Date: 06/08/2019

The best Nordic Spas

Author: Vanessa
Location: Finland, Iceland, Sweden

There is something wholesome about the effortless simplicity of the Nordic Spa experience. Its down-to-earth approach takes spa goers far away from technical terms, complicated treatment methods and technology with clinical names. The Nordic Spa focusses on what it's best at: partnering up with nature to unwind. Both ancient spa rituals and eye-popping innovation emphasize a connection to the outdoors. In short, the blurring the lines between nature's and human ingenuity are an exciting space to observe (and experience).  

Here are the stays that make us want to pack our bags and unwind in style. Nordic style.

Floating sensations at the Arctic Bath

Where: Swedish Lapland, Hedavan River 

Suits who: Honeymooners, Escapists 

Why go: The one-of-a-kind retreat, nestled on a variably frozen or riveting Lappish River, is a leading example of Scandinavia’s imaginative approach to experiencing nature. The circular cluster of treatment chambers featuring a round hole at its center reminisces a nest-like flock of intertwined timber. According to Bertil Harström and Johan Kaupp, two of the brilliant minds behind the neighbouring Treehotel, the design nods to the region’s timber floating heritage. Just a stone throw from the retreat, guests can doze off in a forest or river cabin. Anyone looking for a spa experience for the memory box should add the Arctic Bath to their itinerary. 

How we can tailor your experience: Despite its wilderness location, some of Sweden's most iconic boutique stays can be reached from the retreat. These include the Treehotel, the Arctic Retreat or Sapmi Nature Camp. We can put together a journey based on your individual travel goals. 

An Icelandic hideaway at the Secret Lagoon 

Where: Iceland’s Golden Circle

Suits who: Relaxation-seeking explorers

Why go: This truly hidden gem is doing a great job at keeping its location secret, and the experience small-scale. The natural hot spring framed by natural rocks has been a favourite amongst locals since decades. Both the volcanic location and the soothing chest-high water are a soothing remedy after an action-packed day of exploring. In fact, a stopover at the lagoon is the perfect way to reminisce your Golden Circle Adventures whilst floating in the steaming water. 

How we can tailor your experience: The Golden Circle is a popular destination, we can take you to off the beaten track and create an itinerary based on your Icelandic travel goals. 

Lakeside lazing at Hotel Jarvisydan 

Where: Hotel Jarvisydan 

Suits who: Families and couples

Why go: The century-old retreat blends ancient traditions with state-of-the-art facilities creating an authentic nature-inspired spa culture. Sweat, swim and unwind in five different types of Finnish saunas and a variety of in- and outdoor pools including a children’s pool. The spa offers views of Lake Saimaa, Finland’s largest lake. Water, most energy and building material including timber logs and limestone are sourced from its immediate natural surroundings. 

How we can tailor your experience: During winter Lake Saimaa transforms into a natural ice rink begging to be explored on skates. Gilde past frozen islands through endless expanses of glorious white. In summer, SUP expeditions, boat excursions, island lunches and various types of paddling adventures can be joined. Enjoy this deeply relaxing corner of Lakeland as part of a houseboat holiday or a self-drive itinerary

Aurora gazing at Camp Ripan 

Where: Camp Ripan  

Suits who: Families and couples

Why go: Location, location, location. Camp Ripan is just a short drive from Kiruna Airport and a world away from the daily grind. During autumn and winter, the north-facing spa is perhaps the most relaxing spot for potential Aurora viewings. Facilities feature an indoor infinity pool, an outdoor hot tub, an array of traditional saunas. Is there a better way to celebrate the end of a long day spent in Arctic nature? 

How we can tailor your experience: Camp Ripan is located close to the world-famous ICEHOTEL. A night at the retreat perfecly complements a stay in a -5 degree room. Alternatively, a stay at the Treehotel could be a great alternative. You may seek romance, adrenaline or a sense of awe on your onwards travel and we're happy to make recommendations based on the spa experience you seek. 

Infinite Iceland at Vok Baths 

Where: Iceland’s East 

Suits who: Relaxation-seeking explorers

Why go: Little human intervention is needed when it comes to enjoying Iceland’s volcanic landscapes. This is particularly true for the island’s milky-blue, balmy hot pools. Filled with natural minerals travelers need to simply glide into the water to commence their treatment. The soothing views across the mossy fairytale landscape then complete the outdoor spa experience. Iceland’s latest outdoor spa embraces the notion of minimal interference having built a floating construct around a natural hot spring. 

How we can tailor your experience:  Iceland's East is best enjoyed as part of an epic self-drive itinerary. We'll tell you where to stay and what to do based on what you'd like to get out of the trip. 

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