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Nyrups Naturhotell
Nyrups Naturhotell is a hotel located in the middle of the forest in central Skåne. It allows you to stay really close to nature while still offering you the comfort of a hotel. The hotel focuses on sustainable tourism and provides you with local and ecologically grown products for cooking.
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Recharge and relax at Sweden’s unique escapes, nature hotels and eco lodges

Nature is an integral part of the Swedish lifestyle, contributing to physical as well as mental well-being. Across the country, there are unique escapes – from hotels made of ice to houses nestled in tree tops – that let you enjoy much-needed days in the peaceful tranquility of nature.

Natural elements always part of the design

Many aspects of Swedish architecture are influenced by nature, from choice of construction materials to interior design trends that incorporate the natural world through floral patterns and stone and wooden furnishings.

However, in Sweden’s many unique accommodation offerings close to nature, the natural world is intertwined with architecture in even more prominent ways. Many are created to blend seamlessly with their natural surroundings, such as the Treehotel just outside the northern city of Luleå. Its cabins include a birds’ nest nestled in the treetops and a mirrored cube that reflects the wilderness all around it. Lappland’s Icehotel is made from frozen blocks pulled out of the nearby river, and at Kolarbyn Ecolodge, guests stay in rustic grass covered huts reminiscent of real-life hobbit holes.

More traditionally designed lodgings are often built from indigenous wood or other natural materials, using elements of their surrounding environment to decorate their interiors – blurring the line between indoor and outdoor and nature is ever-present.

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Treehotel in Harads, Lapland

The Bird’s Nest room at the Treehotel in Harads, Luleå, Lapland

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Treehotel in Harads, Lapland

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Treehotel in Harads, Lapland

Photo: Håkan Stenlund

Tree hotel

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Year-round Icehotel

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Kolarbyn Ecolodge in Västmanland

Photo: Claudia Deglau

Kolarbyn Ecolodge in Västmanland

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A wellness treatment provided by Mother Nature

In Swedish culture, wellness is approached in a holistic way, focusing on the mind and body. Being outdoors is ingrained in the society, and many Swedes take any chance they get to head out to the forests, beaches or mountains as a way to relieve stress and boost their wellbeing.

One of the greatest things about Sweden is that, no matter where you are, green areas are always nearby. And with Sweden’s Right of Public Access, everyone is free to enjoy them as long as they do so responsibly. Even just outside Sweden’s three largest cities – Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö – there are a number of inspiring retreats and eco lodges that let you combine a city break with a natural escape, allowing you to disconnect from the stresses of the outside world and reconnect with nature. Many of these accommodations offers spas, saunas and other therapeutic treatments, but you might find that the only therapy you need is the peace and stillness of the surroundings.

Researchers at one of Sweden’s top universities set out to test the effectiveness of time spent out in nature on overall wellbeing in a project called “The 72 Hour Cabin”. Five individuals that worked in high-stress jobs spent 72 hours on the picturesque Henriksholm Island in Western Sweden. They slept in a glass cabin, surrounded by nature even when inside their room, and participated in activities such as fishing, swimming and cooking their meals over an open fire. This resulted in stress levels dropping by as much as 70%, while creativity and connectedness to nature increased.

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Glass cabin at Baldernäs Herrgård

Further 72-h-cabins were set up at Baldersnäs, Dalsland, after the role models on Henriksholm: you can stress down when spending 72 hours in Swedish nature

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Glass cabin at Baldernäs Herrgård

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Glass cabin at Henriksholm

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Glass cabin at Steneby, West Sweden

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Various ways to engage with the surroundings

Modern design or natural mimicry, luxurious eco lodges or rustic camping, the one thing that all these close-to-nature accommodations have in common is that as soon as you step outside the door, you find yourself in the midst of some of the most stunning landscapes. Maybe it’s a meadow leading to the edge of a lake, an island beach with soft white sand, an old-growth forest with towering trees or a mountain peak with views of the surrounding nature.

These retreats offer so much more than just a place to stay. They are a base for exploring nature; many of them offering a wide range of activities. These can include biking, hiking, canoeing or other water sports, winter activities or wild animal safaris. Besides accommodation, local cuisine using ingredients grown (or even foraged) from the area is often a part of the experience.

If you are looking for a chance to ‘be one with nature’, Sweden’s abundance of close-to-nature accommodation will leave you spoiled for choice. With a diverse selection of locations, landscapes, designs and amenities, your perfect nature escape can be found in Sweden.

Islanna tree hotell in Falköping

Islanna Tree Hotel is located deep in the heart of nature, close to Lake Hornborga in Falköping, West Sweden.

Photo: Islanna

Unique accommodation in Sweden’s nature

Sweden has countless opportunities for tourists to get close to nature in special, often unique settings. From treehouses and hotels made of ice to off-grid cabins and luxury glamping sites, the options to suit every taste and budget are plentiful.

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." - Baqer Keshwani, participant in The 72 Hour Cabin