Nestled at the base of a glacier, Norway’s ambitious hotel ‘gives back’ to its environment

By MiNDFOOD

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Credit: MIRISM
A new energy-positive hotel in Norway aims to raise awareness of the possibilities of regenerative travel and the importance of the polar region, in partnership with the local community. 

Taking its cue from the ‘fiskehjell’ (an A-shaped wooden structure for drying fish) and the ‘rorbu’ (a coastal fisherman’s cabin), the new Six Senses Svart hotel sits at the base of the glacier Svartisen in Norway.

To avoid disturbing the sea bed, the hotel is set on poles above the crystal-clear waters of the Holandsfjorden fjord. Located within the Arctic Circle, enjoying long summer days and winter nights lit by the breathtaking Northern Lights, the hotel will be the first net energy-positive destination in the world when it opens to guests in 2024, harvesting enough solar energy to go back into the system.

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“Six Senses Svart takes us to a whole new level in terms of pushing boundaries,” says Six Senses CEO Neil Jacobs said. “It will provide a futuristic showcase for what can be achieved in terms of sustainability and energy solutions, and therefore a blueprint for our hospitality industry and the development sector in general.”

Self-sustaining, complete with its own waste and water management, recycling, and renewable infrastructure, the 94-room hotel will send zero waste to landfill.

The hotel will work with existing sustainable fishing and farming operations and engage local like-minded suppliers for its restaurants and bars.

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