Europe’s First Floating Hotel to Open in Norway

By Paul Joseph

A unique eco-luxury hotel is set to be built in Norway and will become Europe’s first ever floating hotel.

The Krystall hotel will be located just outside of Tromsø, in Norway. It will feature a striking snowflake design that will float on the surrounding waters, while the largely glass structure will allow guests to enjoy the wonders of the spectacular celestial phenomenon.

The Krystall hotel will have all attributes of a five-star hotel and feature 86-luxury bedrooms, conference rooms, spa and wellness facilities and designed to be completely self-supporting and self-sustainable – reachable only by boat. It will be managed by a luxury hotel operator, as-yet unannounced. Construction of the project will begin in the summer of 2015 and the hotel is expected to open towards the end of 2016.

The project is specifically designed to have minimal impact on its surroundings and be a ‘scarless development’. Construction is expected to cost around 15 per cent more than the equivalent project would amount to on land.

Dutch Docklands, based in Holland, who are behind the project – are one of the world’s leading specialists of floating projects and the international developers of floating real estate and hotels on water, including an even larger floating project – Ocean Flower in the Maldives.

By Paul Joseph