Laid-back luxury in Swedish LaplandHarads, Sweden
Few experiences will get you closer to the untouched wilderness of Swedish Lapland than this.
Arctic Bath is a floating hotel on the Lule River near the small village of Harads. Central to the hotel is a log-covered structure that looks a bit like a bird’s nest. At its centre is a giant ice bath that floats in summer and freezes during winter. It’s ringed by three saunas, a spa treatment room and hot baths, so you can steam up then plunge into the freezing bath in what’s said to provide a heap of health benefits.
There are 12 cabins. Six of them sit over the water, or choose one of the larger half-dozen in the trees where you can lie back and gaze at the northern lights. Try your hand at moose calling with the help of a local guide, or visit the Sámi people who have lived here for thousands of years.
- The health benefits of traditional cold therapy, plus plenty of excuses to relax
- Being able to see the northern lights from your bed
- Taking part in all sorts of local excursions, including dog sledding, moose calling, sea kayaking and forest bathing
- You won’t be able to decide whether to soak or go exploring, so you better stay a while
- Meals created using sustainable, locally sourced produce
- Kerstin Florian spa products
- Traditional cold therapy, with sauna, steam room and cold bath
Rooms start at about US$550 a night.