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Arctic Bath, Sweden

Arctic Bath

Swedish Lapland, Sweden

A luxe spa-hotel with rooms floating on the frozen Lule River, Arctic Bath offers a Scandinavian-style retreat inside the Arctic Circle. In the heart of Swedish Lapland, it combines an arresting design, indulgent spa treatments and an exceptional location that’s ideal for exploring the region and enjoying both the northern lights and the midnight sun.

The main lodge is a nest-like structure that wraps around a hole in the ice, where you can take Nordic cold baths in the frigid water. Inside the building, you’ll find multiple saunas and treatment rooms, as well as the lounge bar and restaurant. You can opt to stay in one of the floating cabins on the river or the larger stilted suites on land.

Throughout, you’ll find soothing Scandinavian minimalism in the form of light pine and clean, sparse lines, softened with thick wool blankets, creative lighting and underfloor heating. The highlight, though, is the sweeping view through the floor-to-ceiling windows.

The gourmet restaurant offers breakfast and a five-course dinner every day, with a focus on Sámi dishes prepared using local ingredients. The hotel also offers activities that help you explore the region, from forest baths to moose safaris to nature photography workshops.

OUR RATING: First Class

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OUR OPINION:

We love the singular concept of Arctic Bath — an opulent spa that also offers a large selection of activities for immersing yourself in Lapland’s vast natural wilderness, summer or winter.

Rooms

With just 12 cabins, Arctic Bath offers an intimate stay in the Lapland wilderness. You can choose from six floating cabins or six larger cabins and suites on land. Inside all, you’ll find light pine walls, heated floors, snug blankets and private outdoor decks and large windows, to enjoy the views. The floating cabins have slanted glass windows, for effortlessly taking in the night sky, and the land cabins are stilted, to offer the best panoramas. Suites have spiral stairs to a loft and can sleep up to five.

Location

Just a short drive from the village of Harads, the hotel floats on the Lule River in a boreal pine forest. There’s very little light pollution, thanks to its remote location inside the Arctic Circle, giving you a prime position for enjoying the northern lights and the midnight sun.

Food and drink

  • Restaurant serves breakfast and dinner daily.
  • Breakfast is a continental-style buffet of local meats, cheese and fresh bread.
  • Dinner menu features local ingredients and Sámi dishes over five courses, inspired by the season.

Families

  • Three of the stilted cabins are good for families, with room to sleep up to three children.
  • Suites can sleep up to five.

Facilities and activities

  • Large selection of winter activities, including dog-sledding, snowmobiling and snow-shoe hiking.
  • Large selection of summer activities, including kayaking on the river, moose safaris or visits to a nearby Sámi community.
  • Floating saunas powered by wood pellets.
  • Steam room.
  • Hot and cold baths.
  • Bath robes, slippers and bathing clothes are provided.
  • Spa offers massages, body scrubs and hot-stone therapy.

Accessibility

  • One room is suitable for wheelchair users.

Tour ideas in Swedish Lapland

Our itineraries are there to spark ideas for how you could include a stay at Arctic Bath as part of your trip. Treat them simply as suggestions, because every aspect of the trip we create for you will be yours to define.

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    Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favorite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.

    Experiences while staying here

    The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.

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      Huskies and their sled

      Husky safari

      Husky safari

      Experience the thrill of dog-sledding in Swedish Lapland. You’ll find out how this pastime is so important to Sámi culture, meet the team of huskies and have a chance to take the reins yourself as you ride through snow-covered forest.

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    • Ice dining under the northern lights
      Dinner under the northern lights

      Ice dining under the northern lights

      Ice dining under the northern lights

      You can explore a different side of the Lapland wilderness with a private meal on a frozen lake. Sit on reindeer hides under a traditional Sámi tent and enjoy a three-course meal as you watch the dark skies for the aurora borealis.

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    • Kayaking on the Lule River
      Kayaking at sunset

      Kayaking on the Lule River

      Kayaking on the Lule River

      Soak up the natural beauty of Swedish Lapland from the water on this six-hour kayaking tour. Suitable for both beginners and experienced kayakers, the tour includes lunch cooked over an open fire on the riverbank.

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