This circular hotel in Norway will show off panoramic views of the Arctic

Feb 11 2020, 4:31 pm

The Arctic is a pristine and breathtaking sight to behold.

The mightiness of nature’s majesty shines through the idyllic waters and glass-like ice that form a fortress of frozen fortitude.

 

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Soon, those visiting the picturesque paradise will have the opportunity to take their experience to new heights with Svart, “the world’s first Powerhouse hotel, at the foot of the Svartisen glacier that runs through Meløy municipality in northern Norway.

Svart is the result of a collaborative effort between Arctic Adventures of Norway, Asplan Viak, and Skanska, and was designed by international architecture, landscape architecture, and interior design brand Snøhetta.

According to Snøhetta, it is “the first building to be built after the energy positive Powerhouse standard in a Northern climate,” reducing its annual energy expenditure by approximately 85%.

Not only that, but it is also energy efficient by utilizing solar power to supply the hotel and to build the building.

 

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In order to build a structure in such a delicate environment, there is a long list of rules to follow regarding ecological preservation, and sustainability is a critical factor in the building’s design.

“Building an energy positive and low-impact hotel is an essential factor to create a sustainable tourist destination respecting the unique features of the plot,” Snøhetta Founding Partner Kjetil Trædal Thorsen explained in a statement.

Construction is estimated to conclude in 2023 and is currently ongoing.

The hotel is designed to be circular, which will provide future guests with breathtaking 360-degree views of the surrounding landscape while also supplying a heightened level of comfort with the calming ambience supplied by the pristine natural setting.

 

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The nature around the hotel is only accessible via boat, and the plan is to bring in an energy-neutral shuttle boat from nearby Bodø to Svart, Snøhetta explained in a statement.

The hotel is located just above the Arctic Circle, making it an ideal destination for travellers year-round with its seemingly never-ending summer days and perfect conditions to witness the stunning northern lights in the winter.

“The name Svart, meaning black in Norwegian, is a direct tribute to the dark blue ice of the Svartisen glacier,” the official website explains.

 

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“In old Norse, the word for black and blue is the same, and the hotel’s name is a reference to the natural heritage of the ancient Svartisen glacier and its precious natural surroundings.”

Visitors can embark on scenic glacier hikes, witness the northern lights on expeditions, and practice yoga under the midnight sun.

If this destination seems like your ideal trip, sign up to receive updates by emailing [email protected] or visit the hotel’s official website.