15 extraordinary accommodations close to Swedish nature
Sápmi Nature Camp, Swedish Lapland
The award-winning Sápmi Nature Camp, owned and operated by a local Sami family, encourages you to experience the arctic indigenous life in this Laponia World Heritage Area. Offering both autumn and winter package tours, you will experience unique vast landscapes with unspoiled arctic nature where Sami people have lived for thousands of years. The camp consists of double rooms in the form of Lavvu tents, furnished with comfortable beds and efficient stoves that keep you warm, regardless of the outside temperatures.
Arctic Bath, Swedish Lapland
Wind down with the choice of hot and cold baths at this futuristic arctic spa, located in Swedish Lapland. Arctic Bath has been recognised by National Geographic as one of the world’s best new hotels for its “breathtakingly brilliant” architecture. Architects Bertil Harström (also behind the equally bombastic and nearby, Treehotel) and Johan Kauppi have designed the spa inspired by the log driving that took place here back in the day. Arctic Bath offers cabins on both land and on water, built with Swedish design using natural and sustainable materials.
Treehotel, Swedish Lapland
In the northern parts of Sweden, in the midst of a pinewood forest, lies this architectural highlight. Let your childhood fantasies come to life in these tree houses, suspended 4-10 metres above the ground. Choose from different designs such as the ‘Mirrorcube’, a 4x4x4 metre cube-shaped tree house covered in reflective glass, or the ‘Bird’s Nest’, designed to look just like a gigantic bird’s nest. The Treehotel is the ultimate place to experience forest bathing the Swedish way.
Granö Beckasin, Västerbotten
Granö Beckasin is located in the northern parts of Sweden, among pine trees and overlooking the Ume älv (Umeå river)river. Here, you can stay in one of the rooms belonging to the eco hotel or in one of the bird’s nests - a tree house with a hotel-standard room built among the treetops in the surrounding woods. Regardless of where you are staying, nature is always close. Simply step outside your room and you’ll find yourself amongst calm nature, where you can enjoy its silence, the starry nights during winter, the Northern Lights, yoga, timber rafting and much more. If you find yourself here during the summer months, let the sun warm your skin while you peacefully paddle into the summer’s night.
ArkNat, The High Coast
ArkNat is an evolving design concept made up of nine different shelters designed by leading Scandinavian architect students. One of the shelters, known as ‘He’, is an alternative wind shelter for the lone hiker, offering a magnificent view of the surrounding landscapes. Through its architectural two-sidedness, you’re able to change your experience by either tilting the main construction inwards, to get protection by the rock, or open it up for a beautifully framed view towards the northern bay. ArkNat merges nature and architecture, where beautiful spaces allow visitors to connect with themselves and the surrounding nature.
Bergaliv is the place to visit to really unwind from the outside world. Panoramic views stretch along the Ljusnan River Valley, across the neighbouring meadows to the dense forests beyond. This minimalistic cabin, designed by Swedish architect Hanna Michelson, is built over two floors, with the raw interior made from pale ash and birch wood. The first floor is where you’ll find your sleeping accommodation, while the upper floor is an open terrace with magnificent, unobstructed views — the perfect place to meditate.
Vallen Remote Hotel, Hälsingland
Located in the fairy-tale forests of Hälsingland, this 19th-century farmer’s cabin offers a unique back-to-basics experience in typical Swedish surroundings, with an inspirational mix of classical and contemporary Swedish design. Nature is literally on your doorstep here. Wander through the tall spruce forests or take an idyllic bike ride to a nearby lake for a refreshing dip.
Just 2.5 hours north of Stockholm you’ll find KABIN, on an isolated island in Lake Fjärden, surrounded by nothing but lush greenery, towering pine trees and the nature’s silence. During your stay, take the time to soak up the sun on the terrace, forage for berries, plunge into the lake, star gaze whilst lying on a springy bed of moss, island hop by canoe, go fishing or light a romantic campfire before retiring to bed.
‘Naturbyn’, (‘nature village’), offers a back-to-basics experience where you live and breathe the surrounding nature. With cabins situated on land, floating on water and even up in the trees, this is not your average campsite. You’ll find this hidden treasure in the midst of the Swedish woods where you can take the time to unwind. Naturbyn also provides enjoyable activities including canoeing, swimming, hiking, and its very own sauna.
Nolla Cabin, Zero Island, Roslagen
Enjoy a sustainable holiday paradise in the Swedish archipelago, just north of Stockholm at the Nolla Cabin on the island of Lidö. The Nolla Cabin was part of the Zero Island project aiming to make Lidö carbon neutral by working with every aspect of sustainability in connection to food, energy, accommodation, waste and transport. The cabin was built with local pine and plywood in an A-frame shape with mirrored sides and boasts a glass front to give guests a direct view of the surroundings. Here, you will live in a unique and completely carbon-neutral cottage of 9 m2 with the sea as your neighbour.
72 Hour Cabin, West Sweden
A one-hour drive north of Gothenburg, you’ll find Dalsland; home to these truly unique glass cabins. Designed by architect Jeanna Berger, the cabins offer a perfect place to experience the calming effect of Swedish nature. Choose to stay in a cabin located on a private island overlooking the Ånimmen lake, or in a cabin deep in the pine forests. The 72 Hour Cabin is named after the experiment, where handpicked participants experienced 72 hours in one of the cabins as a way to explore the positive effects nature has on stress levels and wellbeing. Apart from enjoying the spectacular view and the peace and tranquillity of nature, you can also book a wide range of activities to further explore Swedish nature.
Pater Noster, West Sweden
At the far end of the west coast archipelago, the barren island Pater Noster can be found. For one hundred years, the island’s lighthouse guided ships through these infamous and feared waters. Today, thanks to a couple of enthusiasts who have restored the houses, the island is once again available to the public. Take advantage of this unique chance to experience the previously inaccessible island, with its dramatic nature and accompanied by the lighthouse’s fascinating history.
Stedsans in the Woods, Halland
In the middle of the woods and near a lake lies this incredible restaurant where the former two Copenhagen restaurant stars, Mette Helbæk and Flemming Hansen, live and work close to nature. The resort has been praised by international magazines and is approaching 100% self-sufficiency thanks to the forest and the surrounding gardens. All meat and dairy produce come from the region and can be enjoyed at the off-the-grid restaurant where everything is cooked over open fire. If you want to stay the night, Stedsans offers cabins and a relaxing spa area by the lake.
Fabriken Furillen - Hermit Cabin, Gotland
In the north-eastern corner of the island of Gotland - less than one hour’s flight from Stockholm – you’ll find the remote peninsula of Furillen. In the wild landscape around Furillen, just a bike ride away, the Hermit Cabin offers a real off-the-grid vacation. Stripped of all the things we take for granted, such as Wi-Fi, running water and electricity, an alternative experience is created where you can truly relax in nature. The cosy 10 m2 Hermit Cabin is designed by Mats Theselius, and has been recognised by Condé Nast as one of the best digital detox holidays in the world.
At the far end of the Kullahalvön peninsula, next to Sweden’s highest located 16th-century lighthouse, lies this breath-taking one-room hotel. The hotel is a former observation bunker from the cold war that has been rebuilt and repurposed. With windows facing the sea, you can view the sun set below the horizon, making it the perfect place for a romantic stay.