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A glass cabin in nature, with doors wide open. Sea and forest in the distance.
The 72 Hour Cabin
The 72 Hour Cabin in West Sweden.
Photo credit: Jonas Ingman/

The 72 Hour Cabin

"This morning when I opened my eyes, the first thing I saw was the lake and the tall trees and I realised that I'm truly here and it's not a dream! I kept staring at it for a long period of time before finally dragging myself out of the comfy covers", says Baqer Keshwani, a participant in The 72 Hour Cabin.

Swedish quality of life is famously high-ranking. What’s the secret? A case-study made 2017 reveals significant health effects of the Swedish “close to nature” lifestyle – with a stress decrease of 70 percent after only 72 hours.

To explore the effects of the unique relationship Swedes have with nature, Sweden did a case study in September 2017. Five people with some of the most stressful jobs got to experience Sweden’s 'close to nature' lifestyle, whilst their well-being was measured by leading researchers. During the study, the participants stayed in custom-built cabins made of glass to be as close to nature as possible. After 72 hours, they all showed a decrease in blood pressure, stress levels and heart rate – and they became more creative too.

Read more about the case study and the results.

Read more about why Swedes have such a close bond with nature.

Could you or anyone you know benefit from winding down in Swedish nature?
Read about other unique Swedish close to nature experiences.


The participants

  • Ben Fogle – a broadcaster from London.
  • Marilyne Didier – a taxi driver from Paris.
  • Chris Leadbeater – a journalist from London.
  • Steffi Tauscher – a police officer from Munich.
  • Baqer Keshwani – an event co-ordinator from New York.