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Nordic Noir: off-grid and carbon-free

May 24, 2022 - Poised on poles at the foot of the Svartisen glacier in Norway – a prime spot for the Northern Lights – Six Senses Svart is set to be our first energy-positive and zero-waste destination. Polar explorers, eco warriors, you’re all welcome.

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Commenting on our first project in Scandinavia, our CEO Neil Jacobs said, “Six Senses Svart takes us to a whole new level in terms of pushing boundaries. 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.” This project is striking for so many reasons, but let’s start with a few whats and a why.

Why do it?

Adventure travel is rising, along with the demand for customized, ultimate experiences and an increasing social and environmental consciousness. People want to go to incredible places, do extraordinary things, and be cool about how they do them. Norway is a pivotal destination to embrace these trends. Six Senses Svart is an opportunity to cater to the protection and conservation of the Svartisen region and local community through a sustainable and innovative development. Oh, and sustainability and luxury are not mutually exclusive, so expect it to be comfy!

What is energy-positive?

Standing weightlessly above the Holandsfjorden fjord, at the foot of the Svartisen glacier within the Arctic Circle in Norway, the ring-shaped Six Senses Svart aims to be “energy-positive.” This means that it will consume 85 percent less energy than comparable hotels and, in time, generate more energy (via solar panels and geothermal wells) than it took to build and will take to operate.

What inspired the name and design?

Svart means black and blue in Old Norse, and it is a reference to the glacier’s dark ice. The shape of the building, inspired by rorbu cabins used by local fishermen and the fiskehjell A-shaped huts used to dry fish, dissolves the boundary between the land and fjord, and the fact that it stands on poles ensures minimal disruption to the seabed. The circular form creates a feeling of openness to its natural setting, with panoramic views and expanded distance between the 94 rooms.

What’s so sustainable about it?

Firstly, while the building looks futuristic, it is constructed from natural materials that use the least embedded energy. The Scandic interiors will chart local heritage in a playful, quirky way. It also comes with its own waste and water management, recycling, and renewable infrastructure. There are partnerships in place with sustainable fishing and farming operations, and further innovation will come from the Net Zero Lab, a vehicle for developing guest journeys with a net-zero environmental impact.

What about wellness?

Wellness is never confined to the spa at Six Senses, and the resort will cover the full gambit of integrated wellness with state-of-the-art equipment and wearable technology assimilation, integrating a specially developed “Svart Touch” concept. Human contact is essential in a disconnecting world, and touch will be integral to spa treatments and interactions to provide a feeling of security, connection, and comfort.

What experiences can you expect?

Not surprisingly, there’s an emphasis on experiencing nature, with hiking, ice-climbing, night-fishing, excursions to see the Aurora Borealis in winter, and experience yoga in the midnight sun in summer! Expect to get hands on at the Experience Center, Alchemy Bar, and Earth Lab. Everything revolves around the Marketplace, a zero-waste dining venue, where the lines between food storage, prep, and dining are blurred to create an inviting and active environment. Oh, you will be leaving with your own homemade pickles.

Six Senses Svart is set to open in 2024.

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