Sweden's luxurious Arctic Bath Hotel and Spa was one of the most spectacular hotel openings in 2020.
The open air bath hotel is set in Swedish Lapland near the small village of Harads in the very north of the country and floats majestically on the Lule River in a tranquil, frostbitten setting.
From above the hotel structure almost resembles a frosted donut with sprinkles on top.
The project was first announced a few years back and is the brainchild of the team behind the famous nearby Treehotel (see below), but was put on ice -- literally! And so we've waited patiently to break the news.
The unique thing about this hotel is that the circular main lodge – along with 6 and separate rooms – freeze into the Lule River in the winter, and float during the warmer months.
Here you can enjoy 4 saunas, a circular year-round river bath which is at the centre of the hotel (the water is a refreshing 39° F during the colder months), a hot bath, outdoor showers and hot-tubs.
Plunge into the cold water (or, roll around in the snow like a Swede if you dare) and then head for the sauna!
Apart from the obvious relaxing aspect, the combo of shocking cold followed by hot sauna comes with a string of health benefits.
As for the restaurant on-site, it is headed up by a star-studded chef duo: Belgian Maarten de Wilde, and Sámi chef Kristoffer Åström.
The result is a menu described as "Sámi fusion", using locally sourced produce and freshly caught fish and reindeer.
There's a selection of rooms here: Land, Water or Suite- cabins. 6 on land and 6 over the water, sleeping between 2-5 people.
They are all made from natural, sustainable materials such as wood, stone and leather coupled with luxurious textiles and the latest mod-cons for a comfy stay.
Here, above the Arctic Circle, in all its crispy coldness chances are very high to spot nature's own fireworks, the Aurora Borealis, and the Arctic Bath Hotel and Spa gives you a front-row seat to the dancing light phenomenon.
Gaze up in the starry sky above whilst soaking in a bath to spot the magical cascade of colours.
Or, retreat to your room for a private Northern Lights viewing in comfort and style through in-room ceiling skylights.
Photos by: Daniel Holmgren, Anders Blomqvist, Johan Jansson.