It should come as no surprise that what would be the world’s first energy positive hotel would be located in Norway. The Scandinavian nation is, after all, a global leader in sustainability — primarily powered by hydropower — while its capital Oslo was named European Green Capital in 2019.
Scheduled to open in 2024, the ultra-sustainable and bespoke Svart Hotel will be located just above the Arctic Circle, at the base of the Svartisen glacier (Norway’s second largest) and cradled by the incredible Helgeland coastline. The hotel is said to be contained in a ring-like structure perched on stilts in the Holansfjorden fjord in order to ensure minimal land impact and seabed disruption in the pristine surroundings.
The building’s design is inspired by the fiskehjell, a wooden structure traditionally used for drying fish, and the rorbu, a seasonal fisherman’s house. The interiors and décor will naturally be as eco-friendly as possible, as will be the locally inspired food and beverage offerings and on-site health and wellness clinic, which will incorporate Nordic regenerative therapies.
Visitors in summer can expect long pristine days that seemingly go on forever while wintertime guests can expect to be illuminated by the magical Northern Lights.
This article first appeared on Apr 17, 2023 in The Edge Malaysia.