By Cailey Rizzo
July 08, 2019
Johan Kauppi

After more than a 16-month wait, Sweden’s much-anticipated, highly hyped Arctic Bath is now accepting reservations.

As you may remember from when news broke last year, the Arctic Bath Hotel and Spa is an out-of-this-world accommodation, frozen into a river in northern Sweden. The floating hotel was touted as the ultimate place to catch the aurora borealis. And now, finally, the wait to book is over.

“The Arctic Bath really is a first – it’s a special spa experience,” AnnKathrin Lundqvist, one of the designers of the hotel, said in a statement. “So much thought, engineering and ingenuity have come together to provide visitors with an experience they can't find anywhere else.”

Johan Kauppi

Staying at the hotel looks like an incredibly intimate and isolated experience. There are only six cabins on the water which — depending on the time of year — either float on the Lule River or are frozen into it. (There are an additional six cabins available on land, as well.) All rooms include Wi-Fi access, and air conditioning and heating are built into each unit.

Johan Kauppi

The spa portion of the structure includes one treatment room, four saunas, a hot bath, and an outdoor cold bath. The center of its circular shape is an outdoor space where guests can sunbathe or jump into the cold water (kept at 39 degrees Fahrenheit) under the lights of the aurora borealis.

The hotel was designed to produce a minimal-to-zero environmental impact, according to the development team.

Travel provider Off the Map is offering a three-day itinerary that includes staying at the hotel. The package, starting at about $3,250 per person (based on double occupancy), includes accommodations, daily breakfast, nightly five-course dinners, spa access, and a guided Northern Lights hunt. Flights are not included.

Bookings are available from February 2020 through February 2021.

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