Technically, we didn’t see many ‘hotels’ in GOT but if there were one, it would probably look like the just-opened Arctic Bath in Sweden.
Arctic Bath is a new floating hotel and cold bath anchored on the Lule River in Harads, Sweden, which is just south of the Arctic circle. With outside made of wild timber logs, it looks almost medieval.
In the summertime, this unique spa hotel is free-floating and in the wintertime, it’s frozen into the ice on Lule River.
Designed in a circular shape, the center of the hotel is well-suited for sunbathing and winter bathing, and in the winter the cold bath is perfect for brave souls after enjoying a hot sauna. (Yes, the cold bath would freeze in the winter temps but the staff keeps it free of ice.)
The main floating building features different saunas, spa treatment room lounge, shop, bar, and a restaurant. There are six very private rooms with a floating deck — perfect for watching the northern lights– each with their own entrances via footbridges.
The unusual spa is working with Off the Map Travel to create vacation packages using the Arctic Bath Hotel and Spa as home base. While each trip is customizable, a sample three-day itinerary includes a stay in a floating cabin, breakfast daily, nightly five-course dinner, a guided Northern Lights hunt, transfers, and spa access for $5,040 plus flights.
Pricey, but a once-in-a-lifetime experience.