Inside Sweden's new floating hotel

A good vacation is an escape from the everyday and this upcoming resort in the Swedish Lapland, couldn't be further f...

Posted: Jan 29, 2018 2:12 PM
Updated: Jan 29, 2018 2:12 PM

A good vacation is an escape from the everyday and this upcoming resort in the Swedish Lapland, couldn't be further from normal life -- it's literally floating on a river in the middle of nowhere.

ArcticBath is a new hotel adrift on the Lule River in the Scandinavian north -- a glacial haven of snow-tipped forests, world-class fishing, amazing wildlife and the Northern Lights.

The resort is from the team behind the region's acclaimed Treehotel -- the quirky brainchild of owners Britta and Kent Lindvall, situated amongst the forest canopy.

ArcticBath will offer a similar mix of luxury and nature -- inspired by the wild, stunning Swedish surroundings.

Homegrown ethos

The unusual design of ArcticBath has a homegrown history.

"You don't have to copy things made elsewhere, it's not interesting," says ArcticBath articitect Bertil Harstr-m -- who worked on the project alongside Johan Kauppi. "I think the interesting things come from your own history and your background."

Bertil Harstr-m tells CNN Travel that the zany design is inspired by Swedish log-shipping traditions.

Until the mid-20th century, logs were transporting along Swedish waterways. En route, the timber would often get stuck on the rapids and form clusters of floating logs.

The architect recalled this image from his childhood -- and it became his main inspiration for the new design.

"It was a symbol for that era," Harstr-m says. "So I chose to build this idea around the connection to the forest in the north."

The resulting circular structure is a striking combination of man-made and natural influences.

"I don't call myself a sophisticated intellectual architect designer, I work with more conceptual structures," says Harstr-m.

Internal and external

The resort is home to six, 25-square-meter hotel rooms alongside saunas, a cold plunge pool, spa treatment rooms, a restaurant and bar and the central open-air bath.

Visitors will access the resort from a wooden walkway.

"You can say that the building is rather introvert, the focus is on the inside," says Harstr-m. "So if you see it from a distance, you will have some problems to guess what is inside."

During winter, the resort will be frozen into the ice. During the summer it'll be floating in the river.

The center of the bath will offer spectacular panoramas of the Swedish night sky above.

"It's not a traditional fa-ade in architecture," says Harstr-m, who also worked on one of the treehouses for the nearby TreeHotel. "I think TreeHotel prepared the world for ArcticBath as the next project."

Local community

Harstr-m says locals in the nearby village of Harads have been very encouraging about the project, especially after the success of TreeHotel:

"They are confident now [...] that it will be something good for society," says Harstr-m.

The designers and owners are also conscious of protecting the environment -- as well as providing an excellent tourist experience. Harstr-m says their ambitions are supported by the local government.

"They have been positive, and now we have all the papers that we need for starting up the building process," explains Harstr-m.

ArcticBath is due to open in the latter half of 2018.

Minnesota Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 25870

Reported Deaths: 1097
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Hennepin8738633
Ramsey3189134
Stearns204714
Nobles15585
Anoka147073
Dakota138859
Washington67033
Olmsted65411
Kandiyohi5051
Rice4802
Scott4552
Clay43529
Mower3662
Wright3322
Todd3300
Sherburne2482
Carver2242
Benton1813
Steele1670
Blue Earth1480
Martin1325
Freeborn1300
St. Louis11814
Pine900
Nicollet8810
Winona8015
Watonwan780
Cottonwood770
Carlton750
Crow Wing754
Unassigned7411
Lyon711
Otter Tail710
Goodhue704
Chisago641
Polk612
Itasca5610
Dodge530
Chippewa511
Morrison480
Le Sueur461
Meeker450
Douglas440
Becker410
Jackson400
Murray390
McLeod370
Isanti350
Waseca270
Rock230
Mille Lacs221
Pennington210
Faribault200
Swift190
Wabasha180
Beltrami180
Brown172
Fillmore171
Sibley160
Norman140
Kanabec121
Marshall120
Cass122
Pipestone120
Wilkin113
Aitkin110
Wadena100
Pope90
Koochiching90
Big Stone80
Lincoln60
Mahnomen61
Yellow Medicine60
Redwood60
Renville50
Traverse40
Grant40
Red Lake40
Clearwater30
Hubbard30
Lac qui Parle30
Roseau30
Houston20
Stevens10
Lake10
Kittson10

Iowa Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 20264

Reported Deaths: 574
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Polk4406134
Woodbury281737
Black Hawk175946
Linn96779
Dallas92924
Buena Vista9181
Marshall90118
Johnson6169
Wapello60714
Muscatine56341
Crawford5422
Tama40828
Scott36810
Dubuque35121
Louisa34611
Pottawattamie29610
Sioux2900
Jasper26317
Wright1940
Washington1928
Warren1530
Plymouth1392
Allamakee1204
Story1181
Mahaska9712
Poweshiek918
Henry722
Bremer696
Boone670
Des Moines661
Clinton651
Clarke640
Taylor590
Guthrie533
Cedar491
Hamilton450
Benton441
Webster441
Monroe385
Shelby370
Jones370
Cherokee360
Marion340
Clayton343
Osceola340
Iowa330
Buchanan330
Jefferson330
Cerro Gordo301
Madison292
Lee280
Davis270
Fayette270
Dickinson270
Harrison260
Sac250
Lyon250
Monona250
Winneshiek240
Clay210
Grundy200
Mills200
Floyd191
Emmet190
Hardin190
Lucas191
Delaware191
Humboldt181
Butler171
Hancock160
Franklin150
Page140
Pocahontas140
Ida140
Keokuk140
Appanoose143
Audubon131
Jackson130
Greene130
Kossuth130
Carroll130
Chickasaw120
Cass120
Howard120
Winnebago110
Adair90
Union90
Van Buren90
Montgomery81
Adams70
Palo Alto70
Calhoun40
Fremont40
Ringgold40
Mitchell40
Worth30
Wayne10
Decatur10
Unassigned00
Rochester
Clear
74° wxIcon
Hi: 87° Lo: 62°
Feels Like: 74°
Mason City
Clear
76° wxIcon
Hi: 89° Lo: 65°
Feels Like: 76°
Albert Lea
Clear
73° wxIcon
Hi: 87° Lo: 63°
Feels Like: 73°
Austin
Clear
75° wxIcon
Hi: 89° Lo: 65°
Feels Like: 75°
Charles City
Clear
75° wxIcon
Hi: 90° Lo: 65°
Feels Like: 75°
Another round of severe weather tonight
KIMT Radar
KIMT Eye in the sky

Community Events