When people think of ‘Lapland’, the mental image that often comes to mind is one of Santa Claus, Finland’s enchanting landscapes, and perhaps a herd of reindeer. However, Swedish Lapland has its own treasure trove of unique experiences waiting to be explored. In this blog post, we shine a spotlight on five extraordinary hotels that redefine the notion of accommodation. From an ephemeral ice palace to treehouses suspended in the air, and from floating arctic spas to secluded wilderness retreats, Sweden’s Lapland boasts some of the world’s most distinctive lodgings. Join us as we delve into the magic of the ICEHOTEL, Treehotel, Arctic Bath, Arctic Retreat, and Loggers Lodge—each a testament to the innovative spirit of Swedish hospitality.
1. ICEHOTEL: Where Art and Nature Collide
Located in the village of Jukkasjärvi, the ICEHOTEL is a masterpiece that captures the essence of winter magic. This unique accommodation is constructed entirely of ice and snow, reimagining itself annually with the arrival of winter. The hotel features stunning ice sculptures, intricately carved suites, and an ethereal ambiance that transports guests into a fairy-tale realm. With a constant temperature of about -5 degrees Celsius, the ICEHOTEL offers an unforgettable blend of artistry and nature, making it a must-visit for those seeking a truly exceptional Arctic experience.
2. Treehotel: Elevated Tranquility in the Forest Canopy
For those with a penchant for heights and a love for nature, the Treehotel in Harads is a dream come true. Suspended among the trees like modern-day treehouses, the 8 rooms of the Treehotel offer unparalleled views of the surrounding forest and Lule River. Each treehouse boasts a unique design, from the futuristic Mirrorcube to the charming Bird’s Nest. Guests can enjoy the tranquil atmosphere of the forest canopy while experiencing the comfort of high-end amenities. The Treehotel seamlessly blends luxury with eco-friendly design, providing an enchanting escape into the heart of Swedish Lapland.
3. Arctic Bath: A Floating Oasis of Relaxation
Nestled on the Lule River, Arctic Bath takes the concept of a spa retreat to a whole new level. This circular, floating hotel features a central open-air bath, surrounded by individual cabins on the water. The design draws inspiration from the region’s log-driving heritage, creating a harmonious balance between nature and architecture. Guests can revel in the stunning Northern Lights while unwinding in the spa, or take part in a variety of activities, including dog sledding and snowmobiling. Arctic Bath is a haven for those seeking a serene and immersive arctic experience.
4. Arctic Retreat: Wilderness Seclusion at its Finest
In the heart of Swedish Lapland lies Arctic Retreat, an intimate wilderness hideaway that combines luxury with seclusion. Surrounded by pristine nature, guests can experience the beauty of the Arctic landscape in cosy cabins equipped with panoramic windows and private jacuzzis. Whether you choose to explore the nearby national parks, try your hand at ice fishing, or simply relax by the fireplace, Arctic Retreat offers a personalized and immersive escape into the wonders of Lapland’s untouched wilderness.
5. Loggers Lodge: A Cosy Haven in the Forest
For those seeking a more traditional yet equally unique experience, Loggers Lodge in Swedish Lapland is a charming retreat. Nestled in the forest near the Lule River, this log cabin provides a cosy and intimate atmosphere. The glass panelled fireplace at the foot of the bed certainly makes for an impressive and unforgettable room. Whether it’s a winter adventure or a summer escape, Loggers Lodge offers a timeless and welcoming haven for those looking to connect with the natural beauty of Swedish Lapland in a completely private setting.
Swedish Lapland goes far beyond the stereotypes of Santa Claus and reindeer. These five unique hotels showcase the region’s diverse offerings, inviting travellers to explore the Arctic Circle in style and comfort. Whether you’re drawn to the ephemeral beauty of ice and snow, the tranquility of treetop living, the floating luxury of a spa, the seclusion of a wilderness retreat, or the cosy charm of log cabins, Swedish Lapland has something extraordinary for every adventurer. Start planning your holiday with us today and get inspiration here.