Cool As Ice

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Now there’s an ex­otic new way to be­hold the North­ern Lights. Hot on the heels of the suc­cess of its fa­mous sist er, Tree­house, comes Arc­tic Bath, a ho­tel and spa that floats freely on the Lule River in Harads, Swedish La­p­land, just 50 kilo­me­tres south of the Arc­tic Cir­cle. The spa of­fers an ar­ray of wa­ter ac­tiv­i­ties and spa treat­ments—as well as a lounge, shop and restau­rant—but its big­gest at­trac­tions are the ice-cold bath at its cen­tre and the twin­kling lights above. The de­sign by Ber­til Harström and Jo­han Kauppi pays homage to the coun­try’s for­est econ­omy, re­sem­bling a dam of logs to be floated to a mill down­river. Dur­ing the sum­mer the spa-ho­tel floats, while in the win­ter it will be frozen in place. The ho­tel fea­tures six cab­ins in the wa­ter an­chored around the spa build­ing. Each is fit­ted with a wood-burn­ing fire­place and a sky­light—a cozy space to wit­ness the mes­meris­ing dance of the North­ern Lights in win­ter.

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