Sweden’s Floating Hotel, Arctic Bath

Resembling a bundle of logs, Sweden’s Arctic Bath hotel and spa floats on the Lule River in the country’s north, near Luleå. Designed by architects Bertil Harström and Johan Kauppi, the property offers a divine blend of luxury experiences and access to nature—with its open-air cold bath, bear-watching, hikes and other outdoor activities as well as saunas, massages and various treatments available indoors. Of the …

Luxury Action’s Pop-Up Hotel at the North Pole

Ten heated glass-dome igloos, each with an en-suite toilet, will comprise travel operator Luxury Action’s pop-up hotel in the North Pole next year. It will be stationed in the center of the frozen Arctic Ocean during April (a one-month window is all that’s safe for helicopter travel), and a one-night stay comes complete with a chef, Arctic wilderness guide, on-site camp manager, and security team. …

Reykjavík Turns Off Street Lights for the Aurora Borealis

Usually people have to travel far from cities to escape light pollution and see the Aurora Borealis clearly, but this week, the city of Reykjavík switched off and dimmed street lights for one hour so city-dwellers could enjoy the beautiful phenomenon. Many buildings followed suit, turning off lights inside. This week’s Northern Lights were predicted to be especially stunning, which is why the decision was …