution. Colors are chosen for their color therapy benefits, and surrounding materials are organic and local. Both summer and winter spa experiences will be offered.

The circular-shaped Arctic Bathhouses one spa treatment room, four saunas, an outside cold bath, a hot bath, outdoor and indoor showers, and two dressing rooms. The open centre of the bath invites guests to sunbathe, ice bathe or sit back to view the Northern Lights or star-filled skies. A dip in the bath itself is consistent with the Arctic tradition of a cold-water plunge with the water maintained at 39 degrees Fahrenheit and combines well with the warmth of a sauna and spa. A special technique has been developed to keep the centre of the bath open during wintertime, adding to the drama of the setting and the guest experience.

“The opening of the Arctic Bath has been eagerly anticipated over the last year ever since plans were first announced,”

commented Jonny Cooper, founder of Off the Map Travel.

“The serenity of the location combined with this distinctive wellness experience makes this a first in the travel world,” he continued.

While all Off the Map Travel itineraries are customizable to meet travellers’ interests and needs, a sample 3-day Off the Map Travel/Arctic Bath itinerary including the Arctic Bath Hotel and Spa features accommodations in a floating cabin, breakfast daily, nightly five-course dinner, a Northern Lights activity, transfers, and spa access and is priced starting at £3995 , based on double occupancy, at the time of this writing. Flights are additional. Families are welcome, and childcare will be available. Summer and winter itineraries are available.

AnnKathrin Lundqvist from the Arctic Bath team,

“The Arctic Bath really is a first – it’s a special spa experience. So much thought, engineering, and ingenuity have come together to provide visitors with an experience they can’t find anywhere else. We’re excited to welcome our first guests and to work with Off the Map Travel in the creation of this newest, luxurious Arctic holiday.”

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The Arctic Bath project was developed by Kent Lindvall, Per Anders Eriksson, Robert Lundqvist, Patrik Jonsson, and AnnKathrin Lundqvist. The project grew out of the opening days of the Treehotel in Harads, Sweden when developers envisioned taking the wood concept from the air to the water as well. Specialist design architects Bertil Harström and Johan Kauppi, both of Sweden, translated the concept into design, utilizing their background of minimalist furniture and building design. The design of the spa and hotel is not only striking in its look but also in its creation with the highest environmental standards in mind, using local materials and leaving a minimal to zero impact on the environment.

Off the Map Travel

Off the Map, Travel is a team of travel experts who work with experiences and destinations that allow people to explore the hidden wonders of the world. Specializing in soft adventure and viewing of the Northern Lights, Off the Map Travel creates tailor-made itineraries that offer a distinctive vacation based on the first-hand experience. Off the Map, Travel vacations anticipate travellers’ needs with pre-planning and customization. Each bespoke itinerary is tailored to the ages of participants, creating experiences for families, groups, couples, and singles that are comfortable and luxurious, with activity levels appropriate for all participants,

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