Posted by: London UK | October 11, 2007

Underwater Dreaming

Floating, underwater hotel, where you sleep in an underwater aquarium. The Utter Inn is the brainchild of Mikael Genberg, a local artist and sculptor who has chosen to focus on “making art for the public”. It lies 3m below the surface of Lake Mälaren in Västerås, Sweden and contains only twin beds and a table.

The Utter (Otter) Inn opened in June 2000 on the coldest, rainiest day in the whole summer. Despite that it was a great success. Not only did all the untested solutions work, it also attracted a lot of people. The Utter Inn stimulates the most typical of Swedish dreams; to have a small Swedish red house with white garbles on your own island. On top of that you can spend your night three meters underwater with panoramic windows in all directions.

This alternative dwelling also includes a sense of risk taking and adventure that tends to expand the sensory input. One should not forget the psychological term “transfer of exaltation”. Roughly explained it is about man’s tendency to transform the experience of fear to an experience of love. You don’t want to feel afraid so the brain changes the emotion to something far more pleasant. You feel more alive. In this sense arranged, controlled fear can be very important.

The guests of Otter Inn arrive at the port of Vasteras and they are taken the 1 km out on the lake Malaren with an inflatable boat, they get instructions and are then left alone. If they have selected the deluxe version they will get a visit later with their supper. They have the opportunity to use an inflatable canoe to visit the closest uninhabited island. Most have enough courage to swim and sunbath and watch the fish (both upstairs and downstairs) at the hotel. There is a remarkable feeling to go to bed while the fish are surrounding and watching you carefully. You are in an aquarium - for fish to be beholders of man. Often boats come quite close to get a glance of the daring inhabitants. Swedish boatpeople are however always very polite and never takes more than two trips around your room!!!

You’re guaranteed a memorable night!

The Utter Inn is very popular during the summer months and we recommend you talk to the Vasteras tourism team of Pernilla, Sara, Jonna or Kristin to find out when there is availability. There are 2 daily flights on Ryanair to Vasteras direct from Luton in the UK with good availability, so you can talk to the ladies, find availability and confirm your flights online at the same time!

Address: The Utter Inn, Lake Malaren, Sweden

Location: Vasteras, Nr Stockholm, Sweden

Type : Island

Average Room Tariff : US$250 - US$350

No of Rooms : 1

Nearest Airport : Vasteras

Airport Distance: 20 mins

Facilities Limited room service Entertainment Swimming Pool Telephone +46 2139 0100


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