If you go down to the woods today you’re in for a big surprise! Well, as long as it’s the woods near the Swedish village of Skinnskatteberg, and you haven’t already heard about the Kolarbyn Eco-lodge!
The Kolarbyn is described by its owners as “Sweden’s most primitive hotel” and we can understand why. Its 12 forest huts are without electricity and hot water and guests must gather their own firewood if they want to stay warm.
But don’t let this put you off. Kolarbyn has lots to offer as well. Not only is there the opportunity to relax and enjoy getting back in touch with nature, but guests can undertake a Wolf Howling Tour, experience the woods nocturnally during a Night Safari and enjoy beautiful dishes made from local farmers’ produce. Now that’s nature we can all get on board with!
If you’re thinking about staying in a Swedish hostel, we’re pretty sure this next accommodation will take your fancy. Unless, of course, the last place you want to stay in after a long flight is another aeroplane! That’s because the Jumbo Hostel is actually a decommissioned 747 jumbo jet!
Built in 1976, the plane’s former airline went bankrupt in 2002. But in 2008 it was rescued, renamed Liv (after the owner’s daughter) and opened as a 25-room hostel. It has even had its cockpit converted into a luxury suite with a panoramic view of the Arlanda airport.
If this hotel doesn’t sweep you off your feet, we don’t know what will!
Just below the surface of Sweden’s Lake Mälaren, there is something waiting for you! It’s not a scary mutant fish, though. In fact, it’s a one-room underwater hotel.
Another creation from Swedish artist, Mikael Genberg, the Utter Inn literally gives guests an opportunity to sleep with the fishes.
After arriving in the Swedish port of Västerås, guests are taken across the lake and given the use of an inflatable boat. From there, they are on their own (unless they opt for the deluxe package, in which case their dinner will arrive on another boat later).
From the top of the hotel, guests are free to swim, sunbathe or make their way over to the lake’s uninhabited island before retiring to their own, personal bedroom/aquarium. This one-off hotel really gives its guests the perfect blend of excitement and relaxation.
In the Swedish city of Västerås, the city’s central park is the home of a surprising secret. Look up and you will find the Woodpecker Hotel – a one-room hotel, situated in the branches of a 130-year-old oak tree.
To gain access, guests must make their way up a rope ladder, which can be pulled up if they fancy a bit of privacy. And whilst the ladder may be wobbly, this isn’t the case for the hotel itself! It is both stable and serene – providing an excellent view of the park as well as nearby Lake Mälaren.